I would be angry if I was treated that way, and I would also feel ripped off. Have to say though that many people run workshops on a no refund policy. I don't agree with that completely, but am just pointing out it's not a Susun Weed thing.
I haven't been in Susun's presence for many years so I don't feel I can say much about how she is now (she seems to have changed). Looking from the outside, and seeing what's been happening with the websites etc, there is definitely a marked increase in the commercialisation of many things. I feel uncomfortable about some of it (most of the emails I get now are trying to sell me something, and the newsletter seems like an advertorial more than anything). I don't have an opinion about whether there are ethical issues involved in how Susun runs her businesses (except there are always ethical consideration in running businesses).
I'm sorry you had such a crap experience. For many years it was my dream to go and study with Susun on her home ground. As it turned out I didn't need to do that and found my learning on other places and ways, and am grateful I didn't have to learn via the school of hard knocks
I agree that many people are helped by her direct teaching in many ways and that some are harmed. I think it's good that you address these issues here.
(although I think using caps when writing is conveying a degree of stress and intensity that may not help so much).
"How does Susun react when a woman does step up to her?" Plenty of people says that she has more respect for them overall, but from my experience when I or another woman there even tried to approach anything that she might disagree with...all I heard was her yelling LOUDER and LOUDER and LOUDER until the other person just seemed to give up.
That wasn't quite what I meant. I meant what happens when someone stands up to Susun herself - not the things you disagree on. I'm more interested in the power dynamics and whether they're irredeemable. So if Susun is treating someone like s**t, what happens if that person calls her out on treating them like s**t? How does that person manage their power in themselves? I'm not saying that people should do this btw, it strikes me as a reasonably risky thing to do and would need quite a high level of skill (and luck).
It's all good (except for the crappy bits).