Making Sacred all over the World..

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This time last year I made a post about making sacred all over the East Coast of Australia.. twelve months later it is a whole new world of horizons and timezones.

I had my Lilith astrology done again last year by Mikailah as I had some big decisions to make about 2015.. I said how are the travel stars looking? Should I do this? And she said ‘Do it’!!

It is a huge thing to say yes to overseas travel several times in the year when I have 4 small children.. like, kinda crazy!! But I have the support of my amazing husband and my Mum.. she moves in and does my Mothering life while I’m away. My children adore her and she is a way better house mama than I am. Cam and Mum said yes to my adventuring, so then, I did too.

The photo above is in Wales.. in a place called Fort Belan on the west coast of Wales. I went to support Jane Hardwick Collings in bringing the Four Seasons Journey to the Northern Hemisphere.

A wonderful group of English, French, German, Polish, Swiss and Australian women gathered. We translated into French as we went, birth stories were told, drums were birthed and I walked the wild coast of Wales with a baby strapped to my back as his Mama journeyed in the shamanic realms. I met many wonderful Mermaids who connect the web of our tribe across the globe. They journey still, having just finished their Full Moon Gathering in France.

This land of my ancestors resonated right in my soul… as much as the Winter is not my naturally preferred habitat.. seeing the snow capped mountains and feeling the ice wind in my face was something I knew deep in me.

From the place we stayed, Fort Belan, we looked across to the Isle of Mona.. the excitement of realising this was almost too much for me. The books by Manda Scott about Boudicca are my absolute favourite. To see where the wise men and women went to train as Dreamers was so magical.

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I returned home rather exhausted but ready for the next adventure of turning 40! A Mermaid ball on the high seas was in order.. so fun..

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All the mermaids came out to play.. best night ever xx

Next was the launch of my Moon Circle for Women in Sydney, with 2 workshops packed full of women learning about the wisdom of the cycles. Many mum’s from our beautiful Glenaeon community made up the circles which was so special. We see each other every day, but we got to relate about what is real, where we have come from and who we are. I treasure that space with my mama friends..

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Then to the Seven Sisters Festival in Victoria. This was my second time at this event and first time solo presenting. I decided to do something I’d never done before and do a Songs of Sacred Circle workshop. I was the first workshop of the festival in the morning, so I didn’t know if anyone would turn up. I printed 30 song sheets to be on the safe side.. and that was nowhere near enough!

Around 80 (or more)?  beautiful women came to share in these sacred chants that I have been gathering for years. I loved experiencing the power of the songs sung en mass.. and especially the toning.. A Maze ing..

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My attention then turned fully to the organising and teaching the first ever part time Four Seasons Journey. Now renamed the Eight Seasons Journey.. (the Four Seasons Journey over 2 years)

Beautiful women came from all over Australia to the Central Coast of NSW for our Opening Gathering.

This was easily the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and so awesome. I loved teaching the work I have been studying and practicing for six years with the SSM and since my 20’s in sitting in circle with women…. the mystery of whether this would ‘work’ without the creator of the program Jane Hardwick Collings, was yet to be revealed.

So, being the first born, new Moon, Aquarian Sun, Aries Moon girl I am, I said yes to being the Mermaid to test the unknown waters.

I was supported by 3 awesome Apprentices who held me so well and supported the group beautifully. Thank you beauties.

Again, birth stories were shared, drums were birthed, 5 babies graced us with theirs and their Mama’s presence, and the circle worked it’s magic.

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We are now preparing for our Full Moon Gathering which will be in QLD at a property called Mermaida.. for real!

Contact me if you are interested in the next 8SJ.. starting 2017.

The biggest adventure of the year so far was my journey to the Spiritweavers Gathering in the Redwoods in California.

Check out the website.. you will want to come next time!

I travelled there with Julia Inglis of Sacred Familiar. She is also and Aquarian sun new Moon sister.. pioneer! She introduced me to the amazing work of the Spiritweavers.. always sleuthing the groovy going ons in the world is the beautiful Julia

Julia held her Medicine Doll making circle and I shared the Medicine songs with the women, as they crafted and to sing their dolls into being..

They were precious spaces in our beautiful Lotus Belle tent..

IMG_5864 IMG_5933 IMG_5773I also held Moon Circle, which was a personal challenge in hemispheric orientation!! And I wondered again, would this work translate in America?

It worked, and the circles were beautiful places of sharing and sisterhood.

IMG_5816 IMG_5774 IMG_5859I met so many amazing sisters.. Daniella, Amber, Ines, Waiala, Morena, Moons, Kat, Six, Lindsay, Eve, April, Tracy, Alchemy (my amazing 4 year old neighbour) and so many others that I know the Instagram names of but not their real names!! And women from my Moon Circle who touched my heart with their stories. I will remember Lincoln’s mama always and I hope she reads this …

And of course the creatrix of this beautiful space Mea.. Wow, sister, you are incredible. I have never witnessed so much held with such grace. Of course she had an amazing circle supporting her. Check out Mea’s Instagram @daughterofthesun_  so much beauty, so much gratitude for you sister

And I got to finally meet Elisa and baby Jezebel Moon! Soul sister from another land.. we and our Moon babies will meet again dear one.

And the last photo above is Mariee Sioux.. one of my favourite musicians.. she was so so magical.. we were transported to faerie lands with her story weaving. I got to meet and chat with her the next day and she is a beautiful person who hasn’t toured Australia yet.. Come soon Marie!

Thank you Spiritweavers.. I will be back!

Last one for now..

The Homebirth Conference in Melbourne.. it was huge, only a week after my return from the USA! I was a little bit stretched for energy.. but I made it.. with lots of promises to my kids that it was the last one for a long, long time. I sang, The Circle of Women.. the slide show didn’t work (which would have had everyone in the room joining in) so I sang all alone wondering why no one was joining me! But I trust the song worked it’s magic.

I was glad to be there to meet with the home birth community again and hold my sister Svenja as her birth story of Luna was shown and spoken about with beautiful photographs taken by Jerusha Sutton from Heartfelt. Check out her amazing work and Heartfelt‘s.. truly inspiring, and please donate if you can.

Jerusha took this beautiful photo below.. Love you and the work you do Jesrusha xx

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And then I came home and wrote Home for the Winter… it was truly time to come home!

Love to my global family, I feel so blessed to have met you and give great thanks to Instagram and Facebook for connecting us initially and allowing us to remain close over such vast distances..!

This was long! This year has been big!

Now for some crochet

 

Blessed be

Talulah xxx

 

 

Healing after Loss Circle.. Sydney

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Last year a dear Doula friend and sister, Svenja, who I have known for many years asked me to hold her Mother Blessing Circle with her dearest sisters..  We blessed her and painted her belly, which bounced up and down as she laughed.. she was a radiant Mamatoto and we were so excited to receive the message that baby was here.

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When we all received the message it was not the one we had expected. Baby Luna, a dear sweet girl, didn’t ever take her first breath and passed straight onto the next world.

Nothing can adequately describe the sadness and pain of losing your child.

Svenja and Jason are incredible people, beautiful souls who miss their baby Luna every moment. Their community surrounded them with love, food, all they could, and all they wanted was their baby girl.

Luna had a beautiful ceremony on the cliffs over the water, a special place her parents visited when she was in Svenja’s belly.. they sent her off with Light, Love and Sound and honoured the journey Luna had chosen.

In living on after her baby has gone, Svenja has seen what is available for grieving Mothers and Fathers. It is the best they have right now and so they go to the groups that are here, there is comfort in being with other people who have experienced a similar journey.

As a friend and Shamanic Midwife I have journeyed with Svenja, I have had dreams I have shared with her, ideas of how to help her, and a great desire to support her in how she choses to go from here.

Svenja is a yoga teacher, acupuncturist, Doula, amazing Woman and Mother among many other things, and she dreamed into spaces that she would like to be available for her as a grieving parent.

She knows that the reason Luna chose her for her Mama is that Svenja is the one that can help other Mothers like her feel held, heard and healed.

I offered to be of service to her to make her visions and dreams for these healing places for Mothers, Fathers and families. And, having experienced a miscarriage four years ago I know I would benefit from these healing places too.

Together we have taken our first step in making this a reality.

Healing after Loss Circle in Sydney on the Saturday 22nd August, 9:30-4:30. For Women who have experienced loss at any stage during pregnancy, birth or neonatally.

♥ It will be a beautiful healing day of sacred space, sharing, yoga and ceremony ♥

Please share this with anyone you know who may benefit from such a circle who has experienced loss of this kind. It does not have to be a recent loss, if you feel the call, you are welcome.

Please contact us if you would like any more information. Comment on this post and we will get back to you.

 

We have dreams of taking this work everywhere, as well as spaces for couples, retreats, Men’s spaces with Jason- Luna’s Papa Bear, and circles for birth workers who have supported families through loss of a child.

We hope to share these circles far and wide. We know it is so needed.

Thank you Luna

We love you to the Moon and Back

xxxx

Home for the Winter..

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I am finally unpacking my suitcase for real, properly, for the whole Winter..

This year has been a big whirlwind of wonderful gatherings where I have stretched myself physically and spiritually, more than I ever have before. I realise now that it has been to my limit.. I even went beyond my limit with the conference I attended last weekend.

The call home was so loud, but I had made a commitment so I kept it.. a little to my detriment health wise, but I know it did some magic too. I am home now, eating well, making broths, going to bed early and being here for my family, recovering and restoring.

Winter, Herstorically, is my least favourite time of year, there are many challenges for me in it.. being cold, dark, layers and layers of clothes, SAD (seasonal affective disorder), footy season (yes that is a downside for me.. raised by a footballer I spent most of the freezing country NSW winter weekends sitting on the sideline of a footy game, and then waiting for the celebrations to end very late every Saturday night, then having footy on the TV all day Sunday as my Dad recovered on the couch.. the sound of the crowds and whistles take me back to the strange world I was raised in and I don’t like it).

And how much things hurt when you bang them when they are cold.. like whacking your hand on some furniture hurts so much more when it’s icy! And that goes for the emotional hurts too.. they are triggered in the stillness of Winter and I am ricocheted into the depths I need to go to for the healing to happen. This, I know, is a positive, though it doesn’t feel like it at the time!

The reflective energy of this season is something I acknowledge as an important part of the cycle now. We need this inward time to restore and reflect, figure out what has worked for us and what hasn’t. Just as we need the bleeding time of our menstrual cycle, to let go of what no longer serves and to have the visions for the future. We need the Winter to do the inner work of our souls in preparation for our blossoming again in Spring.

In creating ways for me to embrace this season and time, I have some special things I save just for Winter so that I can not only endure it, but enjoy it, and be with what is.

The most appealing thing is rest! I don’t work very much in Winter. I will sometimes do a little workshop locally, but no big trips away unless it’s a family holiday (hopefully to a sunny island- I know that’s cheating). This keeps me excited for Winter to come.

I have knitting and crochet projects that I devote long hours to. Not only does this make it a very productive time in creating treasures for others, but it keeps me in a calm and receptive brain state that opens me to messages and dreamings in my sphere. I don’t follow patterns, I make it up as I go, so there’s not too much thinking involved. This is also a really healing thing for me to do to tend to those woundings that have come up.. being present with my feelings and just staying with it as I weave. I love to look back on what I’ve made and remember where I was when I made it, and how I felt at the time, and where I am now I have finished it, seeing the healing and evolution that has taken place.

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One of my Winter weavings and Willow… (and some Spring and Summer weaving too.. this was a big one)

I make soups a lot. Soup is one of my favourite things, this makes Winter yummy and I always have something nourishing to eat, which is something I forget to do when I’m working or busy.

Making spaces beautiful, so it is inviting to be at home in them.

One thing I realised last year in Winter was that I have no Winter clothes.. I lived in denial that it was coming, or that it would last very long and that it was even worth buying Winter things because I’d soon be happy in a summer dress again. So I suffered in layers and layers of thin inappropriate Summer clothing, shivering and complaining about the cold! So I decided to give this warm coat thing a try.. and thus found my most fun Winter survival mechanism.. shopping for beautiful warm cardigans and coats! I have several now, and I think I need some more!

I dream.. I dream up what’s next, I dream for others, I dream the healing dreams that tend my wounds and inform me of the path ahead.

I write all this now as a reminder, a prayer and an affirmation.. as my wound has been opened, my most sacred wound, that all is right, and it is a Blessing to be here now, knowing that I am doing the work of Winter for all my relations.

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Blessed Be

Love Talulah xx