Marrying another person is a big step, it involves courage for the commitment you are agreeing to. It requires a level of vulnerable intimacy, a willingness to be seen by another person in all your wounds as well as all your glory. It requires emotional bravery. This was one of my biggest barriers to opening … More Love (yourself) this February
It’s been two years now since this course first started writing itself. I know that’s kind of a funny way of expressing it, but it’s true – I didn’t so much write this, as get out the way and let it write itself. This way of writing is true of many of my creations, such … More The way of the witch
At a recent workshop when serving up some soup and bread for lunch I was asked what it was, and when I heard the words coming out of my mouth I kind of realised how unusual it was. I was almost embarrassed by how much effort went into the humble bowl of soup and slice … More Food, glorious food!
What is a women’s circle? This video shares what a women’s circle can be like. A place where women come together, create something beautiful, and share their stories. It’s a safe, supportive space of acceptance and non-judgement where all women are welcome. A diversity of women from different walks of life create a rich environment … More Sacred Women’s Circle: a video
The Autumn Equinox is a time of equal night and day, 12 hours of each. We are at midpoint between high summer and deep winter, the world hangs in the balance between light and dark. A teetering on the tightrope before we descend once more into the darkness of the underworld where external growth is … More The witch returns
This summer seems to be revolving, once again, around the theme of self-care. We want self-care, and that doesn’t just mean bubble baths! Before self-care can be efficient, i.e fulfilling it’s aim of being nourishing for mind, body & soul. There has to be in place a grounded concept of who you are and what … More Internalising feminism
It always strikes me as a funny kind of question. I mean isn’t it obvious… A dad fathered the child*. The doula did not. The dad is the life-partner (we hope that’s the case but understand that life is full of mysterious twists and turns). The doula is not. The dad loves the mother of … More dads & doulas: what’s the difference?
Let’s start with what a Mother Blessing Ceremony (hereon refereed to as *MBC*) is NOT. Ok, so *MBC* is not a baby shower (gifts for baby and party games), it’s not a religious ceremony, it doesn’t need a celebrant (but you might like to have one anyway), it is not an opportunity for people to … More What is a Mother Blessing Ceremony?
The idea of the witch is a ongoing thread weaving it’s way through in our modern world, one that has continued to haunt children’s fairy tales and is prominent not just at Halloween but also in political bickering on one hand, and then people self-identifying as a witch on the other hand. (1) Witch modern … More Weaving the Witch
I can’t clearly remember the first time I heard to phrase ‘holding space’ that referred to an energetical and conscious intention rather than saving a seat or some other physical waiting. But for me from the beginning it felt obvious what it meant, even if I couldn’t quite find the right words to describe what … More The Art of Holding Space
To celebrate World Doula Week this year my booklet ‘A Birth Path’ has been reduced to the lowest price the publisher will allow. I hope this wholesale price will be useful for the wonderful doulas & childbirth educators out there, who have told me how they like to gift their clients a copy. What’s it … More Celebrating World Doula Week
Labour is hard work, there is no two ways about it. Even the name of it ‘labour’ tells us that, it is hard physical work. When the work to be done requires so much mental concentration that brainwaves slow down from active Beta to distracted Alpha to turn the focus inwards then labour has truly … More How to increase pain in childbirth
A women’s circle is a safe space for women to share their stories, be heard and be seen. This is an act of resistance! We take the power over ourselves, our thoughts & our feelings back into our own hands. Women have been sitting in circles longer than written history. We gathered around fires in … More What is a women’s circle?