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,
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
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.
from from Australia
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
Response: you could apprentice for 2 weeks
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.
Should I Apprentice
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.
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
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,
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.
Susun's Response: simple herbal apprentices
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
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.
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,