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Here you will find a little bit of history or should that be herstory.  This is where we will share the story of where it all began, information about our speakers from previous gatherings, and general information that we as the creation group believe you may find interesting. 

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Our Story 2018

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Our Story 2018

In 2018 we enjoyed two wonderful Braided Women Gatherings.

The Creation Group decided to host a one day event to celebrate Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice Gather In - 23rd June 2018

This was held on the Saturday closest to the Winter Solstice. We choose the newly refurbished Allendale Community Hall which is situated in the picturesque Lyttleton Harbour. The hall was transformed with a wall of red fabric creating a beautiful circle space and separating the dining area. An abundance of seed lights and natural decorations helped make the space feel cozy, warm and inviting.

This event was about coming together, connecting and sharing. A time to reflect and move within, as well as to celebrate the turning of the seasons towards the light.

We started around 1.30 pm with a Welcome ritual, circle dances followed by a sharing circle. After a break for refreshments, Anne lead us in another circle dance to honour Demeter, then Nilguen invited the women to place their sacred objects on the altar, speaking about the object if they wished to. After this the women were invited to sit in silence and contemplate the following questions:

1) How do I hold my soul in the darkness?

2) What riches, learning’s or gains come from the darkness for me

3) What do I want to bring to light in my life

A nice dinner was prepared by the lovely Rushani from Governors Bay. After eating we moved into the evening with a ritual of transitioning from the dark to the light by walking through a “tunnel” formed by rows of women on each side. Every woman walked through the tunnel alone, optionally with eyes closed and gently guided by the women on her side.

During this ritual we sang: “You are a brave woman, you are such a brave bold woman, walking through the darkest night alone...”

The day closed around 9.30pm. The feedback from the women was that it was a wonderful, moving day and just what they needed in the middle of winter.

The Braided Women’s Gathering 16-18 of November 2018

After the success of the previous November Gathering we decided to head back to Staveley Camp set in the foothills of Mount Hutt. Once again we had a great turnout with 63 women in total attending the weekend. The venue is ideal for us as it offers space for women to camp, bring motor homes, caravans or stay in the bunks rooms. The outdoor space was utilised for a number of spontaneous activities during the weekend as well.

Once again the venue was transformed into a beautiful scared space. The main hall had the Goddess banners displayed around the room, a lovely centrepiece, candles and seed lights to create a warm inviting sacred space. The fire in the dining room was used to keep the chill off the evenings and was appreciated by all.

Friday afternoon, we welcomed the women with ceremony, song and dance, followed by an introductory Circle. After dinner we invited the women to place their sacred object on the centre piece which would become our altar for the weekend. Some lovely deep sharing about what the women had chosen to bring followed. This flowed onto some circle dances and chanting. The evening ended with women chatting around the fire or under the stars.

Saturday morning started with a morning dance for those awake early enough. Our guest speaker for Saturday was Shelia Sutherland who shared her life’s journey with the Goddess. This evolved into very deep sharing circles, both before and after lunch.

There was time in the afternoon for optional activities. The dining room was in good use by Rosie who took some of the women through the process of making their own soul cards. Other activities included massage, jewellery making and scar honouring with gold leaf.

Saturday evening we moved into our main ritual which had in its essence movement and chanting in accordance with our theme of “Claiming our Power for change”. It was a truly powerful experience, held with sacred intent, accompanied by great music to which we sang and danced through a passage created by women in the room. Indeed, by the end of the ritual our voices were rusty from chanting and we were “gloriously” exhausted!

A delicious supper was provided with a dance party afterwards for the energetic movers and shakers. It felt that this evening was very much enjoyed by all women who took part...

Sunday morning once again started with the morning dance for those who were awake. Our guest wise woman for the Sunday was Jacinda. She spoke of her work with young women and how this had evolved into working with their mothers as well. A true community minded woman with a great capacity to engage young and older equally. Once again her talk was followed by a deep and wonderful sharing circle. At the same time Anne held a small circle for the women who were interested in setting up their own circles which was well received by the women involved.

After lunch we had out last sharing circle, contemplating what we had gained from the Gathering and what we were taking home. This lead into our Closing Ceremony, followed by fond farewells to old and new friends. Towards the end of our closing ceremony circle a powerful storm blew through the camp, which led to a mad scramble of rushing to take down tents before they were blown away.

During the weekend delicious vegetarian and vegan food was prepared for us by Jenny Rahmen and her team: Kathy and Rosie (thanks for the desserts and supper) and Tracy and Lucy

Sunday evening the creation group stayed on to pack up and debrief. The storm that had earlier blown through still had a bite to it and we woke to snow on the hills just behind the camp.

A very full and eventful Gathering which we felt was worth all the hard work and preparation that had gone into creating it!

Our Wise Women Speakers 2018

Sheila Sutherland


I am thrilled and looking forward to being a part of the 2018 Braided Women's Gathering. I find being in the collective energy of women to be an inspiring and necessary part of life. For me, there is a tangible power when women gather together. Magic happens.

With this year's theme of Claiming our Power for Change, I will draw on my life's journey of overcoming adversity and reclaiming my sovereignty. I feel honoured to share my journey with the women attending. 



Sheila Sutherland is passionate about her heart based business Heart and Soul Healing. She offers a range of healing modalities to release sabotaging patterns and energy blockages. Her specialty is in emotional and trauma release work. 

She holds a loving and compassionate space for clients and supports them to find connection with their true essence and clarity.

She has had extensive training over the past three decades in a range of personal development courses and trainings which benefit her in daily life and in working with clients.

She has a wealth of experience in holding sacred space and working with the elements and directions.

She has been running groups for women and men since the early 80's and feels truly blessed to have found her hearts calling.

She had been in a women's Mystery School since 1999 with Shematrix. She is a fully licensed Guide in Shematrix and co-facilitates on women's 3 day weekends which are called The Gift and on men's weekends, which are called The Grail.

The work is based around a rite of initiation into the mysteries of the feminine and the weekends are held in sacred space.

She lives her life with honesty, integrity, authenticity and kindness.

To find out more you can visit

I'm Jacinda – consciousness shifter, disruptor, yoga practitioner & teacher, young women advocate and circle facilitator, big picture educator and mama of 2 young women.

I am passionate about the power of community and for the past four years I have been developing and holding a programme for young women, E Tu: Arise founded on this passion.

E Tu: Arise is a year-long immersion for girls on the cusp of adolescence and we now have a Year 3 group with 15/16 year olds.

E Tu: Arise provides a safe space where young women are nourished and empowered to honour the truth in their heart and learn to stand firm within themselves and with others. You could think of the group as an extended family of women, sharing wisdom and skills with girls in our communities and in doing so, supporting our families to raise girls who are radiant, resilient and real.

A guiding question for whanau at this time may be: How are we to hold our daughters effectively? How are we to provide containment in the years that she presses for “freedom” at the same time as allowing fluidity so as her developing self will emerge unscathed?

Under the umbrella of E Tu:Arise we also hold sensuality circles for young women.

This is what I offer to bring and share this year at the Braided Women’s Festival.

How it all began

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The birth of the vision for the Braided Women’s Gatherings came about after a stunning series of women’s circles, with some powerful connecting and healing, that happened at Convergence over New Year 2013-2014.

I felt the hunger of women for more safe gatherings, and the insufficiency of what we had to offer there, and talking with the wonderful Annie Helm, who had co-facilitated with me, it was obvious that there was a lot more we could do.We also experienced the holding of some wonderful strong women, who came unasked, and supported the unfolding of what was happening.

Having been involved for over 40 years in working with women through trainings, workshops, retreats and ritual groups , I know and respect the power of women coming together to connect, share and support one another. I am also aware that sharing in circle can be part of the healing of many.

The global rise of the feminine energy is bringing a new understanding of the patriarchal blindness that has oppressed and disempowered women, and therefore also men and our societies, for so long. All of this fueled the inspiration for a large women's gathering in New Zealand, with the theme of exploring and living the Divine Feminine together.

So the vision grew........and came to life, as some key women were drawn in, first to be part of the CAULDREN GROUP, which morphed and changed as more women came forward and some moved on, into the current CREATION GROUP.

This event, or series of events, would “echo through time”, backwards to our ancestors, and existing groups, and forwards to inspire the creation of new connections, networks and support circles afterwards, and also outwards to link with circles of women in other parts of the world.

It would give a focus for new sister groups to become established, and be there for women to find on-going support and sisterhood afterwards. 

These events would draw from, but have no particular association with existing spiritual or cultural traditions, and would be open and respecting of all. It would honour the particular cycles, stages and gifts of Woman, including girls entering menarche and just beginning their journey into womanhood, and elder women entering the mystical time of the Crone.

They would offer the opportunity for learning, sharing and contributing, for deep healing as well as relaxation, friendship, fun and celebration

We are all part of a massive worldwide rebalancing of male and female energies at this time, so why not come together and make a conscious contribution?

Come and join us!

With love and blessings

Anne Gregory


'Braided Women Gathering' is now a Charitable Trust

I would like to honour all the women, too numerous to name, who, in many different ways, have been part of the birth, growth and ongoing life of Braided Women Gathering, and those who will be part of its future. 


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This year, we enjoyed two wonderful Gatherings.  Now that the major tasks of setting up the Trust and bank accounts were at long last completed, the Creation Group were able to focus on the Gatherings themselves.

Winter Gather In 2nd - 5th June 2017

The first was a weekend 2nd-5th June, at the beautiful Glen Tui Meadows conference centre, in the Ashley Gorge,which lent itself to a Winter Gather-In very well, with it's gorgeous corner fire, and lovely views, able to be enjoyed even in the rain, from the covered walkways around the building.

One of the conference rooms was transformed into a lovely cosy space, for a variety of purposes: resting, massage, crafts, Tarot and watching a movie [the first of the Goddess Remembered trilogy of documentaries, beautifully made by the National film board of Canada, between 1989 and 1993. Can be found on line]


We didn't have guest speakers, as we had in our inaugural Gathering in November 2016, so there was plenty of time for women to connect, do crafts, go for walks and rest. Suitable for the more inward Winter season.

As part of the welcome ritual, on Friday, we chanted, and did some Circle Dancing, which worked it's magic, as always, bringing people together joyfully.

 Saturday morning Sharing Circle

 The afternoon was left free and open for a variety of activities, including a very unusual and beautiful healing process offered by Ally, whereby she applied gold to women's scars.

The Saturday evening was given over to a long and powerful ritual of walking the Labyrinth. We chanted the Hekate chant, in the dark, as one by one, women walked into the centre to light their candle, and brought the light back out to the world.

Then we offered special platters of refreshments, and some people started dancing to celebration music, and some of the young women jumped into the very cold swimming pool before warming up in communal hot showers!!

Sunday late morning, we had a final sharing Circle, where we proposed some questions to consider.

That moved into our closing ritual, and farewells.

The Creation Group made soups for the Friday evening, and everyone contributed for the rest of the time. It was a huge task for Sally with help from Vicky and others, to organise the food, which meant that they missed parts of the program. So we decided that from now on, we would have caterers prepare the meals for us.


Braided Women Gathering ...17-19 November 2017


We chose the Stavely Camp site in the foothills of Mount Hutt, for this gathering, as it allowed women to bring tents and camper vans. It gave us good outdoor space, which in the lovely sunny days, was well used for Yoga, Tai Chi, sun bathing, weaving and other activities, as well as walks through the bush to the river.

The main hall served us well, with it's deep blue carpet, and looked gorgeous once decorated with banners, and a lovely centrepiece, and the fire in the dining area was appreciated on the first chilly night.

Friday afternoon, we welcomed women with ceremony, song and dance, followed by an introductory Circle

After dinner we had Circle dances, chanting, followed by chats around the fire or under the stars

There was optional pre breakfast dance both Saturday and Sunday

Our Guest speaker for Saturday was Sue Beesley, who offered a stunning presentation on the Goddess through 'herstory', mentioning archaeological finds in sites all over the world, demonstrating that the many matriarchal societies were peaceful with no signs of war. She had some special silk banners of some of the most famous Goddess figures, and used stones stretching across the Hall to give a sense of the immense time periods she was referring to.

There were sharing circles before and after lunch with time for optional activities after that, including the showing of the film “In Her Name”, with dramatic performances by the Blood Mysteries Group.

Saturday evening we had a lively “Goddess Dress up” Dance party

Sunday Morning brought the very welcome return of Cameron Tukapua, who had been one of our speakers in our inaugural 2016 Gathering. She expanded on her theme of “the Power of Yin”, helping to prepare us to go back out into our modern world, and bring the power of Yin into our lives.

After lunch we had our last sharing Circle, contemplating what we had gained from the Gathering and what we were taking home. That led into our Closing Ceremony, and fond farewells to old and new friends.

Delicious vegetarian food was prepared for us by Lyn Powell

Wise Women Speakers


Sue Beesley's Introduction

The Goddess Through Time

Herstories and Mine

Images from ancient times, remnants from ancient peoples, have inspired me. My love of ancient images has fed my experience of mysticism, and taken me on pilgrimages to the Goddess in many forms and lands.

Can we know what the people believed? Who was the goddess? Is she only for women?

Share with me what I learnt from these images, and how they support me to know the Goddess. Find expression for your experience of Her today.

Who is Sue Beesley?

I believe our outpourings are sacred visions from the Mystery

Art, music, poetry, pattern, shape, form, all feed my spirit. I am inspired by beauty. We are the natural world – I am the natural world.

As I grew up men dominated – while women fascinated

I am inspired by women. Mother, grandmother, aunts, sisters, nuns. I later found men fascinating too.

This woman’s body is my holy ground.

When I discovered sex, and then dropped dogma and church , my longing for mysticism remained and grew.

I was inspired by aspects of my Catholic upbringing.

The ritual, prayer, robes, incense, candles, all led me into the Mystery.

My anchors and teachers in my life have been my relationships.

Daughter, sister, lover, mother, granddaughter, grandmother, friend.

I have worked as a teacher my whole life.

Informed by women’s reality I worked with pre-schoolers, students and adults, with and for women and their families. I understand that we teach best what we most need to learn.

For the last twenty-five years I have worked as a Gestalt psychotherapist.

I am required not to have answers, but to simply be with – and in so doing, experience the exquisite moments when we are overcome by the mystery. We know we are in it, we recognize the connection to self, to all that is. Connection is healing


Cameron Tukapua

Cameron was one of our wise women speakers at our inaugural gathering and we are delighted to have

her with us again.

The Power of Yin is an exploration of feminine power as it expresses through our inner life and energy. Like the subtle pull of the moon Yin energy is receptive, magnetic and potent by its quality of being. In contrast, Yang, like the sun is an active, doing, outgoing masculine energy.

Many of us do not have language for what we feel and sense inside, even though our instinctual wisdom is all the time attempting to guide us in our lives. In this session we introduce simple wisdom teachings with body centred guided meditation to explore what’s calling you forward right now.

Tapping into our embodied knowing supports us to take wise actions in the world, a natural outcome of balanced Yin and Yang. Filling our Yin reservoirs through nourishing our collective potency as women, can help us restore our energy and gather the power we need to flow with our larger life possibilities. When the volume of Yin is strong, like a river full of water, the propelling action of the current can naturally transform blocks on our path to nourish the unfolding of our destiny.

Revealing a life of purpose and meaning and showing up to what life is offering, is a day by day step by step journey - there is no magic door ! Opening to the receptive power of Yin prepares us to welcome the inspiration of the unseen and call it into being.

In this Power of Yin session we introduce seven steps to help us engage feminine power. We look at Life as a journey emerging from the Source essence, embodied in the deep Reservoirs, enlivened by the power of Flow, revealed through the strength of Presence, grounded through how we Mother ourselves, held sacred in our Homes and partnered by the Great Mystery.

Do not Lose Heart

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We shared this with the women at our first Gathering in 2016

Do Not Lose Heart

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D -Author of Women Who Run with Wolves

Do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world right now... Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement...

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able crafts in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind... Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

We have been in training for a dark time such as this, since the day we assented to come to Earth. For many decades, worldwide, souls just like us have been felled and left for dead in so many ways over and over brought down by naivete, bylack of love, by being ambushed and assaulted by various cultural and personal shocks in the extreme. We have a history of being gutted, and yet remember this especially - we have also, of necessity, perfected the knack of resurrection. Over and over again we have been the living proof that that which has been exiled, lost, or foundered can be restored to life again.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency too to fall into being weakened by perseverating on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails. We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a believer? Didn't you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?...

Understand the paradox: If you study the physics of a waterspout, you will see that the outer vortex whirls far more quickly than the inner one. To calm the storm means to quiet the outer layer, to cause it to swirl much less, to more evenly match the velocity of the inner core - 'til whatever has been lifted into such a vicious funnel falls back to Earth, lays down, is peaceable again. One of the most important steps you can take to help calm the storm is to not allow yourself to be taken in a flurry of overwrought emotion or desperation thereby accidentally contributing to the swale and the swirl.

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more,continuing. We know that it does not take "everyone on Earth" to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these - to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both, are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it; I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate. The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours: They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

This comes with much love and prayer that you remember who you came from, and why you came to this beautiful, needful Earth.


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We would like to thank the following people and organizations for making this event in November 2016 possible. . .

OI the Organic Initiatives – Supplying us with organic feminine hygiene products.

Natures Fancy and Gina N for the hire of the beautiful bell tents.

Party Warehouse

Our wise women speakers Jane Catherine and Cameron Tukapua.

Glentui Meadows for the hire of their beautiful venue.

Sandra McAlpine for supplying first light flower essences of New Zealand.

Our wonderful chefs and caterers Tarn and Keryn and their helpers.

All of the women who offered their time to help us bring our wonderful gathering together

Resources - Books & Films

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Here is a list of books & films the creation group have found useful on our journeys- if you have any to add that you think other women will find useful, please just send an email through the contacts page.


In an unspoken voice: How the body releases trauma and restores goodness. - Peter A. Levine, PhD

The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer

The Great Cosmic Mother – Monica Sjoo

Red Hot and Holy - a heretic's love story. - Sara Beck

Reawakening Goddess Sexuality - Linda Savage PH.D.

Circle of Stones - Judith Duerck

Kali the Feminine Force - Ajit Mookerjee

The Red Tent - Anita Daimant

Women who run with the Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Red Moon Passage - Bonnie J. Horrigan

Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber

Celebrating the Southern Seasons, Rituals for Aotearoa - Juliet Batten

When God was a women - Merlin Stone


The Goddess Trilogy  (1989) - 'The Goddess Remembered' , "The Burning Times' and 'Full Circle'

When the Goddess ruled the Earth (2008)

Kerri's Piece

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Kerri was part of the original creation group. We value her contribution and share her words with you,

I’m involved in visioning and creating Braided Women Gathering because sitting in circle and journeying with women saved my life. So much has come home in me from witnessing and learning from the immense and gritty self-compassion, raw courage, wisdom and strength of women revealing their stories to one another in safely held women’s spaces.

I’m an advocate for the immense potential and power that I see locked within women’s un-shared stories and un-celebrated ways.

I volunteer my time and give of my heart for this project because I’m giving to myself in giving to women what I once received (and still seek). Gathering in the company of women has been an essential leg of my journey in gathering the strength to thrive despite my life beginning and continuing with many unbearable challenges. It has been an essential survival tool as I’ve made space for myself, in my own being, for life beyond incest and horrific physical and family trauma. I have had the opportunity to let myself see and speak the truth of my experience in safely facilitated circles of women. I’ve been safe and seen in my rawest, blindest and most shamed places; the places that I had believed were too ugly to show.

An immense sense of connection and empowerment has come from sharing my stories with women who have had the capacity to love and hold space for me. This has gifted me experiences of overwhelming connectedness and relief from isolation. My deepest friendships, as well as a feeling of unbreakable connection with people whom I may never see again, have come from my life in circle. This authentic reconnection with women, including the ones I will never see again, has been a personal resource from which I have grown many new strengths, and that gift continues.

I have felt the kind of joy and utter untameable laughter that is unique to women. A special healing joy bursts out of me after I have given myself permission to see and feel all that I am and all the feelings and truths that I have contained. I have wept, roared and laughed home my power and I cherish every moment me or any women has the opportunity to drink from this precious well of self –love.

I grow from offering my experience because women and their untapped power bring me hope for the world. Because I have seen that every woman’s effort to become whole makes a powerful positive difference to the whole. I wish to see that power to change become available to every woman, at whatever level she is ready to begin, in whatever capacity. I believe in the journey of every woman, no matter where she starts – for the difference between the history, circumstances and state of heart where I began and now am, is testament to that possibility.

All together we can change our world, bring balance by starting with ourselves. Because the un-tapped power of women’s ways are strengthening and collective, nurturing and honest - feminine ways of being support the whole (in ourselves, our families, communities and our world) and bring integrity, breathe and sweetness back into the fractured, divided and competitive frame that presently stresses our planet and her people.

I have reclaimed my stories, once buried deep within my being. I have dropped my false mask of coping in a world that is hurting women. For my part, I offer Braided Women Gathering as a remedy. The kind embrace of women’s’ knowing hearts is the biggest power I know.


Our Inaugural Gathering - November 11-13 2016

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In November 2016 nestled up in the hill of Mt Thomas with a spectacular view,  at Glentui Medows  the Braided Woman Gathering Creation Group, held space for a wonderful unfolding of our dream, which was to  gather women from all walks of life to be part of a heart felt divine femine women experience. Our   hope was to engergise and inspire  you to go back out into your commmunities and start up your own women's circles.

We  invited some wise women to share their journey, their knowledge and we invited you to do the same.  We came to gather in a safe space with other women.  Once again women gathering in circle was a powerful way to connect, share and grow together in community. We rediscovered that while sitting In circle the importance of honoring each woman’s voice is critical for healing & empowerment. (healing people, planet. world?)

The weekend was amazing, inspiring and uplifting.  It was an honour ot be part of it, not only as part of the creation team but also as a woman connecting with other women. - Dawn

Yes indeed it was truely an honour to be part of this weekend.  The  impact of our gathering I  still carry deeply,  o be able to feel so grounded and heart open in that devine woman energy helps me to feel stronger and empowered, and able to connect  to  my authentic loving self.  This has helped me feel whole and happier and has inspired me to carry on being  part of many more Divine Woman Gatherings in the future. - I really enjoyed holding the energy and meeting so many wonderful women.  There are days where I just need to remember and I go back to that beautiful feeling. It is so inspiring to see that other circles have been created  from our big weekend.   -  Sharon

The food was plentiful, nurishing and delicious, the kitchen crew of Tarn, Kerryn, Tanette, with help from Tane and Emi did an outstanding job.  The amazing support crew who kept the place clean, including the massive clean up at the end, keeping the fire stoked through out the weekend, and to the wonderful venue hosts Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, we were all truly blessed.

We all really enjoyed being creative and making art works that held the divine feminine energy  to help beautify your surroundings. We loved sharing  and recieving your appreciation of them.

A large part of the weekend was our Wise Women Speakers. We were truly blessed with the wisdom and inspiration from both Jane Catherine Severn and Cameron Tukapu. Included below is the information on their talks and links to their websites.

Jane Catherine Severn - Intro to my talk

Throughout the records of human history, be they geographical, biographical, literary, artistic or scholarly, lies a strange and telling silence. Absent from almost every chronical, even the intimate journals, memoirs and autobiographies of women, is any mention of that most essential feature of feminine life – our everyday experience of the universal/personal sequence of Menarche, Menstrual Cycles, Menopause and Mature Life. With occasional exceptions in Anthropology, the only acknowledgement generally made of the existence of these uniquely feminine phenomena are in Religion, Medicine and Psychology, where they are invariably presented as pathological and problematic – disruptive of “normal” life.

Indeed so invisible has our definitive feminine 4M sequence become that we do not even have a name to call it by. And so accustomed have we become to the silence-about-ourselves in which we live, that we do not notice it is there – because we have internalised it! How have we become so obedient to society’s demand – and sadly, even to Feminism’s demand – that we agree to live as if our 4 M’s were not occurring? That we measure our success and our right to claim equality with men by the extent to which we can deny that our hormonal changes have any effect on us, and prevent them from “getting in the way” of the busy lives we want to lead? That we do not count this denial as a cost to us, because we have long forgotten what it is we are excluding from our sense of ourselves?

If we are to bring back the authentic and authoritative presence of The Feminine to a world desperately in need of it, we must have words to speak into this silence, a name for what has too long been unnamed. We must now re-cognise the potent, purposeful, intricate and elegant design of our lifelong, hormonally-orchestrated energetic matrix, expressed in every woman through her 4M sequence. We must know what it is we are made of, and part of.

To find the redemptive Holy Grail of The Feminine once again we must search in the place we would least expect to find it. For it is there, hidden in plain sight in the very parts of ourselves we have been taught to disparage, distrust and disallow. There, in the ordinary, daily, bodily and personal reality of being woman, lies a shining treasure we have been taught to ignore. Now is the time, here is the place, we are the ones to wake ourselves up from the sleep that does not know it is asleep and remember what we have been taught not to know.


Jane Catherine Severn - Bio

Jane Catherine Severn is a practising Psychotherapist, Pascha Therapist and Menstruality Educator based in Christchurch, Aotearoa (New Zealand). Inspired by poetry, music and the wild outdoors, Jane Catherine is most at home in remote mountains. Her spirituality and philosophy are sourced in her love of and reverence for Nature.

As a young woman deeply unimpressed with her experience of menstruation, Jane Catherine found her life radically altered in her early 20s by the accidental discovery that menstrual cycles matched the phases of the moon. Awoken and energised by this one fragment, she embarked on what was to become her life’s mission: to find the rest of the knowledge she was convinced must exist about the true design of women. Realising that what she searched for could not be found in conventional sources of knowledge, she developed her own special approach to discerning the purpose of women’s lifelong sequence of hormonal changes, far beyond our accustomed medical/reproductive understanding. In 2003 she established Luna House as the vehicle through which she could teach the profound and comprehensive body of knowledge she has created. Her Conscious Menstruality® workshops, courses and seminars offer a new view of Menarche, Menstrual Cycles, Menopause and Mature Life to women, girls and the men who love them. Luna House is an educational and therapeutic service also offering individual consultations and support.

Jane Catherine is a writer preparing to publish the Conscious Menstruality® knowledge in book form. Her hope is to return this knowledge to its rightful owners, all women and girls across the world, in as many forms as she can.



Cameron Tukapua - The Power of Yin 

Yin and yang represent two faces of the energy of life. Yin is likened to the Moon and the Earth, its power is magnetic, grounding and often hidden. Yin is a state of being, compared to yang, which is more about doing. Relatively speaking Yin is a quieter energy, she responds to listening and connecting through feeling.

Yin in the body is related to the structure of life itself and manifests as the essence stored deep in the bones. This essence provides the foundation for bone and blood production and is used to create foetus and the baby. Throughout our whole lives Yin informs our development cycles from pregnancy and conception to puberty, maturation, menopause and death. Mobilizing our Yin power naturally supports us to bring out full potentials to life.

Yin energy is a hidden power. It doesn’t need to make itself visible, yet deep down it is always available. Tapping into this reservoir of power we discover our personal access to deep strength, wisdom and nourishment. Like the power of the ocean it has cycles of change. Yin rises in women every seven years, bringing with it the capacity to transform and grow beyond our conditioned self. At these cycles of change we can claim more of our true nature which can often be lying dormant in the depths of our blood.

Yin is feminine energy which is about cooperation, harmonizing, unifying, supporting, nourishing and care for the whole. It is Earth Mother energy. I believe our great mother is calling women everywhere to step up and help steer the transformations of the time.

Cameron Tukapua - Bio

Cameron has been practicing Chinese medicine and meditation for three decades. Part of her practice has been to use words as medicine, empowering people to understand themselves in context of their larger life possibilities. Cameron has a grounded approach to spirituality, and offers teaching through retreats, individual sessions and short courses in Australia, China and NZ. She is part of a global group called You being you, developing online courses and events which encourage healing conversation about how to be real. She is author of Opening Up – a conversation about how to be real. Historically, Cameron was owner – principle of the original Christchurch College of Holistic healing (NZQA registered). In her roles as professional development trainer, retreat leader, teacher and practitioner she has supported healing change in the lives of many.

To balance life she aims to have fun  swim in the ocean as much as possible have many delicious meals with loved ones, and tries not to take herself too seriously. and

We look forward to connecting with you all at the future gatherings

The Creation Group