I'm so happy to have found your work online. I actually was recommended your books by Karen Rose, who owns an apothecary near my apartment in Brooklyn. Long story short, it is my intention to one day open my own apothecary that focuses on women's health and wellness. I've been really cultivating my interest in herbalism and plant based healing over the past couple of years and I'm just so in love with everything I'm learning about. I was hoping to get some advice from you regarding the business, where to begin, how to become more involved with the herbalist community, etc etc. I'd love to speak to you personally, if at all possible. Do you have a brick and mortar location or are you strictly online? Maybe I could take the train out to Woodstock! That would be awesome, the city is making me so sad lately. Too much concrete! Let me know if a meet-up would be something that might interest you. You seem like a very wise woman. :)
Many thanks, Rhiannon
Many thanks for writing in! Susun does not have a brick and mortar store – Susun never sells herbs, herbal preparations, etc. Her focus is strictly on teaching… so I’m afraid she would not be of any help in regards to the business end of things or how to go about starting a business… We do have an online forum and there are professional herbalists that post there and some make and sell items – they might be able to offer some guidance if you want to check it out: www.healingwiseforum.com
There are some links here that we pointed people to before and may be useful – in case you haven’t checked them out:
If you're ready to go deeper with your herbal studies, join Susun on her new Mentorship website. Get new content weekly such as the expanded herbal ezine, replays of teleseminars, videos, audio of Susuns past lectures, many articles by Susun, and even personal one on one mentorship from Susun. www.wisewomanmentor.com
Do you feel a kinship with trees? Do you feel they are a blessing, or do you fear being alone in the forest (where the witch lives)? Susun’s whole life has been devoted to the propositions that, when you connect to trees and plants, you become more rooted in life, and all we need for health and nourishment is close at hand.
This enchanting weekend led by one of the leading experts in herbal medicine and health will weave together tree lore, tree medicines, magic wands, and much more. Profound and practical, confident and clear, scientific and psychic, Susun will take you on shamanic journeys with special trees. You’ll learn, hands-on, how easy it is to use tree medicines: pine-needle vinegar, sweet-birch tonic, oak soaks, maple-bud nibbles, and other special gifts.
Your days and evenings will be rich with stories, songs, and ceremony, in addition to the unending stream of information about plants that never stops in Susun’s presence. You’ll also have a chance to get answers to your personal health questions and opportunities to wander in the springtime paradise of Rowe’s abundant forests.
I am interested in herbal remedies and natural healing. I am interested in taking classes to learn more, and I came across your site while surfing the internet. If you would e-mail me with more information about your class and what everything is about I'd appreciate it greatly. Thank you.
Good afternoon. I am interested in herbal remedies and natural healing. I am interested in taking classes to learn more, and I came across your site while surfing the internet....If you would e-mail me with more information about your class and what everything is about I'd appreciate it greatly. Thank you.
I am very interested in being a live-in apprentice. I have been involved in herbal and natural healing since I was a small child. I found out about you from my mother, and I did some research on your website to see what you offered. I would love nothing more than to participate in your Shamanic apprenticeship program, but unfortunately I cannot due to the fact I am male. So, my question to you is: Do you know of anyone that provides a similar service for men? What is the longest live-in program you offer for males? Thank you for taking the time to read this.
These courses include mentorship with Susun via postal mail and three hours of phone talk time along with a 50% discount on three of her one day workshops. You could also organize a weekend for her to come to your hometown - cost is $1000 per day including travel days.
I would also check out Anima Center for possiblities for men as well. Their website is here:http://animacenter.org/
You may also want to check out Susun's free online course that focuses on herbal infusions, and is a main part of a daily routine for good health. You can learn about infusions here: http://nourishingherbalinfusions.com/
I am wondering if you happen to know any good places you would recommend for becoming a clinical herbalist? I know your mom, Susun, has courses also. Does by taking her courses allow one to be a clinical herbalist? One who can do it for a living? In other words, a master herbalist (Registered herbalist in Canada - qualification for the practice of herbalism or any other field of natural healing.)? I know of two good ones, Dominion Herbal College and Living Earth School of Herbalism. I much prefer if I could do much of my training in person along with other students, not on computers. thanks so much for your time, I look forward to hearing your inputs!!!
Kim here - I work with Justine. Short answer to your question, no - after taking Susun's courses you are not certified as an herbalist. At least not by any organization. This is not Susun's goal as she is against licensing of herbalists and works to teach everyone how to take control of their health. Here is a bit more from Susun's perspective: http://www.susunweed.com/Article_Shamanic_Herbalist.htm
Now, of course, there are always people who would rather go to an herbalist, instead of doing it themselves. So it is a good thing that they are ones out there to help. People have hung out their shingle and started practicing for the community after taking Susun's courses but a lot of that depends on where you are located and the laws of that area. The two schools you mentioned are great. For resources on a more formalized approach, I would also check out here: http://www.herbnet.com/university_p2.htm
Green Blessings, I am trying to find an article on hemorroids, but am having some difficulty....can you advise what herb to use. Thanks
Comfrey leaf infusion used internally and as a sitz bath is excellent at easing hemorrhoids . For temporary relief, witch hazel purchased at a drug store applied topically will help to ease swelling.
Susun is unable to answer email questions as she is devoting her time to her forthcoming book, “Down There, reproductive health for women and men” due out soon. She has just started offering telephone consultations. If you are interested, go to: www.herbalmedicinehealing.com/store/ You might also go to the Wise Woman Forum to ask your question in case a member can offer you help: www.susunweed.com/wisewomanforum.htm
Q: Hi, I'd like to be on your e-mail registry and learn about
upcoming events, and other positive opportunities, am I allowed due to my
I'd like to visit for I am especially interested in the seva
programs i.e. possibly the shamanic apprentice program in the future, but for
now an academically challenging summer with the space to process is the goal.
I've set the stage by turning the truck into the taj mahal,
(so to be totally self reliant) and now am looking for the right opportunity to
learn and study the natural world and heal a distanced relationship with Mother
Earth, while not burning a hole in my pocket book so to speak.
Let me know if you have any good ideas and thank you for
Maybe I'll get you meet you, Susun, and the rest of the
"wise women" :)
Susun's correspondence courses can be paid in monthly installments and allow you the freedom to study while you travel. Her work trade days are free and you are rewarded with lunch and instruction or credit toward books or tapes. Her one day classes are discounted the earlier in advance you pay for them. Feel free to write any time!
Q: Since I sent in my precious $100, I've been reading on the website and discovered the "Why is Susun angry?" essay. Could I ask you if I should expect her to yell at me on the phone if and when I call her? I need to be prepared to handle it.
**I also have another question. I already own HEALING WISE and I see it is part of the course. Would it be possible for me to substitute another book instead of getting a second copy? Thank you.**
Anxiously excited to start.
A: Greetings from the Wise Woman Center!
We welcome you as an ABC of Herbalism correspondence course student. Susun will be sending a welcome package, complete with a project booklet and more, very soon. Thank you for the extra payment too. :)
We see that you have signed up for the payment plan. Since we are not able to do the automatic deductions with paypal payments, you have the option of making your payments using the supplement payment option online or by mailing a check to Susun Weed at PO Box 64, Woodstock, NY 12498. You can choose which option you desire each month, and do not need to let us know which it will be :) If you let us know, we can send a payment reminder through paypal to help keep our postal mailing records straight.
It is up to Susun to decide if you can substitute.
I can not promise she will never yell. Susun is very direct. Those who come for apprenticeship ask for the level of growth that requires more confrontation. For those not wishing it she suggests one day classes, or correspondence course. So I doubt there is much to be concerned about. More likely you will find your interactions with her enjoyable. Just as she is direct and passionate, this works towards her joyous passions. I suppose in life it is good to be prepared for anything though.
Last year I visited your farm, interested in a shamanic apprenticeship. However at that moment I was not in the space for such an intence experience because of what I was coming out of and finances were not on my side. Yet this past year I have still been thinking about your farm and the possibilities that could blossom there. I have spent the past year seeking out woman who could teach me about the energy that I know is out there for woman but that I wasn't told about. I have been seeking woman who could teach me the world of plants. Yet now I am looking for something more intense. I want to be utterly immersed, swamped, overwhelmed. At the moment I am living on a farm in Costa Rica but plan to return to the states at the end of MArch or April. I was wondering if you would tell me more about the shamanic apprenticeship. Is it only for woman and devoted to the study of womanhood? What kind of work would happen. gardening? I like to work hard and learn hard and play hard. As far as work study, how much could I work off in 13 weeks? Could I pay as I go because finances are always hard at this point on my life. Does this apprenticeship have a schedule or do you read your students and take it from there. How many students are usually living with you? Is there anyone I could talk to about thier experience? I could rattle off questions cause I get excited but I guess I will wait for a reply. So then, I will wait. and I hope you reply, thanks.
A: Hello, thank you for writing with your interest to study with Susun through apprenticeship. I think you will find most of your questions answered here. You sound like you are in a prime place for this intense apprenticeship Susun offers...
Please let me know if I can answer further questions. Or if once reading you have more questions you wish Susun to answer, you can write her at PO Box 64, Woodstock, NY.
Q: hello, thank you for replying to my email. I have some questions that the internet site does not answer so I thought i would try to call susun today, wednesday. the phone is busy and I actually am in Costa Rica so that using phone is quite expensive. So i was wondering if there was another way I could contact her with my questions? Or maybe you can help? So here I go. How much work exchange can a shamanic apprentice do? Does the price of staying decline with more time at the farm? Can i pay in weekly increments depending on how long I can stay for because of how much money i have? Do i need a car? Is there a maximum stay on the farm? What are the differences between the simple and samanic apprenticeship. Those are all the questions I had wrote down. Yet I would love to contact Susun but don´t know how. Let me know what you think. Thanks.
A: Hi, I understand about the distance and phoning. You can contact Susun by postal mail at PO Box 64, Woodstock, NY 12498, USA. When you do be sure to include your postal address and phone contact info in the letter so she can reply.
I do not believe you need a car, nor is there a maximum amount of time to stay. It depends on the person and the moment with Susun, what is the appropriate amount of time to stay. She rarely has apprentices through the winter.
The difference between the two apprenticeships is the amount of minimum stay required and the intensity of the experience. More of your presence and your work is required at the Shamanic apprenticeship:
Shamanic herbal apprentices engage their muscles, their psyches, and their deepest Selves. With Susun's help, they melt themselves down so they may engage greater truth and deeper wisdom. But melting and changing is not always comfortable or graceful, from the inside or the outside. Both shamanic herbal and simple herbal apprentices will encounter intense emotions. These experiences are an important part of your apprenticeship in the Wise Woman Tradition.
Fees must be paid before you arrive. If you and Susun decide you stay longer than originally paid and agreed, then you both will work out payment at that time. The fee does not change, but the amount of work exchange available to you, to offset the cost, may.
Please do write her for further clarity, expressing what you would like, so she can work with you. And as always feel free to write me with any questions!
Hello. I am a divorced woman and I have five of the most precious gifts anyone could ask for!!! My children. I am going to be very honest with you about who I am.
#1…A woman very dedicated to children.
#2…A healer of unknown talents.
#3…A heart that is wide open.
#4…and a woman that feels out of place here in my family.
I have made many a journey in nature to speak with…Life…. I heard or felt those who chose to respond to my presence. I have witnessed many beautiful happenings and also was shown the sorrow of Mother Earth. I am at a place where I left my husband and in so doing, had to leave my four boys with their father and my daughter with my mother. I am considered homeless. I do not feel that way because of the connection I found within myself. I feel like I am a fire that keeps getting doused. I knew that the finer parts of me would die if I stayed in the marriage. I did not know that I would rouse my family into thinking that I am way out there and need help. I know what I experienced and it has been difficult keeping that knowing in my being when I am confronted daily with others that really do not know the Love of the Earth personally. I feel like crying because I miss my kids so much but I know that the ball started and I have to move with the movement. My heart sounds so great toward the natural healings that my path is split in two. On one side I would die to self to live again with my children and their father. On the other side I feel like the blood of the “people” is on my hands because I am not being the healer Mother Nature knows I am. I know that I have struggled because of the lack of examples that come from the human. I do know that I need to be an example to those that come after me of a Human Being living here on Earth. The bottom line is that I would cherish an opportunity to learn your sacred way. My dream is so huge that it is difficult to express. I gladly let my dreams pass to others so that the dream doesn’t have to wait on me. I want to live in a way that is very connected to the Earth and I found your website. I am unable to find a place to make money because my natural healing gift is calling from deep within and the normal workplace is so hard for me to be in. I am writing to you because I feel I have to try to make connections for my spirit to survive this space here in Kansas…Please, if you are able, let me know if there is a way to be in your sacred area and bring back into practice what I’ve learned to Kansas.
My thanks to you, for being on the Internet, at a time when who and what you are spoke volumes to my heart.
Thank you for writing. I know you write this to Susun. She does not have internet to be able to correspond through email. If you wish please do write her a letter at PO Box 64, Woodstock, NY 12498. It is her daughter, with the help of a few of us, and Susun's financial support that allows us to share what we do online. I hear you wish to learn more from Susun. There is an abundance to learn online through our many websites, and I am happy to help you find whatever you are searching for within them. Also through most libraries you can get her books to read. I recommend you start with Healing Wise, though any would be of benefit. What else could I help with? I hear your passion and your needs.
I am looking to apprentice with someone but I have two little girls.
Are there places that you know of where one can have their children? Thank you for your time.
This is a great question, as I imagine apprenticeship with your girls could be a great benefit to the girls!!
Susun's live-in apprentice program is intense, so it would not leave time for the caring of your girls, since you are asked to focus deeply on yourself. However you CAN study with her through correspondence course and take her one-day classes with your girls along if you feel they are able to focus. You can also do her live-out apprentice program if you are able to be away from your girls one weekend a month.
I intend to open up my space for live in apprenticeship for families, though will not be ready until next summer likely, so I am sure places do exist :)
Currently, I live in Budapest, Hungary, and I will be moving to the island of Hvar, Croatia in January of next year. Is it possible that I can still take the course? I wondered how much information you had about herbs in Eastern-Central Europe. I've already found nettle (my herbal ally), elderberry, plantain and of course, dandelion in the Budapest area -- and that's without really trying too hard. I've also located an organic herb farm on Hungarian-Croat border that looks like a promising source for herbs.
Anyways, let me know. If so, I'll sign up for the course right away, I just wanted to make sure you were comfortable with working in foreign terrain.
Susun has correspondence course students all over the world and will be thrilled to work with you!! Thank you for checking first to be sure :) She does not have internet to be able to correspond through email, but will send a course packet out to your right away upon your registration. Know you can register online, as well as through postal mail.