Women Weaving Stories
October 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
You are invited to Women Weaving Stories at 6pm for 6.30 start on Friday, 13th October.
The presenters on this evening will be two published members of Womenspace, Anna Heriot and Tracey Walker. Facilitated by Ann Ingamells this will be our final evening of WWS for 2023.
As in our 18 earlier Women Weaving Stories, we will find out what ‘made’ these women, what experiences brought them to this point of their lives. What stories they collected on their journey so far? This is what they shared with us:
Tracey launched her memoir, “The Card I was Dealt that Transformed my Life” in July this year.
She overcame immense adversity and turned everything she learnt in the process into transforming her life to now help others. She is an inspiring educator who has experienced numerous personal challenges in her life. Tracey is a passionate advocate for empowering people to take control of their lives and shape their own futures. Through her work, she has been able to provide invaluable guidance and support to countless individuals, helping them build the confidence and skills they need to reach their goals. Tracey’s mission is to create an environment where people can feel confident about their abilities, be inspired to succeed despite their circumstances, and have access to resources that will help them reach their goals.
Tracey holds a Bachelor of Education and certifications as a Life Mastery Consultant, Advanced EFT Practitioner, and Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner. She is a published author; Speaker at the State Library of NSW and has appeared on the show ‘Behind the Pen’ in the UK.
Less than two weeks after her Women Weaving Stories presentation, Tracey will speak at the Women’s Economic Forum in London October 2023!
Anna says – I’m a country girl, brought up on stolen land in Cookardinia, southern New South Wales, on the Jerra Jerra Creek which flows to the Thugga Swamp, on Wiradjuri country. I left there at 12 to g to boarding school and university in Sydney, and although I have never lived there since, the country girl is still there in me.
My professional journey has been through teaching and community work, where I became fascinated with the dynamics of group work and began training in psychodrama. I learned about role theory, spontaneity, systems thinking, group work and sociometry, and became accredited as a Sociodramatist (the soul journey of the socius). I joined the Brisbane Playback Theatre company where I trained further in improvisation, playing back the stories of the audience with movement and music.
In mid-life I burned out in a community development job with the local government association. I spent a year cycling the foreshore at Wynnum and Manly, ‘plerking’ (the work in play and play in work) with a friend who was writing a Masters study on embodied knowledge in women’s community work. She suggested I qualify as a celebrant which I discovered drew on all the learnings of a rich life: a country childhood, marriage , family, alternative living, community work, psychodrama, sociodrama, and a deep interest in First Nations people and connection to country. As I developed my practise I told friends of the ceremonies I was making with my clients. They suggested writing a book, then one who was on her second book said yes, you should and I’ll tell you how to do it. So she did and I did. Not as easy as that sounds but I did it. I was inspired by, and work from Lionel Murphy’s vision of Australians making our own ceremonies, with our own cultures, poetry, music and movement, in tune with our clients. (Lionel was the Attorney General of the Whitlam government who initiated the civil celebrant programme).
These days I do end-of-life ceremonies: preparing to die, funerals, memorials, strewing ashes and sharing stories, truth telling, singing, laughing and crying. I’m often invited to facilitate groups where we get to the heart of the group concerns, in ritual gatherings, light heartedly, playfully, seriously.
11 Second Ave, Sandgate.
6pm for 6.30pm start.
Please rsvp by SMS to 0434 357 862.
We thank you for entry donation of $5.