WHO: Susun S. Weed, herbalist
WHAT: Wild Weeds & Magical Plants
WHERE: Rowe Camp, Rowe, MA
WHEN : April 1-3, 2005 (Fri-Sun)

Teachers show us how to learn, but Susun's dramatic and colorful yet easy and friendly teaching style sets her apart. As a green witch, she approaches healing medicine as a living manifestation of the Goddess. She offers us a chance to get to know plants from the inside out, slowly, with the same respect and patience we show people who are revealing their personalities. When we open to the mysteries of the plant world and flow from the heart, when we honor the Earth and learn to heal with nourishment, compassionate listening, and simple ceremonies, then we are dancing in the Tao, spiraling through grief and joy, healing the Wise Woman Way.


Our weekend together will be created to satisfy your needs and desires. We will choose from a basket brimming with possibilities: weed walks, shamanic trances, hands on herbal medicine, plant lore, optimum nutrition, eating weeds (powerhouses of minerals), as well as singing, welcoming back the fairies, and touching the magic afoot. Susun delivers profound and practical advice as she entertains and delights. A joyous spirit and a powerful presence, she teaches with such confidence and clarity that some people feel shocked, even offended, but when they listen, they realize she doesn't teach what she hasn't experienced. Her main message is to reclaim our simplicity, to regain our connection with the earth by growing our own food, making our own medicines, loving each other well, and knowing how and when to use other forms of medicine for our benefit. Helping people and communities become more caring of each other is the essence of spirituality, enabling us to be the best we can be. You will take away a newfound confidence in your ability to use the earth's gifts of food, medicine, and pleasure to bring energy, power, and health back into yourself. Your health and your life will never be the same!


What is the Wise Woman Way? It is neither alternative nor orthodox medicine. Orthodox scientific medicine heals by fixing the machine. Alternative or heroic medicine heals by cleaning, by trying to get rid of what is dirty, bad, or wrong. The Wise Woman tradition, however, heals by nourishing the wholeness of the unique being. To the wise woman, all things are interconnected and already perfect. The task then is not to create perfection but to make ourselves available to it, to acknowledge and trust our bodies as perfect manifestations of our wholeness, accepting life and death, health and sickness as part of the spiral. The Wise Woman tradition is more than 50,000 years old. As a "backwards pioneer," Susun brings this ancient wisdom to our modern lives, saying "I speak for the earth. I am the voice of the plants, bringing the ways of the Ancient Grandmothers to the sacred sister spiral of today."


Susun Weed, author of four best-selling books, and founder of the Wise Woman Center, is here to wake us up to the earth's gifts, to entice us to bend over and pick a weed and taste it. She loves to see the enchanted glow that lights our faces when we realize all we need for health and nourishment is right here for free, a give away of the earth's abundance. She reminds us that our bodies are organic, changing entities, not machines, and that we can trust ourselves to renew and transform.

Susun S. Weed has studied and taught about plants and their uses for more than 30 years. Her encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health make her one of the most respected healers of our age. As the voice of the Wise Woman Tradition, she has opened tens of thousands of hearts and minds to the magic and medicine of the green nations. Susun is founder of the Wise Woman Center, editor in chief of Ash Tree Publishing, a high priestess of Dianic Wicca, a member of the Wolf Clan and the Sisterhood of the Shields, a Peace Elder, and a devoted goat keeper. Her four books:

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
Healing Wise, the Second Wise Woman Herbal
Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way
New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way

are used by more than half a million women world-wide. Susun currently offers her wisdom through her website www.susunweed.com, her correspondence courses, her apprenticeships, and workshops with her at home in the Catskills.

"My goal in life is to get as old as I possibly can, to have as much fun as I possibly can, and then die." -- Susun Weed

Vibrant, passionate, and involved, Susun Weed has garnered an international reputation for her groundbreaking lectures, teachings, and writings on health and nutrition. She challenges conventional medical approaches with humor, insight, and her vast encyclopedic knowledge of herbal medicine. Unabashedly pro-woman, her animated and enthusiastic lectures are engaging and often profoundly provocative. Susun is one of America's best-known authorities on herbal medicine and natural approaches to women's health. Learn more at www.susunweed.com



U.U. Rowe Camp & Conference Center, located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, is a spiritual and educational organization offering opportunities for the presentation and exchange of a wide variety of ideas and beliefs consistent with Unitarian Universalist principles and values. Our purpose is to help people make better sense of their lives; making their world a better place in which to live. Our mission is to provide opportunities for people to explore diverse, far-reaching subjects, to learn about themselves, each other, our cultures and the earth, and go forth with new knowledge, insight, and courage. We do this by offering, in a safe and supportive environment, camp and conference programs that touch people's depths and have a lasting effect. Please visit our website www.rowecenter.org for more information.


For more information and to register for Susun Weed's April 1-3 workshop at Rowe Camp, Wild Weeds & Magical Plants: the Wise Woman Way, e-mail us at: retreat@RoweCenter.org

Rowe Camp & Conference Center
Kings Highway Road, PO Box 273, Rowe, MA 01367 USA
phone : (413) 339-4954 ~ web: www.rowecenter.org