About the school

The School of Shamanic Womancraft was founded by Australian midwife Jane Hardwicke Collings.

 

Jane has trained in Shamanic practices with James M Harvey, aka Blackbear and has had many wonderful teachers including Midwife Maggie Lecky Thompson, Birthkeeper Jeannine Parvati Baker and Teacher and Author Cedar Barstow. Jane lives in the country of NSW, Australia with her husband, some of her children and many animal friends.

 

“Back in 1991, when I was 33, I met Jeannine Parvati Baker at a USA MANA conference. She gave a pre-conference workshop entitled Shamanic Midwifery. At that point in my life I had been a homebirth midwife for 6 years and a student of Shamanism for 1 year and we had three children. Jeannine’s wisdom helped me bring my passions of homebirth midwifery and shamanic practices together.

 

Over the years I continued my country midwifery practice had another baby and put together two workshops called Pregnancy: The Inner Journey and Moonsong: Reclaiming Feminine Power Through Reconnection With The Women’s Mysteries. Until Jeannine’s untimely death in 2005 I learned so much from her and on her passing committed to continue to spread her wise teachings how ever I could.

“In 2008 I had a conversation with a young midwife.  She spoke so eloquently, poetically, mythically, archetypally.  She reminded so much of Jeannine.  She asked me to share with her what I had learned from my mentor Jeannine and as a midwife to help her on her journey.  And so the seed for The School of Shamanic Womancraft was sown.”

 

In 2009 the School started with Her Virgin Journey.  Ten women graduated from that first year long journey in December 2010 and the second year called the Four Seasons Journey started in October 2010.  The Four Seasons Journey program has continued to run successfully for each year to follow – commencing each Southern Spring and coming to a close the following Summer.

 

Women from all over the world are expressing interest in this Women’s Mystery School and she is growing as we grow with her.  Several Shamanic Craftswomen from the original groups are now teachers, and more are learning each year through the Apprentice Circle to become facilitators for the Four Seasons Journey and other aspects of the curriculum as well, e.g. learning to present and facilitate the Shamanic Dimensions of Pregnancy and Moonsong workshops.

 

Many other exciting and paradigm-shifting projects are underway within special groups formed by the students and graduates including helping to bring Red Tents to communities and festivals where women gather, creating documentary films and presentations on the Women’s Mysteries sharing the wisdom of others from all over the world.  The School is growing, and the Women are gathering, finding the deep connection they often didn’t even realise they were craving.

WHAT IS SHAMANIC WOMANCRAFT?

Shamanic Womancraft is the art of facilitating transformation.

 

The School of Shamanic Womancraft creates the opportunity for women to find within themselves the skills and abilities needed to facilitate transformation for others on their journeys.

 

Womancraft can be seen as was the original perspective of Midwifery, the practice, art and science of being a midwife.  To midwife is to facilitate, to assist someone’s learning through the Maieutic method (later called the Socratic method), this means to help and to guide the person to discover their own inner knowing through asking questions and ‘holding the space’ for them to travel within to do this.

 

Shamanic describes the inner and outer, multi dimensional spaces (called the lower, middle and upper worlds) that exist within and around us that the shaman journeys to and within.  The worlds or realms of the shaman are both actual and metaphoric and are accessible by everyone.  The Shamanic Journey is an inner journey.

 

As a woman journeys through her life, during her incarnation on the earth plane this time around, she encounters many a shamanic journey.  These are the opportunities for transformation and development of her being.  Menstruation, pregnancy, birth, and menopause are shamanic journeys.  A woman travels deeply during these times into her inner world which reflects the landscape of the shamanic realms.  She meets her fears, her obstacles and her deep inner knowing in her lower world, she plays out different scenarios in her middle world, connecting with what is and she meets her extraordinary strength, wisdom and available guidance in her upper world.

The shamanic craftswoman must be comfortable and experienced with the landscapes and possibilities of the shamanic journey in order to be ‘with woman’ in her inner and outer worlds.  In our high-tech world where menstruation is barely honoured, where maternity care is highly interventionist and based on fear and risk, where menopause is avoided with drugs, the inner world and journey of a woman is usually not taken into consideration.  This is a missed opportunity for deeper self awareness and healing and creates wounds.

 

The shamanic craftswoman can best facilitate a woman’s journey through her life by holding her intact, seeing her as a whole complex being on her life journey, and helping her to do the same. The shamanic craftswoman guides the woman through the experiences of menstruation, pregnancy, birth, mothering and menopause helping her see the relevance of what happens and the lessons and gifts of the issues and situations that arise for her.

 

The shamanic craftswoman is best equipped to help the woman in this way if she has in turn brought this same level of consciousness to her own experiences of menstruation, pregnancy, birth, mothering and menopause.  Working from the premise of “Healer Heal Thyself”, the shamanic craftswoman must be present to her own journey, attending to her own practice of self awareness and be connected with the energy of the Earth and the wisdom of the cycles.

SO, WHAT OR WHO IS A SHAMANIC CRAFTSWOMAN?

  • She is a gatekeeper, a way show-er.
  • She isn’t necessarily a “She”; however she will have access to the feminine way and be using the feminine way in her role as a Shamanic Craftswoman.
  • She is an Earthkeeper, a Birthkeeper; she hears the whisperings of nature and responds.
  • She is courageous, because she knows that to hold and shine the light for others she cannot hide. She is on the same journey.
  • She knows to heal she must heal herself.
  • She must be present to her own journey, attend to her own practice of self awareness and be connected with the energy of the Earth and the wisdom of the cycles so she can be a guide for others.
  • The Shamanic Craftswoman is comfortable and experienced with the landscapes and possibilities of the shamanic journey enabling her to be ‘with woman’ in her inner and outer worlds.
  • The Shamanic Craftswoman knows that a woman’s journey through menstruation, pregnancy, birth, mothering and menopause holds the opportunity for deep self awareness and healing
  • The Shamanic Craftswoman views and holds the woman intact by seeing her as a whole complex being on her life journey, and helps her to do the same.