Catherine Novak

In addition to running Wise Weeds Botanicals, Catherine has served as an adjunct faculty member for Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pa., teaching introductory aromatherapy and herbal medicine. She has been a featured speaker at Barnes & Noble; and spoken about medicinal herbs on the Health Nuts NJ radio show. A graduate of the Herbal Therapeutics, Inc. School of Botanical Medicine, she presents training workshops at day spas, stores and other venues on the healing properties of essential oils and herbs as well as personal development. She is available for individual herbal, hypnotherapy and Reiki consultations.

Most folks at festival just call her "the Wise Weeds Lady" and know they can count on her for direct and honest information about herbalism, aromatherapy and other such stuff. Don't ask her for her opinion UNLESS you really want to hear it!

Herbal Safety: Medicinal vs. Magical Herbs

Too many times pagans and/or wiccans pick up one herbal book, most notably Scott Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, and then run amuck. They ignore the different uses of herbs--in other words, they do not distinguish between magical and medicinal uses. And then wonder why they run into trouble. Just because herbs are "natural" doesn't mean ignoring safety considerations. This workshop will discuss basic safety considerations regarding the medicinal uses of herbs, as well as some of the "stupid human tricks" with respect to magical herbs. Bring your stories to share.

Love as Thou Will: A seminar on the practice and nature of Polyamory

Presented with Ed Hubbard.

An examination and discussion of the nature of Pagan Relationships from solitaire to tribal, personal to public. Through this workshop you will be empowered with the ability to better understand the attachments you have developed, and have ways to achieve better relationships. Discover what 'In Perfect Love and In Perfect Trust' means in a Pagan society, and what structure relationships can become. By the end of this workshop, you will have ways to expand your love horizons and become a better friend as well. For the Mainstream this may be the next Sexual Revolution.

Scents and Scentsuality

Did you know the incredibly subtle yet strong impact the sense of scent has on all of us? Connected to the oldest part of the human brain, our sense of smell influences us before we are able to rationally think about a situation. The use of botanicals to make oneself more attractive to members of the opposite (as well as same) sex goes back hundreds, if not thousands of years. The art of perfumery entices and delights many people. Learn about its secrets--scents that influence passion, acting as catalysts to amore, Aphrodisiacs and more.

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