For the last few lodges we have been working on deepening the teachings for the girls. They have grown and changed so much recently…some of the girls are now 14. We have been feeling changes coming for the lodge and big shifts. I personally feel all we have been sharing with them so far will become the tools they will use to navigate the coming years…I am so grateful we started early when they were young.
The june lodge we began preparing them for some initiatory challenges we are planning and its so exciting…They worked with an exercise called past present future you after the half girl story.. then in pairs they tested their powers of intuition.
We also now have two more lodges in our community. The little sisters age 8 and 9 and the Wild Moon Sisters age 9 , 10 , 11. They love their lodges too and this is the regeneration of culture in action… it is becoming normal in our community for girls to have this and it seems it will carry on down the generations… So happy .
Here is the wild moon sisters
Eartha Love x
We prepare the lodge for a special celebration…..
One of our girls is honoured with a menarche ceremony….
Her friends brought gifts….
We painted her with ochre, sang to her and finished with a feast of chocolate cake…..
The Spirit drum. .. written by Angharad Emma Varda
In September the core group had a beautiful sleepover with the girls without their mums.
The focus for this time together was the drum. The women of our community here in West Wales have been gathering around the Spirit drum for about a year. The spirit drum is a drum used by Emma and Shando in many ceremonies, circles, camps and festivals since 1975 when it was made! It is a travelling drum that reaches many circles,people and places.
The girls and children have been connecting with and playing the drum on this land, and we felt a flow that this community needed a community drum for their lodge. We felt guided to help the girls make a drum for their lodge , and for this community of women.
It was a beautiful ceremony, the drum was birthed with song and drumming of the spirit drum, as the girls took turns to weave and tighten the lacing and paint the barrel with ochre designs.
We told drum stories and played drum games with the spirit drum, whilst the drum was carried into its new home in the yurt.
Our application to Awards for all had been successful!
We were awarded funding towards session workers, materials and food for the first year of our Lodge!! Wonderful news!