Rene Bahloo

Rene Bahloo of “Weavery” hosts basket weaving circles, workshops and retreats on the Sunshine Coast and surrounds (and occasionally interstate).

René  is the empress of Weavery. She is a weaver, a teacher, a learner, and an artist. She weaves with the fibre of flow and meaning, spiraling ever outwards in order to manifest beauty and joyful wellbeing, like a spider spins her masterpiece.

She invites others to gather in community, teaching cultural skills and sharing the active meditation of basket weaving, in a nurturing and supportive environment. René’s passions stem from her life-altering experience of Australian Indigenous culture in Arnhem Land, Australia. She loves and lives women’s business, environmental connectedness, creative perspectives, the weaving of conscious, joyful communities and the magical journey of life. Her goal is for us all to weave our world into a better place, to weave ourselves in healing and wellbeing, to weave our environment with passion and purpose.

She also hosts weaving and cultural expeditions in partnership with weavers in Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia; Papua New Guinea and also Bushmen communities of Southern Africa.

Weaving Circle

Healing our Ancestral Shadow

with Yvonne Lumsden

healingWhat were the messages you received about your self as a child – about your body and sexuality?  We carry our past experiences in our bodies on a deep cellular level, which then unconsciously influence our current and future relationships & experiences.

Do you honour your sensual sexual self – the Shakti within you?

In this fully clothed workshop you will have an opportunity to heal the ancestral shadow around your sexuality to explore and deepen your relationship with the Divine Feminine within.



Women as Healers of Mother Earth

with Emma Brindal

emma brindall altarThe Women as Healers of Mother Earth will explore ways that women can foster a deeper heart connection with Mother Earth, and hence participate in her healing.

Now more than ever there is a need to bring forth the sacred feminine to enable us to be part of the Earth’s healing, and steer away from the hyper-masculine forces that are impacting so intensely upon our planet. As women we are daughters of the Earth; we are carers, lovers, protectors, and the work of Earth Healing often comes to us. By connecting with the Earth deeply with our hearts, we can take part in her healing coming from this deep place of heart connection and can contribute to bringing about a Life Sustaining and beautiful World.

For the theme of the Being Woman for 2015, I see this workshop relating in these ways:

Dancing in our Ancestral Spirit – Celebrating ourselves as part of the living body of Gaia – of Mother Earth.

Remember – ourselves as part of Mother Earth, the Wild Woman inside of us, the part of ourselves that is a nurturer, carer, healer of Mother Earth.

Surrender – surrender to the call of the Earth.

Embrace – our connection to Mother Earth and our ability to be Earth Healers

We will open with ritual, acknowledging traditional owners and ancestors, acknowledging the elements, the directions and what they bring, acknowledging Mother Earth and her gifts, acknowledging our ancestral spirit and women’s wisdom, before coming into our senses & mirror walk (experiential connecting exercise).

Next will be a Water Visualization (with words and music, to connect to the waterways and water of the bioregion).

This will be followed by a brief discussion of Women as Healers of the Earth plus a prayer for the healing of the waters, with all women invited to share their prayers for water, connecting this to the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, World Water day on March 22nd 2015.

After this shall be a few words on the significance of ritual as a means for connecting with Mother Earth, and our ancestral wisdom. before our Closing Ritual to thank the ancestors, ancient wisdom and our inherent feminine wisdom…


Emma Brindal

Emma BrindallEmma Brindal is passionate about social and environmental justice, living lightly and fostering connection and care for the Earth in herself and others.

She believes that understanding the interconnectedness of all life through experience is key to bringing about a Life Sustaining Society for all beings, and founded WiseEarth Education in 2013 for this purpose.

This work is inspired by the principles and practices of Deep Ecology, Bioregionalism and Place-Based Education.

Emma also loves bringing her facilitation skills to community projects and women’s circles.