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Complaint Review: Susun Weed

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  • Submitted: Sat, September 21, 2013
  • Updated: Sat, September 21, 2013

  • Reported By: HDPNYC — New York New York
Susun Weed
416 Fishcreek Rd Saugerties, New York USA

Susun Weed Wise Woman Center What a crock!!! Saugerties New York

*Consumer Suggestion: No excuse for abuse!

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: Susun Weed

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This lady, "Susun Weed", whom believes she is a witch and therefore "wiser" than the rest, simply does not know how to talk to people, let alone listen. Just went to her seminar and she was rude and unintelligible, offered nothing in the form of education, and was a complete waste of time and money. If you do seek her "wisdom", she will probably just talk down to you and make you aware of how wise she believes herself to be, but only after taking your money. What a faker!!!

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/21/2013 09:42 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Susun-Weed/Saugerties-New-York/Susun-Weed-Wise-Woman-Center-What-a-crock-Saugerties-New-York-1086280. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

No excuse for abuse!

AUTHOR: The Real Green Witch - ()

Poor, poor Justine, I feel very sorry for you and understand completely why you would defend Susan since she is your mother, however that makes the case for a very clear conflict of interest. I attended the workshop that the original poster was speaking about. First of all, a little about me, I have raised a child with Asperger's Syndrome now called Autism Spectrum Disorder and have had many experiences with people afflicted, all whom are very loving and highly intelligent individuals. Please do not use ASD as an excuse for Susan's unwarranted and unprofessional behavior, it's insulting to the people who really have been diagnosed. To say that Susan's horrid behavior is due to Asperger's is total b*******! Susan Swede's behavior is unacceptable as well as unavoidable especially to paying customers. I am a certified herbalist and took the class for fun, what a mistake - NOT FUN! To try to sift through the misinformation she spouts would be a daunting task to say the least. "Rip off" would be accurate definition as to how you will feel after paying to attend a Susan "Weed" class. I'm not saying don't do it, if you like to see "crazy" in action then this is the place for you and you may find her highly entertaining. However, Justine, as well spoken as you are, and I do appreciate how you handled this, people should be WARNED BEFORE PAYING this woman for a class, workshop, or whatever that while merely being in her presence you will be subjected to serious mental abuse, if not directly then you will at least witness others being abused, demeaned, criticised, and attacked by Susan who clearly is a rage-aholic and is in serious need of professional mental help.

Justine, your mother needs to have a disclaimer about her awful behavior to warn people what they will be in for when attending a class and then I'm totally fine with it. If you like being in abusive situations then you will surely get your money's worth at the (un)wise woman's center with Susan Swede. The saddest part of Susan's atrocious personality is that some may take her class and naively think this is just normal herbalist behavior, others may just be turned off to herbalism al together after experiencing this nightmare of a person. The reason this is honestly a "rip off" is because along with unprovoked abusive outbursts, her teachings are laced with misinformation. This is a first hand account of what went down from another herbalists perspective, bare that in mind. And please Justine, DO NOT dare blame it on Autism or an Autism Spectrum Disorder, that's just pathetic, disgusting, and wrong -- much like "Susun" herself. If you want to learn herbalism save your money, fly to Asheville, NC and attend The Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, where I learned in a loving and informative environment -- money well spent and you will never be berated and demeaned and attacked for any reason, especially for just asking simple questions. Attending a SUSUN WEED workshop, class, or gathering will be truly be a "Rip Off" -- consider yourself warned and waste your money with the fore knowledge going in but honestly DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY OR YOUR TIME, neither of which you will get back. "Enter at your own risk" should be a sign on the road before turning into the drive way. Oh and don't drive on the weeds that are growing in the driveway that you have to drive on and park!!! If that sentence doesn't make sense to you neither will Susun Weed! LOL! Thank you and Good luck!!! :)

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AUTHOR: Justine - ()

Hello and thank you for sharing your personal experience while recently at the Wise Woman Center in Woodstock NY.  I am Justine, Susun's 47 year old daughter, I manage her virtual operations so i am here to respond to your complaints and observations. Susun has been teaching herbal medicine classes from her home for the past 40 years, since i was a small child. While i do not attend the classes regularly now, because i own and operate an Inn and am taking care of my guests on the weekend, i have certainly attended a great many of Susun's workshops, particularly to video tape parts of the workshop, there are more than 100 videos at YouTube for anyone to enjoy and learn. So, while i am her daughter, i am also able to respond with insight and truth having been witness to my mother through her professional career and personal life.

First things first, one thing that many do not know is that Susun is a highly functional autistic, that means she functions in her daily life, but that she often appears different than most people. Susun does no conceal her emotions so she is apt to laugh too loudly or  raise her voice when distressed. There are certain things that trigger distress for Susun, of them are included the coming and going of guests at the Wise Woman Center, in particular as it pertains to cars coming in and leaving the property..over the decades Susun has routinely expressed distress when people arrive too early or too late for a workshop, or if they park their car or drive on plants, if people come to WWC with glass bottles, dogs, or arrive unannounced....

Luckily, her upset blows over very quickly and she gets to the business of sharing her wisdom with those who have come to be with her. Unfortunately, that short period of intense upset is enough to leave a very bad impression with many who come to the WWC for the first time...some will leave at the first chance, or they will stay but not speak up abotu their feelings, some write an email after they are back in the safety of their home...many understand Susun and come back again and again to share in the wisdom that Susun has to offer...

Sadly, as a highly functional autistic, Susun is actually unaware when people are experiencing distress, she does not have the capacity to read faces and modify her behaviour based on the responses she is receiving. To make matters worse, society teaches us to not share how we feel, so those most offended by Susun are the least likely to tell  her to her face in the moment how they are feeling, which could help to change how Susun is acting in the moment...

You have a few different issues here that you are upset about, 1, being a witch, 2. being wise, 3. not listening, 4. rudeness, 5. unintelligible, 6. waste of money and time. I will do best to respond to each of your concerns.

Not sure why being a witch should be a problem, and are we not all hoping to be wise?....not sure why her being a wise witch is a problem for you....

For those of you reading this and find yourself interested in what being a witch means to Susun, you might find this interview interesting... an excerpt "A witch is a woman who knows that her spirituality is her life and that her life is an art. As a green witch my art is the wise use of the green. All of my publicity and my website are open about my being a witch." Susun Weed

and here is another interview with Susun on being a Green Witch...an excerpt from the interviewer " You are among one of favorite and most respected Herbalists, Healers, and Wise Women!" Roxanne P.

and yet another interview on the topic of Susun being a witch, excerpt: ...proposed that we would be very vocal about being witches and that we would use this political slogan--"witches heal"--and really put that out there. Of course, the response I got back from people was "Are you a white witch or a black witch?" And I said, [looking at her skin] "This time it looks white, but is that really what you mean?" They would say, "Oh no, that's not really... Really what I mean is, are you a good witch or a bad witch?" And I'd say, "Since when is good white and bad black? Isn't that the kind of racism that is screwing up our world and our relationships with each other?" To posit that black is bad, how are we going to see a black person and not immediately decide they are bad? Our culture feeds into that. We are all fed white supremacy. Even if we say, "I don't have any prejudice," we live, breathe, eat, and sleep white supremacy, and a lot of it is done in non-obvious ways." Susun Weed

Yes, Susun can be perceived as being rude based on mainstream societal standars, have covered why above in the paragraphs about Autism..., she can not listen very well i would agree, however, mostly as a teacher she is there to deliver rather than receive.......but it is impossible for me to imagine that Susun woudl ever be unintelligible, she is articulate and speaks to large and small groups of people on a regular basis for decades.  As for being a waste of time and money, that is a personal opinion, and so if that was your experience, i can not contest that. Quite often i embark on something that i feel will be valuable only to find out later i had wasted my time and money, sometimes because i feel the situation was not as advertised, but more often because i was not really ready to receive that which i sought....i can then waste my own time and money....in the end this is a subjective statement, and each person who decides to come to study with Susun will have to make their own determination if they are wasting time and money, if Susun is rude or living in the moment, if she is really wise or just a faker.....

Join Susun virtually every Tuesday evening on Blogtalkradio for her two hour Q&A radio show, come with your health questions - but beware, her answers are likely to shock, and even offend at times....come and see for yourself what Susun Weed is made of.....faint hearted beware...but dont visit her in person if you are easily offended....if you can oversee her shortcomings, studying in person with Susun can be transformational...


in a nutshell, i can say my mother is far from perfect, but she does more good than harm, and for those who do receive benefit, we are grateful for the Wise Woman Wisdom that Susun shares with us all.....

with love, Justine

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