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.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Shamanic Drum Journeys available on Moonsong website

Dear Everyone,

Greetings this Gibbous Moon!

I'm writing to let you know that the long promised Shamanic Drum Journey to your Womb, to meet your inner Goddess, is now available for free to download on my website. ENJOY!

And to accompany this gift are two more Shamanic Drum Journey albums for sale.

One with four journeys:

The Four Shamanic Drum Journeys is a collection of shamanic processes with instructions that can help you access realms and information to guide you on your path. Meet your Teachers and Guides, your Power Animal, and the realms the shaman-you can access.

And the other a special one for pregnant women to meet their baby:

A Shamanic Drum Journey for Pregnancy to Meet Your Baby, and Drumming for Labour has been created to enable mothers and mothers to be to meet with and commune with their baby inside, if they are pregnant, and their "soulbaby" if they are planning pregnancy. The benefits of this process are explained and accompanied by women's stories. Also included is a drumming track that can be played on repeat during labour for the benefits that will provide.

Best wishes and love,

Jane Hardwicke Collings
Teacher of the Women's Mysteries
The School of Shamanic Midwifery

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Big Picture Perspective

In the current situation of the maternity care services of Australia, its so tempting to see the conspiracy to 'knock off' all the 'powerful' women, but truly I doubt 'they' are that smart.
We need to remember this sort of thing is actually happening 'across the board', in other parts of health care, in education, in agriculture, in mining, etc etc.
We live in a patriarchal culture and all these things are examples of the mindset that supports the culture. Technology and control.
And all these related situations are part of the one thing, the eventual evolution of consciousness.

So, to my mind, even though its reeeeeally hard, we must not take any of this personally.
'We' have an important role to play here and its to hold the place from which we come from, our ideals, our philosophy.
We may not see the change come in our lifetimes, we need to hold a bigger picture than our current jobs or the next birth or our registration and insurance situation.
We need to be thinking ahead, to our children's children and beyond, for the future generations.
The metaphoric seeds of change ( to the current maternity care services) that have been planted, are sprouting, many are being stomped on, and some will survive and go on to grow very strong, a new variety, adapted to the environment.
The women and men who are living this dream of the healed feminine, will raise their children to know this, and then they will, and they will etc etc.
This is may not have many short term or even middle term results, but it will be part of what will be.
People will look back on this time and wonder 'what the hell were 'they' thinking?'.
We need to keep on keeping on and actually let go of the fight, it drains our energy and resources.

The current situation of 'reverting to 'support person' from midwife when transferring or attending a woman in labour in hospital' is a great example.
This is actually progress, although it really is just reverting back to the same as the way it was before all the current 'developments'.
So what happens in that situation,depends, as it always did, on who you encounter on the hospital admission, ie whether the hospital midwives are sympathetic to the situation or not.
This is not a new thing, Im sure we've all had lots of practice with this.
And as it always has, it highlights the need for ALL midwives to support women's choices.

As it says in the Tao Te Ching - " any event, the more conscious force will win."
Be strong, see the big picture.
We require stamina, and strategy. Strategy that works long term.
Using the wisdom of Starhawk and the principles of permaculture, what we need to do is create the environment that creates the best conditions for what we want to grow, to be able to flourish.
So what does that look like in your home town? Probably what you are doing.
Keep on keeping on.
Trust the process.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Vision Quest, Four Seasons Journey 2011

Greetings this side of the Solstice.

The current School of Shamanic Midwifery Four Seasons Journey group of beautiful courageous women are deep in the lunar cycle following their Vision Quest. It's a bit like a BabyMoon, time to integrate and marvel over the magnificence of the process.

The Vision Quest was a deeply transformative experience for the women.
It rained, it shined and eagles soared above.

The Leaving Ceremony

Vigil Night Altar at Basecamp

Returned from Solo

These Warrioress Priestesses are headed next to their Dark Moon Gathering, where we focus in on the dark moon energies, the cycle of transformation and the role of the shamanic midwife in all that.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Full Moon Gathering, Four Seasons Journey 2011

Before we can be all we can be in our role within our communities as Shamanic Midwife, we must first know ourselves. 'Know Thyself' is the foundation of this practice, it is the practice. For if one does not 'know oneself' then one brings to each and every interaction an unconscious agenda that plays out. So in our mission to be the 'hollow bone', the vessel through which the universe works, the Shamanic Midwife, we gathered again on the journey of healing to wholeness.

Beneath the full 'supermoon', with masks of our creation to represent our power animals, invoking and embodying them, we drummed and danced. We danced our power animals, our sacred wound healing and 'sent' the energy we raised to Japan.

T'was a magnificent weekend, a deepening of our connection with each other and our 'work' together, being and becoming the women, mothers and shamanic midwives that the Earth needs now. Healing ourselves 'for all our relations'.

With great thanks to all the wonderful women of this Four Seasons Journey, to the land, and to the support that helped us be there.

Blessed Be

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Websites For Moonsong and The School of Shamanic Midwifery


Bathing in the auspicious energy of this first full moon of the year 2011, as the full moon energy shifts from Cancer to Leo, from the home to the stage!

It is with great pleasure in the sharing of this with you
and with immense gratitude for Leia Sidery's brilliance in creating them, that I announce and invite you to the launch of the new Moonsong website and the birth of The School of Shamanic!

Please be invited to this virtual launch party, here under the full moon, get yourself your glass of champagne (virtual will do) and enjoy:

Best wishes and love