Friday, May 9, 2014

Eating Disorders – What’s Going On? And What Are We Doing About It?…by Jane Hardwicke Collings

At a recent Southern Hemisphere Autumn Womens festival – Seven Sisters – in country Victoria, Australia, I co-presented two contentious subjects, in areas of womens experience that we dont often talk about – Healing Abortion and Eating Disorders. Because, I know, we know, its time for us to talk about the hard stuff: the faces of the wounded feminine and the wounded masculine, within and without, in our culture.

“If not now, then when? If not us, then who?”

‘Eating Disorders – whats going on? and what are we doing about it?’ was a gathering of women from the 1000 present at the festival, who had either personal experience, professional interest or a close caring relationship with someone experiencing an eating disorder (ED). I co-presented this with Kristan Lee Read, my Apprentice, Steiner Educator, Craft Womb Co-ordinator, Guardian (Management Team) Map Seer (Operations) Flame Keeper (Project Coordinator) of the School of Shamanic Midwifery (SSM), with the support of nine graduates of the SSM – Melody Bourne, Talulah Gough, Scarlett McNamara, Nahelyana Ubergang, Vivienne Thomas, Amanda Ryan, Liz Maloney, Alenka Kerri Merrall, and Sarah Miller.

Using three models to generate ideas – the GROW Model, the Influence Model and the Snowball Process, we worked with the 50 women who came to answer two questions:

How can we change the culture?
How can we help the girls and women experiencing ED now?

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