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Category Archives: Feminism

Why I dance on V Day and my Vagina Conversations story

Written on January 26, 2017 at 10:40 am, by

I entreat you. If you have never taken part in the One Billion Rising V Day flashmob dance in Byron Bay before, consider doing so this year. Then make a day of it and come to the rich and stimulating Vagina Conversations in the evening of the same day or the next. This is NOT aContinue Reading

A Labyrinth, a Goddess and a Descent to the Underworld in Byron

Written on October 14, 2016 at 8:51 am, by

For many years, my friend, Jacquelina Wills and I have dreamed of building a public, local labyrinth in Byron Shire. We recently scored a small grant from the Byron Shire Council’s Placemaking Seed Fund, as one of seven catalyst events for the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan to create a temporary labyrinth on the grassyContinue Reading

The Russian Cinderella and Mother’s Day Gifts

Written on April 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm, by

As we all know, mothering is a pretty big job. Modern women have parenting courses, books and blogs to help navigate this challenging pathway. In ancient times, some cultures had initiation rites, not only for young men, but also for young women. These rites of passage helped girls to overcome their fears and develop resilienceContinue Reading

Creativity, Vulnerability and Dr Brene Brown

Written on December 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm, by

 I love the work of Dr Brene Brown! When I coach people to tell stories and or become more confident at giving presentations or speeches a huge percentage of what I need to do is work with inner gremlins that create negative ‘psychobabble’ as I like to call it. But Dr Browns work applies toContinue Reading

Banksy and Tipingee: modern memes and ancient folktales

Written on October 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm, by

  Banksy ‘graffiti’ art has become an intriguing, thought-provoking meme with a wide emotional range: sometimes delightfully humourous and at other times, poignant, tragic and provocative. Banksy images have made a significant political contribution, and provoked heated discussion. I heard him discussed and interviewed in ABC Radio and the young male interviewer was positively aggressiveContinue Reading

Scheherazade: heroine for our times?

Written on October 8, 2014 at 12:12 am, by

Scheherazade was the extremely heroic, intelligent and learned storyteller of the frame story of ‘1001 Arabian Nights’. Here is my very brief summary of the story. When I tell it is very different and longer but I haven’t yet written that down as it is still evolving. For a long and eloquent version I recommendContinue Reading

“Brave Vasalissa and Baba Yaga- Finding Our Way through the Forest” Workshop for Women

Written on December 8, 2009 at 8:24 am, by

‘Brave Vasalissa and Baba Yaga’ is a Russian and Eastern European folktale which has ancient mythic and Goddess roots. The tale was most probably a part of an ancient initiation for young women. The may have been sent into the centre of the dark forest to meet the fearsome witch, but instead they met wiseContinue Reading

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