So much is happening at Gaia's Garden
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
The next few months bring a cornucopia of opportunities to Gaia’s Garden – clearly the Goddess of Abundance is smiling on us: we have Shekhinah Morgan, 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:
September 15th and 16th
Walk Like a Goddess
She Walks like a Goddess is the only way to describe a woman who has participated in a workshop with Shekhinah Morgan. The creator of the Moon Diaries, Shekhinah is an exquisite dancer who brings her skills and knowledge to groups of women who want to walk in their power. Last year Shekhinah had every participant at the Goddess Conference walking proud and tall.
Shekhinah will lead us in a wonderful Journey in Gaia’s Garden on August 4th from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Cost $60 including refreshments.
In this wonderful workshop Shekhinah will teach us to move like a Goddess. Shekhinah, a dancer, musician, and body worker, is principal and teacher at the Awalim School of Middle Eastern Dance and Percussion and for 20 years has been exploring the relationship between Egyptian Dance and the Sacred Feminine. A highly skilled teacher, Shekhinah will show you the power of what she has learned in a unique and deceptively simple manner that will build your body awareness, confidence and personal presence.
Goddess Emerging in Tasmania
Sitting in the dining room of the local scout camp on a very chilly Sunday morning with the sound of sing bowls in the next room as the group does a meditation; I think back over the past twenty four hours of friendship and community. We have been here since Friday night – fifteen women who love the Goddess – finding new ways to express that love. We have danced, meditated, shared ritual space, talked and shared our knowledge and experience in the creation of a new and vibrant community.
Zahira Atkinson and Jo Corvinus have been running monthly Living Goddess workshops here in Northern Tasmania for six months and this weekend brought a larger group together for a full weekend event with Tricia Szirom from Gaia’s Garden.
Friday night commenced with a practical session on divination and prayer beads where everyone made a pendulum and/or a strand of Goddess prayer beads which were then dedicated to the Goddess through a visualization. Some even took their beads to the ocean and dipped them in the salty water for purification.
Back in the dinning room there is one long table in the centre, which has been decorated with moss and holly from the surrounding grounds. On either side are long tables ladened with a mix of pre-loved clothes and books, handcrafted candles and herb pillows books and oracles cards and other tools of the craft. A lot a bartering and bargaining occurs on the weekend.
On the Saturday we think about the need for connection to the land and knowing of our own place so that we can create a wheel of the year and rituals which speak to our own experience rather than that of the northern hemisphere. The afternoon is given to messages from the ancient Goddesses through images, tarot and stories; a wonderful sharing.
The ritual on Saturday evening brought a commitment by a small group to create dedicated Goddess space, perhaps ever a Goddess temple, here in northern Tasmania. What an amazing development and such a visionary group.
One of the women shared a prayer that she wrote when she was sixteen (she is now 51years) and has said every night since then not realizing that she was connecting the Gaia Goddess and Earth Mother.
Ode to Gaia
I answer to the Earth
This is the first time that Beth has been in a Goddess gathering and she described it as ‘coming home’.
Sunday morning we work on the concept of abundance with remarkable insight and new learnings. This is a remarkable group of women, which is growing every month and finding support from each other in their spiritual quest.
If you live in Tasmania and would like to connect to other Goddess women contact Zahira: 0418139826 or Jo: 0437366711.
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.
The Amazing Story of Sheela-na-Gig
Is she a Goddess, a gargoyle, a conspiracy, a warning against lust, a protection against evil or some other mysterious being? Sheela na Gig emerged in Britain on medieval churches although it is believed that the image is much older. The vulva as holy symbol of birth and life is a very ancient idea that symbolizes the life-giving and regenerative powers of the Earth Mother. 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)
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