Lavendilly House arrived when I became a mother – the most pivotal and transformational process of my life! I began sharing my reflections of motherhood, parenting and womanhood here on this blog – I never dreamed that so many others would share my experience and identify with my written reflections! It has encouraged me to keep writing, to keep sharing, and to encourage others to share their stories too.
Enjoy this blog – DO make use of the “SEARCH” function on the right hand side – look for things like recipes, crafts, natural parenting, poetry, meditations, story, advent, motherhood … There is a little of every thing at Lavendilly House – and from here, ALL my various work has flowed, opening many more rooms in Lavendilly House ever since. Some of the other rooms include:
Early Childhood Education and Parenting - I have been working with children and families for twenty years. My career as an early childhood educator has included child care, environmental education, steiner education, kindergarten, prep, early primary, family day care and playgroups. In addition to my own parenting reflections found here on this blog, I now work with fellow teacher and creative arts therapist Melissa Joss at Create & Relate. Together we work to bring awareness, creativity, advocacy and support into this exquisitely special time of life. You will find many great tools, inspirations, workshops, articles and opportunity for personal development in parenting and wellbeing at our Create & Relate website.
Celebrant and Ceremonies - Ceremony has always been an integral part of the way I have honoured, advocated and celebrated children and families. I believe in the sacred, and have always pursued a sacred life. I can help you find the special, the sacred and the beautiful within yourself as I facilitate sacred space in all my aspects of my work.
It was a natural move to complete my Authorised Celebrant training, and bring ceremony into a celebration of our every day beauty, of motherhood and life transitions. My work as a celebrant is not limited to formal ceremony – at Lavendilly Celebrations I pursue many ways of celebrating, connecting and comforting you through the pivotal transitions in your life.
Storyteller – Storytelling began for me during my teaching years, and it has become an integral part of my life as a mother, and as a woman. Whether it be a story told, a story read, a poem, a beautifully related moment, or a joke, I absolutely love the incredible potential storytelling has for transforming the quality of the moment, weaving magic into our hearts and our creative thinking.
My work with story is as diverse as my work with ceremony! I offer story workshops, classroom visits, storytelling at playgroups and celebrations, storytelling in parenting, and transformational storytelling for personal growth and healing.
Felt-maker -Making felt is FUN! I have been making felt since 2001. I have explored wet-felting, needle felting and nuno felting and have many examples of my work for you to view in the gallery. I have made hats, bags, slippers, scarves, vests, dolls, wall hangings, mats and even a felted hood for my priestess cloak.
Felt-making and fibre art has become something I turn to for relaxation, reflection and personal therapy. From time to time I offer workshops in various techniques however mostly I offer my felt-making as a part of my ceremonies or as private sessions.
Doll-maker – As a steiner/waldorf teacher, making hand-made dolls was part of my every day work with children. Since having my own children, making waldorf dolls is something I do for them, although every so often I will make one for sale or offer kits for you to make one at home.
I find it a very enjoyable experience to offer you the opportunity to make your own doll. Doll-making workshops occur at Lavendilly House over a series of two-hour sessions in a small group. Check here for details about current doll-making workshops.