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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

 

16 May 2013

Conference Teachers

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

2012.6 c ech in yarrow smallAs a young woman at 21, I was blessed to have Susun Weed become my mentor. She is a wise elder who showed me how to connect to the innate wisdom of the earth, the plants and myself as a woman. I am delighted to announce that she, along with Rachel Bagby, Pam Montgomery and Sally Fallon will be joining us for the 2013 Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference.  

These four women are wise crones who have carried the wisdom of the past, often lost or forgotten in our modern generation. As they pass this knowledge to us, we become the carriers as well, weaving the past into the future.

16 May 2013

Meddle with Nettle

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Herbal Medicine, Local Plants, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

DSC 5110Anyone who loves green, growing things becomes enchanted in springtime. I love to go foraging during those first warm days, and, well, sometimes I become distracted. One particularly fine afternoon recently, a friend and I were blissfully picking violets near an old barn when my arm brushed against a nearby plant, and I felt a familiar tingle – an electricity – where we had touched. Nettle! How could I have missed her? Not one to be ignored, she quickly got my attention, and that of my friend as well.

Before I begin extolling her virtues, perhaps I should address her antisocial side. It’s unfortunate - nettle’s inhospitable demeanor belies her true nature as an incredibly generous herbal ally. Few plants provide such a rich resource to help nurture our wellness and nourish our bodies.

 

09 April 2013

Early Bird Registration

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

Experience the Magic of the Women's Herbal Conference

SEWW Conference Sun woman cropped...where women have come together for many years to learn, celebrate and connect with each other.

Since late last year, the staff at SE Wise Women has been gearing up for the 2013 SE Wise Women's Herbal Conference.  This year's stellar teaching lineup includes special guests Susun Weed, Sally Fallon, Rachel Bagby and Pam Montgomery, along with 36 other exceptional teachers.

 

08 April 2013

Our New Look

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Announcements, Women's Wellness

2012.4 c grape arborThis spring, I am delighted to share with you the new look of Southeast Wise Women's website! I’ve been working this winter with staff on an initiative to create a larger, more beautiful and inclusive container for women to learn, celebrate, and connect in the web of wise woman.

The new website expresses the warm, curvy beauty that reflects the personality of our collective community of wise women. We kept familiar navigation, yet have re-organized content so you can better find important information, resources for learning and opportunities to connect. We have also added a blog aimed at bringing you fresher content.seww-logoblogpost1

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