THE ROOTED WOMAN
The Heroine’s Journey to Belonging
Saturday February 10
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This live, interactive gathering in The Bone Cave was the first time that Sharon has taught on the ideas in her bestselling 2016 book, If Women Rose Rooted. The publication of The Rooted Woman Oracle in January 2024 offers an opportunity to deepen the images and extend the ideas in the book.
YOUR GUIDE – DR SHARON BLACKIE
Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer, psychologist and mythologist. Her highly acclaimed books, courses, lectures and workshops are focused on reimagining womens’ stories, and on the relevance of myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, cultural and environmental problems we face today.
As well as writing five books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling If Women Rose Rooted and her latest, Hagitude, her writing has appeared in anthologies, collections and in several international media outlets – among them the Guardian, the Irish Times, and the Scotsman. Her books have been translated into several languages, and she has been interviewed by the BBC, US public radio and other broadcasters on her areas of expertise. Her awards include the Roger Deakin Award, and a Creative Scotland Writer’s Award. Her next book, Wise Women: Myths and folklore in celebration of older women will be published by Virago in 2024.
Sharon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and has taught and lectured at several academic institutions, Jungian organisations, retreat centres and cultural festivals around the world.
IF WOMEN ROSE ROOTED
THE ROOTED WOMAN ORACLE
WHY THIS PROGRAM, AND WHY NOW?
The Rooted Woman Oracle was born from a book: If Women Rose Rooted, published in 2016. In it, I wrote about what I called the Eco-Heroine’s Journey: a woman’s path out of the wasteland of modern society to a place of nourishment and connection, and to a profound sense both of belonging to, and responsibility for, the places where our feet are planted. The book has since become a word-of-mouth bestseller around the world – reflecting, I believe, the growing and deep-seated yearning of Western women for a stronger sense of connection to our ancestral stories and traditions.
The stories that Western civilisation has been living by for the past few centuries – stories of limitless growth, of the pursuit of progress as the primary purpose of life, of the super-individualistic and often super-human hero, of human separation from and domination over ‘nature’ – are crumbling. The masculine principle has dominated for too long, with its relentless striving for achievement, production and domination, and its focus on intellectual, rational and goal-oriented ways of being. Feminine qualities of creativity and intuition have for centuries – millennia – been suppressed, along with relationality: a sense of connectedness not only to our fellow humans, but to the other-than-humans who share the planet with us. Connectedness to the rhythms of nature as well as the rhythms of the physical body, and to the seasons and stages of our lives.
I believe that the stories we need to replace the destructive and outmoded tales of our patriarchal over-culture will be born from the wellspring of creative, relational wisdom which belongs to women. This gathering will offer a way for you to access those old stories and the nourishing traditions of our own ancestral lineages. Stories that spring from the ground beneath our feet, which emerged directly out of our relationship with our own distinctive landscapes, and which informed the lives of our ancestors. In these old myths and folk tales, women were the guardians of the natural world, the beating heart of the land, the bearers of wisdom, the root of spiritual and moral authority for the tribe.
In the time-between-stories that we are living through now, and in these days of ecological crisis and sociocultural uncertainty, we need more than ever to uncover the stories of the land and the wisdom which is encoded within them. They can help us to cultivate an understanding of the unity of things, a reverence for the interconnectedness of life, a belief in the power of the imagination and of intuition. They can help us to find a sense of deep, embodied belonging to this beautiful, animate Earth.
The Heroine’s Journey which I offer you in the book and the oracle deck is a path to understanding how profoundly enmeshed we are in the web of life on this planet, and how our entanglements with the world around us nourish us more deeply than any other source of sustenance. The Journey that women need to make today is one which plants us firmly back in the wider world where we belong, grounded and rooted and ready to rise up to protect it. In many ways, it is an antidote to the swashbuckling action-adventure that is the classic Hero’s Journey so beloved of Hollywood and blockbuster fiction: it is a Post-Heroic Journey, firmly founded in women’s ways of being and becoming.
In these ever-more troubled times we’re living through, we all need to follow this path, each of us in our own unique way. Not just for our own personal growth and greater wellbeing, but because this beautiful, ailing Earth needs us to be in caring relationship with it, and so do the other-than-humans who inhabit this planet along with us. The generations who will come after us can only survive if we are poised to fight for a sustainable and meaningful future. I firmly believe that each one of us has something extraordinary to offer to the world; each one of us reflects a unique and necessary node in the web of life on this planet at this time. We all need to make this Journey, then – to become rooted women – and no matter how challenging the path might turn out to be, there will for sure be richness and beauty along the way. But every pilgrim needs help on her path; all of us need a sense that someone, somewhere is rooting for us. This gathering will offer both community and guidance on yours.
HOW IT WORKS
Our gathering took place via Zoom, in a safe and nurturing space which encouraged sharing as well as learning.
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