|Gaia's Garden eNews September 2012
It seems as though we get busier and busier here at Gaia’s Garden with such wonderful events and opportunities to explore Goddess spirituality. In the next month we have Jane Meredith and Tess Elliot joining us for Journeys in the Garden and then we travel to Queensland for the annual Australian Goddess Conference: The Transformation.
Calendar of Events:
If you live in Tasmania and would like to connect to other Goddess women contact Zahira: 0418139826 or Jo: 0437366711.
Sheela-na-Gig in Ireland
Last week I was in Kildare, Ireland where there is one of the many Sheela-na-Gigs that are scattered across this island. No one seems to know exactly the origin of these amazing images although many believe that she is the response to the early Christian invasion of the country. Ireland was slow to accept Christianity and it formed a thin overlay of the pagan foundations. Some claim that she is a Celtic Goddess image that was carved into churches to ensure that that foundation remained. The image of the vulva has a long history of being carved in stone, and is found all over Europe from the Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages.
There are many theories surrounding the meaning behind the sheela na gig, and the most popular is that she is a survivor of an ancient pagan Goddess. Usually, the sheela has been identified with the Celtic Goddess Callieach. This Goddess is known to be a "hag" like figure of Irish mythology.
Special Event with Tess Elliott
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.
Self-exploration is the corner stone to Tess’s creative work, both personally and professionally. A practicing Artist and teacher for 20 years, her interest in ancient symbol, celtic and medieval art, developing her own unique Australian style of art are just some of the areas on which she has specialised. In the last five years a return to clay work has been a very cathartic and wonderful experience and a great 2D medium to express one’s inner soul.
Tess’s other great passions is reading ancient history, especially pertaining to her Celtic heritage, creative writing & sharing how to live in union with the sacred feminine divine.
Cost: $135.00 / Cons: $105.00 (Includes your clay material)
Jane Meredith Returns to Gaia’s Garden
We are delighted to be able to welcome the wonderful Jane Meredith to Gaia’s Garden yet again this year. Jane ran her fabulous Aphrodite’s Magic last year and this year she is conducting two workshops for us in September. The first on September 22nd is on The Magic of Ritual. Some of the best rituals that I have ever been in were organized and facilitated by Jane and I highly recommend this day.
Jane MeredIth is a Priestess of the Goddess who is also a writer, facilitator and ritualist. She presents regularly at Goddess and pagan events around the world such as the Glastonbury Goddess Conference in England, at WitchCamps and Reclaiming events. Her book, Aphrodite’s Magic: Celebrate and Heal Your Sexuality was published in 2010. Jane has taught Goddess and mythology and Tarot workshops for many years, amongst other things, has an interest in magical systems and passions that include dark chocolate, cats and trees. Her website is: www.janemeredith.com
THE MAGIC OF RITUAL
Rituals can be amazing, magical and powerful – and some are just... not. Everyone can remember times where the ritual - whether it was solo, with a partner or group - took off, and seemed to almost run itself, powered with an energy that came from the Goddess, the earth and deep within ourselves. Less happily, we can also remember rituals that were dry, stilted or uncertain, where we never quite connected with what was happening. What makes a successful ritual? How do you invite the participants to be fully involved? What does it take, to step across the boarders of the ordinary into the numinous?
How can you, as a ritualist, become one with your ritual, so that you exist in the living breathing magical realm you are calling on? Intention, technique, structure and practice all play a part in creating rituals that work. We will explore a number of aspects of ritual in depth; learning about invocations, casting circles and calling to the elements as well as creating intention and facilitating and deepening your ritual through structure, content and active participation. Magic unfolds within this space… and we’ll also examine what that means. This work is fully participative, experiential and experimental, come prepared to use your voice and body. The day will culminate in a group ritual, devised by the participants and implementing what we've learnt.
September 22nd 10:00am -4:00pm
Cost: $60 includes lunch and morning tea.
A PIECE OF MY HEART: DARK GODDESS DAY
The Dark Goddess dwells in a deep, underground place within us. She is ancient and powerful. She speaks only truth, so sometimes we force her into silence for long periods. In revealing our connection to her we become, temporarily, unbound and can revel fully in the creative dance of life and death.
Where has your life touched on the Dark Goddess? At your birth? At the deepest point of your utmost trauma? At the prospect of your death? The pathways to the Dark Goddess are many, and few dare to take them volentarily. But it is those times when we seek her out, rather than hide from her, that we learn to know her most intimately; as a sister, lover, mother, daughter.
Picking up the precious container of our lives in both hands we tread bravely towards her, bringing the only offering possible; a piece of our hearts. Traversing through the mythic in sacred Temple space we behold her again and again; as divinity, in each other and within ourselves.
This workshop is fully participative, using ritual, personal processing and inner work, as well as reflection and discussion. Please bring: a veil, a journal and pen, and a piece of your heart to give as an offering to the Dark Goddess (offerings will not be returned).
September 23rd 10:00am -4:00pm
Cost: $100 / concession $80
Jane’s new book will be available at Gaia’s Garden during the September workshops.
Australian Goddess Conference: The Transformation
Join us on the Gold Coast for this wonderful annual event where Goddess people join together in music, discussion, performance, ritual and ceremony. Started seven years ago in Melbourne, by Avril Webb, the Goddess Conference provides a unique opportunity to meet like minded people and learn of the depth and breadth of Goddess spirituality as it is expressed in this country.
This year’s conference features some firsts: A Sacred Drama with the Thirteen Goddesses of Transformation which will involve every participant; and a Parliament of All Beings which will consider the future of this planet. Check out the GAIA Inc website for details and registrations www.goddessassociation.com.au