A powerful six-month journey embodying the Wise Woman Tradition through cultivating self love & relationships with wild plants
Six Saturdays, March through August 2019
Come explore a groundbreaking system with Corinna Wood, a woman-centered, earth-based, trauma-informed system of compassionate communication (NVC). Based in our bodies’ energy centers and the seasons of the moon and the plants, this system reveals how our strong female feelings guide us toward discovering our underlying needs. And as we embrace our needs, we support our thriving. We will also spend time outdoors, learning hands-on with wild plants and herbs. As we get to know the green allies, we recognize the cycles of the Earth, which are reflected in our own psyches, especially as women.
Woman-centered. Earth-based. Trauma-informed.
Learn to embody self-love the Wise Woman Way! In this healing, intimate circle of sisters honoring women and the Earth, we embrace the culture of the Wise Woman Tradition. Together, we reclaim sacred relationships with ourselves, the plants, and our sisters.
The program takes place in downtown Black Mountain, NC.
March through August
March 30, April 20, May 11, June 1, July 13, August 17
10:00 am - 1:00 pm ~ Morning session
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ~ Siesta/study lunch break
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ~ Afternoon session
What you will learn
Connecting with yourself, loving yourself as a woman
- Deepen your love for yourself and connect with your own internal wisdom
- Learn a language of feelings and needs for self-understanding and self-expression
- Understand impacts of trauma and examine underlying beliefs that inform your choices
- Develop personal strategies for meeting your needs to support yourself thriving
- Translate concepts to personal experience through self-reflective exercises in class and at home
Wild women ~ wild plants
- Expand your circle of herbal allies to incorporate into your everyday life
- Learn to make medicine from common, abundant wild edibles and medicinals
- Share hands-on learning experiences of seeing, touching and tasting the plants together
- Learn basic botany skills for herbalists to identify and categorize wild plants using botanical nomenclature
- Practice plant identification and medicine making through suggested assignments between sessions
Wise Woman Tradition Herbalist & Teacher
A seasoned Wise Woman Herbalist, teacher, visionary, and mother, Corinna Wood is founder and director of Southeast Wise Women and the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference—and co-founder of Red Moon Herbs. Corinna has a rich grounding of depth and breadth in herbal medicine as well as self-study in permaculture, non-violent communication, and spiritual psychology.
As a young woman, Corinna studied biology and herbal medicine--including a long-term apprenticeship with groundbreaking Wise Woman Herbalist Susun Weed. For over 25 years, Corinna has been practicing, teaching, and carrying on the Wise Woman Tradition, based in honoring women and the Earth. Corinna was also one of the early members of her home community, Earthaven Ecovillage, collaborating with others to bring a vision of sustainable living into manifestation.
Corinna's life work is to empower women to trust their inner wisdom and the cycles of nature. Today, Corinna is a leader and mentor in the women’s herbal community. She has taught hundreds of workshops in herbal medicine, women's health and natural healing, including 17 years of the annual Wise Woman Immersion program, empowering women in their relationships to the earth, the plants, and themselves. Corinna is grateful to be part of a web of women worldwide who are working collectively and personally to heal and honor ourselves and the Earth.
A note from Corinna
“I’ve been teaching the Wise Woman Tradition of herbal medicine for women for twenty-five years. More and more, I’ve been hearing from students, ‘I had no idea how deep the Wise Woman Tradition goes, how it would nourish my heart and soul as a woman—as well as my body—or how much the connection with sisters would mean to me!’
Indeed, the Wise Woman Tradition encompasses nourishment on every level. Loving ourselves is at the core just as much as herbal medicine and nourishing foods. I am deeply enjoying teaching the Saturdays program with a circle of sisters in which understanding our minds and hearts, and learning to love ourselves, are our primary focus. And as earth-based herbalist women, of course, we also go outside to connect with and learn from the plants themselves!"
Six Saturdays, March through August:
March 30, April 20, May 11, June 1, July 13, August 17
- Submit an application
- Upon acceptance, pay $300 to register and secure your spot. Remaining balance due prior to start of program.
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Please complete the application to receive more information about the following financial assistance options.
- Scholarships: Due to socio-economic impacts of racism, scholarships are prioritized for women of color with financial need.
- Work exchange: Limited work-exchange positions are available for women local to Black Mountain who are able to offer garden/landscaping work in February, March, and April 2019
- Payment plans: Custom payment plans can be arranged to help manage the expense.
Fees are refundable for cancellations prior to February 28, 2019, minus a $75 office fee. After February 28, 2019 there will be NO refunds.
Questions? Submit questions through the contact form.
Testimonials from Corinna's students
"This course went way deeper than I expected. It changed my life!~"
"You will be so blessed if you attend these studies. Not only will you be able to identify wild plants, but also you will come out of it as a whole person!"
Christie Fox, Maggie Valley, NC
"This series has far exceeded my curioius anticipation of what it would be like. I've enjoyed every minute of it-- the self love sessions took us on unexpected twists and turns, and the herbal work opened up my eyes to a whole new world!"
Connie Moore, SC
"For more than 55 years, my communications had only a remote connection to sincerely reflecting my true emotions. I had learned to disregard my own deep needs, noticing instead what earned me the best approval. I was brought up to 'make sure everyone else is happy, don’t be concerned about yourself.' I learned these lessons well. As an adult, my negative self-talk was sometimes abusive. Through the work I’ve done with Corinna and the Needs Wheel, I learned to pay attention to what I am feeling in my deepest self, with my heart and my body as well as my mind, and to not judge my feelings. I am learning to recognize discomfort as a signal to an unmet need. I am accepting my personal moon phases. By honoring these in others as well as myself, I am developing my strong wise woman. As a female business leader, I have found that success is eroded with underlying tensions and destructive communication. I have learned to rely on my empathic nature to sincerely listen and understand the employees’ needs, and to encourage them to sincerely know me. Through risks and growth and change, we are clear, aligned, and moving in the same direction."
Gayle M, Asheville NC
"This class is truly one of women's empowerment. It helps one tap into the self and see what needs are bringing up our emotions. This has helped me heal some past trauma by validating my feelings and confirming my needs. I feel this aspect of the class enriched the portions of learning about the plants and seeing them as another way to nourish ousrselves. This opening up also helped us to be more receptive to the plants."
Whisper Moore, Asheville NC
"I found myself fully immersed in a new culture. It is the culture of the wise woman tradition. It is a culture where there is no savior. There is no right or wrong. There is no judgement. There is no separation between health and disease. It is a culture of expression. It is a culture of attentive listening. It is a culture of deep (deep) nourishment. It is a culture of herbs. Corinna, thank you for giving me this Wise Woman culture and changing my life!"
Jenny Martineau, Montpelier, VT
"A soul blessing. I so appreciate how Corinna created an open, safe, trusting space for us--how Corinna guided us and yet was one of us. What a blessing to build such a connection with these other beautiful beings."
Julia Smith-Easely, Roswell, GA
"Corinna delivers information in a way that is easily understood yet interesting. She makes learning fun!"
Darlene Cronic, Clinton, SC
"Amazing! Corinna not only knows the information, but lives it! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for changing my life!"
Letitia Bunge, Columbus, OH
"Corinna is a master teacher!"
Michelle LaForest-Roberts, Richmond, VA
"This was the best form of teaching style ever! Corinna is very mindful with staying on task, very heartfelt and patient. The class was hands on with amazing flow."
Munirah Jessica Richards, Washington, DC
"Corinna was an inspirational, respectable, loving and warm teacher."
Amanda Nowatka, Morganton, NC
“Wonderful & magical! Thanks you for sharing the Wise Woman Traditions & keeping them alive.”
Michele Hathcock, Arden, NC
““I loved all of the depth of support, wisdom & beauty that was created. What a joy to be a part of it. Thank you. It was overwhelming how wonderful it was.”
Julia Rizzo, Nashville, TN
Thank you for sharing your gifts and knowledge and empowering us to do the same.”
Rachel Synder, Nashville, TN
“Providing us this opportunity to learn about the plants, each other, and ourselves has been truly life altering. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!”
Diana Flosenzier, Hattiesburg, MS
“I am forever changed! Thank you so much!”
Steva Kiser, Gaffney, SC
“Thank you so very much for sharing your gift, your knowledge and providing the ripples to change lives. Thank you!”
Stephanie Gilson, Mooresville, NC
“What can I say? This was so much more than I expected, truly a life changing week for me -- thank you for showing me another way by sharing your gifts.”
Lori Sanders, Pikeville, TN
"Your answers to questions went above and beyond my expectations of your knowledge of the material, and everything was presented so clearly & thoroughly. Thank you for being such an inspiration as a teacher and a person!”
Anna Fialkoff , Bar Harbor, ME
“This added so much to my life! Thank you!”
Clarissa Full, Sacremento, CA
“Wow! Your work is so valuable and important to me and so many others. Thanks, Thanks, and Thanks again!”
Cassa Von Kundra, Damascus, VA
"Enthusiasm as a teacher and lover of plants so effervescent and infectious."
Vanessa Hunt, Myrtle Beach, SC
“Amazing! I came hoping to learn more about herbs -- but am walking away feeling strong in spirit and nourished. Thank you!”
Adrianna Ross, Charlottesville, VA
“This program was a FANTASTIC extension of the Wise Woman Conference!”
Abby Hall Luca, Tuscaloosa, AL
“Absolutely phenomenal. The hands on learning experiences were wonderful. I feel so honored and blessed to have been able to attend this week. The education was invaluable, the women were great. Just to be in this environment with so many strong, wise women was wonderful. Thank you Corinna for having made this opportunity available. It will forever leave an imprint on me.”
Debra Pullen, Roanoke, VA
“This program has inspired me as a healer and a woman! Thank you!”
Hannah Levin, Brevard, NC
“Such an enlightening, empowering, experience!”
Judy Schmutz, Beaufort, NC
"In this circle of women, I have remembered who I am. I feel so affirmed and inspired . . . your class was fabulous! The information was great and the emphasis on intuition and self-empowerment transformed knowledge into Wisdom."
Iris Bradley, Mobile, AL
"Coming home was a bit of an adjustment! My 8 year old daughter Kaya explained my energy and "eyes" to me when I got home...by telling/ showing me with her hands...imagine spiraling your fingers around in circles in front of your face and then fireworks out to the side. She nailed it on the head! :) Thank you so much for the experience. It has really changed my life."
Adriane Hoyt, New York, NY
"It was amazing to watch the spirit of the earth and the plants expressing through Corinna.”
Gail Stein, Hendersonville, NC
"Corinna’s knowledge was the perfect balance of science and spirit. I couldn’t get enough!”
Brooke Hamby, Knoxville, TN
"You've opened doors for me that I didn't even know were there."
Sue Ellen Camden-Lee, Rutherfordton, NC
"I am so thankful to you for presenting this class and giving me the chance to change my life. You are so wise and such a beautiful woman. I am so blessed to have been part of this group and so excited for the chance to work with you. Thank you for your gifts . . . spirit, knowledge, love, support."
Sarah Leavitt, Black Mountain, NC
"I love the hands-on experience. The fall conference was great for knowledge, but this was a great follow up and way to go deeper."
Mary Sexton, Columbus, OH
"I am so glad that I had the opportunity to be part of this magic!"
Henna Still, Atlanta, GA
"Thank you for changing my life and helping me find my tribe!"
Sara Mulvey, Asheville, NC