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COURSE CHOICES
   

              Course descriptions -Witch course to choose?

Hi Justine/and or Susan!

I recently sent in for the WW Tradition mail course, and while it looks like a great course, it wasn't what I had in mind. What I am looking for is a class where I can study; actual herbs in depth, wild and cultivated, learn to identify them in the wild, their use in the WW tradition and magically, become allies with them. I think I picked the wrong class.

Would the other two fit the description better? Thank you so much for your time, I hate to be a pain, but the $350 was a big investment for me and I want to be sure this is the right class for me.
I know there is a $50 fee for cancellation, or $25 for switching, and I am cool with that, I just want to get into the right class.

Bright Blessings, and hope all is well on the farm!
Jeannie

                                Susun's Response: here are descriptions

Dear Jeannie

Yes, sounds like you would prefer either the Green Allies or the Green Witch course more. Below are description for both:

Green Witch focuses on personal and spiritual development. You'll create
rituals, prepare an herbal first-aid kit, encounter your Goddess archetype,
discover the magic of your menstrual/menopausal changes, and develop wise
woman ways of living and healing.

Green Allies explores herbal medicine through direct experiences with
plants, plant spirits (fairies, devas), and plant medicines. For those who
want to deepen, rather than broaden, their knowledge of plants: a year's
worth of investigation and experimentation with one plant ally.

Susun writes, "If you feel you want to increase your personal power, then
take Green Witch. If you want to learn more about plants, then sign up for
Green Allies."

Susun is away right now at the International Herb Symposium in Boston,
otherwise she would write to you herself. She will be here on Monday to
work with me, and she can answer any further questions you may have if you
send an email before she is here. Love, Justine (Susun's daughter)

Here is a bit more on the two:

Green Witch builds your power in relation to plants and the planet. The
projects focus on you. They include assignments to read certain books, make
a medicine chest, do trances, create a beauty parlor, lots of fun stuff.

Green Allies is the most shamanic of the three correspondence courses. All
your projects revolve around a single plant which becomes your ally. You
breathe with your ally, eat it, use it as medicine, make a book about it,
read about it, speak with it and listen to it, connect with it in many
ways. Through this green ally, you increase your understanding of plants,
yourself, and healing. This course is for those who want to go deep.

          Re: Witch course to choose?


Thanks Justine!
I think I am going to cancel out of the class...I don't want to take the
green witch because I don't want to focus on personal power, and allies
focuses on ONE herb, and I need a broad study right now.
Thank you so much for your help!
I will send the packet back tomorrow,
Bright Blessings!

            Susun's Response:Re deep or wide

In focusing on one plant for a year you will learn more about herbal medicine than by any other method. My teachers have consistently impressed on me this idea: in learning, one must choose between a mile wide and an inch deep, or a mile deep and an inch wide. And the latter is more enduring, more useful, more conservative of resources. I am very sorry that you have chosen the former.

Green Blessings, Susun Weed
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                   Help! Correspondence course choices

I just found the correspondence course info! You know- I don't know what to take! I would love to take the green witch one ….I love that. I have been looking at that sort of thing for many years…entheogenic plants, legend, curanderas, plant spirit etc… and it is very, very interesting to me…..

But, I should probably take the wise woman tradition course only because it has stuff in there like
"learn how to do nothing" and deals with the different aspects of tradition and self etc…..

I LIKE doing things…so it's probably good to take the class I find most appealing to my personality…What do you think? If you have any insight on this let me know.
All the classes seem good. But because it is really hard for me to travel around, correspondence is great way to learn, grow, share and get some credit for effort….I noticed there is a class on magic plant May 4 that I would love to go to… if I can find my way to NY somehow!

All my family lives everywhere else in the country…either on the coast or on the border! I have no one to look after my children, so the correspondence course would be great…and I like the payment schedule because I can't pay it all up front.
Anyway, this is great- but for some reason I had a hard time finding it before because it is not on the main page -and there is so much on that site! I probably took off somewhere along the way! bye!
Love me. Aimee

                             Susun's Response: decision making

Dear Aimee,

here is a little more info on the courses, and a short course in decision making. Let me know what your decision is. Looking forward to corresponding with you.

Green Witch builds your power in relation to plants and the planet. The projects focus on you. They include assignments to read certain books, make a medicine chest, do trances, create a beauty parlor, lots of fun stuff.

Spirit and Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition follows green witch. Once you have built a core of personal power, it is time to take it out to the world. This course helps you help others. In it you do projects such as finding advertisements showing the three traditions of healing, experiencing different ways of healing in the six steps, and understanding the differences between nourishing and tonifying herbs, stimulating and sedating herbs, and herbal drugs.

Green Allies is the most shamanic of the three correspondence courses. All your projects revolve around a single plant which becomes your ally. You breathe with your ally, eat it, use it as medicine, make a book about it, read about it, speak with it and listen to it, connect with it in many ways. Through this green ally, you increase your understanding of plants, yourself, and healing. This course is for those who want to go deep.

Help for Those Who Find It Hard to Decide

Option One: Flip a coin. Heads is "yes" and tails is "no." Flip for each course. Repeat only if there is a tie. (Yes, you can take more than one course at a time.)

Option Two: Use a tarot deck. Turn up a card for each course. Which one attracts you? Repels you? Incites your curiosity?

Option Three: Take three cards from a deck of cards, each a different suit. Let them represent the three courses. Shuffle, Choose one card.

What if you get a result you don't want? Great! Now you know what you do want, which is the point of it all, yes? Do what you want! That is always the best choice.

Suppose I choose a course and don't like it? Rarely happens, but you can switch for a $25 fee.

Hope this helps
Green Blessings, Susun Weed
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          Which course to take for a menopausal woman?

Dear Susun:

Please add me to your emailing list. As a newly menopausal woman, which of the three correspondence courses would you suggest? I notice you have listed some classes; are these classes at your home/center? or on the computer?

Thank you so much for your books. I honor your work.
Paula

                             Susun's Response: experiences to explore

Dear Paula,
Great to hear from you.

My correspondence courses take place through the mail. My classes are given at my home, the Wise Woman Center, as well as all over the world.

As for you choice of correspondence course, being menopausal does not affect which course you would do best with. If you feel you want to increase your personal power, then take Green Witch. If you want to learn more about plants, then sign up for Green Allies. Perhaps you would want to wait until after menopause to take Spirit and Practice course since that focuses on helping others and this is a good time for you to focus on yourself, but if you really wanted to do that one you certainly could and we could even modify it especially for you.

The courses are not a set of things to learn, but a group of experiences to explore.
I look forward to exploring and corresponding with you no matter which course you elect to pursue.
Green Blessings,  Susun Weed
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                                Options for a nursing mom

I have a question for you? What are the options for a nursing mother, who really wants to dive in? Are Correspondence courses the only option? Is there any way to apprentice, and do an intensive?; Also, could you please include me on your mailing list? is it electronic, or snail mail?

thank you for your time and consideration..
Aya

                         Susun's Response: what do you want to do?

Aya,
It all depends on you and what you want to do. Yes, a correspondence course would be a good option. You could also take a one day weekend class. Or, you could do a live-out weed wise apprenticeship. Or even an intensive, but you must be willing to make your baby first priority -as always in the first year or so.

As you know your own limitations and your own desires, it is best for you to decide how you want to "Dive in". You might take this time to really slow down on self-expectation and just buy a few good books and spend time out doors with the weeds and your baby!!! If you want something in-between, a correspondence course would be perfect.
You decide, we are here when and if you are ready. You are now on both mailing lists and so we will not lose touch.
Sending love,
Justine
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                            Mama-days-Nursing and Classes

Hello, Justine,

and… thank you for your reply..

My son is definitely my first priority, we spent his first summer outdoors and I take him out to play with the weeds whenever possible. He is my light work! He is already almost one year of age (born in April)...it's amazing how fast time goes by!

I take any extra time I can, to learn and grow within myself-- with him in mind, that it may better his life too. I read about the green whenever I can.

I guess I was just curious to know whether you would allow/it might work/anyone else has ever brought their nursling to a class with them. I could definitely not leave him for more than a few hours at this point, let alone an entire day, or travel across the country.

Right now ,I know I could not realistically do an apprenticeship/intensive. Though it was very exciting for me to read the list of what is covered...exactly what I want to learn!

I think I would like to do a correspondence course in my spare time (he's napping). I'm not sure how it will go, but perhaps it can give me more focus.

well, thank you again. enjoy your day!
recycling love,
Aya

                               Susun's Response: Re: mamadays

Aya,

yes you can come to a workshop with a baby as long as you keep him happy or take him for a walk when he needs it (crying loud)....If he is a toddler by then, you need to protect him from the pond and the goats and geese...the Wise Woman Center is not a child-proof environment. And, YES, a correspondence course would be perfect for you now. The beauty of it is that you can take as long as you want to complete it and you get to work at your own pace. How perfect.

Love, Justine
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                              Pregnant and taking a class

I am thrilled about your new payment plan for the correspondence courses! I have a friend who is excited too.

I have a question, though. I am pregnant and wondered if this would interfere with the course work. That may sound dumb, but you never know. I wouldn't think so since most of the things I have read from Susun have been involving nourishing herbs. The class I am interested in is, the Spirit and Tradition of the Wise Woman course.

Please let me know if you think this is suitable for me and me for you.
thank you!!!
Xxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Zena

                                  Susun's Response: you are fine

Zena,

Being pregnant will not interfere at all. Being a mother will, but only because it will take so much time :) One student had four children while she was taking her course. It took her almost ten years to complete it!!! But, she said, it was worth it.

Looking forward to corresponding and playing with you.

Green Blessings, Susun Weed
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  Courses Adapted to different Herbs in Different Places

Susun and Justine,

Hello again! I have a couple of questions, actually, I have more questions than I have answers, but such is life! I have lost about twenty pounds this year and I would like to lose a little more. My lower back pain has improved but I'd like to see a little more relief. The weight loss has helped. Are there herbs that help in facilitating permanent weight loss?

Also, I am interested in your correspondence courses. I am interested in knowing how these courses would adapt to the climate, plants etc. to the Los Angeles area?

Also, are there tricks to knowing if plants in a city park are ok to use. I recently picked some dandelions in a nearby city park and made a really strong infusion (a quart and a half) with it. I strained it over a day or two of steeping, the jars sealed so I think it's ok to use. I've tried it and it is very bitter. Is it suppose to be this way?

Do you know of the weed, poke? I grew up in the South and I picked it every Spring for salads and stir frying (add a little egg and bacon.) yum. Does it have any medicinal properties? Is Dandelion similar?

Thanks for your help.
Blessings, Toni

                                   Susun's Response: green blessings

Toni,

Nourishing herbal infusions are the best ally I know of for women who want to maintain a healthy weight. Generous amounts of seaweed in the diet are also helpful. Be aware that what you consider a good weight and what your body considers a good weight may not agree. Forcing yourself to lose weight can be worse for your health that losing that last ten pounds. (More info on the dangers of weight loss in my book, New Menopausal Years, available at www.ash-tree-publishing.com )

My correspondence courses are not place specific. I have women who live in all areas of the USA, in fact, all over the world, who are taking these courses with no problems.

Yes, dandelion is supposed to be very bitter. If the weeds in the park look healthy, they probably are. Poke greens are eaten only in the early spring and only after being blanched several times to leach the poisons out. I cover the medicinal properties of dandelion in Healing Wise. I have a section about the medicinal uses of poke (root) in my Breast Cancer? Breast Health! book.

Hope we get a chance to play together by way of a correspondence course.

Green Blessings, Susun Weed
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