Weed Wanderings Herbal eZine with Susun Weed
July 2004
Volume 4 Number 7
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Healing Wise ...
Chickweed Pharmacy
by Susun Weed

bookcover: Healing Wise by Susun S. WeedExcerpt from Healing Wise (pp.124-125)

Chickweed Poultice

*Apply the fresh herb, washed, directly onto sores, closed eyes, wounds.

or *Cook the greens and stalks, especially when using older plants or treating deeply; cool somewhat before applying.

or *Simmer chickweed in half water, half vinegar for about five minutes, cool and apply.

then Cover chickweed with a cotton towel or a thin layer of clay, and poultice for five minutes to three hours. Replace when poultice feels hot to the touch and oozes. (Yes, hot! Though most poultices are applied warm and removed when they cool, chickweed poultices actually heat up as they draw out infection and heat.)

Relief often begins within a few hours of the initial application, with pain and swelling diminishing steadily as treatments continue.

Poultices used on infections, such as pinkeye, must be thrown away after use. Poultices used on cleanwounds and unbroken skin can be reused several times if chickweed is in short supply.

Chickweed Eye Lotion
4 oz/125ml distilled water
4 oz/125ml witch hazel
1 Tbs/15ml chickweed tincture

Combine all ingredients in a clean plastic dispenser-top bottle. Use pre-pared witch hazel from drugstore. Shake well.

To use: Wet a cloth or cotton ball with lotion and apply to closed eyes for 3 minutes. Discontinue if eyes are sensitive.

Excerpt from Healing Wise by Susun Weed

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Study with Susun Weed in the convenience of your home! Choose from three Correspondence Courses: Green Allies, Spirit & Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition, and Green Witch - includes audio/video tapes, books, assignments, special mailings, plus personal time. Learn more at www.susunweed.com or write to: Susun Weed PO Box 64 Woodstock, NY 12498
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Welcome sisters, you are invited to join us, announcing:

Green Goddess Apprentice Weeks
Enrollment limited to ten women.
For ages 14 and up.

Two one-week apprenticeships for aspiring herbalists who want to learn from and play with the Green Goddess. And for past apprentices to share their wisdom and knowledge. Here in the safety of the Wise Woman Center we will play with the fairies, dance with the devas, sing with the stars, and reweave the healing cloak of the Ancients. We hope you can join us!

"I learned more from spending one day with Susun than I have in months of study with others."

The fee includes all meals, lodging, instruction, textbooks, and supplies.
* Organic vegetarian meals (dinner Monday through lunch Sunday)
* Camp site or shelter in our tipi or studio
* Twenty hours of class time with Susun
* All supplies, including materials for making herbal medicines, and textbooks valued at more than $100: Field Guide to Wildflowers (Peterson)
Healing Wise (Susun Weed)MoonDays (Premo-Steele)
City Herbal (Silverman)
Witches, Midwives, Nurses (Erenreich)
Natural Health Bible
* Tarot reading with Susun
* Classes with visiting teachers and past apprentices
* Campfire singing circles
* Yoga instruction
* Tai chi instruction
* Moon lodge gathering
* Talking stick ceremony
* Optional initiation as a green witch

During your Green Goddess Apprenticeship you will also:
* Learn how to identify plants
* Learn how to use common plants for food and medicine
* Learn about plant families and botany
* Make one or more herbal remedies to take home
* Enjoy Goddess archetype presentations
* Go for walks in the woods
* Connect deeply with plants and the planet
* Be supported by the spiral of sisters

In addition to studying you can:
* Swim in the pond or the river
* Paddle the canoe
* Visit Woodstock, Colony of the ArtsSchedule

Your Green Goddess Apprentice week begins at noon on Monday and ends about 4pm on Sunday. You may arrive as early as 11am if you wish to settle in first. If you are flying in, please check with us about options for arriving early or staying later. There is a $5 pickup fee to get you from the bus in Woodstock or Saugerties.

Our days begin with breakfast (out from 8:30 until 9:30), followed by class (10am - 1pm), then lunch and talking stick (1:30 - 3:30), afternoon class (3:30 - 6pm), dinner (6:30 - 8pm), and finally evening campfire circle of stories and songs (8pm - 10pm). On Monday, we will choose our goddess archetypes and our green allies and pick a wild salad for an early dinner. On Friday, we will also eat one hour earlier since the moonlodge starts at 7pm. On Sunday, we will have a lavish high magic ceremony followed by a late lunch and a final talking stick. Many surprises await us on all the days in between.

To Register
Please send your name, age, address, phone number, e-mail address, and letter of application (words or images) with your $100 deposit -- which will be returned if we cannot accept your application. A color photograph is helpful if you can include one. Tell us which week you wish to attend and whether or not you could come to the other week if your first choice is full. Payment for this event may be made in installments charged to your credit card. All Green Goddess Apprentices must be paid in full ten days prior to their arrival.

Mail your application to :
Wise Woman Center PO Box 64, Woodstock, NY 12498 Fax questions to: 1-845-246-8081


There are three work-study positions open at each Green Goddess Week. Each position requires 50 hours of work over an eight day span (the seven days of the green goddess week plus the day before it begins or the day after it ends) plus a payment of $500. You will not miss any class time if you do work exchange; you will be busy from 8am to midnight. To apply for one of these positions, please write. Tell us of your willingness to work and your desire to participate.

You may use work-exchange credits from any work exchange weekend toward this event.

Past Apprentices
Are you a past apprentice of Susun's? If so, you qualify for a special discount at the Green Goddess Weeks. All past live-in apprentices may come for two days and nights free; further days are half price at $70 each, or $50 plus 3 hours of work. (Offer good only to apprentices who graduated.) If you completed a live-out apprenticeship, you may take 25% off , bringing your cost to $600-750 for the week.Class Size

We will accept ten students in this program, plus three work-exchange students, plus apprentices who may be here already as well as visiting apprentices. Please register early.

Karen Joy



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