Women and Plants

Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

Comprehensive Immersion in the Shamanic Herbal Tradition of

the Wise Woman

Our Farm on Whidbey Island

Our session begins

September 10-11, 2016

The plants will be

your teachers.


Come join us and discover more deeply who you are, craft your life fully and potently, and immerse yourself in the teachings of the shamanic herbal tradition of the wise woman.  

Four ~ 4-month sessions over 16 months.

We meet one weekend a month, Saturday and  Sunday, 10:30-5:00.

Call or email to request an apprenticeship application ~ 360-579-2319

Women are welcome to begin this apprenticeship at the beginning of each 4 -month session and then continue through until they have ompleted four 4-month sessions.  You will be walking the spiral path around the seasons, coming 'round to where you were before, discovering the growth you have made and then moving through a period of initiation before you graduate and are initiated a wise woman, witch, shamanic herbalist.

This is a working apprenticeship.

Apprentices participate in organic gardening, wildcrafting and herbal preparations projects and other tasks involved in running our successful herbal business. You will be helping me prepare and facilitate many of the details of our classes.

What is offered:

***A deep exploration of the shamanic herbal tradition of the wise woman.

***Shamanic Listening and Journeying

***Talking Stick Circle

***Optimum nourishment and whole and wild food preparation, including fermented foods and cheese making.

***Healing with nourishment

***Wildcrafting and herbal medicine making

***Seven Medicines

***The blood mysteries

***The truth about witches

***Relationships with plant allies, power animals and goddess archetypes

***Tree Wisdom



***The nature of money, crafting a business and prosperity principles

**Many things yet to be revealed

Tuition also includes attendance at
Herbal Wisdom Circle, The Journey of the Rose and many other classes and offerings.

Emily’s Story
There was something more- and although I had an idea of what it was I desired in my life, I had no power to change it, only fear and insecurity about how to live my life around it.  This was not working for me.  I was tired of living in fear, annoyed with not loving my authentic self, frustrated because I believed I was powerless.
And then I met Julie.
Through out the Shamanic Apprenticeship program I was tested- my ego was challenged.  It was not always easy.  Using the Seven Medicines I was able to break through old patterns, old feelings and thoughts that no longer served me.  I was taught to explore the small voice in me that insisted on being heard.  That voice grew stronger over the 16 months, and I finally recognized it as my own intuition, something I could trust fully.
This program is not for the flippant or unwilling.  I was held accountable for my words and actions.  I was forced to dig deeper in my own self to find the old wounds previously not healed.  I cried,  I got angry.  I saw that in order to be the healer I knew I was- I too, had to heal.  In return, through Julie and the other apprentices I was loved for who I am as a woman, as a lover of our green world, as a special, one-of-a kind creature of the universe… as me.   
There is a space in each of us where the mystery awaits.  It is a space of opening, of change, of awareness.  The path of the shaman is unfolding before me, and with the tools I have acquired working with Julie I am able to walk the spiral path with trust instead of trepidation.  I have no longer found myself daydreaming about who I want to be- I have initiated my authentic self and am discovering all the potential from living from this space… and it is nothing like I had ever imagined. 
I am grateful for Julie and her wisdom, for the other women I have met on this Green Path - who share their vulnerability and strength.  I am grateful to recognize now the power I have to change my life.
Emily Martens, Completed Women and Plants Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship Program and was initiated April 15, 2012

Denise’s Story:
Dear Julie,
I think the greatest gift you have given me (and there are many) is the immediacy of the connection to the plants. Even though I have just begun this work and will continue learning until my last breath, I know that at any given moment I can walk up to a plant, breathe with it, ask a question and there will be an answer.
This kind of experience is not in a book, it is in the tending of the garden, walking on your land, gathering the salad greens and passing the talking stick.

Your program brings herbalism into daily life. I didn’t have to “check my life at the door” In fact it was necessary that I bring it in and let the plants have a look at it.
Your program taught me how to listen to the plants through all the seasons and gain insight into my life through their teachings. Your program made me aware of their generosity and infinite possibilitites. All of which I can take back into my daily life and continue to learn and experience.
The Wise Woman Tradition is a gift that your program places in to the lap of the apprentice. I am forever changed by this program and remember it as one of the primary milestones in my life.
As a teacher you were able to nurture and challenge me. I felt free to be myself, ask any question and explore all obstacles as possibilities.
Your generosity knows no bounds and gave me the opportunity to fully immerse myself in your program.
I am forever changed by your mentorship and friendship. I am humbled, more fully myself on the path of health, wholeness and holiness.
Blessed Be, Denise
Denise Paulette ~ Completed Women and Plants Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship Program and was initiated January 2, 2009

Molly’s Story:
I simply cannot imagine life today without the knowledge and beauty I’ve found in Julie’s teachings.  It’s as if an ancient seed of wisdom that I’ve been yearning for my whole life has been aroused and brought me back home and present, to my Self.  I reflect upon this last year working so intimately with the land and realize how drastically different my perception of reality was before, and how little of my power I was actually utilizing.  I’ve fallen in love with Mother Earth, and have felt her heart beat.  She is now a conscious Being to me, a lover, a friend, a guide and healer. Her green children - the plants, have held me safely in their wisdom, opening me to possibility and Divinity in each moment.  The plants are speaking to us; they are a part of us in this cosmic web of life.  They hold information that need not be an elusive secret!  I feel safe on this planet now, seeing, feeling and experiencing how much beauty and creation is all around us, inside of us.  Nothing can phase me.
My journey as an apprentice has brought me back to the core of my true, potent and powerful nature and it’s REAL magic.  It’s taken a great deal of courage to open myself up to these teachings.  It’s taken me a great deal of commitment to show up every Friday, especially with a lengthy commute.  I’ve made sacrifices and have taken giant leaps of faith to heed the calling of my instincts, and what I discovered in this process was a higher Truth and Absolute Love and reverence for all that is before me.  
Partaking in Women and Plants Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship Program is one of the most beautiful decisions I’ve ever made for myself, and that alone fills my heart and Being with such joy and gratitude!  Life today feels purposeful, effortless, and just plain awesome; a true dance through the Garden of Eden.
Molly Allen ~ Completed Women and Plants Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship Program and was initiated May 1, 2010

Kelli's Story:
Julie's Women and Plants apprenticeship program offers the chance to connect deeply with healing plants and strong, inspiring women. My journeys to Whidbey Island offered lessons on showing up, integrity and healing. I enjoyed spending time outside exploring the farm and nearby Chinook land. The program lasts 16 months, which at first may seem a long commitment, soon transforms into a joyous opportunity to slow down to witness the seasons. Listen to your breath and unlock the mysterious whisperings of our little green friends. Each weekend we worked with different plants, appreciating the smells, tastes and stories they bring to the table. While no two apprenticeships with Julie will ever be exactly the same, they will hold a special space for you to grow. I am thankful for this apprenticeship and am continuing working with plants in the Wise Woman Tradition.
Kelli Refer, Yoga Instructor & Shamanic Herbalist, yogaforbikers.wordpress.com
Kelli Refer ~ Completed Women and Plants Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship Program and was initiated December 11, 2011


Women and Plants is a potent and powerful journey into the true nature of life. When you choose this work you choose to deeply nourish all of yourself. When you join us, you are called upon to craft an apprenticeship with the plants and the Earth.


Call 360-579-2319 or

for more information and to request an

Apprenticeship Application.


A woman learns to be a wise woman by living her life with attention.
When she accepts the cloak of her holiness,
deeply compassionate for her own wholeness and chaos,
and loves herself, she knows herself as wise woman

~ Susun S. Weed, Healing Wise, Wise Woman Herbal

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