This spring, I began Initiation – Into the Sacred Feminine, a year long women’s training at The EarthHeart Centre in The Forest of Dean. I have just returned from the second workshop of the year and already feel that this is one of the most beautiful and powerful journeys I have taken in my life so far.
I first visited EarthHeart for a women’s workshop last Spring and immediately felt that this work of reconnecting to the feminine is perhaps the most important thing I have to do in my life right now. I wrote this poem just before I set off for the forest:
Though the Borough of Camden has no forest,
when the moon goes dark I hear the call
and my heart feels sad for lack of women.
I unwind myself towards the women.
Like a thread, they pull me to the heart of the forest.
From the elder and hawthorn and birch trees they call.
I shake off the world as they send out their call
and clothe myself in the fire of the women.
Together we dance in the deep of the forest.
From the forest they call, the women, the women.
Among the many wonderful things I have experienced on this journey so far, simply lying on the earth in the forest has felt incredibly powerful. For a city dweller such as myself, something so simple feels unusual and rare, as if entering into nature is like stepping foot on another planet. And yet isn’t this the place I played in as a child? Hours spent with my fingers in the earth, making friends with the snails and the frogs, sitting up in my favourite tree, gazing out at the sky.
Each time I go back to EarthHeart, I feel this connection deepening. To nature, to the feminine, and to myself.
Lying on the earth,
I am longing for you.
I am longing for you too…