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Menstruation

Shamanic Womancraft

What is it? Menstruation, conception, pregnancy, birth and menopause are shamanic experiences. These monumental life experiences are served well by this understanding. Shamanic Womancraft is the practice of facilitating this journey. So, “what’s Shamanic Womancraft” I shall explain shamanic and womancraft which is basically what the original meaning of the term midwifery is.   Midwifery &…

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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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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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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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A Shamanic Perspective on Eating Disorders

Recently in Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia, we held a Project Pomegranate community gathering dedicated to contributing healing energy, as a group, to one of the faces of the wounded feminine and wounded masculine of our culture – Eating Disorders. Eating disorders are classified as mental illnesses.  There are a lot of scary statistics about eating disorders.  And a lot of ways to…

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Menstrual Shame

The menstrual cycle has been taboo for thousands of years, for many, many, many generations, across most cultures. When something is seen in a negative light, relegated to the ‘shadow’, we know what happens, situations occur to bring attention to it in order for it to be seen, known, embraced and healed. The effect of…

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