to Susun Weed...

February 2008

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May I request a product catalog and/or a list of available courses you offer?
I'm quite interested in your work and products and I have several friends that are also interested... but not all of them have convenient computer access (to gather the info from your website on their own). I'll also 'share' the info with others--it will not find its way to a landfill!

Thank you and Happy New Year!
Cheers, Cindy



I've been reading your wonderful website and enjoying the forums, I have gained some great information …




thank you for the speedy reply and all the wonderful info. I just ordered two of Ms. Weeds books (can’t wait to get them!!!). I am so glad I found Wise Woman – not sure what took so long Again, thank you and Susun and I’ll keep you posted on the results.

The Best of Wishes,



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Dear Susun,

just a note of thanks for sharing your take on the ingestion of meats that was included as part of your article on Wise Woman Ways to Prevent Depression. i have long suspected intuitively that it is fine to eat meat. i remember reading the carlos castaneda books way back when and the yaqui indian's description of the eating of animals, the cyclical nature of life, the idea of having respect/reverance for the act of eating an animal (or a vegetable or mineral, for that matter).

recently, my acupuncturist was talking to a vegetarian client who was adamantly refusing her suggestion to begin to eat meat. i commented later that i'd overheard the conversation and that i hadn't realized that it can often be harder for the body to process flax than fish oil, for example (i also enjoyed reading about purslane, by the way!) i mentioned that it must be difficult to tread that fine line between being respectful of her decision but concerned about her health. my acupuncturist, a very kind, mellow person, totally surprised me by saying that she didn't feel that respect and that she felt that taking in meat was important. to have these two instances come up in the past month is interesting to me. i have been a meat eater with only a brief stint years and years ago as a vegetarian, and have sometimes felt guilty or conflicted about this, but always hearken back to what the yaqui indian's perspective in the book, and now also to your opinion and that of my acupuncturist. Ideally, though, i hope to someday be able to afford to only eat organic, which would make me feel ultimately more in synch spiritually with my consumption of meat. i think that that issue is really at the heart of my discomfort right now.

i just wanted to thank you for sharing your views on this. i find it a very courageous act, really, and wanted to tell you so. thanks for a great newsletter!





I am an avid reader of Ms. Weed's book, Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, and have used several of her herbal recipes with great success…




Hello Susun,

I live in Minnesota.
… The more I read from you the more I wished I knew of your info years ago. I have always believed in holistic medicine so this is right up my alley.

Okay, on to my current pregnancy. I struggle with lactation, and always have. So I have begun to drink a raspberry, alfalfa and nettle tea I found at a coop. Within a few days I began to leak. Great, I hope it lasts and baby will benefit from this.

I also have read that these 3 herbs are great for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, so I will continue….





Now the stumbling blocks..two small children, a husband, a small farm, and lack of finances... how can I access that which Goddess has put in front of me when I am needed, and feel the need to be here..books are great and inexpensive compared to tuition fees for apprentices and I have no problem with books.

I want hands on. I want to be alone with my learning. I am a healer that doesn't know how to heal. I want to be selfish and think just about me. Because I KNOW that once I have unlocked that which is in me, it naturally follows that a better woman, wife, mother, healer, friend will emerge. Balance and harmony the natural side effects. Freedom from fear.

I am a happy person, I find joy daily and joy finds me. But there are pieces to the puzzle that I lack. There is sooooooo much locked inside me because I can't let it out here. I am unbalanced in denying the shadows. I do not embrace them like I think I should. I had started another letter to you admitting my shame in feeling incapable of learning all that you could teach me. I am not a green thumb and have a hard time remembering what flowers are what flowers other than the real obvious ones.

So I guess my question is this..where do I start? I know I want to come there and be this huge frigging sponge but I don't know where to begin where I can honor my life here and not drop the ball with my family and still come there and be who I know I am inside and bring that here to my homelife.





I attended one of your wonderful herbal retreats at your home in the Spring. Thank you for the wonderful day...




Merry Meet Susun!

I have been reading your articles in SageWoman magazine for many years now. I deeply respect your opinion. …

Blessed be, Shira


I can't tell you how eager I am to begin the course. I've been studying herbs for about 12 years now (mostly self-taught with a few years of Australasian College of Health Sciences correspondence thrown in), but honestly Susun's teachings resonate with me more than anything I've ever experienced. I learned more in one day at a workshop with her than in months with others (that day truly changed my life). I had a very hard time deciding between ABC and Green Witch as my first course, but hopefully I've made the right decision. I'm so looking forward to studying each herb with Susun "by my side".

Many Blessings,



I really enjoyed your article on Vitex and I recommended it to a friend as well …

Thank you so much! Kim



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Hi Susun.

I studied with you for green witch week a few years ago and fondly
remember the goats and wonderful food and company. May the goddess grant you many wonderful surprises in the coming new year.




Happy New Year Susun .

I live in bush near the sea, close to a town at the top of the North Island of New Zealand called Whangarei (pronounced fung-aee-ray) .

I purchased your Healing Wise book 3 years ago and when I read the 1st chapter I was in tears...at last someone who makes sense! and who makes herbs FUN! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with the world. It means a lot to me personally and I hope all WISE WOMEN in the world.

I've also seen a video of when you came to New Zealand a few years ago to attend a Herbal Conference in Cambridge, you were so entertaining that you made it so easy to understand what you were sharing with the audience. I've recently obtained a copy of that video for my own reference. thanks once again for such a beautiful book. I plan to purchase your Menopause book soon.

Kindest Green Blessings ,


Dearest one,

I write from Italy. I apologize for my English, maybe I'll make mistakes in this email though I commit myself to write down clear and understandable words.

Since I discovered your website, I've been surfing it. It is amazing and full of miracles, all said with knowledge, absolute honesty, compassion and humour. I really appreciate the work you do.

I had a wonderful grandmother and a mother who both gave to me the gift of the healing through hands, prayers and the use of herbs, according to the Italian tradition. They lived a tender and lovely life, full of love for me, the younger daughter, the sensitive one. My granny, in her deathbed, took my mother's hands and gave her the healing powers; so did my mother to me just before leaving her body, while I was holding her.

To make the long story short, I discovered my perfection and my lineage the day I started to listen to the plants, the day I made my first infusion, the day I welcomed my being a Woman. I love your definition, a Wise Woman.

And it's true, the healing power of plants works through mysterious pathways!

So, now I'm working with people, I deepen my knowledge of the Green World, I follow the Goddess, I perform my rituals and I'm very interested in all the green traditions of my beautiful country, and of others countries as well.

I want to study with you; right now I cannot afford the costs of a trip to the States, so my thought is that I could study with you by correspondence.

Thanks for your patience, for you kind answer and thanks again, always, for your work and for your passionate words. Their healing force reached this country and they arrived to me. Thank you for being the Wise Woman you are.

Con amore e gratitudine (with love and gratitude)



I own a yoga studio and have your books in my little store.
Thank you for your good works.

Peace, Kate



Hi Karen,

Thank you so much for your reply, warm greetings and for all of the helpful information and direction. It is very much appreciated! I do currently receive the Wise Woman ezine and I thank you for sending the related links to the forum and discussion group.

Here's to a wonderful new year!



Dear Karen

I must say that I am absolutely delighted to get such a personalised email from Ash Tree Publishing. I have gotten so accustomed to auto-generated replies that I tend to forget there are real people behind it all. I just thought I'd mention it, as I find it absolutely wonderful and gives me all the more reason to buy from you again.

…. The introduction letter from Susun arrived a few minutes ago, and I'm so exicted about it! …

Best wishes and blessings



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… I look forward to recieving my package. I met Susun at a small gathering in Ontario, she impressed me in many ways, even her presence was commanding. I've been a single mother for the past eight years and devoted every minutes to the girls, now I am getting something for myself, and that is this course. I love gardening, herbology, herbal magick, and Im a Spiritualist and Wiccan. … I have two girls who are very intuitive, my ten year old takes care of all the indoor plants and is currently very happy with her very big blooming wonderfully amaralis. we are using a community garden this year, she is excited in planning the layout already. heheheh for her tenth birthday she chimed up and said that she wanted her own pentacle necklace. I was happily stunned. I'll let you go for now, feel free to contact me about anything. and I can't wait for my package, I will be sitting at the mailbox everyday!

blessed be



I am grateful to find your info on herbal vs essential oils to use internally, ie dressings! Thank you…
I love your skin and hair …

Big hugs for your help,


Please include me in your newsletter mailing list. I have long wished to participate in one of your courses and I would like to keep in touch as I try to develop a way to come to NY.




First want to give thanks for Susun's wonderful books especially Healing Wise and Menopausal Years. …
Thanks again for offering the herbal way to those in need!!!

Best wishes,



I rediscovered your book after having a long talk with my Taoist husband(my soul mate in truth) i kept telling him that the Tao Te Ching reminded me of some thing but i just couldn't put my finger on it.... then i remembered.... it reminded me of the Wise Woman Ways your book had introduced me to! Shortly after that i opened my mail box to find a package in it for me... my husband had bought your book for me again! … i did want you to know how much your work has helped me. …

Yours In Peace,


Dear Susun,

I came across your web site and felt deeply touched by your being…
I read about 7 interviews of yours and will research further on your website. I am myself a lover of this way of healing and nourishing. And I keep on searching for something in this field almost all the time ……



Dear Susun,

I have been interested in herbal healing for quite some time. I watched your interview with John Gallagher and could relate to a lot of the things you were saying; it sounds like the way you approach healing is similar to the way I try to….

I would love to get involved in your apprenticeships and Moon Lodges... I feel like talking with you might be really transformative – I came across your website through a series of coincidences, and then realized that you live in Woodstock. I go to school at Bard… I would love to have a cup of tea with you… Green blessings to you and to the plants and goats.





Just been reading the wonderful mid-month newsletter and came across the
question about adult acne. This is something I've been struggling with for
at least 10 years and, while I know every body is different I just wanted to
pass on something I most recently found to be the most helpful. I started
taking a combination of burdock root and cleavers (galium aparene),
internally (I used tinctures but I'm sure tea could be even better, though
it would mean drinking a lot!). The cleavers especially really seemed to
help with scarring I'd suffered with for a long time, and I took it in quite
a high dose. Its lymphatic cleansing and flushing effect really seemed to
help. I too was living a really 'clean' lifestyle and tried so many things.
Giving up wheat was also something that made a huge difference.
I've no idea if this is in any way useful but I feel so much for anyone
going through adult acne (or indeed acne at any time) - it may not be life
threatening but it can be so distressing.

Thanks for all you do there, I love getting the newsletters through!
Very best wishes from a chilly grey England, Emily



Dear susun,

I am a huge fan of yours! Your book on menopause became a dogeared bible
that LIVED on my nightstand as i went through the tumultuous waters of the
change. Thank you for all your help and wisdom. I don't know what I would
have done without you.

I would be absolutely thrilled to have you as part of my network here at
self Growth.





Wise woman came across your site while researching info for a course I am putting together for menopausal women. I have always thought of the menopause as a metamorphosis and was delighted to see what you have written. What a fantastic website full of self help and herbal help

Love and light



I just finished reading your book, Herbal Childbearing Year…
Your book is a required text for midwife school. I enjoyed reading it and
learned quite a bit. I'm considering taking one of your correspondence




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Hello there,

I love the newsletter! …
thanks so much and keep up the good healing work.




Susun of Light,

Darkness and Pain driven away by Paxil, Pot, and Prostitution may not be working for me. It has been creative and fun and exciting having a sort of triple life...but I'm exhausted.

I'm here to reclaim my status as a goddess…
Can you shine some light onto my path? Literally?

I mean, you kind of already did. I stumbled upon your website looking for an herbal remedy for head lice, but when I saw your soul before me, I realized how much I've neglected mine. Perhaps parasites are lucky little bugs for me?

Thank you for reading this!



Hi Susun,

I must first say I'm so glad I stumbled across you on the internet recently. Reading some of your articles has given more more peace than anything I've found.

I just turned 44 and I thought I was beginning menopause because I had no cycle for almost 2 months. I happened to find and read one of your articles online and started drinking some of the infusions you recommended, like red clover, stinging nettle, raspberry leaf, etc. My cycle came back and everything has been going just fine.

Thanks a million




I have enjoyed your site and would love to learn more from Susun! I am a complete novice in this area. Only having my own small herb garden and attending a local herb group. …

With care,



Dear Susun,

I've been meaning to write for some time, but never really found the right time to do so. I'm writing now because I feel like a culmination of evolution within me has come about...

You helped me squeeze through a very difficult and precarious time in my life... my experience there became the birth canal leading from one life, which died within me, to a new transformation, a new place, a new Me. I honor my transformation. Thank you for being a part of my journey and showing me a place of fearlessness. You showed no fear to my fear... and for that, I feel gratitude.

When the deep places within me were cracked on the sharp edge of truth a new vision for reclaiming Mother Earth started emerging, wherereas before I saw only hopelessness against unstoppable mechanisms...

I have thoughts of Laughing Rock Farm often and I find that Laughing Rock continues to live on inside of me, that any moment of thought will find me standing there again. I always feel the power of the goats nearby.

I was so happy to receive your holiday card. Yes, I did hear the wonderful news! Congratulations and warm hugs!





I love your website and I am so glad you have the community messages.





Just to let me know that the parcel with my book arrived today thank you.
I was very pleased with the item, having browsed through the pages I can sense and feel its wisdom and power feeding through! I was also very impressed with the delightful and imaginative use of packaging in the egg cartons, very green, I must say. Thank you so much for a wonderful service and I look forward to ordering from you again in the future.




I bought your wise woman way 'menopause' book seven years ago when my ppo practioner said I was entering menopause and most of my problems were 'in my head'. The fact was, I was approaching advance stages of heavy metal toxicity, had developed multiple chemical sensitivies as well as suffering with Lymes and tick borne malaria. But that did not alter the wealth of knowledge I found in your book. I am still refering to your book and sharing with other women (and some men) about the wisedom in this book.

I have been working my way through that part of my life as I homeschool my three children, untangling my life from an abusive spouse with multiple addictions, and was faced going back to school to obtain 'marketable skills' to support my children. I found myself again, for no 'explainable reason' at your virtual doorstep. I watched the You Tube clips and it was as if I was sitting with old friends. The haze, the cobwebs of my mind were cleared -- I knew then that I could not willingly choose the life of a data entry/bookkeeper -- I wanted a real life for myself and my children, not just an existance.

You have caused an awakening within me and I see clearly now the path I want to take. It is not completely foreign to me -- plants, gardening, Nature have always been a large part of my life since I can remember learning from my grandparents. Plants/gardening/Nature and my children, have kept me centered and balanced through some of the roughest parts of my life and have given me the most joy. When I told my eldest daughter (a 12 year old) that I wanted to be an herbalist this morning, she was well pleased; I had taught her enough that this is also a path she wishes to pursue.

I believe that there are no accidents or coincidences to people, places and things happening. If one is awake and aware there are benefits, gifts, and purpose. I want to thank you for sweeping aside the mental cobwebs and through the haze, pointing out the joyful life and the path of discovery ... the seeds were within me all along. You have been a blessing, Thank You, I look forward to returning as a potential student of yours soon!

Most Sincerely,














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Susun's Biography

Susun S. Weed has no official diplomas of any kind; she left high school in her junior year to pursue studies in mathematics and artificial intelligence at UCLA and she left college in her junior year to pursue life.

Susun began studying herbal medicine in 1965 when she was living in Manhattan while pregnant with her daughter, Justine Adelaide Swede.

She wrote her first book -- Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (now in its 29th printing)-- in 1985 and published it as the first title of Ash Tree Publishing in 1986.

It was followed by Healing Wise (1989), New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (1992 and revised in 2002), and Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way (1996).

In addition to her writing, Ms Weed trains apprentices, oversees the work of more than 300 correspondence course students, coordinates the activities of the Wise Woman Center, and is a High Priestess of Dianic Wicca, a member of the Sisterhood of the Shields, and a Peace Elder.

Susun Weed is a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, peer- reviewed journals, and popular magazines, including a regular column in Sagewoman.

Her worldwide teaching schedule encompasses herbal medicine, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, psychology of healing, ecoherbalism, nutrition, and women's health issues and her venues include medical schools, hospital wellness centers, breast cancer centers, midwifery schools, naturopathic colleges, and shamanic training centers, as well as many conferences.

Susun appears on many television and radio shows, including National Public Radio and NBC News.


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