We showcase Australian Women working with Herbal Wisdom, Holistic Health, Women's Mystery and Community.
The educators here were on our 2021 Program.
Applications are open for Educators seeking to present in 2022.
Jacqui Bushell has been loving the wild abundance of the earth for much of her life. She is an inspiring teacher, transformational healing practitioner, writer and plant spirit alchemist. Through reconnecting with the earth, spirit and the sacred in all life, Jacqui invites women to remember and embody their innate power and wisdom. A senior lecturer and consultant, she has taught herbal medicine, manufacturing and wildcrafting, essences and Reiki in many colleges and privately for over 20 years, as well as working in many women’s health and community centres as a naturopath and workshop facilitator.
Jacqui is the founder of the Sacred Presence range of Essences and the Magdalene Oils of Anointing. She facilitates women’s circles, workshops and retreats connecting with the sacred feminine and the earth, as well as co-facilitating retreats in the Outback and France. Through her teaching, storytelling and speaking, Jacqui empowers others in the wise woman way to share knowledge, stories, healing and developing a deep sense of belonging with the land.
Jacqui will present a Preconference Workshop, a Keynote Speech and 2 Workshops at Wise Women Gathering 2021.
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!
See the Vaudeville of the Vulva in the auditorium on Friday and Saturday, 4pm
Special Guest Performer
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.
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.
Dr Kath Kovac
Kath is an editor, writer, trainer and communicator with a deep interest in women's wellbeing and how to bring true balance to our lives. She facilitates women's circles in person and online, and also teaches qigong (tai chi) and meditation. Kath lives in a small town in rural NSW and is passionate about connecting women of her community to find the support they need. She is currently developing a program of circle-based workshops for women in the workplace.
True women-friendly workplaces in the patriarchal system: fantasy or reality?
If you work with others, how well supported do you feel in your workplace? Do you feel safe to speak up? Are you listened to and respected? Is there a quiet, private space to retreat to if you are bleeding heavily, suffering pregnancy pain or hot flushes, or just feeling emotional and stressed? Are free pads and tampons provided in the bathroom for when you get caught out? Do you have flexible working hours to allow you to pick up kids, care for aging parents or go to appointments? Are you fully supported on return to work after maternity leave? In this experiential workshop, we will use meditation and embodiment practices to visualise and experience your ideal women-friendly workplace. We'll also discuss ways in which you and the women you work with could be the agents of change that bring this vision to reality.
Hollie is a counsellor and coach with over 20 years experience in group ritual, self development education and health coaching. She works with people who desire to live an authentic, ethical, sustainable life where dreams are made into reality. As an anxiety-informed movement coach and owner of Motion Ninja Academy she teaches people to find a safe and health-full place in embodiment, where there otherwise may have been negative connotations, lack of motivation or traumatic experience.
Moving in the Rhythm - a new/old approach to fitness and exercise through natural movement and the cycles
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.
Katherine Cailleach Howard
Katherine 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Nutrient boosting foods for kids
Your child's 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.
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.
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.
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.
Earth to Sky - Dancing Freedom Conscious Dance
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
At 21 Holliea had hypothyroidism and polycystic ovarian syndrome as well as other precursor ailments; anxiety and depression. After coming off the pill she had no menstrual cycle for three years, struggling to find support through the western medical system; getting no answers only more scripts and pills and old it would be difficult for her to conceive when the time comes. Healing began through Yoga which gave Holliea clarity , awareness and connection. She then found Ayurveda, the ancient medical system which originated in India. This ignited Holliea's passion for Herbal medicines and daily self care practices, leading her to study to become an Ayurvedic practitioner with Dr Ajit in NZ. Fascinated with women's health; the study continued through her own journey to healing, exploring many modalities and variations of healing the wounded feminine. Holliea experienced conscious conception and a blissful birth through her self work and studying with Clare Blake at Fertility Massage in the UK, Jane Hardwicke Collings at the School of Shamanic Womancraft. Holliea's soul's purpose is to guide women back to their own Innate healing wisdom, the ancient knowledge that is locked up within them. To empower women to be their own healers, to show them the way to connect back to the radiant, flowing feminine essence, To know their own bodies better than anyone. To have a deep trust in the womb's processes, menstruation, fertility, pregnancy and birth. Our body has all the tools to heal, we just have to listen.
Learn Self Womb Massage and Breathwork for Hormones
Breathwork and Self Massage practices can be powerful to connect the mind and body, reduce anxiety and depression and calm the pain receptors in the body (great for painful menstruation). They are beautiful tools to add to your self care routine. Taking time every night, for a few minutes before you sleep, to massage your abdomen and womb is a wonderful way to start increasing circulation to your whole abdomen and to start the connection to your womb. Your womb only receives 5% of blood flow, and that is when there are no restrictions or blockages. You need your womb to be full of bountiful blood, so let's start encouraging the blood to flow to her. Benefits may include: increased vascular and lymphatic circulation, supporting the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, digestive system, the liver, promotes regular elimination, hormonal balance, helps to release stored emotions. A couple minutes of this self love practice every evening can make a huge difference in your health, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Kerstin has been a Physiotherapist since 1986, adding Cranio-sacral Therapy in 1997. She has studied Dance therapy, Feldenkrais, Amos Hetz, 5 Rhythms, Improv, Mediation and Yoga. Kerstin has spent time at the Institute of Life, Art and Tantra in Berlin for both women's and mixed training. In 1997 Kerstin trained in North American first nations wisdom and healing, receiving a medicine name and attending a 10 day Sundance retreat. In the 2000s Kerstin migrated to Australia where she had to requalify her credentials, which she did via remedial massage study and Michael Aaron's biodynamic light touch work – including embodied awareness. More recently she has worked with Heather Price and Michel Maher.
Embodied awareness- Healing our feminine expression
Join us for a session of movement and dance from our hearts. Connect with Mother Earth and align your rhythm with her heartbeat. United, we will awaken and move through our chakras. Tapping into sacred dance we will awaken our 1st-3rd chakra. Using the vibration of humming, our voices will travel through our bodies to create a subtle inner dance, as we work our way to a deeper opening of the 5th-8th chakras by sounding vowels. Finding our divine movement and song, we will create a sacred circle of dancing and singing women, flowing through their 4th heart chakra.
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.
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.
Michelle Mahrer is an Embodiment Facilitator, Certified 5Rhythms Dance Teacher, Dance Movement Therapist & film maker based in Sydney with over 25 years experience teaching in Australia and internationally. She is a founding pioneer of Conscious Dance in Australia, a gifted community creator, and the founder of RadianceDance5Rhythms, a vibrant conscious dance community offering weekly classes on Sunday mornings, online classes, dance retreats in nature and 1:1 sessions. Dance has been her lifelong passion and her gift is to help people reconnect with the joy and healing power of dance and movement that comes from within. Her passion is to help others come home to their body and essential nature, to experience enhanced wellbeing, wholeness, and connection to one’s own healing source and the capacity to be a cocreator of life. Through her dance retreats, she is passionate about teaching people how to reconnect with nature to rediscover their intrinsic interconnection with all of life. Michelle also offers dance movement therapy in community settings, most recently with the frail elderly and people with dementia. She is currently planning programs for disadvantaged women and women with chronic illness.
Radiance 5Rhythms Dance (Friday night) & The Healing Power of Authentic Movement (Saturday afternoon)
Friday : An inclusive and nourishing 5Rhythms dance to help us land; arrive into our bodies and ourselves; to welcome and connect with each other and weave a sacred container for the conference. Why are you here? What are you offering? What would you like to receive”
5Rhythms dance is an accessible movement meditation that helps us come home to our bodies, and reconnect with the joy and healing power of movement that comes from within. There are no steps to follow, you are invited to listen to your body’s impulses and follow your own creative movement inspired by great music and the 5Rhythms movement map that guides you on a journey through a series of rhythms, flow, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness, that follow the natural movement of energy in nature. When you follow the flow of your own movement, and allow your body to lead, your mind relaxes and you begin to open your own source energy – a portal to healing. The practise enhances wellbeing, clears the mind, opens the heart and connects us with our deep soul wisdom and belonging. This practise is accessible to everyone regardless of age, or physical ability because it invites you to connect with your own unique way of moving................................ Saturday : In our busy everyday lives, especially as women caring for others it is often hard to create space to connect with ourselves and our deep truth. In this workshop accessible to Every Body regardless of age, or physical ability, we will use the therapeutic tools of Authentic Movement and witnessing to reconnect with the truth of our soul and heal. When we are seen and met as we are, something shifts within us. Yet it is not often that we are fully seen, and heard even in our intimate relationships. Authentic Movement and Witnessing is a contemplative practice of presence. that has its foundation in dance/movement therapy and in Jungian psychology. The core of this practice is the relationship between mover and witness. In the presence of one or a group of witnesses the mover closes her eyes and attends to the sensations, images, and emotions arising within. The mover then begins to give expression to particular sensations, emotions, or images through movement, through sound, through stillness. Something magical and mysterious happens in this relationship between mover and witness. It is often experienced as a way of being deeply held, seen and acknowledged by another. In this experience of being fully met and seen by another, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and fully seen as we are, masks drop away effortlessly and what has been hidden emerges and incredible healing can take place in an instant through the act of becoming visible .
Pia Gaia is a Priestess of the Goddess and Rhiannon, initiated through the Magdalane Mysteries School and Glastonbury Goddess Temple UK. Co-Founder of 'Gaia’s Garden’ and ‘The Gaia Temple’, a Goddess temple located in Melbourne, her passion for sharing earth based spirituality has lead her all over the world holding Goddess based empowerment workshops. She currently works for Red Tent Australia as social media manager and Victorian co-ordinator, supporting women to open their own womens circles around the country, whilst offering personal priestessing sessions and writing her first book ‘Authentic Being, Walking the Goddess Path’.</p>
Invoking with the Explorer/Path Finder within
"She is the form, outside the norm, daring the world to meet her” Join Priestess Pia as she shares her pilgrimage as a traveling Priestess adventuring and learning with global spiritual and eco activist communities. Explore the Pathfinder archetype, lighting your own source of power, so your gifts can shine. Together we shall re-member our true nature as fearless Explorer, Path finders, walking our authentic truths, enriching the world that we have the power to co-create. This is an empowering workshop for all ages; including some ritual, experiential and story-telling elements. Working with the archetypal wheel of Rhiannon developed through the Magdalene Mysteries School, Explorer, Pathfinder sits in the east as elemental Goddess of fire opposite the ‘Sovereign Queen’ earth archetype in the West. Without truly unlocking the freedom and exploration of our Explorer/Path finder our ability to discernibly reign over our lives as Queens is diminished. Through sharing our journeys as Path Finder explorers we can start to manifest our authentic gifts and begin to explore our realms as contemporary women forging new ways of showing up in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Craft your Turning Point Story AND Story Magic Circle
"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. ****** Story Magic Circle : 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.
I am a multi-disciplinary practitioner who is passionate about offering a well-rounded and integrative approach to yoga, wellness and health. I draw upon several different modalities including yoga, nature based therapy, ayurveda and shamanic practices. My intent is to assist the students and clients I work with in attaining physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
Fembody is an invitation to journey with your own unique body using our yoga practice as a ceremony to call home aspects of ourselves that may have been lost, disconnected or abandoned.
Mignon Mukti is a transformational musician, sound healer and sacred activist. Her music, sound work and community workshops embody homecoming, unity, wisdom and kindness in an unkind and divided world. She is devoted to creating welcoming multicultural gatherings, festivals workshops and retreats around the world, transforming anxiety and fear to calm bliss through sound healing with Crystal Alchemy Bowls, voice, Rav Vast tongue pan and mantra. Mignon Mukti has a way of gathering tribes with uplifting community songs and chants, kirtan and sacred music. From ancient women’s chants to songs from the Jewish, Sufi, African, Indigenous, gospel and Goddess traditions.
The Resonance of Divine Mother songs and sounds
A workshop taking the participants on a journey of sound and vibration using Goddess Mantras and chants from Nada Yoga, Kabalah, African and Ancient Women’s traditions. Mignon brings in sound and mantras from diverse traditions to honour our own true nature and the earth mother. Using crystal bowls, RAV Vast hand pan, guitar, medicine drum and voice to support the journey of sound. The Session will end with a crystal alchemy sound healing and meditation. A balm for all stressed and tired nervous systems and an opening and uplifting of the heart through song.
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.
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.
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.
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.