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.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Red Tent Dreaming : A Celebration of Sacred Space for Women

The School of
Shamanic Midwifery presents:

Red Tent Dreaming: 
A Celebration of Sacred Space for Women

featuring the Australian premiere film screenings of
“Things We Don’t Talk About:
Women's Stories from the Red Tent”

Join us for a sumptuous afternoon of celebration and sisterhood as we re-create the "red tent" experience of coming together as women in sacred space. 
This special event is open to all women who wish to reclaim the wisdom, nurturing and practice of honouring our cycles and seasons.
We will sit in sacred circle, sharing, crafting and re-membering.  We will nurture ourselves with beauty, ritual and healing. 
We will celebrate with song and dance and delicious food!   
As evening arrives, we will open our space to welcome more sisters and together we will gather to watch a premiere screening of the film

"Things We Don’t Talk About: Women's Stories from the Red Tent" 
A Question and Answer session will follow the film, supported by a panel of local women's mysteries teachers in each city.
Accompanied Maidens (10 years and over) and Babes in Arms are warmly welcomed to attend.

All proceeds from these events will go towards the Red Tent Dreaming project committed to growing & building Red Tent facilities & communities throughout Australia.

For each event, 2 ticket options are available:

- includes attendance at both the Red Tent Dreaming afternoon gathering and evening film screening
$45 Full 
$30 Concession and Maiden (18 years and under)

- attendance at evening film screening only.
$20 Full
$15 Concession and Maiden (18 years and under)


Sunday 23rd September 2012
4pm - 9pm, Film Screening 7pm
Kingston Butter Factory – 23 Milky Way, Kingston.  (right next door to the Kingston Train Station) 
Contact:  Susan Stark
0435 346 137

Saturday 6th October 2012
2pm - 10pm, Film Screening 7pm
Prana House, 885 High St. Thornbury (Tram Route 86, 3 mins walk to Thornbury train station, ample parking at nearby Safeway)
Contact: Melinda Whyman 
0414 258 490

Saturday 13 October
2pm - 10pm, Film Screening 7pm
Leichhardt Town Hall, Cnr Norton & Marion Streets, Leichhardt
Limited parking available. Public transport access by bus (Metrobus 10, and buses 438, 439, 440, 444, 445, L38, L39).
Nearest train access is a 20 minute walk to Petersham Station.
Contact: Eloise Fisher
0452 556 961


Monday, July 16, 2012

BirthKeeper Intensive Sydney

BirthKeeper Intensive
a   t w o   d a y   w o r k s h o p
BKI is an experiential workshop for BirthKeepers - doulas, midwives, doctors, folk who have made it their work to be a birth activist and a holder of the sacred wisdom of birth.
BKI has been designed to help you understand your hidden agenda, the unique gifts your bring to your work and to teach you shamanic tools and processes to add to your own medicine bundle in serving and facilitating the transformation possible around birth. 
We will do shamanic drum journeys, rituals, ceremonies and craft. We will sit in circle, BirthKeepers united on a mission  
“to heal the Earth, one birth at a time.”


Teas catered, Byo lunch Payment by paypal available (extra fees apply)
For booking and preparation information please contact

Thurs 23, Friday 24, aug,2012, 9-5 
The Australian Doula College
422 Marrickville Road, Marrickville 2204, NSW

This is a workshop for anyone working around birth who wants to take a deeper look at themselves and those they are working with and take it to a whole new level. renee adair, Founder and Principal of The Australian Doula College

The BKI filled the gaps that were missing in my midwifery, doula and counselling training. - Jan Gatti

I learned what it means to be a Birth Keeper, respecting a women’s life experiences, whatever they maybe, to help her be conscious of her journey so that her experience can be one of healing. Jenny Schellhorn

The BirthKeeper intensive (BKi) workshop is a journey into the role and responsibilities of everyone who holds the space for a birth to unfold.

Birth has always and will always be a spiritual experience, one that takes all involved deep within themselves revealing their inner workings – to meet their beliefs, attitudes and fears, conscious or not, that configure their experience. every woman will have her ‘potential’ birth experience - that holds the teachings for this point in her life journey.

The role of the BirthKeeper can be to facilitate the transformation that ‘wants to happen’ at this time for women

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Deepenings

The Deepenings 

"The Deepenings are a program exclusively for students and graduates of The School of Shamanic Midwifery, at this stage there are 3 per year. Their aim and purpose is to go deeper on subjects introduced during the Four Seasons Journey and for the women to go deeper within themselves on their personal journeys. Jane has invited her own teachers from across the decades as well as others, both Australian and International, who are working in related and complimentary fields to the practice of the shamanic midwife, to facilitate these weekend workshops." JHC

R I G H T   U S E   O F   P O W E R 

with Cedar Barstow

Cedar is a consultant and teacher on ethics issues. She has been designing, developing, and teaching this approach since 1994. Cedar’s background includes 20 years as a psychotherapist and 15 years as a teacher. She is the author of books and articles on ethics, counseling with elders, women and independence, and psychotherapy and spirituality. Cedar is also a Hakomi Experiential Psychology Trainer, and a member of the Naropa University Adjunct Faculty.  She  maintains a private psychotherapy and ethics consulting practice in Boulder/Denver and teaches both Right Use of Power and Hakomi nationally and internationally.

The Right Use of Power educational material and exercises were developed by Cedar over a period of 10 years and dozens of trainings. These teachings have been influenced by many sources in Cedar’s background. She is particularly grateful for her extensive experiences as an Administrator, Therapist, and Trainer of the the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy; chair of the USABP, United States Association of Body Psychotherapy, and the Hakomi Institute International Ethics Committee; ethics expert contributor to; consultant to the international Emissaries of the Divine Light and numerous other organizations; Matrix Leadership Institute; and ceremonialist with the Earth Song Ceremonial Dance Community.
YES, how lucky are we!

calling ourself fully present to the circle
Kristan & Anna
Alice mothering Zenon Darnesh
Judy & Melinda 
Jane & Cedar
Cedar introducing us to our evening of crafting our power sticks
creating our power sticks
such an exciting, challenging, life changing weekend. we went deep with the holding of our school of shamanic midwifery sisters, relationships of depth, knowing and connection

Cedar with Zenon Darnesh

to read more about the work of Cedar Barstow 
and the POWER SPIRAL go here . . . .

with deep gratitude cedar and bountiful blessings dear and wise teacher from our sacred circle