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Mother's Temple :: Canberra


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Are you having a baby in Canberra?

Or are you a Canberra mum with a small babe?

Looking for deeper connection with yourself and your baby?

Wanting some authentic connections with other new mamas?

Well, this is not your ordinary Canberra mother’s group.

This is a group where we can do women’s circle practices, like speaking our truth whist being deeply listened to. Without someone trying to fix us or offering suggestions. Where we can listen deeply with our heart, and hear our stories in each other’s stories.

This is a circle of women coming together to be heard, held and healed.

And all whilst wrangling our small babies. Sound nourishing?

As a newborn mother to my 7-month-old son I am really feeling the longing for the deep nourishment that comes from gathering with other women and sharing stories in a way that is real, authentic and moves beyond the mundane. Honestly most women’s circles aren’t very baby friendly. And most mother’s groups aren’t very… holistic, among other things.

But we mamas need this nurturing more than ever at this time in our lives! When the days are long and our minds can be going wild with self-doubt, social isolation and generally feeling frazzled.

This is very different to other mother’s groups in Canberra where the focus can be mostly on the baby, sleep, feeding, settling etc. Which is useful too. But doesn’t always leave you feeling that oxytocin high that comes from authentic, meaningful, heart open conversations.

This Canberra mother’s group is about doing our self-nourishing healing work. Showing up. Being present. Noticing what is arising for us during that day, that month cycle, that season.

I facilitate this circle in a loose, organic way whilst also being responsive to my babe. This is the only I can show up right now and share these practices that I have learnt and that have been so life changing for me. And instead of being worried about how this won’t be the same as other women’s circles I’ve held, I’m going to embrace it. Because I love the philosophy of my school (The School of Shamanic Womancraft) where babies are recognized as VIPs in the women’s circles. What an incredible imprint for the babies to grow up witnessing their mamas being authentic and taking care of themselves.

I will facilitate and hold the space for us (whilst tending to my boy), and would like to share practices like drum journeys, meditations, movement, and art making. But I am also open to sharing ideas about other practices that are nourishing… Massage circle anyone?

But the point is that we leave the circle feeling renewed, reconnected with ourselves, held by the women around us, and with our cup a little more filled.


Pregnant women, or mothers with babes in arms welcome. If you have a toddler that can be kept engaged then I’m open to experimenting to see what works.

Bookings essential. Spaces limited.

WHEN: Circles will be held monthly on Mondays:
16th April
14th May
11th June
16th July
13th August
10th September
8th October
5th November
3rd December

TIME: 10am – 12pm

WHERE: Weston (Canberra) ACT (Address supplied when booking in)

COST: $10 (or by donation)

WHAT TO BRING: We want to make a cosy space for doing some meditation practices on the floor so please bring a yoga mat and shawl/wrap to keep warm. Also feel free to bring a snack to share if possible (no pressure as I will supply some); your journal and pen for some of the practices; and a mat + toy for baby.

Want to book in or have questions?
Get in touch- info@annecastles.com.au
Looking forward to sitting in circle with you!