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Tree Sister Medicine Dolls - Seeds of Change

Sequoia Sisters medicine dolls sacred familiar The medicine dolls are cunning folk - they have strong intuition of their own.

Recently I gave a doll called Seeds of Change away free to the first person to claim her at the end of our DollMarket day. She was one of the last remaining dolls and I felt her spirit telling me that she was to be a gift. Within minutes, a woman named Gillian contacted me letting me know that she was interested in Seeds of Change and I told her congratulations. The next day Gillian got in touch to say that she had gone to our website to show her children their new doll and found out that the doll had been a free gift. She had thought that she was bidding for the doll and the fact that there was no charge was a total surprise.

A few days ago I received a longer message from Gillian telling me that her family had received Seeds of Change & that she had already begun giving them new hope. She then told me that they had been one of the families that had lost their home & everything they owned in the Victorian bush fires last February. It had tested them severely but they did not feel unlucky, instead, they felt extremely blessed that they had all survived unharmed. But their hearts were missing their land and it was very hard not being able to return. With the doll's arrival they received the sign they were waiting for to finally move back to their land & begin to build their new home and lives again.

I remember creating the Seeds of Change doll purely for my own enjoyment one night. I had received some very fine and luminous silks and dressed the doll in her glittering but fragile golden threads. I then lay a large piece of Red Bellied Black snakeskin over most of her torso to balance the sense of fragility and surrounded it with leaves and branches. She has a carnelian stone over her heart, amethyst over her solar plesux and wears Kookaburra and Crow feathers in her hair. When I look at this doll now I see that she was already being made for Gillian and her family. I see that so much of her was linked to their story of courage and rebirth.

So much love to you & your family Gillian as you begin to plan the seeds to birth this new life. 

Seeds of Change Plant Medicine doll

Winter's Return with Plant Medicine

Redwood Circle Hello everyone, you may have noticed it's been a bit quiet here of late especially over Autumn. I felt a strong desire to be in the forest as much as I could - watching and learning. At the start of winter I decided to move our site to Wordpress and that has been an enormous learning curve and I still only feel like I'm at the base of that mountain, please hang in there with us as I try to get this site looking a lot greener and organic! So what have I been doing in the forest exactly? Learning about plants and trees and watching how they are changing in every week. It's really phenomenal in Sherbrooke Forest at the moment. This forest is really an Autumn and Winter world. Or maybe that's just my own perception but it does seem to have the largest and widest collection of mushrooms that I have ever seen.

We also have a new member of our family - Fox! He is a Shetland Sheepdog or 'sheltie' and he looks like a fox and he feels like a fox and so he is called Fox. Here he is on the weekend helping me to gather gumnuts. He looks pretty focussed and I think he can't quite believe the turnaround in events after leaving the dog shelter. We are so glad you have brought your golden magic to our world, Sir Fox.

Fox-gatherer

This week I am preparing for our plant medicine doll workshop where we will work with the spirit of 9 sacred trees and make a Winter Soul Mate medicine doll and write down her medicine story. Here are some photos that I've taken in Sherbrooke Forest over the last 2 months. Can you guess the trees that will make up the sacred nine?

Moss from Sherbrooke Forest

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Gumnut and Banksia Archway