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WOMANSPACE 1: 19 May 2013


I have recently rediscovered the joy of dolls.  Dolls made by hand have a special magic all their own.

While we were making these gorgeous women, I found myself thinking of the story of Vasalisa the orphan girl whose magic doll, gifted to her by her mother, helped her escape the clutches of the ferocious Baba Yaga herself.  As told by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes in her inspirational book “Women Who Run With the Wolves”, the magic doll represents the emerging young woman’s own intuition.  Now that I know just a little of the old Russian/Slavic tradition of doll making, I suspect she may well have been a protective spirit doll, watching over Vasalisa and providing her with advice to keep her safe and well.

Doll making at WOMANSPACE on 19 May  – inspired by an old Slavic pre-Christian tradition


Ishara de Garis – thank you for a great afternoon! Wonderful ladies to meet and great conversations…always a joy to meet such open hearted women…and fab fun making our dolls!!! It’s amazing how much healing & rejuvenation goes on when we are playfully creative in a group. Fab space & fab work lady.
Thank you. X
Mary Jane

 What an amazing opportunity to spend some time with wonderful women doing something creative!  I never give myself thetime to create at home – this was so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again.
Thanks 🙂