For women who are pregnant or planning to be, for birthworkers and birth keepers, and for women birthing aspects of themselves & their lives in whatever form! How do we birth things? What is our Birth Story?
This workshop focuses on the shamanic dimensions of pregnancy, in other words: what lies beneath…
Shamanism is a worldview that sees all things as interconnected. We use that word in the title of this workshop to indicate that when we create, when we birth babies/projects/ourselves, we bring our whole selves to the process, our experiences, our stories – especially from the pivotal times of our rites of passage (our own birth, our menarche, our sexual experiences, our previous birthing experiences, etc). We also bring the experiences and stories of those who have come before us, our mothers and grandmothers, our ancestors.
Likewise, we honour that today we create and birth in a cultural context that generally fails to acknowledge the sacred, multi-dimensional nature of birth (in all its forms) and undervalues women’s experience and truth.
In bringing awareness to these ‘invisible’ influences, we increase our agency and power to birth in positive, life-giving ways – whole selves intact! – and our ability to digest our birthing experience, whether positive or traumatic.
This work is also based on the knowing that ‘every pregnancy ends in a birth.’ Abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, and their equivalents in our soulwork, are worthy of honour and digestion, worthy of inclusion in our psyches…
ON THE DAY
With prior preparation contemplating our life experiences, we will undertake some shamanic processes to understand the origins of our beliefs, attitudes and fears around birth.
We will weave the connections between how we were born, our menarche (first period) and the stories of the women in our family, as well as any experiences of pregnancy and giving birth we have had so far.
We will enter into a Letting Go of Fear process and fire ritual and a shamanic drum journey to meet our baby, soul-baby, creative project or Inner Goddess, to seek guidance, clarity and information.
This workshop is for all women. You don’t have to be pregnant or planning to be and there is no prior experience necessary.
I bring you this work as part of a lineage of brave women (and men) and give great thanks for our teacher, Jane Hardwicke Collings, and her teachers, including Jeannine Parvati Baker, Cedar Barstowe and James ‘Blackbear’ Harvey. Jane has created and pioneered this Moonsong workshop, offering it many times around Australia and the world to ignite a resacralising of our menstrual and cyclical experience as women. Please see www.moonsong.com.au for more information.
The next Moonsong workshops are:
Sunday 7th July, 2018 ~ Toronto, Ontario
Sunday 15th July, 2018 ~ Sherbrooke, Québec
September? ~ Winnipeg, Manitoba
You can also check moonsong.co.au for dates of this workshop happening around the world.
And if you are interested in bringing this work to your town or location, please get in touch!