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Koala Warriors - Colleen Wood and Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter

Koalas photo by Sacred Familiar These are some of the beautiful rescued koalas being cared for by Colleen Wood and her team of volunteers at the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter here in Victoria. It's been a long time between visits but last Saturday Tony and I were thrilled to visit Colleen and her sister Jenni and have the honour of meeting the koalas in their care. Colleen has been a huge inspiration to us over the years. She has dedicated her life to the plight of the koala in Australia, she is a leading expert in koala care and education and told me that it didn't matter what was going on in her life, her mission to help and protect them is always her priority.

Colleen Wood Southern Ash shelter

Colleen inspires me so much because she is not an extrovert or a natural leader, she is in fact a quiet person and even a shy person. But the call of her work gives her the strength to go out into the world over and over again to speak on behalf of the koalas who are facing so many dangers to their health and habitat. She educates wildlife carers, zoo workers and also people working for corporations involved in logging because she was does not want to attack - she is a warrior of love for the koalas and knows that the more people that know and understand this sacred and ancient animal, the more they will be compelled to act with care.

This year, after 20 years of service to the koalas, Colleen was finally recognised by the Australian government and she was awarded an Environment Achievement award on Australia Day. Her wish is that finally the plight of the koala and their habitat becomes more known so that we can act now to preserve them and their homes in the future.

This work is not easy. Colleen and her staff see so much tragedy. The work of the wildlife carer is linked as much to death as it is to life - they are right there on the frontline with the animals they love so much. I am awed by Colleen's determination to never stop helping and it made me think about ways that I can help more. We are not all able to do the same work and shouldn't judge or compare ourselves to others which usually results in feeling less worthy or courageous and that doesn't help anything. Instead, we can find ways to assist and do more in our own way. For me this was offering to hold a healing ceremony on the land of the shelter to honour the spirits of the koalas that have not survived and with love release the huge weight of grief that Colleen and her carers have been carrying. It is hard enough to do this work without carrying grief of the past. Once we hold our ceremony of release we will create a medicine dollmaking circle so that each carer can create a doll to hold hope and vision for them in the future. In difficult times in the future this doll will be a beacon of light to remind them of their strength and courage.  She will be a bright reminder of their own love.

When I returned home I created a doll call FireVoice inspired by people like Colleen who despite their own quiet natures, stand up and speak out for the vulnerable. This doll will be auctioned at the upcoming Friday 13th StarTribes Dollmarket to be held online as a Facebook event next week and the funds raised will go to the koalas at the Southern Ash shelter.

You can also sponsor a koala at the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter for as little as $40 as well as give a donation of what ever amount you can afford. Southern Ash is the most amazing shelter we have ever visited, they receive no government assistance and everyone who works there does so as a volunteer - every cent you give goes straight to the koalas.

Thank you Colleen and Jenni! We look forward to our medicine dollmaking circle with you and your koala tribe!

Koalas photo by Sacred Familiar

Koalas photo by Sacred Familiar

Koalas photo by Sacred Familiar

FireVoice medicine doll by Sacred Familiar

Julia Inglis Sacred Familiar

Animal Guardians - Midwifing Death

Tess guarding the Mystery and her Love 
When I attended Leslene della-Madre's workshop Mothering the Dying last weekend, I was not even sure at first, why I was there. But ever since I am understanding that this sacred work is very precious and in an ancient way, already known to me. This week I was contacted by two of my closest friends who are both in the last stages of midwifing the deaths of their fathers. Neither of them had known I was attending this workshop. And so it was such a gift to be able to pass this deep wisdom of sacred passage back into the arms of the Ancient Mother - for it to be of practical and real use by families that needed it urgently.
Today I received these love-filled photos of my best friend's father Ron being guarded over in palliative care by his beloved companion, Tess. Look how she regal she is in her presence - how much she KNOWS. Paulii's parents have devoted much of their lives to being animal carers and for anyone who does this noble and courageous work, you will know how much that love it doubly returned. Thank you Paulii for sharing these beautiful moments of Wisdom in the Mystery. I am grateful that hospitals are also waking to the wisdom held by our animal guardians and respect for the bonds we share with them. Wise creatures.
Love to you and your families Paulii and Christopher for the sacred journeys you are on and to the animal companions guarding us all.  

The Weekly Familiar - Elephant

The Weekly Familiar - an Animal Message from Tony

This week's Familiar is ELEPHANT.

Elephant: An elephant came to me this week with it's message about support. Each elephant has it's role in the tribe but will give support to anyone who needs it. They all come together to protect and help each other especially their young. This message is asking you to look at the support around you and the support you give to others. Support to partners, family or friends. Support is about giving and receiving, equality in relationships. There is no one role greater or more important than any other, we can all help each other to simply be. The Elephant.
Be Wild!

The Silver Doorway - Advanced Tarot Course

For those of you who have completed The Path Within and been waiting for the 2nd step into the realm of Advanced Tarot, I'm happy to announce I am opening enrolments for The Silver Doorway starting in May. In this course we throw away the books and step deeper into our own Knowing and trusting our Intuition. Based on the Celtic mythology of the Ninth Wave, in these 9 weeks we will be working deeply with the Divine Feminine through guided meditation, reading intricate Tarot spreads, developing connection with your Animal Totems & Spirit Guides and most importantly, learning to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

To be eligible for this course you will have completed The Path Within and be ready to step through The Silver Doorway...