WomBelt: Weaving Women back into Matter AS the seat of life, a woman’s womb is both a sacred and uniquely precious place. Azul Thome, as part of her SOULand enterprise, is inviting women to bless, heal, celebrate and protect their wombs, the wombs of other women and of Mother Earth herself in a special ceremonial weekend.
WomBelt – Weaving Women back into Matter is a two-day ritual that invites women to weave a belt, using the backstrap weaving method and incorporating the prayers and blessings of each woman present on the day. Azul said: “Weaving a WomBelt is a rite of passage, a way back to mattering. It is a way to honour our womb and to weave women and our stories back together. We will be creating beauty, praying for one another, listening, remembering and mending. As women, we matter, we are matter, we are mater, mother, Earth.”
WomBelts are a ritual way to mark, celebrate and heal. They can be helpful at transitional times in a woman’s life – conception, birth, the start of menstruation, menopause. They are also used for healing, releasing and grief – for example, after rape/abuse, abortion, miscarriage or divorce.
Azul explained: “We begin the ritual by leaning into a tree like the spokes of a wheel or a web. Then we begin weaving using the ancient backstrap method. At a certain point, everyone is invited to rotate moon wise one belt to their right. We then continue weaving the next woman’s WomBelt, adding our own prayers, stories, songs and love as we go. At the end of the ceremony we complete our own WomBelt before grounding it into the earth with our prayers.”
She added: “The process of creating a WomBelt in the company of other women is extraordinarily healing and grounding. We are expressing that we matter, every one of us. The ceremony of weaving something from nothing is about, healing, mending what is broken, marking transition… We are honouring the many different stages of a woman’s being and celebrating the birthplace of life.” Azul is working on weaving this vision within other women empowerment projects like TreeSisters and 1 Billion Rising. The WomBelt weekend ceremony is on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September. Azul also makes WomBelts to order. For more information call: 07765 257517 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org written by Re-Connect Magazine
"WomBelt: Weaving Women back into Matter" Dear Women, You are cordially invited to a weekend of making a WomBelt Sat 23rd sept (WomBelt making) Sunday 24th (WomBelt making and its eARTh Bag) Limited to 13 women
...a choreography, a ritual that will be presented on the day. All skills will be passed on. ...as a rite of passage...as a way back to mattering...to honour our womb and the space holding it...weaving women and our stories back together for one an other...to skill up...to make the world of longing...to create beauty...to actively pray for ourselves and one an other...to remember...to mend...to listen... because we Matter, we are matter, mater, mother, Earth... ♥
Booking essential: email@example.com All is held in Ritual informed by Earth for Life.
The full weekend making (non residential) including tools and material is £120 for the whole weekend or £65 for Saturday only. You can join us for only the Saturday but cannot enter the weekend on Sunday due to the safe holding created on Saturday morning.
WHY and WHAT FOR?: Each WomBelt is made in the blackstrap weaving method for yourself and/or for an other woman and her womb... To mark and celebrate a transitional moments in a woman’s life ~ for example: ~Birth ~Start of bleeding/mooning ~Maidenhood ~Marriage (before and during) ~End of bleeding/menopause ~Pregnancy ~Birthing ~Death
For healing/ releasing grief/ mending ~ for example after : ~Trauma and shock ~Rape, abuse and any violation to a woman’s womb ~Loosing a child to death ~Suicide , both attempt and committed ~Abortion ~Miscarriage ~Unable to bleed ~Divorce ~Hysterectomy ~Illness ~Other
WomBelt: Each woman starts and completes by back-strap weaving a WomBelt. This will include the weaving and prayers of each of the women present of the day. ...a choreography, a ritual that will be presented on the day. All skills will be passed on. ...as a rite of passage...as a way back to mattering...to honour our womb and the space holding it...weaving women and our stories back together for one an other...to skill up...to make the world of longing...to create beauty...to actively pray for ourselves and one an other...to remember...to mend...to listen... because we Matter, we are matter, mater, mother, Earth... ♥
To Matter: "to be of importance or consequence," Mater: Mother: Substance: (denoting the essential nature of something) from Latin substantia ‘being, essence’, from substant- ‘standing firm’ Matter of course: "what concerns (someone), the cause of the difficulty"
WomBelt: Weaving Women back into Matter This is a personal invitation to explore a new vision and make your own WomBelt to bless, heal, celebrate and protect our womb, the wombs of other women and the one of our Mother Earth Saturday 23rd sept 10:15 Arrival 10:30 Start Weaving 13:00 Lunch bring a delicious homemade dish to share 14:00 Back weaving 17:30 What next and Home
Sunday 24th sept 9:45 Arrival 10:00 carry on Weaving or make à WomBelt bag 13:00 Lunch bring a delicious homemade dish to share 14:00 Back making 17:30 What next and Home
Women Weaving a Woman back into Matter by Making a WomBelt That woman is you and woven in by other women prayers There is a vision and perhaps a movement awaiting to be activated by the women of our community. We will experience a ritual and share with one an other how it feels, what comes up, what moves and gets touched...
WHAT WILL HAPPEN on the day: Women make their own WomBelt ~ by weaving in the backstrap method, leaning against a tree. All women leaning around the same tree , so beautiful like a wheel, a web. If it needs to be inside, chairs or a piece of furniture with a central piece would also work well. No need for previous experience in weaving but some patience, breath and perseverance is required :-)
CHOREOGRAPHY/RITUAL: We all start by sharing what each of us is wanting our belt to focus on (see list above or anything not mentioned) A piece of paper with the focus written will be attached to each loom . We then start making our own belt with a simple guiding ceremonial introduction and practical guidance from Azul. All women will, at some point, be invited to rotate moonwise, one belt to their right. We start weaving on an other woman’s WomBelt. Each woman has then the chance to add prayers/love/beauty/stories/songs to the WomBelt of an other woman. After a while we rotate one more belt to the right adding our prayers etc...until we each come back to our own belt, the one we started with... Each woman will end by completing their own weaving, grounding it into the connection and prayers. The WomBelt of each woman represents the truth of who we are that we Matter, are made of Matter, or Mother Earth, of the sound Ma connecting us all to the same heart. Celebration, healing, mending what is broken, marking transition and stages of a woman’s life is honoured again. Closing Circle, then Home.
COST £120 for Saturday and Sunday all tools and material included £65 if You just want to attend Saturday
The belts will stay with each of you so you can tell the story and be protected and blessed by your precious weavers and everyone present that day having added their prayers onto your WomBelt
Part of SOULand: Making the World of our Longing One Maturing Soul at a Time & eARTh: ART made with ritual informed by Earth for Life Azul: 07765257517 www.souland.org/wombelt and firstname.lastname@example.org BOOKING here to receive preparation guidance and payment details . To secure your place you must pay a deposit of £50.
Part of SOULand: Making the World of our Longing One Maturing Soul at a Time & eARTh: ART made with ritual informed by Earth for Life Azul: 07765257517 www.souland.org and email@example.com