Rites of Passage
Cyclical Nature of Life & Women’s Health
Sexuality & Relationship
Re-wilding Ourselves
Creativity
Healing & Integration
Body-healing
Living Outside the Box
Ceremony
Music for the Soul
Books for the Soul (fiction)
Happy Distractions

Note: I like buying books from Better World Books.  Not only can I choose to buy new or second-hand, but with each purchase, they donate a book to someone in need.  They also raise funds for literacy, offer a carbon offset and provide a service recycling and reselling books. As if that’s not enough, there’s also free postage!  Thankyou!

(Sometimes I check the Book Depository, too, which also has free postage.  But it is owned by the web-giant Amazon, so it’s not nearly as sustainable and heart-warming a purchasing experience as BWB!)


Rites of Passage

Moonsong
Jane Hardwick Collings’s efforts towards reclaiming the sacred feminine are deeply grounded in experience and everyday life.  Her articles are full of information, and her Seasonal Newsletter is a refreshing way to ground oneself in the present.

Jane Hardwicke Collings, Honouring Rites of Passage in a Woman’s Life.

The Good Cycle
Transforming the way we perceive, experience and relate to the menstrual cycle, a multi-media offering from Adriana, a sister from the School of Shamanic Womancraft.

Within Woman
Sequoia, from the School of Shamanic Womancraft, offers birth support, women’s circles and workshops in Northern NSW – sign up for a free moontime ritual.

Heart-Womb Collective
The Heart Womb Collective is an initiative in honour of the full spectrum continuum of our reproductive lives. Making whole the story of woman.

Pregnancy & Birth
Jane Hardwicke Collings, The Inner Journey of Pregnancy.

Pam England & Rob Horowitz, Birthing From Within.
Pam England, The Labyrinth of Birth.

Robyn Furnance, Being Born.

Birth Blueprint
A step-by-step guide to ecstatic birth offered by Avalon, a sister in the School of Shamanic Womancraft.

Menarche
Celebration Day for Girls.
A one-day workshop celebrating menarche and providing menstrual information, for girls aged 10-12 & their female care-givers.

Jane Hardwicke Collings, Becoming A Woman.

Menstruation
Jane Hardwicke Collings, Thirteen Moons.
Journal for charting one’s menstrual cycle.

Lucy Pearce, Moon Time.

Menopause & Aging
Jean Shinoda Bolen, Crossing to Avalon.

The Silver Thread Facebook page.

Jane Hardwicke Collings, Perimenopause: The Mother of All Wake-up Calls!

Jane Hardwicke Collings, More on Maga: The Autumn Season of our Lives.

Death
Stephen Jenkinson, Die Wise and more at Orphan Wisdom.

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Cyclical Nature of Life & Women’s Health

Demetra George, Mysteries of the Dark Moon.

Jeannine Parvati Baker, Hygieia: A Woman’s Herbal.

Christiane Northrup, Mother-Daughter Wisdom.

Elizabeth Davis & Carol Leonard, The Woman’s Wheel of Life.

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Sexuality & Relationships

David Schnarch, Passionate Marriage.
Schnarch uses the lens of sexuality to examine marital conflict – this book is a remarkable invitation to take back one’s projections and step more fully into acceptance of self and other.

Betty Carter, Love, Honour & Negotiate: Building Partnerships That Last A Lifetime.

Riane Eisler, The Power of Partnership.

Cedar Barstow & Reynold Ruslan Feldman, Living in the Power Zone.

John Gottman & Nan Silver, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

Blossoming Woman
Avalon, a sister in the School of Shamanic Womancraft, invites us to awaken our feminine power and sensuality, along with offering some awesome free gifts!

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Re-wilding Ourselves

Bill Plotkin, Soulcraft.

Vicki Noble, Shakti Woman.

Claire Dunn, My Year Without Matches.

Jane Hardwicke Collings, Herstory: Womanifesto.

Maya Ward, The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage.
This is the joyful yet heartbreaking true story of four friends who walk a 21- day pilgrimage from the sea to the source of Melbourne’s Yarra River.

Lucy Pearce, Burning Woman.
Pearce uncovers the archetype of the Burning Women of days gone by—Joan of Arc and the witch trials, through to the way women are burned today in cyber bullying, acid attacks, shaming and burnout, fearlessly examining the roots of Feminine power—what it is, how it has been controlled, and why it needs to be unleashed on the world during our modern Burning Times.

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Creativity


Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
An internationally best-selling twelve-week journey towards creative recovery.


Julia Cameron, Walking in the World
A follow-up to The Artist’s Way, practical strategies for creativity and joy.

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Healing & Integration

Miriam Greenspan, Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear and Despair.

Ordinary Courage
Brene Brown writes and speaks on vulnerability and shame, helping us transform our relationship to these painful emotional experiences.
Brene Brown TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability
Brene Brown TED talk, Listening to Shame

Susan Cain TED talk, The Power of Introverts

Caroline Myss & James Finley, Transforming Trauma

Sounds True: Insights at the Edge (subscribe for free via iTunes)

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Body-healing

Trauma Release Exercises (TRE)

Thought Field Therapy (tapping)

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Living Outside the Box

Soulemama
A creative, homeschooling mother of five, Amanda Blake Soule’s gentle tone, prolific creativity, eye for beauty and attunement to grace never fail to nourish and inspire me.

John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down.

Home Education Network
Victorian website providing information, local meet-ups and events.

Home Education Association
Australian home education site.

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Ceremony

Tuesday Star Woman, Women’s Tools of Empowerment.
A Melbourne-based woman initiated into the Native American tradition, offering women’s wisdom and suggestions for ceremony.

Lara Owen, Growing Your Inner Light.

Stockists of sage:
– in Australia
– in North America

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Music for the Soul

Ayla Nereo: Hollow Bone; From the Ground Up
Ayla Nereo & The Polish Ambassador: Let the Rhythm Just
Ayla Nereo & Wildlight: Twirl Me
Bonnie Paine: The Raven
Ben Howard: Every Kingdom; Depth Over Distance
Sinead O’Connor: I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss; Take Me to Church
Nahko and Medicine for the People: Dark As Night; Aloha Ke Akua
Xavier Rudd: NANNA; Spirit Bird
Ibeyi: River; Mama Says
Brooke Medicine Eagle: Walk in Beauty; Ancient Mother
London Grammar: Strong
Tim Minchin: Not Perfect
Beyonce: Lemonade album

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Books for the Soul (fiction)

Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mists of Avalon

Juliet Marillier, The Sevenwaters Trilogy
Juliet Marillier,, Blackthorn and Grim series
– such deeply delightful and nourishing tales, just read anything by Juliet Marillier!

Robin McKinley, Chalice
Robin McKinley, The Blue Sword

Jeanette Winterson, The Daylight Gate

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Happy Distractions

Soulemama
A creative, homeschooling mother of five, Amanda Blake Soule’s gentle tone, prolific creativity, eye for beauty and attunement to grace never fail to nourish and inspire me.

Films for Action

13 inspiring TED talks

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