Gaia's Garden Newsletter
Saturday, 02 June 2012
Welcome and Merry Meet
I want to acknowledge that Gaia’s Garden is on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and pay tribute to their elders past, present and future. I respect and honour the way in which the Indigenous people cared for this sacred land over centuries.
How wonderful is the rain – the garden is lush and green. I am one of the rare people that I know who really loves winter. I love the sound of the rain on the roof and windows, I delight in the new growth when the sun shines through and there is nothing nicer for me than to snuggle into a warm cosy bed at night with a good book to read.
Winter Solstice at Gaia's Garden
Winter Solstice ritual will be held at Gaia’s Garden on Saturday 23rd June. Join us at 6:00pm for the ritual and bring a plate of food to share for dinner afterwards.
Join us for a Journey in Gaia’s Garden - Mothers of the Movement - with Drs Claire French and Patricia Rose on Saturday 23rd June 10:00am – 4:00pm. These two remarkable women will take us on a journey where we learn about the women who led the way in their expression of Goddess spirituality. Cost $60 includes lunch.
Mothers of the Movement
with Drs Patricia Rose and Clare French
June Saturday 23rd 10:00 – 4:00
Journey in Gaia’s Garden with Patricia Rose and Claire French and learn about the Mothers of the Movement. Who are the women who have gone before; those who went deep and found new ways of expressing their spirituality through Goddess. Drs Patricia Rose and Claire French are leading thinkers in the Goddess community in Australia and internationally. They have both provided leadership in scholarship and practice.
Dr Clare French is the first person to receive a PhD in Goddess Studies in Australia. Clare is an elder from the Northern Hemisphere - Europe, with Goddess stories of her Place there, and the loss and regaining of them, who has also experienced leaving her homeland and coming to live here – in Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere.
Patricia has a PhD on contemporary women’s spirituality and lectures and writes on Goddess spirituality. She has recently researched and published Gaia Emerging (with Tricia Szirom) which tells the story of the Goddess community in Australia.
These two women are part of our herstory in the Goddess community in Australia. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear their perspective and learn from their wisdom.
Go to the website to book for this workshop.
Out and Proud : Goddess
Have you ever been asked why you are involved with Goddess ‘things’? and/or what is this Goddess ‘stuff’ about? What is your answer? Of course the response depends on the situation and the questioner however it is interesting to think about. We had this discussion in our Sacred Study Circle the other day and then role-played the responses in various situations.
I was fascinated to hear the responses and pleased to add to my repertoire. How about:
* The patriarchal monotheisms have led us to the point of world catastrophe. Perhaps it is time for a change back to a spirituality that cares for the Earth.
What would your answer be? Let us know and we will publish them.
Who is Goddess?
There is mystery, wonder and purposeful creativity that cannot be explained; there is joy and excitement in being beyond all that I understand there is sacredness.
Move Like a Goddess
Join Shekhinah Morgan in Dancing and Drumming as Sacred Practice. When we are committed to living in the ways of the Goddess, we involve our whole being. In understanding our bodies to be the temples of the Goddess, we seek to nurture them with love and respect and to deepen our pleasure in them.
We need ways to celebrate and to build energy with and in our bodies ; to build the ‘container’. To this end, Shekhinah offers a day exploring dance and movement and the use of percussion instruments in the creation and holding of the space of ritual. As well we will explore the use of trance dance in ritual as a way of connecting with our deeper realities and finding ecstatic states.
Saturday 4th August. 10:00am – 4:00pm
News from the Goddess Studies ProgramSix students are almost halfway through their first year of the Goddess Studies Program here at Gaia’s Garden. One of the recent assignments was about the change of the cycles and seasons where each student lives. Cathy Deehan prepared a wonderful article about her place on this land and the way the changing seasons affect her. Cathy made a study of the seasonal cycles from an Indigenous perspective prior to white settlement. She also explored local seasonal food for the area and what to cook. I found this research particularly helpful and hope that you do too. To read the paper go to Our Website.
Sheela Na-Gig : Celtic Goddess of Transformation with Tess Elliott
Friday 14 th Sept - Sat 15th Sept 2012