We put up the tipi in the sunshine and sang to the elements, praying for holding for the camp…and good weather!
Friday evening the mothers and daughters began to arrive….we had our meal and then the fire making started!
We had a sharing of the 9 passages of womanhood, made prayer bundles to lay on the altar. We prepared together for the mid- girl ceremony which was to come , makimg masks, and sharing stories and singing whilst and mothers and daughters painted each others faces!
The evening was a time for the women to gather for a powerful sharing and healing of their mid -girls, while the girls shared about the feminine spirit and Heron Medicine…All preparation to hold the coming ‘Girl bloom’ ceremony the next day. For the older girl, her emerging ‘woman becoming’ was being prepared for ceremony.
The next day the women gathered in the Red Tent and welcomed Freya as “woman becoming” into the lodge. We meditated on our maiden selves and stood at the truth cairn and declared our truths and authentic selves.
After a morning of games the girls were ready for their Girl Bloom Ceremony.
The brave young girls were given a challenge to overcome, whilst finding their way to the house of the women. They were held with drumming, river songs and River’s medicine story : story of the girls ebb and flow.
For the full Girlbloom ceremony : https://talesfromtheeartheart.com/ceremonies/
Each girl was blessed with water by Rachael, Emma and Jenny and embraced by their mothers.
After her own challange , Freya was honoured by the women and girls as a bleeding woman (woman becoming). It was so important that the younger girls witnessed this celebration and honouring. We painted her in henna and sang from our souls.
As always, we finished our ceremony with a delicious chocolate cake made by Jenny!
That evening we turned the Red tent into a temple of light, we gathered for a women’s wisdom story and made girl-women bundles.
How to make a Bundle – https://talesfromtheeartheart.com/ceremonies/
The Camp ended with a beautiful gratitude sharing and honouring of the girls and their mothers.
What a beautiful camp, it was immensely powerful and we are sure the mothers, daughters, and core group will be processing it for months to come.
Feedback from some of the mothers:
“What peacefulness, gentleness, acceptance and love from beautiful women and beautiful land. Having my daughter held, seen and initiated by other women was so special. The blend of ceremony, space, fire, song, nourishing food, crafts, circle and rest was so cleverly woven and sensitively birthed. The girls ceremonies and activities were prefect and beautiful”
“I loved the red tent yurt! Beautiful space. I felt held by this beautiful land and the weather held us too. Wonderful to have a variety of women holding space. I loved Emma’s stories, being in a circle of women, meeting new women/mothers. Seeing my daughter immersed in this environment. Seeing her being held, heard, seen, witnessed, honoured as herself. Being held, even in our shadow moments, that is true holding. Wonderful that this is being organised and held by English/Welsh women on UK soil!”
“I enjoyed the sacred space of the lodge, the stories, songs, ceremonies….the company of other women and the girls”
If you would like to come next year, see our info here…. https://daughtersoftheearthlodge.com/journey-into-womanhood-camp/