The great secrets and teachings of the 'Women's Mysteries' - the wisdom of the cycles of the Earth, the Moon, our lives and the menstrual cycle; how to live according to the seasons, the moon phases and your menstrual cycle; understanding and flowing with the transformational potential of the menstrual cycle, of pregnancy and of birth. Connecting with the Divine Feminine and the shamanic journey of the feminine cycle - menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pregnancy Workshop Reunion

The May 2009 Southern Highlands Pregnancy Workshop had their reunion, one year on. And what a beautiful thing it was! Beautiful mammas and their so, so scrumptious babies. Rachel returned from New Zealand for the reunion and Kristan from Tasmania. We sat in circle, called the Goddess, and gave thanks.

The women told their birth stories and shared what they learned about themselves from the experience and how they saw / felt this was the next piece for them in their life journey. It's such a revelation to view our childbirth experiences like this, bringing consciousness to the process and respect to our journeys.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Autumn Moonsong Workshops

In April in Melbourne, eight of us gathered again around our central altar, co-created this time with talismans that each woman brought to signify where she was in her menstrual cycle and her life cycle.
The many faces of the Goddess.

And in May at my home in the Southern Highlands, Moonsong on Mother's Day. A special gathering blessed by the attendance of 2 beautiful teenagers.

May Moonsong Southern Highlands
The Moonstick Ceremony

Monday, May 10, 2010

Autumn Pregnancy - The Inner Journey Workshops

In Autumn in Melbourne, 10 of us gathered around our central altar and shared a special time together. There were so many Goddess Eyes created those days, lots of women's wisdom shared and a deep connection to our inner knowing and the sacredness of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.

One of the subjects that we dialogued on was Orgasm as Teacher and Preparation for Childbirth. Much deep wisdom connecting a woman's experience of orgasm with clues for what she will need in labour and how her partner can best be with her at that time was shared. See my blog on http://www.kindredcommunity.com/ for some words on this subject:

http://www.kindredcommunity.com/blogs/guests/jane-collings/orgasm-as-teacher-and-preparation-for-childbirth/p/2039



Melbourne April Pregnancy - The Inner Journey Workshop
In May, at my home in the Southern Highlands, 12 of us gathered for a Pregnancy Workshop, 10 pregnant women, the majority with their first babies and 3 of the second time Mums returning for their 2nd Pregnancy Workshop. As well as the regular juicy stuff in a Pregnancy Workshop, this week we also sang with Ganga and belly danced with Monica.


May Southern Highlands Pregnancy - The Inner Journey Workshop

Monday, May 3, 2010

EarthDance Samhain Gathering 2010

We honoured and celebrated the seasonal sabbat of Samhain, Hallowe'en, in the dark, under the starlit night and a waning moon. Dressed in scary costumes, the likely suspects arrived with carved pumpkins and photos of their departed loved ones for the altar.

We honoured our ancestors and the turning of the wheel of the year, scryed in the crystal ball, burned our fears away and then played traditional Hallowe'en games - eating donuts hanging from strings with no hands and bobbing for apples.

In the dark, with the campfire glowing we feasted on pumpkin and autumn vegetable soup, damper, sausages and pumpkin tarts. Then finally! - we got to handing out the treats.
Lots of fun.

The gathering was a perfect melding of suitably solemn and riotous fun. And we all were reminded of the inevitability of endings, of death, and our responsibility to be Present and in full awareness of the sweetness of life.

Blessed Be.