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.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SSM1 Closing Gathering, December 2010

The Closing Gathering for the Virgin Journey of the School of Shamanic Midwifery was a blessed gathering of learned wise women, gathering to give and receive and give again, over and over.

Each woman gave a presentation relevant to the SSM work done this year, a sample of what the student is interested in developing and taking out into the world.

The Closing Gathering was both and ending and a beginning. A point of no return, a transformation. A death and a rebirth.

The final gathering in the year long program that holds as its intention:

To create the opportunity for women to find within themselves the skills and abilities needed to midwife transformation for themselves and others on their journey.
To offer education that honours menstruation, pregnancy, birth and menopause as the shamanic experiences they are in a women's life journey.
To offer education that serves to deepen women's understanding and connection with the natural cycles of the Earth, the moon and their bodies.
To midwife, mentor, support, guide and empower women to become leaders and facilitators of this education within their own communities.



And now there are 10 graduates of The School of Shamanic Midwifery - gatekeepers, way show-ers, Earthkeepers, Birthkeepers; hearing the whisperings of nature and responding.

When the SSM website is up there will be a Graduates page so you can meet them, see their special interests and contact them if you wish.

Blessed Be

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