A one-week apprenticeship for aspiring shamanic herbalists. My shortest apprentice opportunity. It is deep, intense, uncomfortable, and life-changing.
is a serious apprenticeship, not a workshop or a retreat. Not only is the pace powerful and relentless, but we will be encountering and processing deep emotions as a result of our shamanic work together (also read,
"Why is Susun Angry?"). There
are at least eight hours of instruction a day, plus projects and assignments
to complete on your own outside of class time, plus special events throughout the week.
We take your commitment to participate very seriously and hope that you do too. Therefore, there are no refunds of any kind, for any reason. Trip insurance is usually inexpensive and purchasing it makes some women feel safer. We look forward to your visit.
"I learned more from spending one day with Susun than I have in months of study with others."
During your week-long Green Goddess Apprenticeship you will:
* Learn how to identify plants
* Learn how to use common plants for food and medicine
* Take part in daily talking stick ceremonies
* Learn about plant families and botany
* Make one or more herbal remedies to take home
* Study with special teachers, such as:
Rainbow Weaver (beading your medicine powers medallion)
White Feather (seven directions movement meditation and 6 healing sounds)
* Attend a one and a half hour yoga class
* Participate in a moon lodge gathering.
* Create a Goddess archetype presentation
* Go for plant walks in the woods with Susun and the goats
* Connect deeply with your own green ally
* Process intense emotions such as grief, rage, ecstacy, and intimacy
* Enjoy an optional initiation as a Green Witch
Your Green Goddess Apprentice week begins at noon on Monday and ends around 4pm on Sunday. If you need to arrive early or stay later, the fee is $75 per night for lodging and meals.
Our days begin with Magical Passes with (tba) (8:30am- 9:30), breakfast (9:30am- 10am), followed by class (10am - 1pm), then lunch and talking stick (1:30 - 3:30), afternoon class (3:30 - 6pm), dinner (6:30 - 8pm), and a variety of evening classes and entertainments (8pm - 10pm): fireside chanting circle (Mon), herbal consultations (Tues), yoga class (Wed), all-night heart-beat drum(Thurs), moon lodge (Fri), Goddess pageant (Sat), and surprises. We will conclude our time together on Sunday with a lavish high magic ceremony —where you may be initiated as a Green Witch if you wish—followed by a late lunch and a final talking stick.
"Five years of weekly therapy didn't ever touch, or heal, my pain; one week here and I have found my bliss!"
The Green Goddess Apprentice Week includes meals, lodging, instruction, textbooks, and supplies.
* Organic vegetarian meals (dinner Monday through lunch Sunday)
* Camp site or shelter in our tipi or studio
* Twenty hours or more of class time with Susun
* Ten hours or more of training in shamanic skills
* All supplies, including materials for making your own herbal medicines
* Materials and instruction in making your own personal power shield/mandala
The cost of this one-week apprenticeship is $1300. There are several work options open for women with limited access to money.
All Green Goddess Apprentices must be paid in full once accepted.
There are no refunds offered for any reason to apprentices registered for the Green Goddess Week. If you are concerned that something may interfere with your plans, do consider trip insurance.
To Apply for this Shamanic Apprenticeship
Please apply by mail or here at this website. Include your name, age, address, phone number, e-mail address (optional) , and a $100 non-refundable application fee. Also, tell me why you want to apprentice with a fierce teacher who may yell at you, and what your goals are for our time together.
Work-study at the Green Goddess Apprentice Week
Three Nettle women and three Comfrey women help us cook, serve, wash, and care. Nettle women and Comfrey women must pay in full for the week; they receive a check when their work-exchange has been completed. Nettle women work eighty hours over 9 days: the seven days of the Green Goddess Week plus the two days before; they receive an $800 rebate. Comfrey women work forty hours over 8 days: the Green Goddess Week plus one day before; they receive a $400 rebate. To apply: Follow the procedure set forth above; additionally, tell me of your talents and skills, your willingness to work hard, your limits, and your dreams.
Past apprentices who graduated get special discounts! First: All past live-in apprentices who graduated receive two days and nights free; stay for further days for $75 plus 3 hours of work. Live-out apprentices who graduated may take 25% off , paying only $975 for the entire week.
I accept only twelve Green Goddess Apprentices.
Please apply as early as possible.
To Apply for this Green Goddess Apprenticeship
Include your name, age, address, phone number, e-mail address (optional) , and a $100 non-refundable application fee. Also, tell me why you want to apprentice with a fierce teacher who may yell at you, and what your goals are for our time together.
"In 2008 I attended the Green Goddess Apprentice Week. The whole week really shook me, spoke to me, scared the shit out of me, but all in all I came away with a deeper understanding of my potentials as a woman by witnessing you as a model, Susun. I returned to working with women in a domestic violence shelter, only to notice how much more supportive and able I was to inspire them to imagine a different reality for themselves. It was beautiful and extremely humbling. I realized how much I had internalized patriarchal assumption about the feminine. Spending a week with you switched my paradigm and allowed me to see a more holistic and integral way of being that influenced my personal life and professional work and I thank you immensely.
"Three years later, I continue to reap the benefits of that week. I am feeling way more confident in myself and in my strength and in my gifts and in my ability to be a positive role model for my daughter and other women. I am allowing myself to know who I am as a woman."