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.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

November Offerings

A Wonderful Month of Offerings for November

Spring is my busiest time, riding on the energy of Spring, I give workshops almost every weekend.  Traveling from our country home to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and more for conferences, workshops and this Spring, the special screenings of "Things We Don't Talk About - Women's Stories from the Red Tent".  We've just had a very special Deepening weekend with BlackBear for the students and graduates of SSM, very special!  I can also feel and see the School growing with this Spring energy.  The next year long program, The Four Seasons Journey, starts in November and the one to follow which starts November 2013 will start her registration process soon.  Also growing is the interest in me bringing my work, my offerings, to Europe, India and America.  Very Exciting!  Sending you Spring love and energy!      Love,  Jane  xxxx 

Friday November 2nd

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, November 7, 8 & 9

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, November 10, 11 & 12

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Spring has Arrived!

Spring has arrived and the busy-ness returns!These past weeks I have given two beautiful workshops...

Maidens and Mothers Moonsong in Bega NSWand Connecting with the Shamanic Dimensions of Pregnancy in Rozelle Sydney with Ganga.

The Maidens and Mothers Moonsong in Bega was a beautiful gathering, 11 Mothers and 10 Daughters in a circle in the kindy room of the Steiner school, such a beautiful energy in the room.
Maidens learning, Mothers teaching, Feminine wisdom reclaimed!

Connecting with the Shamanic Dimensions of Pregnancy in Rozelle, 20 of us in sacred circle space in Nola's magnificent art studio. We sang, shared processes and stories to remember what we know about the role our experiences play in our life journeys to wholeness, to understand and know ourselves better.

And delved into the shamanic realms to connect with babies, soulbabies and Inner Goddesss.
Mamatotos, Soulbabies and BirthKeepers sharing wisdom, experiences and love, 
a beautiful day together.

Love, Jane

Monday, July 30, 2012

From One Rite to the Next : Jane speaks at The Home Birth Conference

F r o m   O n e  R i t e  t o  t h e  N e x t

the influence of & connection between menarche and childbirth 

The Connection between a woman's experience of menarche and therefore what she takes with her to her experience of childbirth is not often taken into account.
The opportunity and potential healing and transformation, once this is known, can enhance the attention to her life journey, as  a whole rather than simply her experience of childbirth.

This perspective also enables a deeper understanding for when a rite may feel like a 'wrong'

So often childbirth is seen as an isolated incident in a woman's life, however is we take the whole woman into account, more individual care with her specific healing requirements and the transformational possibilities for her can be taken into account.

Jane Hardwicke Collings
Independent Midwife
more on Jane's work here . . . 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Home Birth Conference 2012

This time next week, I will be preparing for my journey to Hobart for the 28th Home Birth Conference

The first Homebirth Conference I went to was at the Blue Mountains in 1984,  it was the fifth in Australia, and there were 350 people there!

It was where Homebirth Australia was born. I was 26, a student midwife at a big Sydney hospital, completely shocked by what was going on in the maternity ward, seeking something other. 

And I sure found it! 

There was a tribe of women, so conscious of the long lasting effects of birth and the value and importance of women giving birth in their own homes. My eyes were opened. 

I went to that conference with my dear friend Shea Caplice, she had just started working as a graduate midwife at Manly hospital and was about to start an apprenticeship with Maggie Lecky Thompson. 

When I finished my hospital midwifery training I too went on to do an apprenticeship with Maggie and then started my own practice in 1985.

And here I am attending a Home Birth, with my own home born baby on my back looking on. This year he turns 20!

Ive been to many of the Homebirth conferences over the years and absolutely love them. 

At this years Conference, I will be speaking on: 
'From One Rite to the Next: the influence of and connection between Menarche & Childbirth'

And this year, for the second time,  The School of Shamanic Midwifery has been given the role of conducting the Closing Ceremony, which we love to do.

"healing one Mother is healing our Earth"  
Birthkeeper, Jeannine Parvati Baker 

For More information on the Home Birth Conference go here . . . .

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Connecting With The Shamanic Dimensions of Pregnancy

Connecting With The Shamanic Dimensions of Pregnancy


Hi Jane, Thank you so much for the amazing workshop you held for us the other week.

I walked away feeling that I had really shifted into the spiritual essence of the pregnancy.        

Since then I have felt like I have been in a really beautiful headspace having shifted the remaining fears that were lingering.

I wish every pregnant mum to be could do your class. It would give birth a completely different meaning. Shifting it from medical to naturally spiritual and a beautiful journey.
Thank You So Much

Clare Harrison

Thank you so much for your time and energy at Avalon a few weeks ago.  

I recently birthed my little girl at home and whilst I had a fantastic experience I felt I was missing something and had begun seeking answers when the opportunity to do your workshop came along.  I feel that life clearly gives us what we need, when we need it - and suddenly I was clear to come for the day.  

Your workshop was absolutely amazing and filled in the gaps for me - I was missing something!  Birth is designed to be a spiritual experience, but like anything we need to work through so much history and be in tune with ourselves, our mothers and sisters, and in harmony with the earth.  I am really excited about learning more and clearing and empowering myself for my next birth, and understanding how we as women can regain the power and mystery designed to come to us with birth, so that I can help spread the word.  

It's very important work you are doing.
On another note, I was immensely impressed with the level of research and energy you put into the Avalon workshop.  I have attended and facilitated many workshops but never one as compelling as yours.  I believe all birthing women - in fact, all women, should complete it as compulsory.  Your workshop helped me understand just how important birth is, and what it can be.  I wish I had done your workshop rather than the mountain of pre-birth reading I completed - it really made the whole thing make sense.  I can't wait to complete an extended program with you and am only disappointed you won't start till November.

It's exciting and empowering stuff and I wish I could do it tomorrow!  

Thank you so much for your time, I really do believe that our one day together, will change my life significantly and there aren't many one day workshops that can make that claim.


" I came into the Shamanic Midwifery course without expectations. I had been to previous birth education courses and had read several books in preparation for the birth of my first baby, but this day workshop took my experience of pregnancy and the connection to my unborn baby to a new level. I was able to safely express even my most subconscious fears of birth and beyond and let them go, setting myself free to enjoy and celebrate this pregnancy even more than before! Thank you Jane and all the girls who helped to create a circle of the divine feminine, a sacred safe space and a journey into our inner core that was fun, poignant and unforgettable" 

Anna Feldman
Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Wellbeing Consultant

More Workshops Coming . . . 

Connecting With The Shamanic Dimensions of Pregnancy One Day Workshops

Thirroul (near Wollongong) Wednesday June 6th
Rozelle (inner west Sydney city) Thursday August 9th

with Jane Hardwicke Collings, 
midwife, teacher of the women's mysteries, 
author of Ten Moons - the Inner Journey of Pregnancy

We will gather in circle - women, pregnant, planning to be, birth workers, and delve into the shamanic dimensions of pregnancy and birth.We will engage in powerful processes to understand what we are bringing to birth, to let go of fears and to journey deep within to our wombs to meet our babies, soul babies or Inner Goddess.

For bookings:
Thirroul contact: Deb
Rozelle contact: Sonia

Monday, February 27, 2012

My Autumn Offerings

"Welcome to this Southern Autumn, may the beauty of the colours, may the crispness in the air, may the increasing darkness all remind you to be present, present in the moment, for that is all there is. . . 
Understanding the opportunities of a cycle, the wisdom inherent in a cycle, 
each and every cycle, is like ‘cracking the code’ and gives one greater freedom, 
greater joy and a deeper knowing of what ‘the flow’ actually is. . . " JHC
I will be speaking at the Being Woman Festival  this weekend
I have been invited to give their keynote address answering their question:

What does it mean to you to live a life as a full, conscious Woman?

Come hear my thoughts  
Be with yourself 
Hear the many facilitators 
& attend the awesome workshops on offer 


AKA Mermaids (Mistresses of Transformation)
are starting a new service for Festivals around Australia
creating and Priestessing Red Tents
This is a very exciting initiative and we have our first ever Red Tent at the Being Woman Festival 
Susan Stark, Jess Krop and Eloise Fisher are the current weavers of this exciting web 
check this out
Birth Around the World presents
starring Jane Hardwicke Collings
produced by Mayra Calvette  & Enrico Ferrari

Love and best wishes to you all and enjoy the Autumn and the harvest

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lammas or Lughnasadh

Lammas or Lughnasadh on Thursday February 2nd 2012 is the second summer festival and the first of the three harvest festivals. It’s the half way point between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. At Lammas the fruits of Summer are ready, its a time to celebrate the bounty of life.

A wonderful way to honour this time is to gather your family and friends around a bounty-ess cornucopia-like feast and give thanks for all that life brings to you, for the harvests of your efforts and the gifts of the Earth.

A few good things to contemplate and discuss at that feast: What has your year long growth cycle produced?
What have been the ‘fruits’ of your labour?
What worked to produce a bounty-ess harvest? What didn’t?

Our metaphoric harvest, as well as our literal harvest, needs to sustain us all winter whilst nothing grows and the seeds of the new lay dormant in the Earth, the time of inward reflection and contemplation. The harvest needs to sustain us well into spring when the new shoots will grow. At Lammas, we have the opportunity to assess the fruits of our labour, and see whether our Spring and Summer activities of this year, in the metaphorical garden of ourselves, in fact yielded, and will yield further into autumn, the harvest we wanted and hoped for. Perhaps we need to learn new ‘gardening techniques’, again metaphorically speaking, for a greater, more sustaining harvest next year. The other garden activity for Autumn is pruning and the deciduous trees let go of their leaves. This energy is also present for us as beings of the Earth effected by Her seasons.

The way this all shows up is different for everyone, however there are similarities and they are the feelings that arise in us as the ‘party ends’, the feelings we have as we begin the decent into the darker seasons. Women have his experience first hand every menstrual cycle for weeks 3 and 4. After ovulation, if she has not conceived, a woman’s body prepares to release the unneeded uterine lining and as this happens she feels many feelings. Mostly they are in the category of what she needs to let go of, or what no longer works in her life.

Notice how you feel the energy of this part of the summer season affecting you. Notice what you need to notice, learn what you need to learn, change what you need to change and heal what you need to heal. That’s the opportunity, that’s the gift.

The harvest festivals continue into Autumn. The seeds from these harvests will go back into the Earth, gestate over the Winter, and be what will be reborn in the Spring. This happens literally in the garden and metaphorically in our lives. Perhaps if you’re not happy with the ‘seeds’ your current harvest will create, then you might choose to plant different ‘seeds’ for your new growth cycle next Spring. Make new plans, start new ways so you don’t repeat anything that didn’t work so well from the last cycle.

This same cycle and opportunity occurs each lunar cycle and menstrual cycle.
So much opportunity!

Love, Jane Hardwicke Collings


for more about the seasons, cycles see here

Monday, January 30, 2012

Gaia Emerging

Excerpt from Gaia Emerging: Goddess Beliefs and Practices in Australia

by Patricia Rose and Tricia Szirom

"Jane Hardwicke Collings has been a homebirth midwife for nearly three decades and, like many women, she was initiated into the Women's Mysteries through birth. Jane's work is on of the best examples of the sacredness of the mysteries of the Red Tent and the birthing process....."

Purchase Gaia Emerging on line and support the work of GAIA Inc A book about the Goddess, in Australian, modern culture.

Drs. Patricia Rose and Tricia Szirom were curious about the range of beliefs and practices that exist in the Australian Goddess community so they commenced by talking with women. An on-line survey, involving over 300 respondents, added to the knowledge base.

Gaia Emerging, the result of this work, tells the story of the growth of the Goddess community in this wonderful land.

It links the development of community to the emergence of Goddess spirituality in the UK and USA and speaks to the multi-cultural nature of this country.

Historical threads weave into discussions of present practice and beliefs which the authors then use to discuss the future of this wonderful emergence.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Book Launch: Birth Journeys

I went to the launch of Leonie's beautiful book last week in Canberra

Birth Journeys - positive birth stories to encourage and inspire

Compiled and edited by Leonie Macdonald

Learning and Healing

contributed by Jane Hardwicke Collings

"Life is a journey, a journey to wholeness. Each experience we have is an opportunity to learn more about ourselves. Pregnancy and childbirth are a time for the mother to reflect, contemplate and come to know herself more fully....."

Congratulations Leonie

on this wonderful compilation of beautiful heartful, inspiring and informative stories.

"This is the holy grail for first-time pregnancy mums.
No other book will give you the confidence and comfort that this book does.
Birth Journeys, truly does encourage and inspire!"
Samantha Brock, planning her first pregnancy

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

“Pregnancy – The Inner Journey”

b i r t h i s a s a c r e d a c t
"an experience that has far reaching consequences and effects on the newborn, the Mother and the whole family. Birth is a rite of passage and by its very nature it provides the way in for a woman to know her inner strength and inner knowing - vital ingredients for mothering.
Mothers are gifted through birth not only with their beautiful babies but with a new look at their Divine selves. Birth teaches us where we are at with the fundamentals of life such as surrender, letting go and trust. The best preparation for birth is a conscious pregnancy, spending time contemplating and updating your inner beliefs and attitudes, and connecting with your baby inside you, hearing the voices feeling the feelings, seeing the visions, all the while developing your natural mothering essence." JHC


Wednesday March 28th – Friday March 30th 2012
9:30am – 5pm daily
Fully catered, non-residential $450

Wednesday April 18th – Friday April 20th 2012
9:30am – 5pm daily
Fully catered, non-residential $550

Friday, January 13, 2012

Jane Speaks at Woodford

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen

For those of you who cringe at the term Lady, allow me to remind you that the original meaning of Lady was Priestess of the Moon, which is quite in keeping with today’s talk’s theme.

And Gentlemen, gentle - men, well the world needs as many of them as possible!

So the Red Tent, Sacred Women’s Business.

Who knows about the Red Tent ?

The Red Tent is part of the much needed honouring of the feminine that our culture requires.

The Red Tent is part of the spiritual practice of menstruation and the living of the wisdom of the cycles.

The Red Tent is a place, a space, that women retreat to when they are bleeding, menstruating, when they have their moonflow.

The Red Tent or Moon Lodge or Blood Temple can be an actual space or a virtual space, or a state of mind, one way or another it needs to exist.

The Story Goes

That the women of the tribe, or community, would gather together in the Red Tent at their bleeding time and they would let go, rest, sleep, dream, nurture themselves, reflect on their moon just ended and vision their moon coming.

During her bleeding time a woman is tired so she will sleep because her dreams at this time are prophetic, and hold valuable information. During her bleeding time a woman can literally let go of all the things, ways, beliefs, attitudes, behaviours, that no longer serve her and she can do this for all her relations.

In the Native American culture it is said that the whole tribe awaited and depended on the information that the women would return with from the Moon Lodge.

This practice is not new, it is ancient, and it changed when the patriarchal culture, in which we live, took hold several thousand years ago and dishonoured the feminine, making all things associated with women and especially her fertility, her sexuality, her blood, taboo, dirty, evil, bad, shameful etc etc.

The Red Tent was reinterpreted as a place to send women away to when they were bleeding because they were deemed dirty and needing to be separated from the rest of the people, especially their husbands and needed to be stopped from preparing food,lest they contaminate it.

I imagine you know this.

If this is new to you, I’ve written a booklet about it called Herstory,

that’s ‘her’ story as opposed to ‘his’ story, history – get it?

You can download it for free from my website – Moonsong

Prior to electric lights, which came into our lives in the late 1800’s, and then altered the darkness we experienced after sunset each night, all women ovulated on the full moon and bled on the dark moon.

We have an internal mechanism, related to melatonin production which rises according to the amount of light in the night and is also responsible for the rising of the levels of hormones that create ovulation and this all happens based on the amount of light in the night sky.

Our biological blueprint is that we ovulate at the time when there is the most light in the night sky, that is the full moon. And then we bleed 14 days after that, the dark moon. Women’s cycles are designed to be in synch with the moon and each other.Now, however, there is so much light pollution especially in the cities, so many other life stresses and oestrogen pollution so that women are mostly not in synch with the moon.

Women often move into synch with the moon

if they make it their practice to observe the moon,

and if they make it their intention to do so.

And as you all well know, women who live or work closely together often synchronise their cycles.

Now, in our modern culture menstruation is basically ignored, women are encouraged and maybe even forced to carry on regardless, ads for tampons show girls in white playing sport! However things are changing, in terms of menstrual awareness, in our land, its the best its been in years! I’m even standing here talking about it!

And women around the world are getting together, and making cloth pads to send

to Africa.

And there is much to be learned from our cycles. Its about reclaiming feminine wisdom

through reconnection with the women’s mysteries, and this means honouring your cycle.

It will teach you much:

Much about yourself

Much about life

and Much about the way of things

There is one cycle and it plays out over and over everywhere

and women, being the cyclical beings that they are

live it birth, growth, full bloom, harvest, decay, death, rebirth,

growth, full bloom, harvest, decay, death, rebirth, over and over . . .

Think of the seasons:

Spring – birth, growth

Summer - full bloom

Autumn – harvest

Winter - decay, death

Spring – rebirth…… over and over

Our life seasons have the same characteristics:

Spring: is the life season of youth, maiden and young man

Summer: is mother and father

Autumn: is maga and magus

Winter: is crone and wise old man

Same cycle everywhere just different speeds and metaphoric

The menstrual cycle, and that means the whole cycle from bleeding to bleeding again, is a cycle to live your life by.

You will be, actually, whether you realise it or not.

Bringing awareness to your menstrual cycle,

incorporating a spiritual practice with your menstrual cycle brings a higher consciousness to it. And this will enable you to flow with it. Utilise it, and learn from it. Rather than be oppressed by it.

Doing this honours you, the feminine and the Earth.

It is a healing practice and you will benefit from it as will the collective

and the Earth.

Your menstrual cycle IS your spiritual practice

The menstrual cycle is a portal into the sacred, spiritual, shamanic and transcendent dimensions of womanhood.

So are women’s rites of passage:

Menarche (the first blood),

Childbirth and


I just want to read you some words I wrote when I was writing this last week..

"I’m writing this while I’m bleeding so there won’t be any excuses, just the cold hard facts, I won’t waste my time trying to talk you into thinking this is a good idea, bleeding women don’t do that. They speak their truth. I’m deep in my own inner space, fortunately alone at home. I look out the window and see the remains of the altar from last night’s Summer Solstice ceremony. There were 90 people here last night, gathered to honour and give thanks to Mother Earth, at Litha, the peak of the year, the longest day, the brightest light in the cycle of the seasons. And I remember back to last night when I facilitated the ceremony, how in my bleeding space, dressed in dark clothes and inwardly focussed, I led the ceremony in a very different way to how I usually do. I was more reserved, less words, more aware of the energy of the group, and able to shift the processes around that, rather than put on a Summer Solstice Ceremony show, which would be much more like what I would do if I was ovulating.

I think back, which is one of the main characteristics of the bleeding time, the point being, the opportunity to notice what you’re thinking and feeling so you can let go of what no longer serves you with your blood, to the earth,

I think back to last night how unfussed I was, more able to flow with what was, as within, so without"

As I’ve said, the Red Tent or Moon Lodge or Blood Temple can be an actual space or a virtual space, one way or another it needs to exist. If it does not exist, if a woman does not honour her need for retreat. Then what happens are all the physical symptoms that need to, to have the woman retreat into her inner space, her inner Red Tent as it were,

this includes all the friction, fights, arguments etc required in your close relationships

so that those people will avoid you, keep out of your way!

So, we create our much needed Red Tent, or much needed retreat space, unconsciously if we don’t do it consciously, so why not do it consciously and bust the myth that women are cranky when they are bleeding and in the week or so before.

Tell me,

do you really think you would be cranky, moody, upset, mad, angry, impatient etc etc if you knew when your blood came that you would be leaving your normal life situation

and heading to your retreat space to let go of what no longer worked in your life,

to learn what you can from your month just passed, to decide what you will take into the next cycle and what you will leave behind, to replenish, and renew yourself, and prepare yourself for the month ahead?

I doubt you’d be feeling cranky,

I bet you’d be feeling honoured and excited even!

Honouring your need for retreat time when you are bleeding is your responsibility,

not any one else’s, and it is so for both yourself and everyone you live with and relate to.

If you think your journey through your menstrual cycle and bleeding time doesn’t effect anyone else, just ask them.

Honouring your bleeding time in what ever way you can is part of the spiritual practice of menstruation. One way or another you must get the space you need at your bleeding time, this may end up being a long bath an early night to bed, or your dreaming time.

Your experience of your menstrual cycle is a barometer of your life stresses.

It is a stress sensitive process and therefore is a ‘read out’ of what you need to be dealing with. It is also a pathway to self awareness on your soul’s journey to wholeness;

Enlightenment through cycle awareness!

Many people have written about this,

psychotherapists, doctors, midwives, anthropologists.

It’s a well known path of personal and collective evolution.

Its not your hormones rampaging, its you.

Our menstrual cycles call us into our bodies, if things are amiss, one way or another she will get your attention and you’ll have the opportunity to take responsibility for yourself,

your life, what you eat, think, do, work, play etc . Or you can play the victim and blame your hormones like they are some unwelcome guest who’s taken over. See literally what’s going on and think metaphorically, that might give you some clues. Look for the patterns that reoccur in your life and how your menstrual cycle reflects that.

Your experience of menarche, your first blood, prepares you for your experience of menstruation which then effects how you give birth and then how you experience perimenopause.

Its all connected.

She who is initiated into the Temple of Womanhood at the Altar of Menarche,

is the woman who shows up at the Birth Altar in the Birth Temple.

So its no surprise that most women are drugged during childbirth to escape the pain, they learned how to do that well enough during their periods.

Young women are taught to not trust their bodies, if their periods are irregular or their flow is heavy or their pain is strong,they are prescribed the pill to bring them into order,

so they can be predictable, controlled, on time, and not be inconvenienced by their bodies messages that happen to have them make life style and diet changes better for health.

And then this all happens again at birth in so many ways: with over 30% inductions because women don’t give birth on time – there’s no right time, just when the baby is ready, and there’s never been a baby that stayed inside forever you know. And the rampant use of drugs during labour to numb women. Funny how we’re meant to say no to drugs except during menstruation and labour when they totally mess with our ability to listen to our bodies, to hear the inner wisdom and without doubt influence the unborn ones detrimentally! Numbing herself in labour, a woman gives up the opportunity of experiencing and so realising that she has everything she needs inside her that she and her baby ‘work’ together to birth and also she drugs her baby. Drugged babies, probably most of us here, have a default of vagueing out, especially when the going gets tough.

Medicating yourself with drugs during menstruation means you carry on regardless,

just NOT what you’re meant to do, if you do, you miss the opportunity for letting go, for renewal and then you get on this treadmill, same ol’ same ol’. If you don’t let go of what shows up during your third week, masquerading as symptoms of PMS, then guess what grows bigger next cycle!

Each of the four weeks of the menstrual cycle, and this is the case even if your cycle is longer or shorter than 4 weeks, have the energy, characteristics and qualities of the four seasons of the earth that we all know so well.

Day one is your first day of bleeding:

Week 1 is as if late winter and early spring

week 2 is late spring early winter

week 3 is late summer early autumn and

week 4 is late autumn early winter

So weeks 3 and 4 have the characteristics of autumn and winter, the descent, the move or pull inward, and just like how the deciduous trees lose their leaves at this time,

the same thing happens metaphorically for us, everything that is no longer needed in your life shows up so you can let it go with your blood and start fresh and new with the spring growth energy for your next cycle.

This phenomena, this opportunity for letting go of what no longer serves us, which shows up to us as irritations in weeks 3 and 4 of our cycle because irritations are what WILL get your attention. These things that show up irritating us then, ARE the things that no longer serve us the things, ways, beliefs, attitudes we need to let go of.

This natural process has been turned by our culture and the medical model, into pathology, which means something is wrong and needs to be fixed and its been named as a syndrome – PMS or premenstrual syndrome. It’s the time when women stop complying, their opportunity for renewal, and rebirth,brings everything that’s not working in their life into full view, and instead of being seen for the wonderful opportunity it is, it is seen as moodiness, crankiness, and all the 100 or so physical symptoms that combine with it, which are really messages from our body

to get us to change what’s going on, there are so many symptoms associated with this time, its been relegated to disease and guess what, it can be fixed with the Pill.

Do you know, that the Pill is the most prescribed medication in the world!

tis so famous its called THE pill! And its all about controlling women’s cycles.

It creates a pseudo pregnancy, your body thinks you are pregnant. So you wont ovulate and risk conception. When you bleed on the pill, it's not a real period. It’s a withdrawal bleed because you drop the synthetic hormone levels And that makes you bleed.

And we all bathe in, cook with and drink the water that contains all the hormones from the millions of women on the pill as their waters rejoin the main waters. And this contributes along with fertilisers used in farming and animal feed to the oestrogen pollution and dominance we experience that messes with our bodies.

So, like every other cycle, if you try to control it, you miss its wisdom, its healing

and its growth and evolutionary opportunities, and, often to your peril.

Honouring the menstrual cycle is the spiritual practice of menstruation, this means bringing consciousness to the process and what goes on around it.

Disposable sanitary products not only cost a lot of money over and over, and are made with chemicals and take 100s of years to biodegrade, they also contribute to the huge use of pesticides in the cotton farming to create them and landfill, blocked drains and sea pollution. You can honour yourself, your cycle and the earth by using reusable cloth pads or mooncups/keepers or sponges.

You can make prayers with your blood

You can dedicate your eggs not just to babies,

to world peace, to love..

Get to know yourself through understanding your cycle

Chart your cycle, notice how differently you feel each day

See the waxing and waning of your energy, your libido, your creative urges,

observe your moods how they change each day and week.

Come to know yourself.

I have created a ‘how to chart your cycle handbook and journal’ called

13 Moons (that’s how many moon cycles there are in a year)

And a ‘ready reckoner’ called the

Spinning Wheels

which tells you the energy of each day of the lunar cycle, your menstrual cycle and the influence of the earth season and your life season. So you can, through understanding all these influences on you, understand why you feel the way you do on any particular day.

The reason I’m hear talking about this today is because I put a proposal to the Woodford organisers for them to have a Red Tent here this year, in full operation. A private women’s space, for those who are bleeding to retreat to and for others of us to be as priestesses and serve them. That wasn’t possible this year, but they asked me if I would come and talk about it, to start the process . . .

This isn’t just happening here

There is a worldwide movement

The Red Tent movement!

Women reclaiming feminine wisdom,

through reconnection with the women’s mysteries.

There is a Red Tent festival next year near Bangalow,

There is a movie called The Red Tent,

"Things We Don’t Talk About"

coming out later this year.


Chart your cycle

Watch the moon

And practice the spiritual practice of menstruation,

especially the Red Tent,

You wont regret it,

Not only will this all help you enjoy and love your menstrual cycle,

It will prepare you for a conscious birth,

and for a healing enlightening perimenopause

and your life ahead as a wise woman who will teach these ways to the girls.

Jane Hardwicke-Collings


Teacher of the Women's Mysteries

The School of Shamanic Midwifery


School of Shamanic Midwifery