Susun Weed is a green witch and wise woman. An extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness.
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.
In addition to her writing, Ms Weed trains apprentices, oversees the work of more than 300correspondence coursestudents, coordinates the activities of theWise 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.
2019 Presentations by Susun Weed
INTENSIVE THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm A Cancer Diagnosis the Wise Woman Way This Intensive will focus on Deep Medicine. I will offer you a wealth of information on herbal allies to protect and nourish those choosing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery when faced with a cancer diagnosis. I trust there will also be stories shared and songs sung. Please join me.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Herb/Drug Interactions I am annoyed when told that herbs and drugs don’t mix. I mix them all the time. I am annoyed when told that herbs can’t be taken if you are having surgery. I use them together all the time. I am furious when told that an herb should not be taken by someone with x problem, because the herb improves x problem and thus interferes with drugs. Take the herb, I say; take less drug. What is the difference between what I am seeing and what I am being warned against? What are your experiences of using herbs as adjuncts to modern medicines?
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Life & Death Is it because Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was my mentor that I feel death is so important to healing? Or did I choose her as a mentor because death seemed to me to be essential to health? What happens when my apprentices participate in the ceremony of giving death? Can death be given to humans? What is the difference between life force and soul force? Please join me as we investigate life and death.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 | 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Nourishing Herbal Infusions With a deep bow to Juliette de Bairacli Levy, I continue to promulgate and promote the daily use of nourishing herbal infusions. The results – in my own life and in the life of tens of thousands of others – are remarkable. I will cover the basics of choosing herbs to use for infusions and making infusions, as well as sharing success stories. If you have been using infusions, please come and share your stories too.
2017 Presentations by Susun Weed
INTENSIVE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 ~ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm "The Great Remedies" Roll up your sleeves, grab your basket, put on your sunhat and find your scissors, now is the time to harvest the great remedies, the ones I rely on routinely, year after year, the mainstay allies, the ones who do so much, the plants that I treasure the most. Join me for an intimate session with nettle, motherwort, red clover, yarrow, burdock, comfrey, plantain, linden, St. Joan’s wort, elder, dandelion, plantain and some marvelous mints. As always, we will begin with Talking Stick Ceremony, share our stories, and explore green allies in beauty.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 ~ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm "Healing the Pancreas the Wise Woman Way" The wild and wonderful digestive system includes that often-mentioned, but rarely discussed, organ: the pancreas. While well-known as the source of insulin, the pancreas does far more than that. In fact, it plays a pivotal role in good digestion. We’ll take a close look at the herbs and Wise Woman ways available to help the pancreas in both its hormonal and enzymatic functions. Whether the pancreas is in a state of insufficiency, feeling inflamed, or succumbing to cancer, wise choices of foods and herbs can help.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 ~ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm "Green Allies for Blood Pressure and Cholesterol" Hypertensive and cholesterol-lowering drugs are big business. Are they the best choice for a healthy heart? Probably not, given that there is an enormous range of herbal and food remedies that lower blood pressure far better, and faster, than drugs. Probably not, given that cholesterol has been demonized and drugs that affect it also interfere with muscle functioning. Instead, let’s explore all the tasty, easy, effective herbal and life-style ways to keep our numbers – and our hearts – healthy.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 ~ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm "Happy Knees" Knees – and all our other joints – are the topic of conversations whenever folks of a certain age gather. No matter what your age, healthy joints make life more fun. Whether you’re dealing with arthritis, Lyme disease, trauma, or wear-and-tear, there are simple, safe ways to relieve pain and improve joint functioning. We’ll investigate lots of wonderful ways make your joints smile: including SMASH fish, CBDs, chi gong, tai chi, bone broth, and urtication. There is a merry host of green allies just waiting to help us have happy knees, joyous wrists and ankles, delighted hips, and strong shoulders.
2015 Presentations by Susun Weed
Susun's presentation recordings from 2015 can be found here.