For the last three years (minus an extended break for travel this past year) I've hosted a once-a-month gathering called Birth Talk. This gathering was inspired by my first teacher in the art of traditional midwifery, Natalie Aresenault, who founded the Birth Talk movement and has hosted such gatherings for the last ten years in her home. These gatherings were an opportunity to hear empowered birth stories from the amazing women I have the privilege of working with. Close to my heart, Birth Talk provided a platform for stories of autonomous, physiological birth to be shared, to inspire others, to shed light on the spectrum of possibilities inherent in women's wise bodies and in the processes of pregnancy and birth. These stories are a dying breed. So few women experience unaltered physiological birth that I truly believe it is imperative, for the survival of tender-humanity, to keep these stories alive through sharing circles. Imperative to keep alive the fact that our bodies know what they are doing, to empower women to make decisions in their pregnancies, and about their births, based on love, rather than fear the current predominant emotion associated with pregnancy and birth in our culture.
But everything has its season and every creative project eventually reaches its peak. I feel lucky to have hosted these amazing sharing circles, and I feel inspired to expand my offering to encapsulate the wide breadth of passions that keep me juicy for life, and so I've birthed a new sharing circle: Moon Talk.
Moon Talk is an opportunity to gather, share, and learn; a time to expand our knowledge and gain wisdom from others' experiences. This is a safe space for radical discourse, truth telling, story telling, and wisdom sharing.
Our circle will always open with acknowledgement and discussion of the current phase of the moon and acknowledgement and sharing of our own current personal phase, followed by conversation focused on a set topic including, but not limited to: holistic health, ritual, wellness and mindfulness practices, feminism, plant knowledge, astrology, whole foods, crafting...
The aim is to empower ourselves by coming together and growing a community steeped in sisterhood, and to enrich our modern lives to include ancient wisdom for autonomous living.
These gatherings are for women and are child friendly. Men will occasionally be invited to join at gatherings, only when explicitly stated, and yes, there will still be Birth Talk nights, because I just can't help myself <3
Request to join the Facebook group to stay attuned to the schedule of gatherings and to share in discourse.
Today is the full moon, the strawberry moon, in Sagittarius, welcoming in endings, calling for a deepening of the sources we draw upon for creative output, beckoning us to seek truth, to engage in adventure, to draw on struggle to better ourselves, our contributions, and the world around us. I embrace it, and thank you all for your support of Birth Talk and for all of the love I've received in the announcement of Moon Talk.
Here's to the ever-unfolding process, to the lessons learned, to the open road ahead <3
Kate Varsava is a Halifax, NS based lover of wit, whimsy, and word-play. Late-nights, mid-morning coffee, quiet meditations, and the elements of nature inspire her sentiments and observations.