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08 April 2014

Sisterhood

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

DSC 7452How I love this time of year, when everything is fresh and green and the world seems full of potential and possibility. Seeing the little shoots push their way up through the earth, reaching toward the sun, I can feel my own spirit renewed, refreshed and reinvigorated. It’s the longing for growth…healing…wholeness…

13 March 2014

Wild Salad Time

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Do It Yourself, Local Plants, Nourishing Foods

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Wild salad time already? Yes, with Spring Equinox right around the corner, the chickweed is already starting to sprout up! When I see her lush, green leaves I feel excited. It’s like seeing a beloved friend return, offering abundance and nourishment, in so many ways.
 
Wild salads are what inspired my interest in herbal medicine and nutrition in the first place. I wanted to be able to look around my yard and know what to eat. It reinforced my connection to the land on which I dwell and, over the years, wild edibles have added to my relationship to the divine as well. I find that the sacred and our bodies are one and the same; the experience of harvesting and eating these gifts of the Earth is deeply nourishing—physically, and spiritually.

19 February 2014

Nourishment Immersion

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

chickweed saladSoutheast Wise Women Herbal Immersion May 25-30 2014. Discounts through March 20.

Nourishment is at the foundation of the Wise Woman Tradition. At both the fall Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference and the spring Herbal Immersion, Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions cookbook is the guide for our menus. She turns our attention to delicious seasonal foods prepared with simple techniques which increase their nutrients and digestibility.

03 February 2014

The Beauty of Yogurt

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

6006 336360376466583 1820463906 nThis February, we find ourselves again at the time between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Although the earth is beginning to show signs of stirrings and thaw, I'm still savoring the nourishment of the deep inward time of the winter.

This time of year was traditionally marked by one of the four Celtic fire feasts. Known as Imbolc, the name derived from Old irish "oimelc" which translates as "ewes' milk", as the sheep, goats, and cows often give birth in February. Their life-giving milk was an early source of abundant food to nourish and sustain through the remainder of the long, dark wintertime.

29 November 2013

Circle of Support

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

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We are so grateful to be a part of this growing wise woman community. The beauty of each woman radiates outward, forming this web, including women of all shapes and sizes, from different backgrounds and walks of life. We get to share in our moments of strength and joy, and offer support to one another in times of need.

As the scholarship applications came pouring in, representing women who would love to attend the conference but are unable to participate in the work exchange program or afford the registration fees, we knew the amount of scholarship requests would quickly surpass the amount of money in the fund.

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.

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