Wise Women Gathering | Educators

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Keynote Speakers

We showcase Australian Women working with Herbal Wisdom, Holistic Health, Women's Mystery and Community. 

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Sandy is a treehugging, plant loving herbalist from far Northern NSW. Rooted firmly in the vitalist herbal tradition Sandys deep joy is growing, wildcrafting and making medicines.


After observing a trend away from traditional herbal knowledge and a move towards more pharmaceutical style prescribing, Sandy has been on a mission to reconnect people with plants and the philosophies and skills of herbal medicine.

 

She recently opened “The Village Herbalist”, a unique retail herbal dispensary, clinic and medicine making space in Alstonville and is the co-creator of “Root and Branch” the first gathering of traditional herbal medicine practitioners and students in Australia.

Keynote Speaker  

Sandy Jeudwine

Sandy will present a Preconference Workshop, a Keynote Speech and 2 Workshops at Wise Women Gathering 2020.

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Lisa is a health and wellness professional working in the field for over 20 years. Her number one value in life is health with her purpose being to help inspire and educate others to value their own health, wellness and life as much as she values her own. Having studied exercise physiology, nutrition and human behaviour / psychology she works on the physical emotional and spiritual body aiming to create balance and the best version of oneself.

 
Lisa is an Australian ninja warrior, mum of three boys and entrepreneurial business woman. Lisa owns and operates two businesses and is building a personal brand, as well as the CEO and director of a charity organisation that funds projects annually around the world. 

Lisa will leave you inspired and motivated to look deeply at all aspects of your life and the importance of health and wellness. 

Keynote Speaker

Lisa Parkes

Lisa will present a Preconference Workshop, a Keynote Speech and 2 Workshops at Wise Women Gathering 2020.

 
 

Special Guest Performer 

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Laura-Doe wrote and performed her first one-woman show, a feminist commentary entitled ‘The Dangers of Being a Princess’ at the age of 6. It took four decades for her second work, ‘Vaudeville of the Vulva’, to emerge.

Very much at home on home on any stage, she has a natural talent for acting and comedy. Whilst remaining passionately involved in amateur theatre, she applied her performance skills to a career in education, becoming a Senior Lecturer at North London University before moving to Australia to work as a corporate trainer for Apple Computer. During the ’90s she trained in Method Acting and Character Analysis with Penelope Chater (NIDA, Nimrod Theatre - penelopechater.com) who has offered invaluable directorial advice on her productions to date.

Also a singer/songwriter, Laura-Doe performed, wrote and recorded with women’s choir ‘The Voices of Gaia’. Her first solo recording ‘Do the Kegel’ was picked up for use by HBO in a TV show and a movie by American director Adam Fields.

‘Vaudeville of the Vulva’ combines her passions for entertainment, education and empowered female sexuality. It uses songs, puppets and comic characters to address potentially confronting topics in an accessible, non-threatening way.

Laura-Doe’s Vaudeville of the Vulva

Dripping with tongue-in-cheek humour, Laura-Doe’s canny characters and unusually vocal velvet vulvae will illuminate and entertain you on the fabulously fertile topic of female genitalia. For many people, women's genitals are difficult to name, and shrouded in mystery. Vaudeville of the Vulva is a series of light-hearted sketches that informs whilst entertaining, but its motivation is also serious, seeking to gently lift taboos, using comedy and song to release tension and create the freedom to speak about, understand and appreciate the amazing portal through which we are all designed to enter the world.


Taking the baton from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, Vaudeville of the Vulva leads us, giggling and gasping, towards a deeper appreciation of this much-maligned body part. Not to be confused with Puppetry of the Penis, the show is funny, sexy and wise, yet involves no nudity. 


Expect juicy jokes and lusty singalongs. Liberate your libido and learn while you laugh!

 

Guest Performer

Laura-Doe 

See the Vaudeville of the Vulva in the auditorium on Friday and Saturday, 4pm 

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2020 Educators

Ali is a Plant Woman, utilising the energies of plants, nature and spirit. She lives in the Hills District of Sydney on a "permaculture inspired garden, meets Wild Aussie Bush" property and enjoys being immersed in nature and nourishing her family. Ali has been in the field for over 20 years exploring the healing powers of touch, energy and plants. She runs regular workshops within the community, conduct private consultations in-person and via distance and various health related work offerings. Presently Ali's work and studies are taking her deeper into the plant world and traditional indigenous ceremonies.

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Plant Spirit Blessing

Come on a Sacred Journey of Connection to the nurturing Beauty of Water. Spiritual cleansing or energy clearing is used in traditional healing practices in various cultures, they have strong links to our ancestral health care practices. This may explain why these processes feel comforting, familiar or why we are deeply drawn to them. Spiritual cleansing can be achieved in a number of ways, one of which is with water and plants. Water is used for cleansing, purification and restoration and it deepens our connection to intuition. Together we will create a Plant Spirit Blessing, followed by a journey to the River to immerse ourselves in this most sacred element. 

Scheduled for Friday 4pm

Anne is an artist who works with plants, she has spent the last six years developing her unique approach to creative practice. In 2018 she began her work with the School of Shamanic Womancraft further deepening her understanding of the seen and the unseen ways of working in this realm, using both ritual and the sacred to deepen her knowledge. Anne takes one plant and over a period of time works with creative processes and traditional research to truely become intimate with the oneness that we share. She has been using this methodology to inform her work that is shown in Exhibitions across Australia, she also facilitates workshops sharing the knowledge of connection to place, and ways of understanding belonging and how plants can help teach us this gentle way of knowing. She has been shortlisted for many art awards, been the recipient of Grants and is also a Becoming Women - menstruation educator, and home birth activist.

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Dreaming the Art of Artemesia

We will sit in circle creating a safe place to experience the story of Artemisia (Mugwort), during your time in this space your senses will taste, touch, smell, see and hear the different ways of knowing this plant. From this embodiment you will start your own unique journey. There will be the experience of using creative processes, including the creation and use of plant ink, combined with a drum journey you will be guided to learn how to ask the questions you need to work with. You will take away with you when you leave the Safe place, a beautiful silk sleep pouch filled with Artemisia, your own plant ink and the knowledge of how to be one with a plant and work together to explore wisdom and growth for the next part of the journey that you began in the circle. 

Scheduled for Saturday 3pm and Sunday 4pm

Brenda Rogers is a transformational naturopath, health coach and speaker. She’s a licensed Art of Feminine Presence Teacher and owner of Quintessence Women’s Health offering naturopathic services and coaching programs. Brenda qualified as a naturopath over 25 years ago and has worked for several corporates in the health industry including Blackmores. However, her passion has always been with spiritual development. To teach women naturopathic philosophy combined with practical spirituality such as the Art of Feminine Presence is now her life’s mission.

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The Art of Feminine Presence

How can we be POWERFUL and FEMININE?
The Feminine Essence lives inside every woman. When a woman embodies her feminine essence she does not need to project a powerful persona to attract the respect and attention she wants. She becomes attractive, radiant, sensual, and grounded. Develop a physical and energetic presence that attracts the attention you want: personally and professionally. Feel more comfortable with your sensuality, and with receiving positive attention. Experience more passion in your life - particularly your love life. Be more at ease setting clear boundaries with others. Learn to follow your "higher guidance" rather than always pushing to make things happen. Look and feel more confident and radiant when you walk into a room.

Scheduled for Friday 4pm

At 21 Cara started studying architecture at university, never having completed high school. While she earned 2 degrees in architecture and focused on females creating built environments, by graduation Cara still didn't have the power to shape built environments according to her will. Although only being taught how men did so, Cara knew that women built their own houses and set out to add their achievements into the academic record. In 2018 she completed her doctorate with a thesis entitled: Women’s Home-made Houses: Sex, Gender and Self-build Housing in Australia 1970-2014.

Cara's spiritual awakening came at nine. Standing outside a church one evening, glancing toward the night sky, the stars told her she was a part of something ancient, enormous and beautiful. In 1977 she read of Gleb Botkin’s Church of Aphrodite and learned to cast astrological charts. Cara has been taught by: thea Gaia and Shakti Sprite, Starhawk and Riane Eisler. Olivia Robertson of the Fellowship of Isis confirmed her role as a Priestess and with 22 years service Cara is currently the longest serving Pagan Religious Marriage Celebrant in Australia. In 2009 she founded the Temple of Amphitriti and in 2018 opened the House of Theia.

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Female Embodiment and Self Build Housing : how women develop strength, self-expression and the sacred through building.

Through her doctoral research on women’s self build housing Cara uncovered links between female embodiment and exclusion from the construction sector. She found that through building their own houses women countered expectations held broadly in their communities. Those expectations were of: of weakness, an inability to ‘know what they were talking about’ and a lack of capacity to create space that stemmed from ‘dissimilarity to god.’ Cara presents examples of the practices of female self-builders to illustrate how they negate those expectations and successfully built houses for themselves. She concludes with a further case study, the now ten year old Goddess temple, located in Geelong Australia, temple to the Goddess Amphitriti.

 

Scheduled for Saturday 3pm

Catherine Ishwari Shead lives in the Blue Mountains and is a teacher of the Women's Mysteries within the School of Shamanic Womancraft. Her passion is for the Awakening of the Divine Feminine within and for woman to remember the ecstasy of being that is her birthright.

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Menopause and Sexuality

Together in sacred ritual we will weave new pathways for our menopause, awakening our sexuality and becoming Sovereign woman. 

 

Scheduled for Sunday 1:15pm

Embodying Ayurveda is a passion Christina has loved and lived for over 25yrs. Today, and everyday this lifestyle is as familiar and necessary to Christina as putting clothes on in the morning. It's what she calls blissapine, the bliss of daily discipline. Learning first hand from living in the Indian Himalayas with a traditional ayurvedic shaman for 5 years, Christina is a certified Ayurvedic consultant and certified intern with Dr V Lad at Vedanta Ayurveda Institute, India. She is also an awakening womens facilitator. Christina offers Ayurvedic solutions to modern day women's health and well being, ayurveda consultations, ayurveda counselling, ayurveda doula care, living and loving relationship issues, guiding women to create daily balance, radiance and inner joy. She specialises in empowering women in creating feminine centred businesses in harmony with woman's ways. Christina is a mother of two and director and founder of internationally successful tea company Hari Har Chai. 

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Three seasons of a woman - an Ayurveda persepective

A look at the importance of acknowledging the three births, three seasons of transition in a female body. Through a grounded understanding of Ayurveda principles we can meet each stage with nourishment, care and love to blossom and radiate, giving full flowers and fruit to our life as a woman. 

 

Scheduled for Sunday 1:15pm

Dr Nicole Gruel

Dr. Nicole Gruel is a spiritual health and wealth coach, who comes from a long line of samurai. She’s on a mission to elevate the spiritual wellbeing of humanity. A near-death experience as a teenager prompted her exploration of exceptional human experiences, and she now coaches people to create fulfilling and spiritually rich lives—inside and out. Nicole has a Doctorate in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology. She's a past Board Member of IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies), Co-Founder of IANDS Sharing Groups Online, SydneyIANDS Founder & Co-Facilitator, Mentor for Life Coaches at ACISTE (American Centre for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences), Gifts Compass™ Advisor and Training Facilitator, past NSW/ACT President of the Australian Association of Psychological Type (AusAPT), certified Counsellor, and certified Life Coach with Strategic Intervention and ACISTE. She has also trained in various healing, movement, and energy psychology modalities. Nicole's books have been featured in leading Australian wellbeing magazines and she has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Her newest book, a finalist in the prestigious INDIES Award, is The Power of NOTEs: How Non-Ordinary Transcendent Experiences Transform The Way We Live, Love, and Lead.

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4 Keys to Optimum Spiritual Health

According to research, our spiritual health is reflected in the quality of relationships we have in four domains of wellbeing. The first is the personal domain where we have a relationship with self. The second is the communal domain where we have relationships with others. The third is the environmental domain where we connect with nature. And the fourth is the transcendental domain, where we relate to something beyond the human level. How we experience and manifest these four domains is unique to each person and influenced by our personality, life wisdom, and spiritual journey. In this session, you’ll explore your spiritual wellbeing through these four domains and get to know how your unique spiritual personality plays a role. Spiritual dimensions of our personality can be “turned on” through our transformative experiences and they can be great guides in co-creating lives that we truly love, brimming with spiritual health and wealth. We’ll also talk about the common obstacles to spiritual health and practical ways to overcome them.

Scheduled for 3pm Friday

Heidi is a naturopath and medical herbalist with a passion for wild medicinal and nutritional plants. Heidi regularly runs courses on herbal medicine both online and in person. She has lectured in nutrition at RMIT University (VIC), from 2012 until 2017 she was a lecturer and clinical supervisor at Endeavour College of Natural Health (Brisbane). In 2018 she founded The Community Herb School and Apothecary to bring Earth based herbalism and nature re-connection to the general public. She is currently a guest lecturer in Nutrition at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is the author of Wildcraft, the science and spirit of wild plants as food and medicine.

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Wild Plants as Climate Activism 

We are facing a climate crisis. Find out how we as wise women and herbalist can use wild edible and nutritional plants to meet the climate crisis head on. There is no greater source of sustainable food and medicine than the weeds that grow around us. We will look at their potential as food and medicine and learn how we can integrate them into our lives and herbal medicine practices. Discover which plants we are currently using that we could be substituting for local ones. Learn how developing your own local and unique herbal dispensary can be a powerful way to meet the coming environmental challenges of our time.

 

Scheduled for Saturday 3pm 

Heidi facilitates various circles and online courses in shamanic herbalism, herbal alchemy & plant spirit communication. Author of Wild Flower Walker: A Pilgrimage to Nature on the Bibbulmun Track, she is passionate about reawakening and deepening our innate connection with Nature. Her history is deeply embedded with plants, herbalism, homeopathy and midwifery.

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Embodied Herbalism : A Herbal DNA Activation 

Many plants have the power to activate our DNA, to help us remember ways of being that have been long forgotten. We all contain the wisdom of plants encoded within us. Connecting deeply with plants is a pathway to remembering much of the ancient wisdom that we have lost. We will sit and journey with Feverfew, a gateway plant - one that can help us remember and reawaken a Sacred Earth back into being, by activating it within us.

Scheduled for Friday 10:15am 

Hollie B. is a shamanka with over 20 years experience in group ritual, self development education and health coaching. She dedicated herself to the path of WitchCraft at age 16, and has been studying the links between Women's Work and the natural world ever since. She has taught many workshops on magick and spell crafting, and offers the Weaving the Wisdom Keeper online course series at Institute for Self Crafting. From 2004-2012 Hollie ran a spellcrafting and ritual haven called Lunation Magick and Occult Store. In 2007 she wrote the Lunation Botanical Grimoire, a resource for every apothecarian interested in connecting healing and Magick. The second edition will be launched in 2019 as a resource for women to create a life that sets us free.

Hollie is also a wellness specialist and movement coach, Movnat certified with black belts in two styles of Martial Arts, and owner of Motion Ninja Academy. She teaches multiple weekly classes for people who wish to move better. 

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The Magickal use of Herbes : Spell Crafting for Women 

As bringer of all life, women have a power-full ability to create reality. Once upon a time, women were trained not only in the arts of healing with plants, but also in the changing of reality. Herbes can be called upon to help with your needs around money, home, love, as well as clearing out that which is no longer needed. In this session, learn about the ancient connection between Women's Work and Magick. You will learn how to match a plant to it's magickal purpose and how to add the powers of colour, scent, number and time to your working to Craft a Spell for any desire. You will be taught about the dos and don'ts of Spell Crafting, so that every time you use Magick you will be working within the laws of reality. There will be a selection of herbes to choose from to create your own spell and when you leave you will have the tools to record your Spell becoming real.

Scheduled for 1.15pm Saturday 

Motion Movement 

A wellness journey requires flexibility, adaptability and dynamic awareness, where movement can be facilitated to encourage curiosity in and for your body. Wellness happens via a series of appropriate responses to a human being’s constantly varying states of relating to the world. We call those states : Motion. Following the map of the Rhythm of Life, you're invited to participate in a supportive and functional movement experience to really anchor what it is to be in a human body, right now. A class for anyone who desires to build confidence, healthy habits and joyful, autonomy everyday. Be strong, balanced and beautiful.

Scheduled for 6:15am Friday 

Jacqui has worked in many women’s health centres as a naturopath, counsellor and workshop facilitator. She has taught Herbal Medicine, Reiki and Flower Essences at colleges and university for nearly 20 years. Jacqui is author of the award winning ‘A Loving Spoonful Cookbook’ and founder of the Sacred Presence range of Essences and Oils of Anointing. She regularly runs retreats in NSW, the Outback desert, USA and France, co-facilitating with inter-dimensional sound channel Jane Elworthy. Through her teaching, writing and retreats, Jacqui empowers others in the wise woman way to build community, share knowledge, stories and healing to embody our wild authentic potential and natural healing skills.

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Wild Elixirs : creating fresh medicines of potency 

Herbalism is a path of passion, love and deep sensory engagement with our earth. It also requires accountability, as where and how our herbs are grown and gathered has great impact not only on their medicinal effectiveness but also on the environment. Come along, to identify and connect shamanically with our local medicine plants and experience deep communion with their essential nature. Learn how to ethically wildcraft and listen to a plant’s innate wisdom. Create dynamic fresh plant tinctures with radiant life force and prescribed according to wholistic vitalist principles. In this workshop, you will create your own wild elixirs experiencing how to bring forth the vitality of the plant so it can shine in the heart, body and mind. 

 

Scheduled for Friday 10:15am 

 

The Essence of Transformation - Healing with the life force patterns in nature

Creating a vibrational remedy from flowers, gems or a landscape is a simple yet profoundly empowering and transformational spiritual practice. Essences touch you in a place beyond words and conscious knowing, profoundly resonating through your body and soul. Catalysts of change, they inspire shifts in behaviour, perceptions, attitudes and feelings. When you sit with a flower in a bowl of water, there is an opportunity to be uplifted by its unique expression into greater self-understanding, wisdom and love. When you deeply acknowledge a flower, you experience a unifying Oneness that enriches you and blesses the land. The essence water can be taken regularly to help anchor the flower’s invitation for insight and change. Flower Essences are gifts that blossom infinitely! In this workshop, learn what Essences are, how they work, balance and empower others, and how to make them yourself. Experience a guided meditation connecting with a flower’s pattern of consciousness and the devic realms.

Scheduled for Sunday 10:15am

Jane Hardwicke Collings is a mother and grandmother, and was a registered independent home birth midwife for over 30 years. She is a wilderness first responder, a teacher, writer and menstrual educator. She gives workshops in Australia and internationally on mother and daughter preparation for menstruation, the spiritual practice of menstruation, and the sacred and shamanic dimensions of pregnancy and birth. Jane founded and runs The School of Shamanic Womancraft which focuses on preparing women to practice and teach conscious rites of passage, awareness of cycles (Earth, lunar, life and menstrual cycles), and the mind/body/spirit connection.

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How to get a Menstrual and Menopause Workplace Policy at your Work

Menstrual and Menopause Workplace Policies are the ‘cutting edge’ practise for those ready for the next level of removing menstrual shame and healing the wounded feminine in our world. Research tells us that menstrual shame is affecting women at work.This can be rectified as many examples indicate, life at work with a menstrual and menopause workplace policy is much improved. We will discuss the pervasiveness of menstrual shame in our lives and our culture and how it shows up in the workplace and what to do about that. Jane will give examples of workplaces that have created menstrual and menopause workplace policies and the effects this has had and will suggest ways for how to bring this to your workplace.

Scheduled for Friday 1:15pm

International sound healer, Shamanic practitioner, master frame drummer and channel of the Hathor and Pleaidian energies, Jane’s mission is to help people remember their true Divine nature through the healing power of rhythm and sound. After a profound awakening experience, she was called to the ancient women’s instrument the Frame Drum, and has been a master drum maker and sacred rhythm teacher for 30 years. Through her crystal bowl playing and what many say is a remarkable voice, she brings through languages of light from the Divine realms, and inspires and enlivens many through her work with the rhythm body and sacred voice. Her work takes her to many parts of the globe, including southern France where she co-facilitates Awakening the Divine Heart, a retreat to connect with the sacred Magdalene energies.

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Rhythmbody! Reclaiming your Divine Pulse

Take your place firmly in the ancient lineage of sacred women drummers. Come back home to your powerful and ancient rhythmic origins. You are rhythm! When you move, drum and sing from your true power and joyous soul self, you have the ability to powerfully heal, balance and renew. More than just music, drumming and rhythm are ancient technologies of transformation, used by women for thousands of years to greatly expand awareness. Be in deep and joyful communion with yourself, your tribe, and our sacred earth. We start from a fundamental place, so no previous experience is needed. Learn: * ancient rhythmic practices to ground and still the body so you stay ‘in rhythm’, * oyful and vibrant introductions to the ancient women’s instrument The Frame Drum * the power of Sacred Chant and Shamanic Repetition * polyrhythms, and rhythms in 3, 4, 5, or 9 – how do these affect our bodies and our culture? * the Healing Drum ~ rhythm and vibration as vehicles to facilitate healing in ourselves and others.

Judy brings the wisdom of many years of professional, spiritual and personal enquiry and education to all she offers. A Midwife working in the public health system, Judy holds an awareness of Birth, in any setting, as a sacred and transformational rite of passage, for all involved. Judy is a graduate and teacher at the School of Shamanic Womancraft, currently co-teaching the Mid North Coast Four Seasons Journey. Judy offers a variety of workshops, courses, gatherings, women's circles, ceremony and individual sessions. In all her work, she gently guides women in reconnecting with their inner wisdom, authentic Self, soul calling and with the Divine Feminine, grounded in an embodied, Nature Based Spirituality. A woman of Goddess, Judy delights in the continued unfolding of a synchronous, magical and meaningful life.

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Remembering the Priestess Path: Re-claiming Goddess Centred Spirituality: Visioning our Future
Women are reclaiming their personal inner authority, strengthening their relationship with the Earth and seeking meaningful spiritual paths which honour the Feminine Divine, in all Her forms. Women are acknowledging their bodies and their lives, as inherently sacred, powerful and wise. We will enter into Temple Space and Goddess Time, diving into the well-spring of our collective knowing; discussing and exploring what it means individually and globally to reclaim the Divine Feminine. We will consider how living a heart-centred Priestess Path is a powerful, radical, courageous act of feminism; relevant and necessary in a rapidly changing, modern world. Learn practical steps to deepen your calling as Priestess. 

Scheduled for Sunday 10:15am

Karin Lucia Gisler

Karin Lucia Gisler is a qualified mentor who leads circles for young girls and parents about coming of age and menstrual wellbeing. She has completed her mentor training with Katharine Krueger, founder of Journey of Young Women, who prepares women to lead programs for young girls in holistic coming of age education. She is also a graduate of the School of Shamanic Womancraft and completed a year-long educational program for women, cultivating a deep personal and spiritual connection with the Earth and the Divine Feminine. For the past 4 years Karin Lucia has been facilitating many coming of age programs in public schools and in private workshops (in Australia and overseas). Additionally she offers educational coming of age workshops for mothers and for fathers. She also works as an instructor for Journey Of Young Women and presents regularly online Red Tents exploring coming of age related topics. Karin Lucia truly enjoys working with young girls and is very passionate about her work.

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Raising Healthy Daughters 

You're invited to a circle for open conversations around the delight and the challenges of raising healthy daughters. Discussions on concerns frequently raised by parents of girls coming of age topics such as:
~ how to cultivate listening and communication skills ~ role model radical self-care ~ menstrual cycle positivity ~ sex positivity ~ body Image: media pressure and understanding Goddess body shapes ~ how to cultivate Body Sovereignty and Assertiveness.

Katherine Cailleach Howard

Katherine Cailleach Howard is a grandmother and mother. She lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney with her beloved and many tree companions from the Old Country. Cailleach has a strong spiritual connection with her ancestry in Ireland and visits frequently to immerse herself in Ireland’s sacred landscape. She conducts a busy counselling and groupwork practice in the Blue Mountains and has worked as a mental health occupational therapist since her graduation in 1980. The name Cailleach was gifted to her on her 2nd Wilderness Solo (or Vision Quest) with the School of Shamanic Womancraft. With the Wise Woman Hag guiding her and having recently turned 60, she is re-imagining her life and work to bring forth and share her passions. Cailleach is an accredited psychodramatist and a teacher with the School of Shamanic Womancraft. She delights in the creativity of spirit and a solid sense of place and belonging.

Connect with Cailleach 

The Irish Celtic Wheel of the Year and the Tree Ogham 

The Irish Celtic Tree of the Year and the Tree Ogham In this workshop we will create the Wheel of the year with its’ many layers: The Sun cycle, Moon cycle, Seasonal cycle, Menstrual Cycle and Woman’s Wheel of Life Phases. We will focus on the 8 Sabbats of the Irish Celtic Wheel of the Year- beginning with the New Year at Samhain in the deepest dark (beginning of May in the Southern Hemisphere), then Yule, Imbolc, Eostar, Beltaine, Litha, Lammas and finally Mabon.. Dates and times for the current and coming Wheels will be provided. Stories of the Sabbats will be shared with some mention of Irish Goddesses. The trees of the Ogham will be invited to travel with us- as companions through a woman’s wheel of the year and a woman’s wheel of life. These trees of the Old Country will be invited to walk the wheel with us: Yew, Elder, Birch, Rowan, Hawthorn, Oak, Holly and Apple. The spirit meaning of each tree as described in the Celtic Tree Ogham will be explored and invoked. (with thanks to the work of my teachers: Glenys Livingstone, Jane Hardwicke Collings and Glennie Kindred).

Scheduled for Sunday 1pm

Kerri Trope Alexander

Kerri is a university qualified naturopath and herbalist working in the beautiful bushland suburb of Hornsby Heights on Sydney’s North Shore. She has a special interest in all aspects of women’s health, menstrual health awareness, cyclic and seasonal living, herbal medicine growing and manufacturing and women’s mystery teachings. She is passionate about helping women to live their fullest and most vibrant lives and offers naturopathic consultations, red tent circles and workshops. This allows women and girls to reclaim their birthright and connect deeply with their bodies, their menstrual cycle, inner seasons and emotions along with supportive nurturing herbal medicines, flower essences and foods to journey alongside them throughout each phase of the menstrual mandala.

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Holistic Menstrual Health 

Journey through each aspect of the menstrual mandala and understand more deeply the cyclic changes that occur in your body from the hormonal changes to the different inner seasons and energies of each one. Know how to move with grace through each aspect and learn how to weave herbal medicines, flower essences and foods in to support you through each aspect of your cycle and life stage.

Scheduled for Friday 10:15am and Saturday 1:15pm 

Kristyn Haywood

Kristyn is an experienced Leadership Educator, Executive Coach and world-class Facilitator who founded People for Success to pursue her passion for developing leaders. For over a decade Kristyn has designed and delivered hundreds of transformational leadership and communication programs and personally educated over a thousand leaders, across 3 continents. She is known for her insightful, courageous and compassionate approach to developing leaders. In addition to her work with leaders Kristyn founded ‘Circles for the Sensitive’ to support sensitive folk form local gatherings to leverage their sensitive gifts to make the difference in the world they are here for.

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Craft your Turning Point story 

"When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending"

– Brene Brown.

Join our creative circle and find one of your uplifting ‘turning point’ stories. Learn how to succinctly craft it and eloquently share it so you move others with your unique insight. In the words of Dr Seuss “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Your story matters and others can learn from it.

Scheduled for Saturday 1.15pm

Story Magic Circle – Turning points

I once heard a story, that moved me in a profound way. It’s a simple story, exquisitely crafted and eloquently shared. It is a turning point in a friend’s life that helped me to change my negative assumptions of other people’s behaviours. Come, to our story magic circle and hear other wise women’s exquisitely crafted turning point stories. At least one story will gift the dose of wisdom you need at the very moment it is shared with you.

Scheduled for Saturday 4pm 

Laura-Doe is an award-winning somatic sex educator, comedienne and singer/songwriter. She works internationally using humour, song and science to support people to connect with the wisdom and pleasure within their own bodies and to discover their unique erotic nature. In childhood she discovered some of the delicious natural pleasures that our bodies are capable of. Curious to learn more, as an adult, she sought out teachers of sexuality across many traditions and disciplines. She studied and trained with David Deida, Barbara Carellas, Joseph Kramer, Kenneth Ray Stubbs, Margot Anand and others. Gaining professional qualifications in Sexological Bodywork, Somatic Sex Education and Counselling she is now a member of several professional associations: the SSEAA in Australasia, the ASCSB and the UK association ASIS. In 2008 Laura-Doe founded The yOniversity and has presented the workshops in her yOniversity curriculum in Australia, Bali, USA and the UK. In order to educate about sexual anatomy in people with vulvas, effectively and without embarrassment, she created The Vulvalicious Cushions, beautiful anatomically accurate fabric sculptures. These cushions are used in yOniversity workshops, in various sexology practitioner trainings and by educators and ‘vulvalationaries’ all over the world.

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yOnilates® - Pelvic Floor Playshop

yOnilates® is a unique series of exercises designed, specifically for women, to awaken, isolate and tone the marvellous orchestra of muscles within our pelvis and to facilitate a deeper connection with our womb wisdom.  Using entertaining visual aids, catchy, specially composed music and simple breath and movement techniques you are supported to explore a felt sense of the many players in your pelvic team. The yOnilates® exercises have been derived from a wide variety of sources. These include yoga, taoist and other ancient traditional practices, Feldenkreis, modern physiotherapy, somatic sexology and other strands of scientific research on the pelvic floor. The playshop will provide you with an enhanced map of your pelvic anatomy and its importance to health and wellbeing. The exercises are simple and fun and are suitable for woman at any age or stage of life. We will finish with a guided meditation to connect with potency of your womb space. The playshop offers a glorious opportunity to make a profound connection with your womb space, the centre of your creative feminine nature.

Scheduled for Saturday 1:15pm

Laura Doe will also entertain with her Vaudeville of the Vulva show (see top of page)

Lisa is a health and wellness professional working in this field for over 20 years. Her number one value in life is health with her purpose being to help inspire and educate others to value their own health, wellness and life  as much as she values her own.  She also hopes to help create awareness around what health and wellness actually is. 
Having studied exercise physiology, nutrition and human habits and behaviour/ psychology she works on the physical emotional and spiritual body aiming to create balance and the best version of oneself. Her sessions will motivate, educate inspire and instil change in those who participate. Her energy, enthusiasm passion and zest for life together with her knowledge in this field make her a great mentor coach and presenter.

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World Dance, Spiral of Life and Meditation

Movement to music letting go of judgement moving the body with freedom of expression and then spirallling into the eyes of others and then working deep within oneself with meditation

Scheduled for Friday 7pm

Physical Metaphoria

A session that explores how many physical challenges are metaphors for life, and by addressing what these obstacles are  and   how we overcome them  effects this has i our daily life and coping of challenges that present themselves.

Scheduled for Saturday 1:15pm

Lis Conlon has been a Sydney-based Herbal Medicine Practitioner for nearly 30 years and has loved teaching natural therapy subjects in naturopathy colleges for the past 20 years. She authored the textbook "Iridology: a Beginner's Guide” and runs supportive mentoring programs for postgraduate practitioners.

 

Lis was one of the first Australians to qualify as a Certified Plant Spirit Practitioner with renowned teacher and author Pam Montgomery. She is trained in shamanic practice and communication with the shamanic nature of the plant world. Lis connects with the consciousness and sentient nature of plants through deep and reciprocal relationship. This work resonates with her Celtic spiritual heritage and she finds great joy in teaching others how to develop these relationships with plant beings.

 

Lis has completed broad and eclectic training with a diverse variety of Transpersonal and Shamanic Practitioners over the past 10 years. This has included experiential training in ceremony, sacred song, drum journeying and connection to Mother Earth’s wisdom with Shamanic Practitioners Carmen Morales and Bastian McPhee.

 

Lis regularly facilitates shamanic drum journeys and immensely enjoys playing her medicine drum to guide participants into creative and intuitive meditative states. She runs drum-making workshops enriched with ceremony, meditation, drum journeying and sacred song.

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Enter the Dream World with a Beloved Plant Being

Learn how to enter a creative and nurturing ‘dream’ world with the sentient consciousness of your most loved plant being. Lis will teach you how to cross a meditative threshold into heart perception, heart entrainment and felt sensation to achieve a deeply nourishing connection with a plant spirit. In this wondrous interchange you will meet a life-long friend and teacher. The Daydream, Night Dream and Shamanic Dream will be explained, experienced and explored in this session – three valuable ways to receive personal insight from your plant guide. You will leave the workshop ready to use these techniques and practices in your everyday life to continue deepening your relationship with the plant world.

Scheduled for Friday and Saturday 10:15am

Maia Bedson

Maia is a counsellor, meditation teacher, a practitioner of various forms of natural therapies and has worked in the area of energetic healing for more than 20 years. She has worked at The Gawler Foundation since 2000 and, prior to this, was in private practice as a natural therapist and meditation teacher. As well as her qualifications in these and in counselling, she also has a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition and the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from Cornell University, which consolidate her more than 20 years study and practice in the area of diet and nutrition for healing and wellbeing. Maia facilitates in the Lifestyle Medicine residential programs at The Gawler Foundation as well as being a mentor for other therapists there. A key element in all Maia’s teachings is the gift of presence – giving this to ourselves, our loved ones and life itself. She uses her various skills and the experience gained from her own healing to inspire and support others on their path to wholeness and has a particular interest in helping people to access their own inner wisdom.

Mindfulness-based Stillness Meditation 

Morning practise sessions with a short introduction on the why and how of meditation. All welcome including people with no, little or a lot of meditation experience. Start the day savouring the connection with your True Self.

Scheduled for 6:15am Saturday and Sunday 

Maike is an organisational coach, leadership expert, speaker and a vocal coach. Her work grows out of her experience as a singer, a health-practitioner and extensive time in the training room, all of which blends into a creative and clear coaching style. She is committed to her calling: To bring the potential of powerful leadership in the 21st century to its next transformation. She is a director of Zeitgeist Coaching and Training and their focus is creating transformational journeys to agile mastery and Leadership. She is a member of the ICF (International Coaching Federation) and also a speaker coach at TEDx Canberra.

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Women Voice and Leadership

Vocal intelligence is often the missing link in personal and leadership development. Our voice is an expression and a mirror of ourselves and has therefore a key function in our development. A leader’s voice needs to be able to express its vision, passion, discipline and conscience. Leadership is about creating deep, strong and trustful relationships, having the ability to listen and understand others, without unconsciously prioritising one’s own ideas and wishes and without judgement of others. This is not possible without knowing and understanding oneself, it is about understanding and ultimately avoiding the physical and mental habitual patterns that are holding women back from the full potential of their voice and therefore from their full potential as a female leader. We can train and use our voice to lead authentically and with excellence, so that your vocal intelligence can give you the vocal executive presence you want - in any given situation.

Scheduled for Saturday 10:15am

Megan Garner is a plant-based Nutritionist, Naturopath and Herbalist, is an accredited member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, and works as a practitioner, blogger, author, presenter and workshop facilitator. She is passionate about eating a whole foods plant-based diet and empowering others to do the same. Megan is raising her daughter on a plant-based diet and has written an eBook 'Babies and Toddlers Plant Based Nutrition' to show parents how they can have a thriving plant based kid too.

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Nutrient boosting foods for kids Your childs nutrition during their early years is vital for their growth and development and will impact their lifelong health. Children are not just little adults, they have different nutritional needs to cope with the rapid growth and development that occurs particularly in the first three years of life. You might be wondering if your child is getting the essential vitamins and minerals and how to make sure they get what they need? The workshop will introduce you to nutrient boosters you can easily add to your everyday meals to boost your childs nutrition and demonstrate how to make a nutritious green smoothie, healthy pancakes, green fritters that your kids will love and immune boosting gummies.

Scheduled for Fridday 10:15am

Born in 1955 in Denman NSW, Pat spent her childhood on dairy farms, wondering the hills barefoot with her dogs. After years of working in the public service and having two children she qualified as an Herbalist in the late 1980’s. Pat has completed numerous other qualifications such as Iridology, Reflexology and clinic Hypnotherapy. She taught for over 20 years with TAFE and Outreach then later teaching Naturopaths at WEA College Manufacturing and Botany for their degree. Now Pat teaches privately from her Total Health and Education Centre in Muswellbrook, which is an active practice with other practitioners, where she also makes and sells herbal products.

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Remedies from Mother Earth 

I run bush camps in spring and autumn on our bush property at Martindale and I love to share my knowledge about the plants that grow in our area. People of all ages attend and go home with a much wider appreciation of what grows around us and how they can use these plants for edible, medicinal and other uses.
At this workshop I would like to share my knowledge of local useful plants which maybe “weeds” or natives. I will show you how our first people used these plants and show you examples of some useful natives. There will also be information on how our early settlers used poultices, decoctions, liniments and baths and how we can use these plants today. So many different forms of application such as a syrup, tincture, oil, spirit, water, liniment, extract, salt, conserve, vinegar, oxymel, sugar, decoction, bath, cataplasm and powder.
We will also create a bush salve and everyone will take home a sample.

Scheduled for Friday and Sunday at 1:15pm

Sally has been involved with WWG since its first year when she was honoured to be a keynote speaker, which stretched, pulled, grew her as she stepped into a ‘wise woman’ role as an elder and teacher. As a wee tot, she'd spend hours making “fairy gardens” and plant medicines for her dolls. Personal experiences with the power of a natural, holistic approach to health lead her to study herbal medicine in the 1980’s. And later, after the birth of her second child (when she was age 40) studying with Dorothy Hall. Over 16 years ago she opened her own herbal medicine clinic and began helping people enjoy their lives more fully with gentle, low dose herbs; tissue salts and flower essences. In 2018 she began another chapter with online herbal teaching, via a Masterclass series about her beloved herbs. Sally is very grateful to have found these roles in life that she loves so deeply.

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Herbs, the Gentle Way : honouring the Earth, her Plants and You

Or ‘why women are such good healers and why Earth needs us to step up NOW ‘. In this Feminar you’ll learn about the art of *drop dosing with herbs; what ‘person picture’ herbs are and you’ll meet a few special herbs that illustrate these concepts beautifully. *Drop dosing involves using small doses of liquid herbs and is about the art of healing rather than the science of medicine. It involves an approach where we use our feminine skills of observation: seeing and hearing beyond the obvious. It also involves using Earth’s gifts wisely and not squandering them. Many have expressed to me the fear that we’ve thrown the baby out with the bath water. Herbal learning has become so science based that we’ve lost sight of the plants and the people we use them for. Plants are being reduced to their chemical constituents, and people to their body systems, with a ‘this herb for that’ approach. Using herbs the gentle way, brings people and plants together in a way that honours them both, and the earth from which they spring. I hope you’ll love this concept as much as I do and want to apply it in your life.

Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday 10:15am 
 

Sandy is a treehugging, plant loving herbalist from far Northern NSW. Rooted firmly in the vitalist herbal tradition Sandys deep joy is growing, wildcrafting and making medicines.
After observing a trend away from traditional herbal knowledge and a move towards more pharmaceutical style prescribing, Sandy has been on a mission to reconnect people with plants and the philosophies and skills of herbal medicine.

She recently opened “The Village Herbalist”, a unique retail herbal dispensary, clinic and medicine making space in Alstonville and is the co-creator of “Root and Branch” the first gathering of traditional herbal medicine practitioners and students in Australia.

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Healing Wounds of the Psyche with Plants of the Earth

Whilst there are certain plants well known for mind altering actions, almost any plant has the capacity to change our mood or state of mind. Moving beyond the well known St Johns Wort for depression opens up a treasure trove of relief for a variety of emotional states that we may experience at certain times in our lives.

If we look to archetypal myths, and historic herbal texts we find information pointing to the use of herbs for spiritual and emotional wellbeing that is rarely referenced in modern materia medica classes which focus on the physical and biochemical aspects of herbal medicines and disease.

In this workshop we will explore several commonly used and easily accessible herbs and how they may be of benefit in mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Herbs discussed will include Golden Rod, Black Cohosh, Mugwort and others. We will also have the opportunity to taste and experience the herbs prepared specifically for such use.

Scheduled for Friday 1:15pm and Sunday 10:15am

Sara-Jane Cleland is a Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist, Food Educator and Massage Therapist who works in the Southern Highlands. Her journey as a health practitioner began over 25 years ago as a Yoga teacher and organically evolved into Bodywork. She has practiced Thai Massage, Remedial Massage, Reiki and Craniosacral therapy. In 2015, she trained in Kahuna Massage - a flowing massage style which is an energetic dance between the receiver and the therapist. In 2016, she discovered 5 rhythms dance practice on retreat with Gina Chick and became a passionate advocate for conscious dance, bringing teachers to her area for workshops. In 2018 she journeyed to the Byron Bay hinterland for intensive training in Dancing Freedom and now facilitates monthly dancing freedom workshops to bring conscious dance to her community. She also offers Dancing Freedom at an annual Nurture & Nourish Women's Retreat near Milton on the south coast and plans to bring Dancing Freedom to Festivals and other community events in 2020. Her driving force is connection. Connection to the healing power of nature with a passion for food as medicine and herbal medicine. Connection to the healing power of the body through bodywork and dance. Connection to community by bringing women together for red tent circles and retreats. Connection through Dance - dancing in community, co-creating and supporting each other - being seen for your authentic self. And most importantly, providing an opportunity for connection to oneself, your loving whole being, so so worthy of self-love and creative expression.

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Earth to Sky - Dancing Freedom Cosncious Dance Workshop 

Dancing Freedom is a conscious dance practice, a moving meditation practice with the intention of aligning life with love and awareness - living consciously! A free-form dance practice that blends the medicine of dance with the medicine of ceremony and co-creation. Dancing freedom takes you on a guided dance journey through an elemental wave of Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether - deepening your connection to life and living. In the dance you are invited to explore an authentic way of moving - a creative expression of your unique being. There is only one rule in Dancing Freedom - you can't do it wrong! In the process of dance we can become a free flow of energy, moving into oneness, beyond the mind, personality and ego, where there is an opportunity to awaken the spirit. Conscious dance provides an opportunity to release physical tension and pain, to unwind energy which may be trapped in the body, to express held emotions or sounds, to play like a child, to connect with others in the dance, to have FUN and to remember that you LOVE to dance! A Dancing Freedom practice is created around a theme to weave the magic of awareness and intention for a transformative experience. The theme for this workshop is Earth to Sky. Earth is our foundation, earth provides for us, nourishes us, supports and hold us. Sky expands our vision, it is spacious and infinite, full of potential and possibility. As we walk on the earth connected and grounded under the big open sky - listen as they whisper - be strong, be energised and trust - explore, expand, reach for the stars....

Scheduled for Friday 4pm and Sunday 6.15am 

Sequoia is a Witch, Shamanic Craftswoman, writer, and priestess of the women’s mysteries. She offers woman centered shamanic healing, workshops and rituals. Sequoia is a teacher with the School of Shamanic Womancraft and holds various workshops for women on honouring ourselves, cycles, menstruation, magick, drum making and holds red tent on her land in Wilsons Creek. She has run Red Tents and presented workshops, talks and rituals at various conferences and festivals around Australia. She works in service to women and the goddess and is dedicated to the sisterhood and the vision of living the healed feminine.

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Menstrual Wellbeing and Magick 

Menstrual Wellbeing and Magick is a sacred space of exploring how we care and nurture ourselves, each other and the earth during our blood time. This session will explore current issues and experiences women have around menstruation including the impact of our menarche, red tents, how we can nurture ourselves, how our choices in this time have an impact both personally and politically. We will explore the magickal aspects of menstruation, our spiritual connection to our blood and our connection to the greater sisterhood. In this session we will undertake a guided journey into our wombs, connecting with the deep aspects of our being. We will also create a ritual which is a co-created spell crafting exercise using herbs. Together creating a nurturing tea, made of our intentions, wishes, spells and magick, sharing our blessings to each other and giving back to the earth.

Scheduled for 4pm Friday 

Shona Lee

Shona is passionate about people and the human body's inherent capacity for responding, adapting and changing. She has been teaching Feldenkrais for a couple of years and been a massage therapist since 2010. Shona practices from Glebe, Lane Cove and Alexandria, also working with Bangarra and Australian Ballet dancers when they're in town.

Shona is happiest when present and exploring ‘in my body’, and is delighted to have found a vocation were she gets to apply her love of organising/rearranging to people’s movement patterns. She is most interested in people connecting to themselves and identifying what’s important to them; feeling able to follow their deepest desires.

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Body Language : Learning to Listen 

Learning to listen to your body is what allows you to look after yourself. This Feldenkrais workshop is like a meditation in movement, developing your sensory perception of what’s going on internally in your system. It’s an exploration in how movement connects throughout your whole body, to discover details of what creates ease, flow and efficiency in how you move, feel and function – a guided investigation into your unique movement patterns/habits and preferences. We rest periodically throughout this kinaesthetic learning process to allow your nervous system the chance to process what we’ve been exploring. We’re interested in you discovering a new experience in you how you feel, finding a new possibility in movement and becoming more comfortable and compassionate with yourself. Our aim is to return your own agency for creating change in how you feel and function in the world – understanding that you can influence your experience by paying attention to, and experimenting with, the details of how you do something. Ultimately it’s about being able to decode the language of sensation to find the path of least resistance – the path of ease.

Scheduled for Friday 3pm and Saturday 4pm

My name is Yia Alias, I am a first generation Greek Australian woman, living and working at HearthGround. I am a Ceremony Woman, a Transpersonal Counsellor/Mentor, Artist, Writer and Women’s Mystery Teacher specialising in Healing through Ritual. In my counselling/mentoring work I see myself as bearing witness and holding space for people to navigate through Life's Thresholds. Walking through the beautiful bush, sitting, talking and holding space within the embrace of nature enables people to integrate the past, heal the present and inspiration to embrace the future. My deepest learnings have been gathered from living a rich Life full of diverse experiences and from the many years of sitting in circle and bearing witness to the rich wisdom and stories of women. Dip Transpersonal Counselling Dip Mask and Traditional Healing Level 2 mem ACA.

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Bone Woman Shamanic Mystic - Consciously Evolving Elder

There's a powerful transition to navigate before menopause, its the peri menopausal passage of early Eldering. With its disruptive symptoms, it can challenge 'well' structured identities. It is akin to a shamanic dismemberment. The non essential breaks down, fracturing values and questioning belief systems. Often a health crisis will throw a woman into the shadow self where unexpressed emotions and feelings such as shame are often encountered. Without many positive, inspiring images of this next stage of Life, it can feel like a nadir/ a void from which fragments of the old are cooked up as the new identity incubates. Mapping through the life cycle supports integration allowing a new orientation to Self, making room for the Consciously evolving elder to Birth. This Self understands herself to be connected to everything in Creation. Western culture has minimised, medicalised and capitalised this initiatory threshold. I call this phase Bone Woman/Shamanic Mystic.

Scheduled for Saturday 10:15am 

Acknowledge the Ancestors 

Scheduled for Saturday 6.15am 

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Wise Women Gathering

ACN : 609 578 501 

PO Box 391, Braidwood, NSW, 2622 

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