Posted by carolom on January 22, 2011
Another much loved Elder passed away recently. This Mandala poster (below) was created in memory of the senior Women who have passed away and the empty seats they have left in our Women’s Group.
We farewelled Aunty L in the Church she loved in the Community that is her Heart and Soul.
“We celebrate the Women we have Known and the Love that They have Sown” is a black and white coloring in poster that gives a creative place for the loss and the grief to be expressed as well as the happy times and beautiful memories of the Mothers, Sisters, Aunties and Grandmothers who are no longer with us.
We miss you very much sisters Aunty I and Aunty L ….
Celebrating the Women we Known & the Love that They Have Sown...
The Centre Flower surrounded by Hearts represents the Love that is seeded by our Mothers.
The circle of seeds surrounding the Hearts symbolises how the love continues down the generations and is seeded each time we remember her and tell stories.
The Spiral Flowers remind us that the circle of life continues and the circle within the circle shows us that as Women, we are who we are because of the Women who have travelled before us…..
The three lined border is the River of life…ever flowing, sometimes fast, other times trickling…and the tears we cry when we are missing her, come from the waters where we are all One…..
Colouring the Mandala:
Red for the power of the Emotions
Blue for tranquility and peace of Mind
Green for nourishment and growth…
Orange and Yellow for the Sun and the Flowers.
Pink for the peaceful Heart
Purple for the colour of the sun as it sets on the horizon…
Posted in Change, Community, Creativity, Elders, Family, Friendships, Grandmothers, Gratitude, Journeys, Letting go, Lifes Stories, Oneness, ProsperArty, Pt Pearce, Sisterhood, Spirituality, The Art of Change, Transformation, Unity, Women | 1 Comment »
Posted by carolom on June 30, 2010
On 4DiJ TV on Monday evening I discussed the role of creativity in the Life Coaching process. I was not able to imbed the segment but you can click here to view the program 4DiJ TV goes live to the internet at 8 pm every Monday evening (South Australian time). You can view all past episodes at the site ….
Here are two of our recent guests… In the first photo Karnage from Karnage and Darknis followed by Major Sumner of the Talkindjeri Dance troupe in conversation with the host of 4DiJ Tv, David Salomon.
Click on the individual episodes and hear what they Karnage and Major are doing – across the generations – in music and dance here in Australia.
Posted in 4 DiJ Tv, Community, Elders, Friendships, Human Rights, Personal Development, Relationships | 2 Comments »
Posted by carolom on June 11, 2010
On recent trips to the Riverland and to our EarthSong site I was reminded how blessed we are if we have family, friends, food and clear air….
The beautiful Ngarindjerri Goddess with style Deanna…
Digital Story telling..ensuring that the Stories live on…
Embracing new technology to transmit the ancient history of this magnificent Country.
Mrs Kent and Mrs George…
You can hear Uncle Murray George speaking on the EarthSong YouTube channel:
Click here if you would like to learn more about the Pitjantjatjara and the the Ngarrindjeri who are the traditional owners of areas of this vast continent, along with many other individual tribal nations in Australia.
Here is the Aboriginal map of how Australia prior to the European invasion of 1788…
Posted in Community, EarthSong Aboriginal Healing Pathways Foundation, Fire, Friendships, Journeys, Nature, Peace, Pitjantjatjara, Uncategorized, Wisdom | 1 Comment »
Posted by carolom on February 19, 2010
The world is a little less bright today as one of the true Stars of Australian music has passed away.
Ruby Hunter was the first Aboriginal Woman in Australia to secure a record contract with a major record company but her greatest achievement was her love, inspiration and strong role model she was for all Women, most especially Aboriginal Women. She was and will remain a strong voice for Women recovering from violence and abuse.
Ruby, like so many other Aboriginal children, was stolen from her family by the Australian government and this deep trauma lead her to a period of a life on the streets and alcohol…until she met her life partner and Soul Mate, Archie Roach as a teenager…Together they enriched the voice and culture of Australian music forever.
Here are some of the tributes on the Celebrating the Life of Ruby Hunter facebook page….
“Ruby ‘got’ people, was flexible and was generous with culture and causes. She was ironic and humorous. So many little girls have been named afterher!
Ruby didn’t just survive, she transcended, created and inspired. She mothered the
whole hurting country. Her passing is a deep loss for Australia and for everyone close to her.”
“Ruby, small in size, but her voice and her presence were huge, she could fill an amphitheater with love. She gave a voice to so many who were voiceless, she sang the songs that gave hope to our spirits, and eased our pain when it seemed insurmountable. She will be missed by thousands who she graced with her music, and her spirit lives on in her children, her music & the love she shared with Archie.”
“First time I sang at the Fly By NiteClub Perth as a soloist, it was as a support act for her and Archie….she had such a warm heart….and with her beautiful heart and warmest, down-to-earth, personality, she squeezed my hand and told me, “you’ll be right bub!”….and I will never EVER forget that! My deepest condolences to the family…praying for peace, strength & comfort during this time. Saddest lost…but what a life & testimony to celebrate & remember always! LEGEND!”
“Sometimes I would be hosting a women’s group for Aboriginal Health /d.v. services and was always mindful that there were some things that were not my place to discuss, areas I couldn’t really go to because I’m not an Aboriginal woman. So I’d put on her album “Thoughts Within” …we’d listen to tracks like “Sister”…”Women’s Business” and it would be RUBY HUNTER who would bring the story and the conversations to the room.
I can not find words to express what this has meant over the years except to say move over Mary Mackillop! “
“As a young Aboriginal Woman…she was my “AUSTRALIAN IDOL ! !”
Some of Rubys music can be found on youtube.
Archie and Ruby’s music makes sure we never forget the outrageous injustices committed against Aboriginal people…and the resilience and strength that defines the Spirit of the rightful owners of this amazing country we call Australia…
Posted in Aboriginal, Archie Roach, Forgiveness, Friendships, Gratitude, Healing, Injustice, Journeys, Kukatha, Magic, Mimini, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantatjara, Racism, Ruby Hunter, Stolen Generation, Warrior Women | 4 Comments »
Posted by carolom on March 8, 2009
What a wonderful surprise it was when the deliveryman arrived with a big bunch of flowers for my Birthday last Saturday!
Thank you Angelina, Alan and Andrew…and Bodhi… for your thoughtfullness from way over there in Canada.
I kept a little photo journal of the flowers over the 7 days and am delighted to share them here with you…
Posted in Friendships, Gratitude, Magic, Sisterhood | 3 Comments »
Posted by carolom on September 27, 2008
We are very pleased to announce that EarthSong is now officially incorporated as of September 8th 2008.
Here are two of our founding members Misters John Hartley and John Williams holding our certificate of Incorporation.
If you are interested in learning more about EarthSong, who we are and what we are doing, please checkout the Facebook EarthSong Aboriginal Healing PathwaysFoundation group here:
EarthSong….Putting Action to the shared Vision for Change…
Photo update on our first working bee….
Posted in Aboriginal, Adelaide, Community, Domestic Violence, Elders, Forgiveness, Friendships, Healing, Journeys, Justice, Kaurna, Men and Women, Poverty, Power of Focus, Prosperity, Reconciliation, Staff Training, Wisdom | Leave a Comment »
Posted by carolom on July 25, 2008
This time of the year is ‘rainbow season’ in Adelaide…a time when the winter rains and sunshine meld and merge to create huge streaks of colour across the skyline.
Last year I was invited to facilitate a Womens Camp in a remote area and unlike much of my work, I had no existing relationships with either the staff or participants so was particularly mindful of bringing in new information and art tools as a stranger to the Community.
The camp site was a couple of hours drive out of the main town in a beautiful, untouched part of the coastline. We all arrived on a hired coach and spent the first couple of hours settling in to the cabins which were very cozy and nestled at the foot of the sand hills.
After settling into my room I stepped outside to gather my thoughts before beginning and held the thought of “Well I hope this is a peaceful, fun time for us all” and I had no sooner finished thinking the thought when the Heavens presented me with a big, colourful confirmation of “ask and ye shall receive”…
Over the Womens cabins my ‘sign’ appeared…and it is no surprise that the camp was a great success even with a few unexpected factors arising….
Here is ‘The Sign’….
Posted in Australia, Beauty, Community, Energy, Friendships, Gratitude, Magic, Nature, Power of Focus, Rainbows, Relationships, Sisterhood, Spirituality, Stress, Transformation, Women | Leave a Comment »
Posted by carolom on July 21, 2008
My buddy Deanna and I were both a bit tired, a bit low on joi-de-vivre… we know that this kind of too-much-of-the-city tiredness needs very specific treatment!
It requires packing the picnic basket, spending hours amongst Nature with a cup of tea in china mugs, accompanied by a piece of apple-crumble cheesecake from the Yankalilla bakery…. taking time out of the city away from the mobile phones waves and relentless traffic….noise traffic, mobile phone traffic, people traffic and the news, news, news…
Nothing else will remedy what only Nature offers the weary 21st Century gals!….(;-)
Here is where we went…and if you look really closely you can see the Spirits of Nature all around…
Ingalalla Falls…nestled in between hilly country that is green and clean and lush….
Posted in Beauty, Community, Dreaming, Friendships, Gratitude, Healing, Imagination, Laughter, Mystical, Nature, Ngarrindjeri, Sisterhood, Women | 4 Comments »