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Blood Mysteries

Addressing Women & Depression by Honouring Rites of Passage

Presentation at the “Women and Depression Conference” Sydney 2007 Spring 2013 Our modern culture has forgotten to honour the Rites of Passage in a Woman’s life. In not doing this we miss the opportunity they provide of celebrating and welcoming the huge transformations that we go through at our menarche, childbirth and menopause. Honouring rites…

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Honoring Rites of Passage in a Woman’s Life

The Four Phase Feminine Way Spring 2013 When viewed as a whole, a Woman’s life is divided into 4 phases. These phases or seasons are related to and defined by the expression of her fertility and sexuality. Maiden – birth to childbirth Mother – childbirth to menopause Maga – menopause to retirement Crone – retirement to death With each…

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The Point of Natural Childbirth

What Is The Point? Spring 2013 My daughter, Ellie, seventeen at the time, came home from school one day telling me about a conversation that had happened in her art class. One of her friends asked the teacher about childbirth, “Does it really hurt?” She replied “I don’t know, epidural all the way for me.” Ellie,…

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Conscious Birth, Menstruation & Menopause ~ Melissa Ambrosini Podcast

(Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeart or TuneIn) “What if we stopped resenting “that time of the month”, and started celebrating it? What if we quit dreading menopause, and started honouring the wisdom it brings? And what if we could shift our views on childbirth from being a clinical, painful experience, to a deeply empowering rite of passage, one that allows…

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Menstrual Workplace Policy

(For the purpose of introducing this concept, I will be using language including words like woman and man and pronouns like she, he, and we, and I will be referring to menstruation and menopause as the experience of a woman.  My apologies if that upsets or disturbs anyone.  My mission here is to introduce this needed concept…

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With Woman Retreat 2018

On 7-9 December, over the Dark and then New Moon, I with five Sisters from the School of Shamanic Womancraft, Sequoia Krop Rachel Reed Jessie Johnson-Cash Marie-Louise Lapere & Judy Mort held the first With Woman Retreat for birth workers, in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. (The next one in Australia is planned for December 2019…

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The Connection Between Menarche and Childbirth

From one rite to the next… The connection between a woman’s experience of menarche and therefore what she takes with her to her experience of childbirth, is not often taken into account. Knowing of this inherent connection can enhance a woman’s attention to her life journey, as a whole, rather than simply her experience of…

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Waratah Project Research Report

I’m just back from the Australian Goddess Conference held in Sydney this month, where I gave two presentations – following is an excerpt from the second one. * * * The Waratah Project is compiling its findings from the data collected from over 3500 women about their experiences of menarche, menstruation and menopause.  We are in the…

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The Bleeding Obvious

I’m just back from the Australian Goddess Conference held in Sydney this month, where I gave two presentations – following is an excerpt from the first one. * * * The menstrual cycle as an ‘entity’ is screaming for attention…. Are we paying attention? The menstrual cycle is the ‘barometer of our wellbeing’, so what…

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Operation Gentle Birth

I call myself an Agent of the Goddess, and what that means to me is that I am on assignment, carrying out missions for the greater good. Decades ago I drew myself a mission mud map (see above). It held all the places that I felt could be places for positive intervention to shift the…

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