• wellbeing for women

    There are three action research projects I am working on that will contribute towards workbooks for women;

  • resilient women

    I heard a story once about an indigenous tribe who gauged the wellbeing of their people and community by the health of the women. And the wellbeing of our women in communities and workplaces is a common concern; and as we face increasing levels and pace of change; with radical changes to the ways we live and work, how can we best build greater capacity and resilience for change.

     

    Resilience is a theme for us all. And women have different resilience needs to men; biologically, socially, economically. This is a personal inquiry for me as a women to learn from other women globally about their approaches to resilience - and to share the insights, stories and wisdom harvested along my journey; ready for a book in May 2020.

     

    You can message me directly to discuss your interest, involvement or participate in the project.

    And you can click through to Patreon where you can sign up to be involved too.

  • making a mother of me

    As I've come into my 40's and experienced brief encounters with early motherhood, I've found myself committing to it regardless of what it takes (going with Geothe on this one) - and with that, exploring new possibilities for becoming a mother; beyond the disney fairytale of 'boy meets girl'.

     

    On Mother's Day 2019, I pledged through tears of grief and prayer, to make this a year where I take decisive, conscious action towards motherhood - and truly explore the pathways that might be best for me.

     

    And it's not just about getting pregnant right? It's all the rest of it too; a whole lifetime! So there's home, community, 'schooling', care and family - and livelihood. Right now, I am single, self-employed and am very far away from my family. And I firmly believe in the first 7 years being absolutely fundmental to raising healthy, resilient, conscious human beings.

     

    To my surprise, as I've discreetly shared this journey with a small number of women, stories of other women's journeys have been shared, as gifts of hope, inspiration, resourceful and pure courage and commitment. How those stories have been medicine for my soul.

     

    So I'm using my professional skills as researcher and scribe to find more - and share them, knowing that there are other women out there like me, who need this medicine too.

     

    I'm also putting my design thinking hat on too; what are the options for me to live, work and raise children - potentially on my own, whilst also remaining sane and a positive contribution to them. Otherwise, I'm setting them up for years in therapy.

     

    I will also be engaging my practices in journalling, poetry, nature connection, ritual and interest in our potential as creators of our experience, to add creative power to my dreams to be a mother.

     

    How my journey will look exactly I do not yet know. This is an art of life journey; where I will keep showing up and living the question, harvesting stories, exploring possibilities and finding the way through that is right for me.

  • A stitch in time

    Almost a year ago, the phrase 'A Stitch in Time' kept coming into my mind. I knew it was time to make haste with changes in my life; and it inspired me to explore working with fabric and sewing again after over 30 years of a break from it.

     

    I started to form an outline of a project that would involve women, resilience, nature walks and sewing and started to have conversations with potential mentors.

     

    Speaking to one of them; an internationally renowned quilt artist; I asked - 'how did you get started?' -

    "I was so depressed, I quilted until I felt better." Her truth and authenticity struck me... and even she was surprised she'd answered so candidly. It felt like something I needed to hear.

     

    Shortly after, I experienced a life-changing traumatic event; which shook every inch of my world for many months.

     

    And stitch became my medicine too.

     

    This book is an exploration of stitch and wellbeing; examples of simple things I've made - and am making - as well as inspiration and wisdom that I harvest from women I am inspired by.

     

    If you'd like to join me on this journey - and enjoy content that will go into the book when published, you are invited to join me.

     

    Depression and despair in 2018

    2014

    Apply for an Arts Council Grant

    Little did I realise what was to come

    Ariadne's Thread - Greek Myth / underworld / what looked like her victim, was her bid for freedom / exploring stories

    Mental health, stitching and weaving and knitting for recovery

    Art as Healing

    Stories, myths and symbols, journeys and stories

  • multi-dimensional guide to thriving......

    Deep breath.

     

    This has to be my soul calling; as the human-me is way too prude and shy to be so bold as to make this book :-) The irish catholic ancestry and stiff upper lip is still resonant my family and I'm working to break through it!

     

    Along with countless other women across this earth, I am a #metoo. It took me until 42 for mine to come to the surface; classic in biographical work; good to know I am right on track. And when it did a) my whole life made sense and b) my life as it was fell apart, almost entirely. In many ways it fell together too; and I'm not going to spiritually bypass it; it was the cave I was most terrified to ever look in. And it was my dark night of the soul.

     

    With support services over-stretched, waiting lists of over a year and my rural area left out in the cold; I've come to see there's a need for more resources that we can be empowered to use ourselves.

     

    And I'm interested in a shift of language. I want to be a thriver, not simply survive - which is the most common lanaguage used in this field. And it's important for it to be named; as at times, and for many - surviving is a goal and worth aiming for and celebrating.

     

    And I don't want to be called a victim all the time either; it's not good for me. I am sovereign; creator of my own life and experience; a soul who made choices for this lifetime to break through the victim story; and I am a multidimensional being who is actually way more powerful at creating than I have given her credit for. Until now.

     

    I'm also exploring the wider range of what is possible to do to shift this.

     

    I'm curious to better understand the consequences; I've had a lifetime of health issues across emotional, physical and mental; addictions, difficulty in relationships. And I've worked really hard for X years to get to the bottom of it all, to find the root cause.

     

    * quantum physics

    * biology and biochemistry

    * emotional

    * the brain; neurology and neuroscience

    * the nervous systems

    * the organs

    * the sacred yoni and womb

    * ptsd, trauma and

    * attachment and relationships

     

    Looking at how surviving and thriving can be

    * art

    * nature

    * plant, tree and flower medicines

    * alternative health

    * trauma therapies

    * healing modalities

    * body work

    * sexual therapy and tantra

    * nutrition

    * spirituality

    * groundbreaking interventions

    * ancient ways

    * family, friends, relationships and community

    * livelihood

     

     

    • Healing attachment trauma 
    • Complex PTSD
    • Womb & Yoni Healing  
    • Overcoming brain injury from early years trauma 
    • Chakras, energy, 
    • Ancestral line 
    • Past Lives
    • Healing agrophobia 
    • Nature's Wisdom and Medicine 
    • Healing relationship to men and the masculine
    • Collective healing as women 
    • Collective healing of the feminine 
    • The Brain - Yoni Connection 
    • The Collective Psychic Wound on Women from Wars