My group of friends have a wonderful, long-standing tradition of holding mother blessing, or blessingway, ceremonies for each other when we’re pregnant. Our local tradition began in the 1980’s with my own mother’s group of friends and has carried down into the next generation and our childbearing years.
On this page, I’ve brought together all of my previous posts and resources about mother blessings. Here you can find many ideas and resources for blessingways and women’s ceremonies. Enjoy!
- Blessingways and the role of ritual
- Ceremonial Bath and Sealing Ceremony
- Mother Blessings and the Power of Ritual
- A birth blessing
- Mother Blessing Quotes
- Blessingway Readings & Chants
- Virtual Blessingway, part 2
- Ceremonial Bathing
- Honoring, Sealing, & Postpartum Care
- New Baby Ritual
- Women’s Retreat Recipe
- If birth were a temple
- Midwife’s Invocation
- Birth Spiral Chakra Blessing
- Birth Labyrinth
- Birth Blessings, Life, and Community
- Blessingway Poem: A Prayer for One Who Comes to Choose This Life
- The Blessingway Connection
- My own Mother Blessing Ceremony
- Poem: Celebrate the Woman Pregnant
- Full moon poem
- Courage reading
- Fear release for birth
- Birth warrior affirmation
- Two birth poems
- Birthing poem
- Lento Tempo
- A Mother’s Nest
- More Readings for Women’s Programs
- Moon Salutation Yoga Series for Blessingway or Women’s Gathering
- The Blessingway Connection
- Poem: Woman & Nature
- Responsive Readings for Women’s Rituals
- Mother Blessing Gifts
- Ceremony Kits
Here is a handout of the chants we often use at mother blessings. It is formatted with the chants in two columns so it can be cut in half to distribute during a ceremony.
I am also the author of a 68 page digital Ritual Recipe Kit that includes detailed instructions for a mother blessing ceremony as well as scripts for several other types of ceremonies for women.
This 68 page digital ritual recipe kit includes general information about planning and facilitating rituals. It includes “ritual recipes” for maiden, mother, and crone ceremonies as well as a bonus new baby naming ritual and a family full moon ritual. Each ritual contains a complete ritual script as well as suggested supplies, an actual recipe relevant to the ritual such as cocoa butter belly balm for a mother blessing, handouts, readings, songs and more.
And, we’ve also developed a digital version of our Mother Blessing Facilitator Kit.
For women interested in facilitating Red Tent Circles, I’m pleased to offer a bundled collection of resources in a Red Tent Kit.
Restoring Women to Ceremony: The Red Tent Resource Kit, was written exclusively as part of a rich collection of resources for Red Tent Circles. In this collection of essays and ritual resources, you will find complete Red Tent “recipes,” circle leadership basics, moontime musings, and readings, quotes, and poems to help you facilitate a rich, inviting, welcoming, creative space for the women of your community.
I’m also excited to offer a Red Tent Initiation Program online with the next class beginning on March 21.In 2015, I released a book of earth-based poetry that is full of beautiful readings perfect for women’s programs:
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