All One Day Intensives take place at the Wise Women Center, Woodstock, NY
April 24: Hands On: Spring Tonics
Join Susun for a wild ramble as we encounter and learn how to use the special green allies of spring. We will talk about and taste lots of tonics. We will explore nettle soup, bite buds, pick and eat a wild salad, smell roots, laugh, and think green!
April 25: Woodland Wonders
Join Susun for a wild ramble as we encounter and learn about ramps, brassicas, dwarf ginseng, bloodroot, hepatica and rare spring flowers.
"The lessons you've given me will be my companions forever."
May 15: Herbal Pain Relief
Learn about different herbal remedies to help with pain. Develop a relationship with CBD, skullcap, poppies, St. Joan's wort, arnica, meditation and more. Herbal first aid is immediate, effective, right at hand, and a great way to jump into herbal medicine.
May 16: Hands-on Medicine: Antiviral Herbs
Elder and other green blessings to deal with viral threats.
"You are a wonderful teacher and an incredible example."
June 5: Hands On: Tree Medicines
I love trees. Don't you? Wander with me in the forest, learning from and about the Standing People, the trees, and their allies, the mushrooms and their mycelia. White pine, the great Oak, Slippery elm. . . Who will we meet? What will we discover? What medicines, what magic awaits us? What shamanic journeys will the trees open to us? Trees give us shelter, warmth, furniture, food, and medicine. We will visit the trees, and make remedies. A wonderful class for naturalists and those just steeping into herbal medicine and opening the door to the otherworld of plants and green blessings.
June 6: More Tree Medicines
I love trees. Don't you? Wander with me in the forest, learning from and about the Standing People, the trees, and their allies, the mushrooms and their mycelia. The gifts of Birch, Maple, Ash, Rowan . . . We will visit the trees, and make remedies. A wonderful class for naturalists and those just steeping into herbal medicine and opening the door to the otherworld of plants and green blessings.
"You opened a grounded, ancient, wise, visionary, magical world to me."
June 26: The Great Remedies
Right now is the time to harvest the great remedies, the ones I rely on routinely, year after year, the mainstay allies, the ones who do so much. Roll up your sleeves, grab your basket, put on your sunhat and find your scissors, it's time to harvest and dry herbs for teas and infusions. Time to make herbal tinctures, vinegars, honeys, and oils. Which of the plants that I treasure the most will be with us today? Everyone is welcome: beginners and adepts and everyone in between.
June 27: Herbs for a healthy heart
Learn about herbs to help keep your heart healthy and strong.
"The simplicity of your approach is amazing and empowering."
July 24: Talking with Plants
In the morning we will learn the language of the plants. In the afternoon, we will put our knowledge to work, listening to the plants and responding. They will guide us as we learn Medicine Wheel of Plant Uses, Doctrine of Signatures vs. functional engineering. We will breathe with green allies, play with the fairies, sing, and have a wonderful time. You will be surprised and thrilled when you realize how easy it is to talk with plants, the authorities on their uses. A fun class for beginners and experts alike.
July 25: More Great Remedies
Identify , harvest, prepare and use great herbal remedies. Which of the great remedies will we play with today? Nettle, motherwort, red clover, yarrow, burdock, comfrey, plantain, linden, St. Joan's wort, and so many more want our attention. As always, we will begin with Talking Stick, break for a wild food lunch around 1pm, and enjoy ourselves immensely. Green blessings are everywhere.
"I continue to relish the special communion I felt in that amazing circle of Wise Women."
August 21: Hands on Holy Ferment
Before there were tinctures, there were herbal wines and beers. Before there were refrigerators, there were lacto-fermented foods of all kinds: pickles, miso, kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and more. Join me in celebrating the old ways and learning how easy and satisfying it is to make your own. Fermented foods of all kinds feed gut flora that keep us happy and healthy. Students are welcome to take home starter cultures from my mothers. Everyone welcome.
August 22: Adaptogens
Feeling stressed? Need more energy? Think Better, live longer, feel great, adopt adaptogens. Adaptogenic herbs are safe and easy to use the Wise Woman Way. We will harvest shishsandra berries and tincture them. We will make amla infusion. We will pick wild salad.
September 11: Great Remedies of the Autumns
Identify , harvest, prepare and use great herbal remedies. Which of the great remedies will we play with today? Mullein, poke berries, antibacterial mints, much more
September 12: Magical Plants
Some herbs are medicine, and some are food. And some change our minds. Throughout the world, magical and mind-altering plants are the first plants studied by those who wish to be healers and helpers. This is one of the hidden secrets of Western herbalism. You don't have to go to Peru to find and use plants that open your mind to the worlds around you. While some are exotic, many grow right around us. In addition to mind-altering plants, we will talk about – and perhaps visit with – the fairies and the plant devas. You will make a dream pillow to take home. We will explore flying ointments, third eye opening tinctures, and love potions. If your expertise has not included this important group of plants, please join us. Beginners will benefit enormously from this class but it is not suitable for children. Experienced herbal folk will find much to delight them in this day.
"Your dynamic presence and remarkable story telling make learning fun and easy."
October 2: Hands on Seed Gathering
Amaranth, lamb's quarter, plantain, mustard, many more
October 3: Mind-Bending Plants
Magic mushrooms, psychedelic mints, deadly nightshades
October 23: Hands on Digging Roots
Burdock, dandelion, yellow dock, teasel, Japanese knotweed, chicory, thistle. As always, Talking Stick, wild food lunch and more. Green blessings are everywhere.
October 24: Fend Off Winter Woes
Here come colds, the flu, coughs, congestion, sore throats, and all the ways that winter can whomp you. Whomp back with simple, safe, effective herbs. Learn how to tell the difference between hot colds and cold colds, and the best ways to counter them. Encounter the stories and power of elder, mullein, elecampane, sage, honey and more. Learn all about antibacterial, antitiviral, and anti-inflammatory herbs and why they are better by far than essential oils. Bring your questions about sinus infections, bronchitis, laryngitis, pneumonia. A great class for beginners with plenty to excite more experienced folk
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