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Gaia's Garden : Goddess in Melbourne

 

Dear Sisters!

We have much to share with You this month, as some exciting events draw nearer at Gaia's Garden.

I have just spent this past weekend reflecting on the Goddess Gathering held the previous weekend. 30 amazing women together in our home; learning, sharing and finding new ways of acknowledging Goddess in this sacred land.

Three years of Gatherings has blessed us with deeper connections and understandings of Goddess spirituality. and the working of the Divine Feminine in our lives.

I thank the many women who have shared their knowledge skills and experience and those who have also shared their vulnerability and uncertainty. Often it is in the deep shadowy moments that the most is learned. Sitting with a woman sharing her pain opens the heart to greater understanding of our own wounds and leads to greater joy when a breakthrough is made.

I joy in the opportunity to continue to learn and grow - such a privilege to have this honour. Blessed be!

~ Tricia


 

Goddess in ancient and modern AsiaAsian Goddesses : Gaia's Garden

Finding a representation of Goddess that I haven’t heard of before, is always exciting for me. I love to know that She is both ancient, and emerging again. When I have time I use the magic of Google and find all sorts of wonderful information. My latest find is about the Goddess Mago (also known as Ma_Ku or Magu) an ancient Goddess of China, Korea and Japan. Like the Goddesses of Europe her story changes depending on time, geography and culture however there is a consistency that She predates time and was the Mother Creator of all. Have a look on the website for a summary of Her stories and links to a remarkable Korean American woman who has made it her mission to reclaim Mago and what she describes as Magoism.



June Journey


Mothers of the Movement

Dr Patricia Rose

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.

 

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The Gift of Being Woman with Cassandra Eve

'With every breath Her knowing grows stronger, that she is beautiful just as she is." ~ Heather Price

Friday 8 June 7.30 - 9.30pm & Weekend 9 & 10 June 10am - 5pm

Please bring food to share

Cassandra Eve is a S.H.E. (Spiritual Human Evolution) Facilitator and Senior Teacher of The Form - Reality Practice, an evolutionary meditative practice. She weaves this practice into circles in New Zealand and Australia, opening the door for women to engage a practice that facilitates natural integrated change. The Form realigns direct connection to source, revealing how we can live as radiant openness through the many challenges and changes of life.

Together we claim the gift of our full radiant potential, as woman, as Goddess, as Divine Feminine. The Gift of Being Woman is a profound exploration of your unique offering to life, and its ongoing evolution. Learning Parts 1 & 2 of The Form opens the space for a profound realignment with divinity, recognition of your innate beauty as woman and an all-embracing tender acceptance of your humanness.  This practice may then be used in your daily life to facilitate integrated growth of consciousness.

The Form is a practice suitable for everyone and is taught worldwide to adults and to children from 8 years up. It is simple to learn and may be practiced alone or shared with another.

For further information on Cassandra's work and The Form - Reality Practice go to www.livingfeminineessence.com

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Food for the Goddess

The Magic of Food

Gaia’s Garden has become known for its wonderful food. We love to cook, and to eat, so any occasion is an excuse to do ‘kitchen magick’ and ‘cook up a storm’. Coming to Gaia’s Garden combines great conversations, inspiring rituals and delectable banquets. Not surprisingly I was moved to find out more about the various ways in which the Divine Feminine has been associated with food both its growth and its preparation. Delightfully both salt and chocolate have Goddess manifestations associated with them; as does feasting. Food is both provided by Goddess in Her abundance, and it is also a gift to Her for that abundance. Have a look at the website for this paper and send us your thoughts about the sacredness of growing, preparing and sharing food.

Kitchen Magick at Gaia's Garden

 

Living with the Goddess of Abundance

Tricia is presenting a fringe workshop at the Glastonbury Goddess Conference in late July this year and a shorter workshop during the conference. This year’s theme is on the Goddess of Abundance and Tricia will be working with Lakshmi the Goddess of wealth and abundance. To often we mistake wealth and abundance as being about money and property when it is much more likely to be about friendship, love and family. If you are interested in doing this workshop in Australia please let us know and we will arrange a date.

 

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Goddess Gathering April 2012

Dear Sisters,

Gaia's Garden : Goddess in Australia

 

Only a couple of weeks and we will be together for the Goddess Gathering at Gaia's Garden. We are really looking forward to seeing you all and enjoying our time together.

If you have not yet booked for this event, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 



Introduction

What are the particular challenges for Goddess loving women in Australia? Our ancestors, largely from Western cultures, connected to the land in their part of the world; they moved with the seasons as they followed the wheel of the year. The Goddess, for them, came from this connection and spoke to them of the land and the changing conditions; they knew when to celebrate, to create ceremony, to connect with the sacred.

For those of us whose ancestors came to this land after white settlement, we connect to these ancient traditions and we also love this country. However, the seasons are different and the sacred places have been identified by another culture. Also western sensibility to landscape and place is affected by living in urbanized settings, separated from the land and nature.

This Gathering will explore what it means to connect to the land here in Australia. We will journey to two Indigenous sacred sites and learn the significance of place; we will pay attention by using our senses to connect to the land through careful listening, feeling and seeing in new ways.

Where is Goddess expressed in your environment in the place where you live? Early people saw Her in the land, in nature and She is still there; and She is also in the urban environment despite the challenges that may create. In your planning to join us at the Gathering we would ask for you to find signs of Goddess in the landscape where you live, take a photo and bring it with you.

 

As part of the Gathering we would like to share how we perceive the Goddess in our own place, our landscape whether it is urban or rural. To do this we would like you each to take a photo of Goddess in your Landscape and bring it with you to share and/or you might like to bring an object/artifact that represents that image. This will be an important part of the conversation so we look forward to sharing.

We will be going on site visits which will require us to be out of doors. We will do this regardless of the weather so please bring clothes that are suitable so that you will enjoy yourself. What to Bring:
* Comfortable shoes to walk in a paddock
* Weather appropriate clothing including hat and scarf in case of cold
* Umbrella in case of rain
* A thermos (If you have one) for hot drinks and soup on our day out.

 

Outline of Gathering

Friday
6:30pm Arrive and Welcome
Acknowledgement of the traditional owners of this land
Casting the Circle Anique Radiant Heart
Sacred Drama
Dinner

Saturday
9:00am
Introduction: Landscape as a sacred place Chris Sitka and Munya Andrews
Site Visits including lunch
6:30pm Dinner and evening fun

Sunday
9:00am
'Goddess in your environment'
Connection to Goddess - Earth Mother
Rhonda Evenstar and Aria Weaver
Marrying the past with the present
5:00pm
Conclusions

Optional
6:30pm Remembering the Ancestors: Samhain Ritual Ganga Ashworth and Jodie Danaan



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