The School of Shamanic Midwifery (SSM) is a Women’s Mysteries School for midwives and doulas, a gathering of wise women, a year long Earth based ‘religious’ experience. It will awaken in you a deeper connection to the cycles - the way of life - and enable in you a range of ancient and traditional skills and tools to serve women and the birth process. The School of Shamanic Midwifery is based in Australia and is given and co-ordinated by Jane Hardwicke Collings, Homebirth Midwife, Mother, Grandmother. Jane has apprenticed with many great teachers – Maggie Lecky Thompson, Blackbear James Harvey and the late Jeannine Parvati Baker. She brings the experience of 25 years of homebirths and shamanic practice together and, as requested, presents what she has learnt and commits to helping facilitate those who are interested on their journey toward being Shamanic Midwives.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The SSM1 program has started ...

The SSM1 program has started with 15 awesome women on the virgin journey.

We camped together on our family land, engaged in ceremonial practices, made our intentions, made drums and connected with each other, the Earth, our Inner Shamans and the two beautiful babies, Callum and Jarrah, that were with us.

The drum making was a very potent experience. The creative act gave the women an opportunity to revisit their own births and for the mothers, their experiences of giving birth. How we are born determines how we ‘do process’ and becomes the precursor for how we give birth ourselves. The shamanic midwife knows this and helps women (and men and children) to see the connections between their birth and their daily life and the opportunities that continually present themselves for healing and self-realisation. How you are born, or how your children are born, is not a ‘sentence’, it’s a soul-crafting experience and an opportunity for deeper understanding.

From a soul’s perspective your birth is the beginning, this time, of the journey you have come for.The shamanic midwife helps the woman to see into the unseen realms, her inner world, to access her memories, held emotions, fears and beliefs, so she can see what drives her behavior, what influences her experience of life, enabling her to make choices and avoid old patterns. And of course, for the shamanic midwife, in whatever way she expresses herself, her knowing of the impact her own birth has had on her, enables her to draw from it, the gifts the experience gave her, her unique qualities.

One of the SSM1 women, Stephanie, has started her own blog:

Dates have been finalized for the SSM2 (Nov 2010 – Nov 2011) and SSM3 (2011) programs. SSM2 will run in a combination of Northern NSW and Queensland venues and SSM3 will be in Tasmania. Email me if you’d like to enroll, numbers are limited, so please contact me as soon as you know this is for you to avoid disappointment. Best wishes, Jane

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