Hello amazing Women all over the World!
I'm Emma Meadows and I will be holding the Women's Circle throughout WomanFest where, amongst other things, we will enjoy the Shamanic Ceremonies, the Jade Egg workshop, Gong Healings, Womb Wyse Stories and the Sex Magic Ceremony.
I feel there has never been a better time for WomanFest - We are living in changing times, all around us we are now seeing women gather together and claim their power both individually and collectively. The Feminine Energy is rising and we are standing together in juicy strength and potency. We are standing in our true power, reclaiming our voices and most importantly, we are gathering in love, because in the end that is all there can be to co-create the new ways. In love we can co-create new ways that no longer tolerate separation, division and pain. It is our time to lay down the swords of defence, attack and intolerances and pick up the flag of compassion, kindness, tolerance, understanding and love. In this way as older women leading the way and as younger women coming with fresh eyes we hold the threads of our ancestors and gather together to weave a new cloth for the times we live in and for the generations to come and this, I believe, is the essence and magic of WomanFest.
What a day...... I knew when we started Woman Fest that there would be people that disagreed, people who praised us, people who vilified us. It's a sad inevitability that when women say out loud what they want.....well, everyone has an opinion about that, man and woman.
And it says a lot about our society that an all-woman festival - just a place for us to celebrate each other, makes PAGE 3 of the Observer, SKY NEWS, the express (who don't even bother to read the website and just riff off of another journalist....lazy boys), in the same day.
It's also a mirror that each one has an agenda. So I feel like I need to be crystal clear about US, using OUR VOICE. What WE ARE as a woman's festival and, really, what we hope to achieve.
WE ARE NOT NEW. We are not a faze, We have gathered since the beginning of time. We are the grand-daughters of the Witches you failed to burn. We are the Spinsters, the Crones, the women who would not be sold as cattle, who never leave a good joke just lying there. We got the vote, we raise children, create art, masturbate. Sometimes we just sit around and do nothing but enjoy a good day. We are WARRIOR WOMEN, we have unspoken oceans of strength and creativity in us. We can hold everyone gently, and we can breath fire.
We are Boudicca, and Vandana Shiva, and Maya Angelou.
We are Malala, and Amanda Palmer and Emma Gonzalez.
We are every woman, always, either out there in all our glory, or waiting till we're ready, and we bloom forth
We have never changed, we have always been here.
So Why Woman Fest?
It's a call to all of us, a call home. We just want to chill out with each other in a field. Learn from each other's stories, celebrate our journeys and dance. Remind ourselves of the importance of Sisterhood and our connection to the Earth and our responsibility towards it. We are here to be US! to revel in all our diversity and mystery and brilliance. To surprise each other, teach each other, delve into the shadows and come out wise and willing. And YES! let the divine feminine burst out of us like a prayer!
And Heal too, cause we've all been through some serious shit.
With all my love
Hello All you Wonderful, Brilliant Women,
I felt it was time to Introduce myself, I'm Tiana, Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of Woman Fest.
I'm over the moon to be able to be a part of something like this and to be able to share it with you all. The rise of the Feminine, the MeToo movement, Time's up, The Women's marches.....it goes on and on, and it's an extraordinary time to be a Woman as we see the old patterns and oppression being shrugged off as we grow into our wild and free selves.
That's why we made Woman Fest: it's a shameless celebration of all that makes us! To gather in a space with women of all shapes, sizes, colours, experience, all with their own gifts, their own divine spark, to reconnect, create and grow the network of empowered and authentic Women.
Now: to the concept of Radical Participation...... We know we've created a hard sell with this festival, we have no Headliners! No Crowd pullers! How are we going to pull this off?
The answer is we aren't....YOU are, all of you, every woman coming has the invitation to bring their knowledge, their art, their music, their experience. We all can teach each other something, and by giving that space for it to happen, we are creating a space of INFINITE POTENTIAL and the (terrifying for us organisers) infinite possibilty......
And for You, maybe a time to finally share something you've not been able to yet, or felt you couldn't, or hadn't felt supported enough to, but if we're all doing it, being vulnerable and brave, then something quite amazing will happen, that I have no doubt.
On a last note, I know the price of the ticket looks steep for many, you can always volunteer! But know that it is all going into organising the festival, FULLY catering it with the most amazing local organic food, and the spa.
I've worked on this project now for free for almost a year because I adore it, I've already pledged half what I make to two charities: The first is SARSAS - The Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support, and the Other is Meena, a refugee women and Children's centre in Birmingham set up by my amazing friend Liz Clegg who I had the honour of working with in the Calais Jungle.
So we get to come together knowing that just that act is rippling out into the most vulnerable of the sisterhood and being able to help them from afar.
The last I'm going to say is we need you all now....if you believe in any way in what we're doing, share us! talk about us! Tell all your girlfriend's, invite everyone! We have the space, the idea and All the LOVE! We now need to get the word out!
With all my love Tiana xxxxxxx