When Apocalypse hangs out with her sisters, Absurd and Paradox...Grief, Gratitude, Pathosophy and Art show up!
Newsletter Summer 2021
Bonjour dear brave souls, it has been a while…my longing is to sit around the same fire with you all, for the time of a few heart songs and rooted soul stories…closing my eyes...imagining. I am in France still.
“Praising the rooted standing ones and all the ones who have gone extinct. I am sitting on the Ancestors’ bones and on Death seedlings. The vultures are mentoring me to pay attention. Here in la Drôme in the South East in France the water flows from 1000 fountains, the water is well and drinkable, she reminds us…
I am in France accidentally as if spat out of England! I have not said good bye to England/Albion and have not been welcomed here in France while dictatorship is showing its flags... so I live where we all live…in between stories.
A very creative and chaotic place to court. My body is recovering from long covid thanks to you generous funders, the plants, healers and prayers. The heat, the mountains and the wild ones have supported me also.
Fear often grabs me at 3am when I wake up gasping for air, we both learn to dance and she leaves for a bit with the sun rays.
Who keeps you company I wonder… This full newsletter is a delicious basket of French and English offerings. May some of it feed you deeply and beautifully.
What I am working on and
"I was deeply touched by this message and felt the water call me to translate her words into the spirit of a song, that Mother Water could speak through music to our hearts and call us home...
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. Edgar Allan Poe
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SOULand Schedule at Woman Fest 2019
11AM TO 11PM ~ INNER COUNCIL OF A WOMAN QUEEN ~ 20 WOMEN
4PM TO 6PM~~ BLACK TENT FOR MENOPAUSAL WOMEN ~ 20 WOMEN
11AM TO 1PM ~ WILD GRIEF AND FIERCE LOVE IN TIMES OF EXTINCTION ~ 20 WOMEN
8PM ~ AZUL WITH JEWELS ~ GRIEF CEREMONY
3AM TO 5:30AM ~ DREAM CIRCLE, GRIEF COMPOSITNG CIRCLE AND NEW DAWN~ 20 WOMEN
4PM TO 6PM ~ WOMAN INITIATION ~ THE 4 SISTERS: GRIEF-LOVE-DEATH-REBRITH ~ 20 WOMEN
11AM TO 1PM ~ WEAVING WOMEN BACK INTO MATTER ~ 20 WOMEN
To get in touch with Azul to offer your gift into the Black Tent: firstname.lastname@example.org
Women all over our Earth are gathering and rising from the ashes of genocides, slavery and betrayal. There is a new tide and all of life is at stake! Time to mature and offer our gifts fully with the support and blessing of our Sisterhood!
The sisterhood is gathering...
When I was kindly invited to the first WomanFest near Frome, Uk last year, I had no sense of what I was going to. I just could not say no!
Something in its calling courted me.
All was in place for the Grief Composting Circle and WomBelt to be offered to this extraordinary and timeless gathering!
My luggage were mostly filled with yarn and my heart growing with trepidation to arrive on the edges of what we know where life thrives!
I was not sure why I went all the way from Slovenia to Frome...until I got there.
I soon found a tree, tied myself to her and wove a WomBelt ...for three days.
I invited many Women to write on a tiny scroll the World of their deepest Longing.
Each piece of fabric was carefully rolled up and inserted in the 4 meters WomBelt. Many tears and heart sharing were witnessed by that sweet tree, delighted she was to see us women so raw and real.
The belt was then offered to Tiana Jacoult who held the original vision of WomanFest.
We know what it costs to hold Visions to better our world. We need support from all willing. Three of us wrapped the belt around her womb and hips to bless, protect, guide and praise all of her future actions in service to our world's well being and sanity.
Women all over our Earth are gathering and rising from the ashes of genocides, slavery and betrayal. There is a new tide and all of life is at stake! Time to mature and offer our gifts fully with the support and blessings of our sisterhood!
SOULand will be present at WomanFest this year
in a Black Tent created especially by the Blissfull Belltent . We will be in the woods at the radically participatory WomanFest 2019 this Aug.
We will be there for the Maturing of Women's Soul offering tasters of the full programme of SOULand.
~ Inner Council of a woman Queen ~
~ Black Tent Council for menopausal women ~
~ WomBelt: Weaving Women Back into Matter
~ Returning to Earth what has been Stolen ~
~ Grief Composting apprenticeship ~
~ Soul ripening emergent rituals ~
~ Earth Temple ~
~ eARTh: Art Infused with Ritual... for Earth!
All this to prepare and ripen each woman to offer her praise to Life, her Genius and her Innate Gifts to our dear Mother Earth in our incredibly enlivening, troubling & transmuting times...
SOULand: Making the World of our Longing
The Last Forest appears to my left. A haunting scene gathered in my eyes calling my full attention.
A circle of empty logs where 4 very large slumping characters sat there.
A small fire flickers in the center...
I approach. I present myself and make an offering. I ask them who they are and why they seem so sad and depleted:
"Us four: Grief, Love, Death and Life are seating here lonely, despondent and sad around a tremblotant fire. It has been to long since your species has joined us for conversations. We are the backbone of your existence, come back and seat with us...we have been gradually disappearing from your Psyche. Come back and weave conversations with us...come back"
18 women sat on these logs
The 4 Sisters are now alive in our psyche
We will be creating spaces for Soul to feel welcome again. We will learn with passion and little patience to feed, care, court and praise Her back into being.
I look forward to a deep and wild conversation with you all in the company of Grief, Love, Death and Life as if our Wild and Precious Life truly Mattered.
Azul-Valérie Thomé is hosted by Donna Helete
San Luis Obispo is the first stop on Azul's 13 month international SOULand Pilgrimage in service to the care, health and maturing of the human soul. She brings with her a vision, sacred questions and a bundle of soul nourishing practices and rituals, including the Grief Composting Circle and the WomBelt workshop to bless, heal, celebrate and protect women's wombs, divinely timed offerings that are in such need right now.
Azul Valerie Thome will be traveling from the UK this February on the first international stop of her 13 month SOULand Pilgrimage generously hosted by Donna Helete.
Registration for Workshops & Trainings
WomBelt Workshops & Apprenticeships for Women
~ 2/7 (Wed.) For all women - all day
~ 2/18 (Sun.) For all women+apprenticeships - all day
Each WomBelt (event & apprenticeship) = £65 = $95 depending on exchange rate
Grief Composting Circles
~ 2/11 (Sun.) Circles for Men and Women - 3pm-7pm
Grief Composting Circle = £20 = $30 depending on exchange rate
Grief Composting Circle ~ Basic Training
~ 2/23-2/25 (Fri.-Sun.) 3 Day Training, all day each day. Must attend all 3 days. Non residential.
Grief Composting Training = £380 = $550 depending on exchange rate
Other offerings during the month of February include
Individual sessions of Soul&Sanity (50 min.) with Azul in person or via Skype
eARTh commissioned art work. Art infused with rituals infomred by our Motehr Earth for the Thriving of Life. Please email Azul directly for an initial chat on Skype: email@example.com
Grief Composting Circles are regular collective grief rituals informed by the work of Sobonfu Some, Joanna Macy, Francis Weller and Azul-Valerie Thome
WomBelt: Weaving Women back into Matter are events that bring 13 women together to bless, heal, celebrate and protect their wombs, the wombs of other women and of Mother Earth herself through the art of traditional backstrap weaving combined with story sharing and prayers.
River of Words and Images by Azul Thomé:
A place to lay what moves, touches and inspires.