Gaia's Garden Newsletter

Saturday, 02 June 2012

Gaia's Garden : Goddess in Melbourne

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.
Blessed be!

~ Tricia


Winter Solstice : Gaia's Garden



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.


June Journey

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.

Dr Patricia Rose

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.

* The Feminine as Divine provides a very different way of being in the world, which honours the Earth as Mother.

* We need to see the Divine or the deity as the Mother Creator so that we learn that women are also sacred. It is time to move from a deity made in the image of man and embrace a feminist deity – strong in Her love of all equally.

* As a feminist I wanted a spirituality which expressed the power and creativity of women and the more I delved the more I realized that we had been denied our own herstory of a Goddess who was worshipped for over 40,000 years and had to be violently destroyed for the God to replace Her.

What would your answer be? Let us know and we will publish them.


Who is Goddess?Dr Tricia Szirom : 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.
And I chose to name that Goddess.

There is love that goes beyond and curiosity and searching for meaning.
There is creation and awareness that life has purpose and meaning
And I chose to call that Goddess.

There is sharing of depth and passion and the living of life beyond meaning; there is joy in the smallest moment and excitement in what is newly found, delight in creation
And I chose to call that Goddess.

There is belief in living with abundance of being in and of the divine
Beyond the mundane the moments of extra-ordinary, the spark of a new idea, the passion for living dauntless, expansive, expressive.
And I chose to call Her Goddess.


Shekhinah Mogan : Move like a Goddess

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
Cost$60 includes lunch.



News from the Goddess Studies Program

Six 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 ElliottTess Elliott : at Gaia's Garden : Goddess in Melbourne

Friday 14 th Sept  - Sat 15th  Sept  2012
(evening – 6.30 – 9.30pm  & Sat  9.30-4pm )

Sheela’s invitation is to experience new & wondrous things.  In an informative & meditative process re-discover this ancient  Goddess. Open to Her knowledge, wisdom & Her all power-full energies of transformation. Create your own Sheela figurine from clay.

Venue: Gaia’s  Garden,   East  Kew, Victoria
Cost: $135.00 / Cons: $105.00 (Includes your clay material)
BYO Lunch to share.
Supper /Morn & afternoon tea provided

Bookings Essential
Limit of 12
To confirm your place, a bank /deposit of  $50.00 required by  15th   July   2012

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