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Sisterhood

20 August 2015

Women Connecting with Women

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

Connecting with Your Sisters

heartsSocietal norms shift very, very slowly. In the last century we've seen tremendous progress in bringing women's issues out of the shadows. With strength, perseverance and non-violent resistance to nearly universal oppression, women are reclaiming our rightful place as co-creators of a new paradigm of equality. And we still have a long way to go in a world where violence against women continues to be both endemic and internalized.

Much of what sustains us through our journey is the profound, primal connection of women throughout the world in our roles as daughters, sisters and mothers--the unwavering nurturers and protectors of Life. It's part of our biology; it is our essence. It is the thread that joins us with every other woman on the planet.

05 August 2015

The Wise Woman Tradition

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

“The Wise Woman Tradition is the oldest tradition of healing known on our planet, yet one that is rarely identified, rarely written or talked about. A woman-centered tradition of self-love, respectful of the earth and all her creatures, the Wise Woman Tradition tells us that compassion, simple ritual and common herbs heal the whole person and maintain health/wholeness/holiness.” ~ Susun Weed, Healing Wise

candle in hands 600 x 417Our society insists on duality. There’s an either/or paradigm in mainstream culture, and even in much of the “alternative” sensibility and New Age spirituality.

It’s all about the “light,” and a predisposition to shutting out what is mysterious and “dark.” That tends to include the Earth—which remains untamed despite all efforts to master her—and woman, whose body and its great mysteries are intricately intertwined with Earth’s body.

The prevailing paradigm tells us that we need to overcome our connection to our bodies and to the physical plane in order to achieve a high level of spiritual “purity.” It calls us to answer to a “higher authority” that dictates strict codes of behavior, telling us that we are, essentially, dirty and flawed; in need of being saved. It negates so many essential parts of our experience as human beings and as women.

27 July 2015

Being a Black Herbalist

Written by Flora, Posted in Herbal Medicine, Sisterhood, Women's Wellness

Black Community Herbology

black goddess drawingI am a black herbalist, and as such, I am required to do healing work constantly connected to the past, relevant to the communities I’m accountable to, and in service of the future I want to help co-create.

Once I’m out of bed in the morning, I look for the things I need to honor my ancestor warrior healers: singing bowl, nag champa incense, prayed over stones, orisha candles and lemon water. I call out the names of the African, Indigenous, and white blood and spiritual grandmothers whose shoulders I stand on. These are the women who birthed babies at home, cooked only food they grew or raised, knew which weeds to eat and when, and sat with the dying as they transitioned.

My herbalist praxis, as defined by Paulo Freire, is reflection and action directed at the thing that I wish to transform. I fight against the same conditions that the people who come to see me are struggling with; stress and anxiety which can lead to hormonal imbalances that cause sleep disturbances which impair your immune system and render you vulnerable to depression. These disorders are also connected to the fact that we live in a society founded on racism, patriarchy, misogyny, and capitalism.

15 April 2015

Honoring Women's Moontime

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

corinna-ivyDuring menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, our emotions and perceptions are heightened. There is a primal urge to remove ourselves from the daily routine and allow these feelings to move through our bodies and our spirits. We crave the Moon Lodge.

In traditional societies where the natural order of things was revered, the Moon Lodge offered a retreat, or cradle to receive women when they felt most vulnerable. Women gathered there during their bleeding time. Not an exile imposed upon the ‘unclean,’ rather the Moon Lodge offered a sacred space—tangible or otherwise—that enables those who acknowledge and accept it to feel reverence and connection with the spiritual, to be immersed in reflection, to be still and truly be.

06 October 2014

Unity Village

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements, Sisterhood

action 2013 10 women arms around webUnity Village has become the heart of the conference, which we collectively create as a community of women. As the central hearth, Unity Village hosts Welcome and Farewell Jams, evening fires with song and drumming, daytime classes, facilitated talking circles and a central hearth fire. Unity Village aims to support women to connect and integrate by honoring our diversity, creating safe and intimate spaces, and inspiring creativity, playfulness, movement and relaxation.

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…

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!

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.

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