I heard about it on Facebook first…
Expressions of interest for a Susun S Weed herbal healing workshop here in the alpine mountains of Canberra.
I was allllll over it like hippy on chai.
Ya see, I have had Susun’s herbal healing books for years, and her book for Herbal Healing During The Childbearing Year was used over and over again as I experienced recurring mastitis in my lumpy boobfeeding bosoms. (I should say that I DID use antibiotics as well when it developed… but I spent much of my breastfeeding years trying to prevent/fix another bout of mastitis.)
The day rolled around… fast… and due to a wild calamity of conflicting deadlines… it ended up being on the exact same date as we were launching the 2017 workbooks! Luckily, my team had it all under control (aka: there wasn’t anything else for me to do!) so I scurried off for the morning to meet the great green goddess.
I got there a bit early, and plonked beside Carrie the Candlemaker… it’s so funny… we met earlier this year at the markets. She had her candle store there, and I was wandering around… and she said “Leonie???? I have your workbooks!!!” and she even had them on her!! She takes them to the markets with her each week to work on them between customers! Amazing!
Anyways, we totally hit it off, and realised that not only did our kids go to the same school… but we were neighbours!
It was the rad. She’s adorable!
Here’s me just about to drink a sacred elixir made by Susun S Weed.
P.S. it tasted like horse.
I made Carrie hold my hand when Susun walked in because I was so excitable.
She was just how you would expect her to be… the passionate, playful, joyful, enthusiastic, mischievous voice of her books. What a glad blessing and a joy to witness her in person.
She’s totally my style statement too… silk skirt, leggings, bare feet, printed tee, bra-free and bandanna! Live the dream, girl!
Here’s my sketchbook from that day…
I kept talking about the workshop with mates and promising to upload my sketchbook from it… so here it is!
With these pages, she was talking about the sacred act of eating herbs (and everything else!) is ultimately the act of love. And counselled us against wanting too much “balance” in our lives… that our lives are at its nature dynamic and that’s the reason we are alive.
Then we got into the meat of the show… which was all about herb infusions which are highly nutritious.
What a great way to get more nutrients in ze body!
I think the big thing I’ll take away from the workshop is this…
That instead of “cleansing” our system of “toxins”… to instead nourish it with good foods + herbal infusions.
I think I’ll make it my word for the year next year!
Afterwards, I got a selfie with ze Weed. She’s totally wearing my colours!
So grateful for the experience.
When I’m 70, I want to be as Leonie as Susun is Susun… wild, free + completely herself.
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