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18 November 2013

Poke Root

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Do It Yourself, Herbal Medicine, Local Plants

PokeRootLate fall is the best time to harvest roots. One of my apothecary favorites is a low-dose botanical - the root of the Poke plant. Often considered toxic, I discovered that in the South poke root has traditionally been used in tiny doses as an immune stimulant. This powerful plant actually has a wide range of medicinal uses -- but you have to treat it with respect or risk unpleasant side effects (see below).

Herbs can rival the effectiveness of antibiotics, and they're generally much gentler on the body. Some folks turn to goldenseal for this purpose, but it is an endangered species. Poke, on the other hand, is a weed -- the problem is not having too little of it, but too much. And for most purposes, poke is at least as good, if not better.

30 October 2013

The Hearth Fire

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements, Sisterhood

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A peek behind the scenes of the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference . . .

Many hearts and hands weave throughout the year to support the annual fall gathering of herbal education, sisterhood, and community.

A highlight of last fall’s conference was the addition of a very special Hearth, nicknamed "Baby Brigit," which enabled us to have our fire circle in the heart of our gathering. The Hearth flames at Unity Village were tended throughout the weekend.

15 October 2013

Thank you Wonderful Wise Women

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Announcements, Corinna's Corner, Sisterhood

Thank you for being part of the magic of the 2013 Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference ~ together we created another amazing year! From the gorgeous sunny skies to the talented and passionate teachers, we were deeply blessed by our days together. 

We're already hearing rave reviews on the herbal classes, Connection Hour performances, and deep sharing circles. Participants are telling us they are astonished by how much they could learn in a few days!

As we hoped, Unity Village indeed created a new "heart" for our gathering, where women gathered to celebrate and connect. The Red Tent, Sister Love Tent, Wise Maiden Tent, and Hearth Tent were places women retreated throughout the weekend to rest, renew and be deeply nourished. Women danced, drummed, sang, and enjoyed the central Hearth fire all weekend long. 

Thank you to all of you for making the weekend conference this powerful celebration that honors women and the earth. We look forward to seeing you next year for our 10th Anniversary! What a web we are weaving. 

Green blessings!

06 October 2013

Getting Ready for the Conference

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

SEWW Conference Sun woman croppedThe excitement is stirring, as we are only days away from the Herbal Conference, when women will be gathering at Lake Eden in Black Mountain to learn about herbal medicine and women's health; celebrate earth based healing and wisdom; and connect with the web of wise women.

The staff are super busy, putting the last touches onto things, packing up our cars and attending to the many details involved with an event like this. It takes about a hundred volunteers, dozens of on-site staff, and five year round staff to create the beauty of this weekend. It also takes 40 teachers and over a thousand participants, who bring their wisdom, gifts and full selves to the beauty of this conference.

We are thrilled to be coming together once again to learn, connect and deepen with the plants, the earth, and each other!

We still have room for a few more women ~ walk-in registration will be available. See you in a few days!

16 September 2013

Unity Village

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Announcements, Corinna's Corner, Sisterhood

cw cropped hatI am so grateful to the many women who have educated and guided me in cultivating inclusivity and cultural diversity at the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference. 

Supporting diversity is an evolving process for our wise woman web, and we are all learning together--core staff, participants, and teachers alike. We've needed to recognize our limitations, stretch our inner worlds, acknowledge we're delving into arenas that are complex and multi-faceted. And ultimately, many of us are finding the growth we're harvesting to be richly rewarding.

12 September 2013

Building Awareness

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements, Sisterhood

closing-ceremony 11We are thrilled to announce three teachers:

Nicole Deggins, Sheila Simms Watson, and Angelique “Sobande” Moss-Greer. All three are strong women of color who are opening the hearts and minds of women around the world and building diverse communities.

13 June 2013

Rachel Bagby

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

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We are delighted to introduce Rachel Bagby who will join us as one of our special guests at the Southeast Wise Woman Herbal Conference. Rachel helps individuals and communities turn stories into WISDOM and SONG, using the VOICE as an instrument of change.

She writes, "If I were to create a résumé, it would be scrawled on a piece of sheet music. With a big, swooping treble clef next to my name: Rachel Bagby, J.D. It would include a number of positions, titles & roles. Graduate of Stanford Law School. Poetic innovator & creator of Dekaaz Facilitation™. Meditation instructor at IMS, Spirit Rock, the Omega & the Garrison Institutes. Co-founder of Metanoiaa. International speaker & author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices. Soprano in Bobby McFerrin’s original international touring ensemble, Voicestra. Vibralinguist. Wall Street Journal reporter. Choral activist and composer."

24 August 2013

Plant Communication

Written by Flora, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Herbal Medicine, Local Plants

blog plant communication"Open to the world of plants and see what it has to say. After all, your heart chakra is green!" This statement, uttered during a plant communication class, resonated with an unstruck chord. Months later, I found myself at SE Wise Women's Spring Herbal Immersion where we experienced this practice. Corinna led us to a shady area overflowing with a tall, green, proud plant. We laid under her stalks, relaxed our bodies, and as the drum played, we began to listen.

02 August 2013

Pam Montgomery

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

pam montgomery 2As an author, teacher, and herbal practitioner, Pam Montgomery has passionately embraced her role as a spokesperson for the plants.

Pam reminds us that healing is a journey that engages our whole being of heart, soul and spirit.  She writes, "Healing is not a linear process but instead follows a spiral pattern. As we spiral through life we periodically reach new understandings that allow healing to reach deeper levels - each time filling ourselves more fully with our true essential nature. As we become more our self our unique path is revealed and that which doesn’t serve us on our path falls away."

04 July 2013

Minerals

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

CW with ox-eye daisyLike many women, I love feeling full of vitality, strength, and energy for the many projects that I am called to. When I was in my early twenties, achieving this level of vitality was not easy. Eventually, after discovering I was deficient in minerals, I found one of the keys to restoring my health and energy lay in building a foundation of nutrition through nourishing traditional foods and wild plants. 

In order for our bodies to function optimally, we must ingest a broad spectrum of minerals that nourish our nervous, immune, and hormonal systems. Many of us don't get the amount of minerals we need, leading to a deficiency in our bodies. Large-scale, industrial farming has stripped the soils and washed the minerals out to sea, so much so that even our organic foods has less mineral content than the food of our ancestors.

04 July 2013

Sally Fallon Morell

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements, Nourishing Foods

sally fallonWe are delighted to welcome Sally Fallon Morell, MA to the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference for the first time this year. Sally is a journalist, chef, nutrition researcher, homemaker, community activist, and the author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrates. This unique cookbook informs the much-loved menus of both the Herbal Immersion and the Herbal Conference.

Sally Fallon Morell's role in the real food movement is pivotal. She stresses the importance of organic faming, pasture-fed livestock, and properly prepared, whole, traditional foods. 

05 July 2013

A Circle of Friends

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Herbal Medicine, Local Plants

6006 336360376466583 1820463906 nI have an intimate circle of friends. Nettles, comfrey, dandelion, burdock, violet, chickweed.... These friends are my plant allies, a circle of a dozen or so plants that meet most of my wild food and medicinal needs. I prefer to align myself with these backyard herbal friends over some of the more exotic, foreign, rare or declining plants. The allies in my circle make themselves at home right at my door-step, they are local and abundant.

13 June 2013

Conference Intensives

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

We are very excited to once again offer Intensives at the Herbal Conference in October. Intensives offer a special opportunity to learn more about a specific subject, with more time (3 to 31/2 hours as opposed to the 1 1/2 hour length of regular classes) and limited attendance.

laurel webAs a returning conference favorite, Laurel Mamet will be joining us, offering Believing in You: Tools for Trusting Yourself. A long-time energy healer, Laurel helps us discover dynamic, uplifting, and practical tools for moving beyond psychological healing into an ever-evolving life story. The class covers honing intuition, empowering from within, and expanding into the universe of greatness.

06 June 2013

Loving My Body

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Self Love, Women's Wellness

2015.4.3 corinna nettles med cropWhen I was in my teens and early twenties, I was like many women seeking affirmation and direction.  In this seeking, I was also receiving messages from both mainstream and alternative nutrition sources reinforcing the cultural construct about how women's bodies are supposed to be thin. At that time, I became so thin I only menstruated every few months.

Later, through deeper study and life experience, I learned about the dangers of low body weight and loss of menstruation (amenorrhea). Without adequate protein and fat, women’s bodies don’t regulate hormones properly, which can lead to loss of calcium and other minerals from their bones, adrenal and kidney depletion, and exhaustion. I succeeded in having the skinny model body type, but I found my health declining rapidly.

04 June 2013

Redefining Beauty

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Self Love

Flowers Do Not Diminish One Another's Beauty

woman with flowersWhat makes a meadow full of spring wildflowers so captivating and beautiful? Not the appearance of one, but the abundance of many flowers with different colors, shapes, fragrances, sizes, and stages of development.

The beauty of one flower--say a curvy, purple violet, does not diminish the beauty of another--perhaps a bright, golden sunburst of a dandelion

 

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