Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are Medicine Woman programs suitable for men?
A: Yes. Medicine Woman refers to a state of consciousness or a way of thinking – it’s a way of living and being on the planet as opposed to specifically referring to the gender of an individual.
All Medicine Woman programs are suitable for both men and women. We have the pleasure of having quite a number of men undertaking our programs.
Male or female, young or old, if you seek to reconnect with the magic of nature and the power of the ancients in your everyday life, you will find that Medicine Woman programs have something to offer you.
Q: Do I have to start with the Rite of Six Moons before undertaking a Healers or Shamanic program?
A: No. While the recommended spiritual magical pathway starts with Rite of the Six Moons and progressing though to the Certificate in Advanced Shamanic Studies, all Medicine Woman programs can be undertaken in any order that suits you.
Q: Can I enrol into two programs at the same time?
A: Yes, you can. While the recommended spiritual magical pathway starts with Rite of the Six Moons and progressing though to the Certificate in Advanced Shamanic Studies, all Medicine Woman programs can be undertaken in any combination and order that appeals to you.
Q: How is the teaching provided?
A: The teaching is provided in a number of different ways, with each being vitally important part of the program and very carefully structured to ensure that you gain maximum learning in the physical as well as the metaphysical realm.
During the course of the program you will be working dynamically and cooperatively with the remarkable intelligence of the highly esteemed New Zealand native teacher plants that have stepped forward as your wise elders, teachers and initiators.
You will have access to comprehensive Cyber Scrolls, Cyber Docs and Videos relevant for your studies.
Medicine Woman Online School also provides a great platform for connecting with other students, sharing and learning.
Q: How much of the content in Medicine Woman programs contain Maori elements?
A: As the Medicine Woman Centre for Shamanic and Esoteric Studies® teachings are universal in their approach and application there is no single emphasis on any source of wisdom. In some Medicine Woman online programs, there is information that has a Maori correlation however, it is not predominant in any way. The teachings incorporate wisdom from many cultures and traditions.
Q: Is there support during the length of the program?
A: Yes, Medicine Woman Online School provides comprehensive support for all students enrolled into Medicine Woman programs.
Within the Medicine Woman Online School you will have access to multiple areas, including the Common Room where you can connect with the elders and all other students, specialised Classrooms where you can engage with others and share your experiences with your fellow students who are doing the same program. The Library and Program Content areas are where you can view videos and download pdfs. The Ask Franchelle area is where you can submit your questions to Franchelle and read answers to all previously asked questions.
Q: Do I have to purchase all the teacher plant essences prior to starting a program?
A: No. The first lunar month of each program is a preparation month. During this month you will not be dieting any teacher plant essences. You can purchase all the required essences prior to the program, if you wish. Or you can purchase them as you go, in which case you will need to make sure that you always have the correct essences available prior to the new moon (quarter moon for Rite of the Six Moons).
Q: What does 'dieting' mean?
A: Each lunar month (quarter moon for Rite of the Six Moons) you will work with a different teacher plant essence taking a specified number of drops of the teacher plant essence at various times daily.
Q: Do your teacher plant essences and alchemical elixirs contain alcohol?
A: As part of the Medicine Woman programs you will be ingesting First Light® teacher plant essences or First Light Porta Alchémica® alchemical elixirs.
First Light® teacher plant essences are preserved with brandy and First Light Porta Alchémica® alchemical elixirs contain ethanol, both of which contain alcohol. At this stage it is not possible to manufacture our products to their consistently high standard without the use of alcohol.
If you are sensitive to alcohol, First Light® teacher plant essences and First Light Porta Alchémica® alchemical elixirs can be ‘flashed’ by pouring just-off-the-boil water onto them, to effectively evaporate the alcohol content.
Some students, such as those in recovery from alcohol addiction or dependency and others who must abstain from all alcohol-containing products, may not be able to use First Light® teacher plant essences and First Light Porta Alchémica® alchemical elixirs. However, many people who are in recovery from alcohol addiction or dependency are using First Light® teacher plant essences and First Light Porta Alchémica® alchemical elixirs without a problem.
Choosing to ingest First Light® teacher plant essences and First Light Porta Alchémica® alchemical elixirs is a personal choice and each individual's personal responsibility. .
Q: I am interested in doing your shamanic studies online program and would like clarification around the required teacher plant essences. How many do I need to buy for the 2 year program?
Q: Is it possible to just do the one year of Medicine Woman Certificate in Shamanic Studies© program and then pay for the second year at a later date?
A: Medicine Woman Certificate in Shamanic Studies© online program has the following payment options:
- Full payment of NZ$2,400
- Year One payment of NZ$1,235 and Year Two payment of NZ$1,235
- 8 payments of NZ$310, which is paid monthly on a subscription basis
- 24 payments of NZ$110, which is paid monthly on a subscription basis
Q: I am wondering what it means to be an apprentice while studying?
A: An apprentice is a person who is acquiring new skills under the guidance of an expert for a period of time for a specific purpose.
You would be an apprentice as you are studying and working with and learning from highly esteemed New Zealand native teacher plants each month.
Q: When I enrol into the Medicine Woman Certificate in Healers Studies© online program, how soon do I have to order the teacher plant essences?
A: Your program starts with a preparation month, during which you have the time to prepare and organise everything that will be required for your studies, including your teacher plant essences, which you will start working with the following month.
Q: With the ritual and creation of magical objects during the Medicine Woman Rite of the Twelve Celestial Regents© are these objects supplied or are we having to buy all the materials for the altar and necklace?
A: You may wish to build your own ritual altar or you may wish to use an existing piece of furniture. You can choose your own ritual items or you can purchase specially commissioned ritual items at www.medicinewoman.com/products. All instructions for preparing your ritual items for magical use to ‘purpose good’ will be provided within the online program.