Book Club Launch!

What’s even better than books? Sharing them with like-minded people.

Announcing the launch of the brand new Womancraft Book Club!

Womancraft was founded on the idea of community-building around books. We have heard from book clubs around the world that have enjoyed reading and discussing our books…so we’ve decided to host our own virtual Book Club – and you’re invited!

Now’s your chance to read along with the Womancraft community and join our authors for exclusive Book Club events. They will read from their book, give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how and why they wrote it, as well as the opportunity to ask them your own burning questions about it.

How it works

Book Club will run every two months, featuring a different Womancraft book and author each time. We have a fabulous line up planned.

Book Club is FREE to attend, but you must book ahead. Places are limited to 100 each time, on a first come, first served basis. We hope to offer a recording of each Book Club for those who cannot attend live.

We will email you around 6 weeks before to let you know which book is featured and offer you a 10% discount off a signed copy in the Womancraft shop. You are more than welcome to join the club if you have the book already or if you purchase it elsewhere.

So to take part follow these steps:

1) order the book (if you don’t have it already)

2) sign up to the special mailing list (see below)

3) receive and read the book

4) submit your questions for the author to us by email

5) attend the virtual book club via Zoom

Our First Book Club…

We are so excited to kickstart the Womancraft Book Club for the very first time this July with Gina Martin’s book Sisters of the Solstice Moon on Thursday 28th July 7pm BST.

Get your copy HERE with a 10% discount.

Sign up to the Sisters of the Solstice Moon Book Club mailing list HERE to receive the Zoom link.

You will receive just 3 emails – one with the invitation link to for the Zoom call with Gina Martin and one reminder. You may reply to these with your questions to submit to Gina. We will also email you a replay link in case you are unable to attend live.

We can’t wait for you to join us!

About the Book

On the Winter Solstice, thirteen women across the world see the same terrifying vision. Their world is about to experience ravaging destruction. All that is now sacred will be destroyed. Each answers the call, to journey to Egypt, and save the wisdom of the Goddess:

She who is Kali Ma from the jungles of Arya, Tiamet from the Roof of the World, Badh of the Cailleach from the land of Eiru, Awa from the Land of Yemaya, Uxua of Ix Chel from the Yucatan, Parasfahe from the Land of Inanna… all racing against time and history to bring us their story.

This is the history before history. This is herstory, as it emerged.

Sisters of the Solstice Moon is the first book in the ‘When She Wakes’ trilogy, followed by Walking the Threads of Time and the newly released finale She is Here. All available to buy now from our webshop and all good booksellers.

About The Author

Gina Martin is a founding mother and High Priestess of Triple Spiral of Dún na Sidhe, a pagan spiritual congregation in the Hudson Valley. She is a ritualist, teacher, healer, mother, and writer of sacred songs.

Gina is a practitioner of Classical Chinese medicine and a Board certified licensed acupuncturist.

She lives as a steward of the land that previously held a village of the Ramapough Lenape where people can come together now to remember the Old Ways. She is kept company by her husband and dogs, as well as the Sidhe who live in the hills.

www.ginamartinauthor.com

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Introducing the new edition of Moon Time!

Pre-orders of the revised and updated, tenth anniversary edition of the much-loved Lucy H. Pearce title Moon Time are shipping today from HQ in Ireland.

Moon Time tenth anniversary edition by Lucy H. Pearce, Womancraft Publishing

Hailed as ‘life-changing’ by women around the world, Moon Time shares an embodied understanding of the menstrual cycle. Full of practical insight, spiritual wisdom, empowering resources and creative activities, this book will help reconnect you to the cycles within and beyond your body.

  • Learn to live in flow with your cycle and the moon
  • Find balance in life and work through charting
  • Heal PMS naturally
  • Work with menstrual archetypes
  • Create ritual and ceremony: menarche, mother blessing, menopause, red tent

Whether you are coming off the Pill, wanting to understand your fertility, struggling with PMS, healing from womb issues, coming back to cycles after childbirth or just wanting a deeper understanding of your body, Moon Time is an empowering read.

The first edition of Moon Time appeared back in 2012 and was Lucy’s first book to appear in print. An updated edition was published in 2015 and this extended tenth anniversary edition includes a diverse range of voices sharing lived experience of many facets of menstruation: endometriosis, perimenopause, menstrual migraine, PCOS, gender dysphoria, PMDD and neurodivergence and features new sections on:

  • Yoga for moon time
  • Perimenopause
  • Chocolate and herbs
  • Expanded and updated resource section

You can read a free sample HERE.

Click HERE to order a signed copy of Moon Time.

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Celebrating a decade of my books!

This May we are celebrating 10 years of Lucy H Pearce’s books. Lucy writes:

The first book I wrote changed my life.
I have since learned that books have a tendency to do that. You start writing them because you think you know enough about the subject, and quickly find yourself undergoing a drastic education in every aspect of yourself and the topic in order to bring forth the book.

My first book, The Rainbow Way, was written for myself as a new mother, struggling to find time to be creative as a way of preserving my own sanity. [… ]I took Toni Morrison’s sage advice: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” And so I, who had consumed several thousand books as an avid reader, wrote my first book and then walked the well-worn path of desperate wannabe author looking for a publisher. Since then I have written lots more books and started a publishing company more aligned with my own vision: one that celebrates women’s creativity.

from Creatrix: she who makes.

See here for more about her decade of books!

To celebrate we are offering 10% off signed copies of her books (including foreign language versions) on the Womancraft webshop. 

And if you order 4 or more you will receive an original hand painted bookmark.

All the books are listed below. To avail of the discount enter the code DECADE at the checkout.

Click HERE to shop. 

Please note: the discount is not available on pre-orders of the new edition of Moon Time, however it may be used on our remaining copies of the older edition.

Giveaway!

Join Lucy in celebrating on Instagram and Facebook and enter her giveaway!

To enter simply share your favourite book, cover, quote or message from any of her books.

Tag us, @womancraft_publishing, in to your posts and stories and we’ll announce the winners at the end of the month!

Winners will be able to pick one of her books of their choice to add to their collection!

Do you have a book club that might like to read one of Lucy’s books?

Womancraft Publishing offer a 20% discount on bulk orders of over 5 copies of one title for groups. All books are signed and come with an exclusive book mark.

For book clubs ordering this month Lucy will do an online Q&A with your group.

Just get in touch at info@womancraftpublishing.com

Moon Time tenth anniversary edition by Lucy H. Pearce, Womancraft Publishing

Moon Time – 2022

The new 2022 extended tenth anniversary edition includes a diverse range of voices sharing lived experience of many facets of menstruation: endometriosis, perimenopause, menstrual migraine, PCOS, gender dysphoria, PMDD and neurodivergence.

With new sections on:

○ Yoga for moon time
○ Perimenopause
○ Chocolate and herbs
○ Expanded and updated resource section

Hailed as ‘life-changing’ by women around the world, Moon Time shares an embodied understanding of the menstrual cycle. Full of practical insight, spiritual wisdom, empowering resources and creative activities, this book will help reconnect you to the cycles within and beyond your body.

The new edition is available now on a short pre-order run from Womancraft Publishing before its official launch on May 31st.

You can read a free sample HERE.

I apologise that the sample in my previous email about Moon Time did not have the updated contents page.

Click HERE to pre-order a signed copy of Moon Time.

The Rainbow Way – 2013

Like the Artist’s Way… for creative mothers. This book has been acclaimed as “life-changing” by creative mothers around the world, and has hit #1 in multiple Amazon categories in the US, UK and Australia.

Visioned as the guide and mentor that most creative women yearn for, but never find in their daily lives, The Rainbow Way explores the depths of the creative urge, from psychological, biological, spiritual and cultural perspectives.

This positive, nurturing and practical book will help to empower you to unlock your creative potential within the constraints of your demanding life as a mother.

Click HERE to buy The Rainbow Way signed from the Womancraft shop or HERE from Amazon in paperback or ebook.

Moods of Motherhood – 2014

Moods of Motherhood charts the inner journey of motherhood, giving voice to the often nebulous, unspoken tumble of emotions that motherhood evokes: tenderness, frustration, joy, grief, anger, depression and love. In this book I explore the taboo subjects of maternal ambiguity, competitiveness, and the quest for perfection, offering support, acceptance, and hope to mothers everywhere. Though the story is mibe, it could be yours.
This is a book full of searing honesty and raw emotions, which have brought me such a global following of mothers.

Moods of Motherhood has been translated to Polish.

Click HERE to buy a signed copy of Moods of Motherhood from the Womancraft shop or HERE from Amazon in paperback or ebook.

Reaching for the Moon – 2015

Reaching for the Moon is my bestselling guide for girls aged 9-14 as they anticipate and experience their body’s changes.
A beautiful, sensitive and nurturing celebration of a girl’s transformation to womanhood, following in the footsteps of her bestselling book for women, Moon Time.
Beginning with an imaginary journey into the red tent, a traditional place of women’s wisdom, some of the gifts and secrets of womanhood are imparted in a gentle lyrical way.

Reaching for the Moon is also available in Polish, Dutch, Korean, German and French.

Click HERE to buy a signed copy of Reaching for the Moon from the Womancraft shop or HERE from Amazon in paperback or ebook.

Burning Woman – 2016

Burning Woman is a breath-taking and controversial woman’s journey through history — personal and cultural — on a quest to find and free her own power.

2017 Nautilus Award Winner in the program’s ‘Women’ category of books for and about Women’s journey.

Uncompromising and all-encompassing, it uncovers the archetype of the Burning Women of days gone by—Joan of Arc and the witch trials, through to the way women are burned today in cyber bullying, acid attacks, shaming and burnout, fearlessly examining the roots of Feminine power—what it is, how it has been controlled, and why it needs to be unleashed on the world during our modern Burning Times.

Click HERE to buy a signed copy of Burning Woman from the Womancraft shop or HERE from Amazon in paperback, ebook or audiobook.

Full Circle Health – 2017

Full Circle Health: a creative approach to holistic health for all who love planners, trackers and bullet journals to guide and support you in a greater understanding of your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Whether you are menstruating or not, pregnant or post-partum, Full Circle Health provides a highly flexible, deeply supportive way of tracking your health, whatever your current health conditions.

With 35 daily charting spreads, a monthly habit tracker, planner, and charting grid, this integrated tool will help you to track symptoms, medication, self-care, energy levels, build positive habits and mindful awareness.

Click HERE to buy a signed copy of Full Circle Health from the Womancraft shop or HERE from Amazon.

Medicine Woman by Lucy H. Pearce, Womancraft Publishing

Medicine Woman – 2018

Medicine Woman, a sister book to best-selling Burning Woman.

This audacious questioning of the current medical system’s ability to deal with the modern epidemic of chronic illness, combines a raw personal memoir of sickness and healing, woven through with voices of dozens of other long-term sick women of the world and a feminine cultural critique that digs deep into the roots of patriarchal medicine. Pearce takes us from its ancient Greek roots, through the influences of the Enlightenment and Christianity, the wholesale destruction of the wise woman tradition and Western colonial destruction of native medicines to the current technocratic, capitalist model of medicine.

Click HERE to buy a signed copy of MedicineWoman from the Womancraft shop or HERE from Amazon in paperback, ebook or audiobook.

Creatrix by Lucy H Pearce, Womancraft Publishing

Creatrix – 2019

Creatrix is more than just a fancy name for a female artist. She is artist plus…artist plus priestess, artist plus healer, artist plus activist: her work has both sacred and worldly dimensions. She is an energy worker first and foremost, weaving energy into form, colour, words and sound, in order to transform herself and those her creations touch.

What does it mean to live a life in service to your creativity, and in direct connection to the creative source?

With Creative Inquiries and Practices, this interactive book is written for all those that must create in order to live: for the Highly Creative, the Highly Sensitive, the multi-passionate, for those that shake when they share…

Soulful, serious-minded, irreverent and authentic, let Creatrix take you on a journey to the heart of your creative soul.

Click HERE to buy a signed copy of Creatrix from the Womancraft shop or HERE from Amazon in paperback and ebook.

She of the Sea by Lucy H. Pearce, Womancraft Publishing

She of the Sea – 2021

She of the Sea is a lyrical exploration of the call of the sea and the depth of our connection to it, rooted in the author’s personal experience living on the coast of the Celtic Sea, in Ireland.

This book spans from coastal plants to the colour blue, pebbles to prayer, via shapeshifting and suicidal ideation, erosion and immersion, cold water swimming and water birth, seaweed and cyanotypes, from Japanese freedivers and Celtic sea goddesses, selkies to surfing, and mermaids to Mary.

She of the Sea is a strange and wonderful deep dive into the inner sea and the Feminine, exploring where the real and the magical, the salty and the sacred meet, within and without, and what implications this has for us as both individuals…and a species in these tumultuous times.

Dreamlike, meditative, poetic, She of the Sea is a love song. To the ocean. To becoming. To magic. To freedom.

Click HERE to buy a signed copy of She of the Sea from the Womancraft shop or HERE from Amazon in paperback and ebook.

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Muddy Mysticism PROMOTION

If my own spiritual journey thus far is any indication of how it will continue, I imagine it will meander and circle, much like my journey toward trying to call some place home.

Muddy Mysticism by Natalie Bryant Rizzieri, Womancraft Publishing

Muddy Mysticism: the sacred tethers of body, earth and everyday

by Natalie Bryant Rizzieri

A reclaiming of the sacred through our female bodies and daily lives. 

PRE-ORDER NOW…LAUNCHES MAY 15

Buy a signed pre-order copy and tag a friend, sister or mama you’d like to gift a copy to.
Three lucky winners will win a copy for their friend.

STEP ONE
Pre-order your signed paperback copy by May 1st. (Pre-ordered already? Go right ahead to step two!)

STEP TWO
Tag your friend on the Instagram competition post.

An extract from founding editor of Womancraft Publishing, Lucy H. Pearce in conversation with Natalie Bryant Rizzieri, author of Muddy Mysticism:

Lucy: Writing and sharing writing about spiritual practice creates community. Communities that often women who fall outside of mainstream religious practice don’t have. Usually women have to go it alone with their spiritual experiences and practices for many many years.
Natalie: Yes, I think many women have lived on the fringes, on the outside of the approved circle. And so I do hope that this book will reach them. I hope it will invite people into the heart of their own experience as the centre, and maybe towards ‘I belong here in this place’.

To listen to the interview, click here

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The Way of The Seabhean, Accusations and Bullying (Statement by Orla O’Connell, 15th March 2021)

The following statement appeared on the personal blog of Orla O’Connell on 15th March 2021. It can be found in full here. Orla is the scribe who worked with author Amantha Murphy on our January 2021 release The Way of the Seabhean.

Orla O'Connell, scribe of The Way of the Seabhean by Amantha Murphy
Orla O’Connell, scribe of The Way of the Seabhean by Amantha Murphy

Since its release on January 28th, The Way of The Seabhean has been at the centre of a storm of accusations and personal and vicious attacks on Amantha Murphy, for whom I scribed the book. The publisher has also been subjected to online abuse and her health is suffering as a result. The main allegation being made against the book is that it misrepresents Irish Tradition. That Irish Tradition is presented by the accuser as an immutable written monolith that has been collected by scribes and folklorists over 15 centuries. He suggests (or believes) that the Irish Tradition is a closed book and the preserve of scholars. Anything that has not already been recorded and written down cannot be valid.
The Way of The Seabhean does not claim for itself (or does not wish to be included in) any such rigid canon of Irish Tradition. This is not a scholarly book. 

Amantha Murphy is an Irish healer woman who shares some of her healing practices and her personal ‘teachings’ gleaned over nearly seven decades. She is a visionary who uses her gifts to bring healing and balance. The tradition into which Amantha was introduced, as a child, was an oral tradition. Her healing gifts were passed on to her by her grandmother who was, herself, a healer and midwife. The role of the healer woman has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries if not millennia. This is an Irish tradition which Amantha Murphy may legitimately claim. As a dyslexic child, being beaten in London for her inability to learn reading and writing, she found with her Granny, in Kerry, an oral tradition which she embraces, carries and lives to this day. While dyslexia is being presented elsewhere as a limitation, I see it in this context as an asset, because Amantha carried that tradition forward orally and her lack of scholarship prevented her from either writing it down or adding to it by studying other sources.

The Way of the Seabhean by Amantha Murphy, Womancraft Publishing
The Way of the Seabhean, by Amantha Murphy with Orla O’Connell

What Granny taught her was a way of being in the world. While she did not go into great detail on her own healing practice, she taught Amantha love and reverence for the earth and respect and tolerance for all people and creatures. She taught her to go and lie on the earth for healing, to ask the mother if she needed anything, to make sugar sandwiches for the fairies, to walk anticlockwise around stone monuments and that sometimes the stones would share their stories. This was the schooling that Amantha was given. It was a living Irish oral tradition, the specifics of which had never been written down. There is a difference between this tradition and THE IRISH TRADITION to which it is being unfavourably compared. THE IRISH TRADITION that has been collected and written down has been frozen in a moment in time, whereas Amantha’s tradition moves and grows (as all Irish traditions did and would have continued to do, had they not been written down or discarded in favour of modernity).

This book does not pretend to be anything it is not. From the outset, in the first chapter, it states clearly what Amantha means when she talks about her ‘tradition’.

When I speak about my tradition, I mean the tradition that lies within my blood and my bones. My teachers are my granny, my ancestors, Spirit, the living earth, the Great Mother, the Tuath Dé, the stone people, the tree brethren, my animal helpers, the fairies and elementals. They have all sustained me in my life and have shared parts of this tradition with me. Now I claim this as my tradition. It is not only mine; it belongs to all those who consciously carry the bloodline of those who walked before them.
As a child, listening to stories of the Tuatha Dé Danann, Sionann and Medb, I began the journey of accessing my tradition. I was able to enter into those stories and draw from them parts of who I was. I began to reclaim memories. In the beginning I did not know whether I was picking up memories from other lives that I might have lived, or if I was accessing the ancient knowledge that I carried from my forebears in my own DNA. After a while, it did not matter which it was. Those traditional teachings and ancestral memories, together, have informed my work.

A huge amount of criticism and scorn has been directed at the stories from Amantha’s childhood, despite the explanation in the first chapter.

The stories, as they were told to me by Granny and her friends, had been passed down from generation to generation since ancient times, perhaps even since the time of the Tuath Dé themselves. These were part of the Kerry oral tradition and have never been written down. They bear the marks of the many storytellers who retold them over the centuries. Some incorporate Christian elements and themes (for example, in the version of The Táin which was told to me, Cúchulainn had been converted to Christianity).

Amantha Murphy, author of The Way of the Seabhean
Amantha Murphy, author of The Way of the Seabhean

Some of the stories which are included in The Way of The Seabhean, have been compared unfavourably with written versions of the stories. Amantha has been accused of making them up, misrepresenting the TRUE Mythology and of not studying the canon of Irish myths. These accusations say more about the accusers’ misunderstanding of mythology than about Amantha’s versions. The argument is even made that one of the stories is incorrect because of the Christianisation of Cúchulainn “while he was alive that is”. If this reviewer believes that Cúchulainn was a historical character, then he has missed the point of what mythology is about.

I remember a discussion with the late Irish writer, Dermot Healy, about the function of myth. Dermot believed that myths should serve the people and should move and grow with them. If a myth was ever written down and ‘closed’, then it failed to serve its purpose and became irrelevant. Amantha uses these stories (which she inherited with all the interesting embellishments and marks of other storytellers over the centuries) as living myths. They are not included here as quaint tales from the Irish past but as powerful sources of knowledge. “The stories of our land, this land, Ireland, weave us in right relationship with all.”

Perhaps the oddest and most bitter criticism of this book is Amantha’s use of the word ‘Seabhean’ as a title for herself as healer woman, for her workshops on “The Way of the Seabhean” and as part of the title of this book. The text states clearly in the first chapter where the word ‘seabhean’ came from.

When I inherited this tradition it was nameless. After much searching, the word that came up for me, from a woman elder in Donegal, was the word seabhean.

Yes, there were other words available in Irish for the healer woman and Amantha could have chosen ‘Bean Feasa’ or several others, but the word ‘seabhean’ was the one that resonated with her because she was already using the word ‘’sea!’ (literal translation – ‘’tis’) as a positive affirmation in her rituals. The woman who gave the word to Amantha taught Irish in Howth. That woman had heard the word used in Donegal. Calling Amantha a liar does not change that fact.

I have consulted with an Dr. Seosamh Mac Muirí who states that he accepts the usage of ‘seabhean’ in the speech community from even this one report of it. He says that one should take time to consider ‘seagh’, the adjectival ‘seaghdha’, and ‘seile seagha’ in Dineen’s Dictionary (under ‘sine’) in keeping with beliefs of our past generations.

In my glossary, at the end of the book, I had translated the word ‘sea’ as ‘strength or vigour’ and also ‘regard or esteem’ – these were all definitions from Ó Dónaill’s Irish dictionary.

Our reviewers went to great lengths to check every dictionary and manuscript ever written to prove that the word ‘seabhean’ is not listed in any. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Composite words constructed like this are used in the Irish language. Examples of these from Ó Dónaill’s dictionary are ‘spéirbhean’ and ‘síbhean’ and their plurals are ‘spéirmhná’ and ‘símhná’. Despite derisive comments on my knowledge of Irish grammar, this construct is correct. Otherwise, my name would be Orfla rather than Orla. You can find a link to this rule of Irish grammar here.

I am only singling out the more important allegations here. These people have written theses on The Way of The Seabhean and this post would go on forever if I were to answer them all. So allow me to gather a whole bunch of them into the next theme.

They claim that the book uses material appropriated from other cultures and packages it as “genuine Irish Tradition”. I would like to point out that that quotation is from the reviewer and was not used in any promotion for the book. They cite Amantha’s use of the word ‘shaman/shamanic/shamanism’ as cultural appropriation. Her use of the word is clearly explained. Guess where? In the first chapter. Where else?

I understood that every indigenous culture has its own way of attuning and working with the earth, ancestors, elements and elementals and its own way of connecting with spirit. All of these ways are loosely termed ‘shamanism’ now. What Granny had taught me was part of that.” And also, “The main reason I use the word shamanic is because people know exactly what I am talking about and the realms within which I work.

Other accusations of appropriation are chakras: Chakras are the energy points or energy vortices in the body. In Amantha’s work, these are the feet, the base, the womb, the solar plexus, the heart, the thymus, the throat, the third eye, the head and the place of communion (which is the place of harmony when all of the other energy points are in balance). Similar energy points are used by healers from many cultures. The word ‘chakra’ is neither Irish nor English. ‘Chakra’ is a Sanskrit word, which is almost universal and is used in The Way of the Seabhean to conveniently convey the concept. The energy points (as described in the book) are not borrowed from any other culture. The book explains: “The ten chakras that I use were shown to me by the earth herself, here in Ireland”.

The symbol of the Tree is said to be appropriated. The book explains: “Throughout my years, I have attuned and journeyed shamanically with trees, going down into their roots. In that way, the trees revealed themselves to me as the symbol for the Lower, Middle and Upper Worlds.” Amantha’s use of what she calls the “Three Realms”, the Lower, Upper and Middle Worlds is said to be an appropriation. I understood these three worlds as being the realms in which the seabhean operates. I can see that, if a person were to skim the book, the words ‘our tradition’ in this context could be misleading. But Amantha has already explained what she means by ‘my tradition’ and has very clearly explained her way of working. She is not claiming that the three realms are part of the canon of Irish Tradition.

I need to say a few words here about Amantha’s way of working. As a dyslexic, her work is essentially oral. She has no library of reference books to consult on any of this but carries everything in her head. In fact, I am in awe of all that her one head can carry. Any oral tradition is a shifting, moving thing. Inaccuracies and inconsistencies are inevitable. I have done my utmost to check each and every reference and if a few have got past me, I apologise for that.

I would like to thank Luke Eastwood for his defence of Amantha Murphy. In his Open Letter, he writes: “I read Shane Broderick’s review of 27th February with some consternation. While anyone who puts a book into the public arena can expect to face criticism as well as praise, I was quite shocked by the review, which struck me as totally sarcastic, vitriolic and unfair. While he has the right to express his opinion and was right to lay some criticism at Amantha Murphy’s door, I do not think it was balanced, reasonable or fair.”

He goes on to say: “Having slandered and denigrated Murphy as a charlatan, crook and faker of Irish tradition, he moves on to criticise the book itself… While the book deserves some criticism, one must remember that Murphy is not an academic and does not claim to be. Much of this book is biographical and experiential in nature and should be read in that context… However, while it was pertinent to highlight the mistakes within the book, I think it was done in a mean-spirited and vindictive way, with the intention of permanently damaging the author’s reputation”.

I hope that this post will clarify many of those perceived ‘mistakes’. The material for this book came from hundreds of hours of audio recordings. As Amantha teaches by repetition and is a born storyteller, these recordings contain a rich tapestry full of (thoroughly enjoyable) meanderings. The task of distilling this ‘pure drop’ from that vast ‘mash’ was enormous and took me several years. My preoccupation was with presenting these particular ‘teachings’ of Amantha’s in a written form acceptable to the many people who worked with her over the years and, at the same time, creating a book that was accessible to interested readers with no background in this kind of healing or spirituality. I think I succeeded in both of those goals.

If I had been writing an academic discourse on how the role of the healer woman fitted into the canon of Irish Tradition, then I would have referenced sources and texts. But as I was working from an oral source and as every word of this book is Amantha’s (only the foreword, glossary and footnotes are mine), this never was, or never could be a book to measure up to high academic standards. Perhaps I should have added in a few extra footnotes for disambiguation, but it is obvious that our learned reviewers didn’t read the ones that are already there.

A pattern has emerged through most of this post. Nearly all of the answers to the allegations were to be found in the first chapter of the book. From this, I must conclude that the people who reviewed the book either never read the first chapter of the bookskimmed over it (as one of our reviewers admitted doing) were too blinkered by their own bias to understand it, or wilfully misrepresented it for their own purpose.

Luke Eastwood suggests that “Mr Broderick has written this demolition of Murphy’s book with the hope of making a name for himself, in the most cynical way possible.” But who benefits from the loss of Amantha Murphy’s reputation? The answer could well be provided by Shane Broderick himself. At the end of his bibliography of suggested (“decent, accurate”) sources, he blatantly advertises the Irish Pagan School. The Irish Pagan School runs workshops on Irish paganism (spirituality), offers tours to sacred sites in Ireland and performs rituals like weddings. Commercially, they are Amantha Murphy’s competitors. One of the owners is the Reverend Lora O’Brien. I visited her Facebook page and saw that she had shared Shane Broderick’s unfair post with the words: “This is so important. Please read”.
{Added note from the publisher: we were informed by the person who started this campaign in their initial email – someone who at all times did not use their full/real name – that they had not read the book, had no intention of doing so and was claiming to be writing their own book on the subject.}

I would like to thank members of the Pagan community who have supported Amantha and the book. I would especially like to thank those who, having first jumped on the critical bandwagon, then read the book and had the courage to change their minds. I would like to call on the Irish Pagan School to distance themselves from slanderous and vindictive attacks on Amantha Murphy’s reputation and this book. I call on the cyber bullies to stop harassing our publisher.

Amantha’s teachings (and the book itself), respect all individual spiritual paths and all people. The reviewer who accused the book of sexual prejudice obviously missed the reference on page 88 to Amantha’s relationship with another woman. The notion that either she or the book is phobic to any members of the LGBTQ community is ridiculous. Amantha’s work is inclusive. It is imbued with joy, humour and lightness of being. The Way of the Seabhean has brought healing and hope to many. What a shame that such a positive, uplifting and beneficial book is being dragged into this mire.

Please share this post to stand with us and say that cyber-bullying and character assassination is not okay.

Orla O’Connell M.Phil.(Creative Writing) is an Irish writer living in Co. Sligo. Also known by her name in Irish, Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill, she is the author of the prizewinning novel, The Man with No Skin and scribe of The Way of the Seabhean – An Irish Shamanic Path, for Amantha Murphy.

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Womancraft Publishing statement

Whilst we fully respect each reader’s right to critically review a book, and decide whether it is to their taste or of merit, we have been saddened, shocked and disgusted by the vitriol being targeted at our most recent author, Amantha Murphy and her extremely popular book, The Way of the Seabhean. 
After a successful launch and fabulous early reception for her book, which is based on decades of teaching, Amantha has in recent weeks been rounded on by a small but vocal group of folks from online Irish Pagan groups who seem to have a personal vendetta and desire to destroy Amantha’s book, her professional life and very self. She and her book have become the focus of vicious and persistent cyber-bullying, name-calling, slurs and accusations…far, far beyond any sort of valid critical review. 
These attacks have been the opposite of everything we at Womancraft stand for: community, creativity, the positive power of words and women’s voices. 
We call on those involved to stop. You may disagree with Amantha. But remember, hers is just one voice. Her experience, one experience. She is not an academic author, but a woman sharing her lived experience, rooted in her personal heritage and the land. She has every right to do this. As do you… write your own books share your own research – add to the collective richness of human endeavour rather than trying destroy others. You may disagree with some of what is in a book… but that is all it is… a book. Made with heart and love by fallible humans.
Please stop. And take a breath. We are not your enemies. We are a very small independent, Irish company headed by an autistic woman. Our author is a dyslexic woman in her late 60s. We are all living through tough times. We believe our shared humanity comes before dogma and ideology. 
Enough.

This statement was originally published on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/womancraftpublishing/posts/3494180664021990

Statement by Amantha Murphy

As some of you are aware, with the recent release of my book I appear to have walked into a hornets’ nest. 
This book is a piece of me and my story.
It is me expressing and sharing what I have learned: from ancestors – Granny included, from Spirit, from the Trees, from being in communion with the Land, and most importantly, listening. 
This book is not, and was never intended to be, a scholarly work of any kind. I appreciate those who have taken the academic path to gain their knowledge. Although my dyslexia has made learning from scholarly works out of reach for me, it did open the path of learning through my oral tradition, experiences and senses. 
I have not selected what I teach based on any specific outline or idea of faith drawn by others. What I teach is what I have been shown/ taught and has had a profound effect on me and people I have worked with and continue to work with, many of which I now have the honour to call friends. Friends that I have shared many powerful and deeply moving experiences with. These times and moments I treasure and have filled my life with intense purpose and joy.
I have taken what I have seen and learnt and taught and shared it with those who are interested. I was taught this way, and this is what I have practiced. I have never taken any literary course of any kind. Not because I would not be interested or do not see the value, it is just not the way my brain is made. 
My book shares how I have become who I am and how I have combined these practices and inheritances to assist others. I am sharing a path, rooted in this land, its stories and my heritage…not the only path. It is one that I have lived and taught for the past 48 years. In all cultures there are many traditions, paths and versions of stories. No one can assert only one path and I certainly do not.
My goal has and always will be, to share, help and assist others in healing themselves. What I have are the tools I have been given and so that is what I use. 
Like so many others, I watched both my Irish parents suffer the grief and homesickness of having to leave their homeland due to lack of work after the war. The Irish lived centuries being persecuted and fought our way to freedom. I have been firmly rooted back home in Ireland for decades and I feel no need to fight now. Along with my Irish scribe and Irish publisher, I stand firmly and proudly by my work. 
I will always be about sharing love and respecting one’s right to be their genuine and authentic selves. Expressing what they truly are and what makes them feel alive. 
I have faced adversity in my life, many times and I have survived. Those who have worked with me, those who know me, know my worth and recognise the place I operate from. I have Family, a Large ever-growing Family and we support each other. Their love is the Soul food of my life.
If my book has offended or hurt anyone I am sorry for that. 
The focus of intention is for my book to share my story, teachings and experiences to assist and encourage others to find their stories – no matter their tradition.


With Love,

 Amantha

Statement from Orla O’Connell

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Launch event: The Mistress of Longing

Wendy Havlir Cherry, author of our beautiful new title The Mistress of Longing will be holding a launch event at Bad Moon Apothecary (@badmoonapothecary) in Santa Fe, NM, on Thursday, November 21st at 6pm.

She will be introducing everyone to the Mistress of Longing via a special experiential in addition to a small talk. We’ll celebrate with a champagne toast! 

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Introducing the new title from Sarah Robinson…

  Womancraft Publishing
We are so excited to let you know that our latest title is ready to pre-order…   Yin Magic by Sarah Robinson will launch on October 31st 2020!
 
Read on to find out more and for your free sample …
$15.99 | £10.99 | €13.99     Click here to preorder now

About the Book

From Womancraft Publishing bestselling author of Yoga for Witches, Sarah Robinson, comes Yin Magic: How to be Still.
Yin Magic shows how ancient Chinese Taoist alchemical practices can mingle with yoga and magic to enhance our wellbeing from sleep to stress-levels, helping us to move beyond the burnout cycles and embody the beauty of letting go.
Yin Magic shares: What yin is…and why it matters. An introduction to the practice of yin yoga Yin yoga journeys for each season and the meridians. Insight from cutting-edge neuroscience research. Connections between Celtic, witch and Chinese medicine traditions. Ideas for putting trust in one’s own nature, and the pace of the natural world. Sympathetic magic and how to bring it into your yoga practice. How to embrace the magic in the darker times of night, new moon and winter. Yin Magic helps us to make everyday magic at a sumptuously slow pace as an antidote to the busyness of modern life.

Praise for the book

Yin Magic is exactly what the world needs right now. An invitation to slow down; the reasons why it’s essential we do that, as well as detailed guidance on how we do it. Engaging and fascinating, Yin Magic is an antidote to the world’s default stress state. Robinson is also genius at breaking down in-depth philosophies and practices such as Tao, Yoga, Buddhism, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine in a way that makes them relatable and applicable in our lives today.
Tamara Pitelen, energy healer, author, and yoga instructor

You can start reading right now!
Grab your free e-sample of the book here


AND PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE
(pre-orders close 14th October 2020 )

As you know, pre-orders on signed copies are available EXCLUSIVELY from Womancraft Publishing… it’s our way of saying THANK YOU for being here.

AN EXCLUSIVE PRE-ORDER OFFER FROM THE AUTHOR…

Sarah has recorded two magical alchemical practices for Yin Magic pre-orderers! You’ll have exclusive access to an audio recording of the 5 Elements Meditation and a video of the Elemental Magic yin yoga sequence for you to practice at home! Both these practices feature in the Yin Magic book; and they are bought to life in this very special offering!


About The Author

Sarah is a yoga and meditation teacher based in Bath, UK (Once named after a goddess: the ancient Roman town of Aquae Sulis). Her background is in Science; she holds an MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience and has studied at Bath, Exeter and Harvard University. Sarah has practised yoga since the age of 7. Weaving in her love of all things myth, magic and goddess, Sarah is passionate about creating magic to inspire and transform. And through yoga, meditation and ritual aims to help everyone connect to their own special magic and inner power.

T & Cs

– The pre-order offer is only available for up to 4 copies to one address.
– Shipping is calculated according to your region, and is cheaper than it normally would be as we ship pre-orders in a bulk mailing.
– Any items ordered at the same time as a pre-order will be shipped along with the pre-order.
– Pre-order books will be dispatched on or by 16th October 2020. You will be notified by email when they have been sent.

Shipping Speeds

Sadly, due to Covid-19 restrictions we cannot currently ship to Australia, New Zealand, and most Asian countries. We will be in contact as soon as this changes. For other locations shipping times may be longer than usual.

We ship worldwide from here in Ireland. Typical estimated delivery times are as follows:
Ireland 1-2 working days
UK 3-5 working days
Mainland Europe 4-7 working days
US, Canada 10-14 working days

Bulk Orders

We offer a 20% discount for those wishing to purchase 5 copies or more of one title for book groups, red tents, healing communities etc. as well as discounted shipping. You can purchase these on our website and we will refund the 20% and extra shipping.

Bulk orders ship from our regional printers and come unsigned. Signed bookplates and bookmarks can be mailed to you from our offices on request – email us at sales@womancraftpublishing.com

Wholesale Orders

If you run a retail outlet in the US, Australia or Europe and would like to sell Yin Magic or any of our other Womancraft Publishing titles, please drop us an email and we’ll send you our current wholesale catalogue. sales@womancraftpublishing.com
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Pre-order now: Walking the Threads of Time by Gina Martin

We are so excited to let you know that book two in Gina Martin’s
When She Wakes trilogy is ready to pre-order. 

Walking the Threads of Time

by Gina Martin

will launch on Lughnasa – August 1st 2020 – a year to the day since the launch of Book one Sisters of the Solstice Moon.

Click here to place your order

Read on to find out more and for your free sample …

“Author, teacher and priestess Gina Martin has woven together visions of the mysteries of the Sacred Feminine from the past, present and future, with an evocative and sensual urgency…Lush with rich, descriptive language that carries the reader into the cultures and rituals she dreams into being, one has only to let oneself be carried deeply into the heart of these rites and the important spiritual messages they contain.”
Sharynne NicMhacha, scholar and author of The Divine Feminine in Ancient Europe, Celtic Myth and Religion, and Queen of the Night

Walking the Threads of Time by Gina Martin, Womancraft Publishing

About the Book

In lifetime after lifetime, she who was Atvasfara, High Priestess of Isis, seeks the others of the Thirteen as they appear – and disappear – in different configurations, genders and moments in human history from ancient Egypt and China, through medieval Europe, the Cree community in Canada, via Ghana and the battle fields of the First World War.

In this gripping sequel, the thirteen vision carriers first introduced in Sisters of the Solstice Moon face death and danger to serve the Goddess in the times when She is forbidden. Travel with them as they navigate through patriarchal history, seeking to save Her wisdom in the darkest of times.

Early Reader Feedback
“Walking the Threads of Time takes the characters we are introduced to in Sisters of the Solstice Moon through time and space, embodying history and throwing feminine light on eras we find familiar. I loved the chance to get to know these diverse characters deeper and grew to love them. Gina Martin writes with such grace and ease. This book is awe-inspiring on so many levels.”

“Captivating and entrancing. The characters stay with you long after you put the book down. This is magic realism at its most sacred feminine.”

You can start reading right now!
Grab your free e-sample of the book here AND PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE (pre-orders close 17th July 2020 )

As you know, pre-orders on signed copies are available EXCLUSIVELY from Womancraft Publishing… it’s our way of saying THANK YOU for being here.

To celebrate the launch of pre-orders we are offering a 25% discount on Gina Martin’s first book in the series, Sisters of the Solstice Moon Kindle edition. Click HERE to buy on Kindle now.

And a 20% discount on the paperback from the Womancraft shop (no coupon code needed). Click HERE to buy the paperback now.

EXCLUSIVE PRE-ORDER OFFERS…

The first two UK/Ireland and US based pre-orders placed for Book 2, Walking the Threads of Time will receive a free audiobook of Book 1, Sisters of the Solstice Moon.

The first pre-order from mainland Europe will receive a joy pocket goddess in their choice of colour, which will be dispatched with their book in July.

All pre-order customers will receive a link to Gina Martin’s special Walking the Threads of Time Spotify playlist which provides a soundscape of the different times and cultures that the book travels through.

Plus an exclusive book mark with their signed copy.

Gina Martin author of Sisters of the Solstice Moon

About The Author

Gina Martin is a founding mother and High Priestess of Triple Spiral of Dún na Sidhe, a pagan spiritual congregation in the Hudson Valley. She is a ritualist, teacher, healer, mother, and writer of sacred songs.

Gina is a practitioner of Classical Chinese medicine and a Board certified licensed acupuncturist.

She lives as a steward of the land that previously held a village of the Ramapough Lenape where people can come together now to remember the Old Ways. She is kept company by her husband and dogs, as well as the Sidhe who live in the hills.

www.ginamartinauthor.com

T & Cs

-The pre-order offer is only available for up to 4 copies to one address.
-Shipping is calculated according to your region, and is cheaper than it normally would be as we ship pre-orders in a bulk mailing.
-Any items ordered at the same time as a pre-order will be shipped along with the pre-order.
-Pre-order books will be dispatched on or by 20th July 2020. You will be notified by email when they have been sent.

Shipping Speeds

Sadly, due to Covid-19 restrictions we cannot currently ship to Australia, New Zealand, and most Asian countries. We will be in contact as soon as this changes. For other locations shipping times may be longer than usual.

We ship worldwide from here in Ireland. Typical estimated delivery times are as follows:
Ireland 1-2 working days
UK 3-5 working days
Mainland Europe 4-7 working days
US, Canada 10-14 working days

Bulk Orders
We offer a 20% discount for those wishing to purchase 5 copies or more of one title for book groups, red tents, healing communities etc. as well as discounted shipping. You can purchase these on our website and we will refund the 20% and extra shipping.

Bulk orders ship from our regional printers and come unsigned. Signed bookplates and bookmarks can be mailed to you from our offices on request – email us at sales@womancraftpublishing.com

Wholesale Orders  
If you run a retail outlet in the US, Australia or Europe and would like to sell Walking the Threads of Time or any of our other Womancraft Publishing titles, please drop us an email and we’ll send you our current wholesale catalogue. sales@womancraftpublishing.com

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Launch of Sisters of the Solstice Moon at the Goddess Festival

Gina Martin author of Sisters of the Solstice MoonWomancraft Publishing’s new author Gina Martin will be over from the US launching and reading from her new book, Sisters of the Solstice Moon. This free, non-ticketed event will take place on Thursday 1st at 5pm in the Nolava room at Goddess House, Magdalene Road, Glastonbury, UK.

Sisters of the Solstice Moon by Gina Martin, Womancraft PublishingThe conference runs from Tuesday 30th July to Sunday 4th August. There is an incredible line-up including Jane Meredith, Kathy Jones, Fleassy Malay and our own Lucy H. Pearce will be a keynote speaker and running two workshops.

There will be workshops, ceremonies and talks galore, and the chance to meet many Womancraft folk in one of the most sacred feminine places on the planet.

You can check out the amazing programme and book tickets HERE.

It would be so lovely to meet you there.

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