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Apprenticeship Miscellaneous

                                    Shamanic Apprenticeship Time


I signed up and was accepted as a shamanic apprentice last fall. I'd like to state my intention of coming on March the 11th. I'd also like to know if it's possible to stay as a shamanic apprentice for eight weeks, instead of thirteen.

I'd really like to come for thirteen, (in fact it was my fondest wish) but I fear a promise to a loved one prompts me to ask for a shorter stay. I read the material about the herbal apprenticeship, but it's the shamanic that I'm interested in.

I'd like to know your answer as soon as you can give it to me.

Thanks, with a brush of wind through poplar buds,


Susun's Response:


Yes, since you signed up last fall you can do an eight-week shamanic apprenticeship. It will put you slightly out of synch with your apprentice sisters, your graduation will be alone, and your reports will be done alone as well, since all others beginning in March are staying for at least thirteen weeks. But if you are comfortable with that, then I am too. I am working on the curriculum and will send you one as soon as I finish.

Thanks for letting me know what you want to do. I hope you also wrote or phoned me, as email (despite the promptness with which I answered this) is the slowest way to reach me. Sometimes several weeks pass before I get to answer email.

Also, please let me know details of your arrival. What time? And by what conveyance? Plan to get here on Monday between 2-5pm if you can.

Looking forward to our time together.

Green Blessings,
Susun Weed
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Interested from from Australia

Hello Susun,

I just read an article about you in the Witch Craft magazine for Australia. I have had a look at your website and am very interested in doing all of your correspondence courses (over time), but I would like to begin with the Green Witch Correspondence Course.

How does payment etc. work, if I live in South Australia? I am a High Priestess of Wicca and teach Wicca, but I am always seeking new learning and connect with your way of teaching. I wish I lived near you, as I would have asked to participate in the apprentice teaching!

Thank you for your time

Hope to hear from you soon. Love and light

                   Susun's Response: you could apprentice for 2 weeks

Dear Ronny,

Great to hear from you, and glad the article sparked your interest. I have had several Australian women apprentice with me. it is a long distance, but it takes only a day on an airplane. And in 2002 I am offering apprenticeships as short as two weeks. Of course, the longer you stay, the more you get, but you can get a lot in two weeks!!

You can pay for any correspondence course by credit card online or by money order (US$) via mail. We prefer you pay in full at one time, but can break it out into payments if need be.

Check out the new information on apprenticeships that Justine will be posting at my www.susunweed.com website sometime this week.

And if you can't make it this year a correspondence course is a great way for us to connect. Looking forward to whatever form you decide on.

Green Blessings,
Susun Weed
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Should I Apprentice with Children?

I cannot thank you enough for opening my eyes. I was blindly going through life as a puppet, when I literally fell upon one of your books. (the Childbearing Years) I was at a bookstore and tripped over it!

I am now studying to be a midwife, and am very interested in being your apprentice. My only issue is that I have an 8 year old son, a pre-adoptive 7 month old son, a husband, and I live in Michigan.

Do you have any suggestions for me? Where should I begin my herbalist journey? Also, do you have any recommendations for healing from past sexual abuse? At times, my emotional burdens are heavy.

Again, I can't thank you enough for helping change the course of my life.

Tea Sonoras

Susun's Response: Blessings!

Your note brought tears to my eyes. Thank you:)

I have had other apprentices who came with a child, and some who left their children at home while they apprenticed. But I have a feeling that you are not at a place or time where either of those things would work. (I am happy to be wrong :)

So how about working with me via a correspondence course? go to my homepage at www.susunweed.com and check out the spirit and practice of the wise woman tradition course. Either that or the green witch is a good place to start.

If you do decide to come for an apprenticeship, note that you can come for as little as two weeks in 2002. This offer may not be repeated. Again, go to the homepage and from there to apprentice info. But wait until we get it posted (by Christmas at the latest).

love to you on your journey and Green Blessings,
Susun Weed
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Apprenticeship with Children

Hi Susun-

My name is Sherri. I am quite interested in doing a 2 week live in apprenticeship with you this summer. I wanted to check in with you to see what your policy concerning children is. I have a boy who will be 8 this summer. I'd be elated if we could work out an arrangement.

Green Blessings-Sherri

Susun's Response: simple herbal apprentices with children

Dear Sherri

So long as you do not plan to be at the center for any women-only events during those two weeks it would be fine for you to bring your son. We ask an extra $75 per week for his food/lodging costs.

Your apprentice fee covers anything you break, but you would have to pay for anything he breaks. Also, women with children generally do not have the time or energy for work exchange, so please plan on paying 100% of the fee.

But, ask yourself. Would I get more out of my time with Susun if I did not have a child with me? You probably would. See if there is someway, you could come alone. But, if that is not possible, do bring your son.

Oh yes, please be aware that there are some dangers to your child and I have no insurance. You must be willing to be totally responsible. There is an acre pond that is of course, unfenced, but it is surrounded by rock and the shore is very steep. Baby goats have occasionally fallen in. The geese are not fond of children and many children (and adults) are terrified of them. The goats love children so much that sometimes they push them down. If all these dangers are acceptable to you, then it is acceptable to me for you to bring your son.

Green Blessings, Susun Weed
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Working with and for Women

How do I attain the goal of working with and for women while being able to pay bills and feed my cat? I just left college. I wrote my thesis on modern religious icons for 21st century digital girls who are grounded (or trying to be) in the feelings of their bodies. If necessary, I will go back to school.

thank you.

                                        Susun's Response:

Dear Leaf,

Good question. How do you want to work with women? In the country? the city? Lots of women? Small groups? There is no limit to the ways you can work with women.

Charla Herman opened her home in the country to women of all ages, then went into the nearby cities and invited teenaged moms to come to her place for free.

I have offered free moonlodges to women for over 15 years. Some of my students have healing centers in their homes. Others make medicines and sell them Still others sing healing songs or weave healing blankets or create healing vessels in clay.

Start with what you like to do. See how that can find into you desire to work with women. Then find a job that somehow fits in with those things so you can pay the bills and feed the cat while you develop skills that will allow you to live outside the job market.

The more money you invest in school, the further from your goal you will find yourself. While I was beginning my work as an herbalist, I worked at health food stores. When herbs became popular, I was in a good position to hire myself out to set up herb departments in health food stores. Eventually, my income from teaching was large enough to allow me to quite working for others.

Put out to the universe what you want, then move heaven and earth to get it for yourself. You will succeed.

Of course, I must mention that apprenticing with me would be an ideal way to get yourself ready for whatever and however you want to do it. All of my graduates are successes: they are doing what they want to do!!

Good luck and Green Blessings,
Susun Weed
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