|Gaia's Garden eNews September events
Calendar of Events:
September 23rd Spring Equinox ~~~ 6:00pm bring food to share
September 29th Jane Meredith ~~~ A Piece of my Heart: Dark Goddess Day
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 29th 10:00am -4:00pm
Cost: $100 / concession $80
Jane’s new book will be available at Gaia’s Garden during the September workshops.