“A Sense of Wonder” by Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson was way ahead of her time. Decades before “Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder” by Richard Louv was published Rachel Carson makes the same claim. This brilliant article tells the story of wonder that she experiences with her grandson as they walk the beach at night, wander through the woods on a rainy day and other adventures. She describes in plain and simple words the incredible gift that this time in nature is for Roger as he is growing up.


“Using Nature Based Mentoring and Wilderness Rites of Passage to Support Girl’s Development” By Lorene Wapotich and Karen Warren

This thesis abstract is a brilliant and clear case for the importance of rites of passage to support the adolescent transition that happens in girls. It compiles studies that have cited the importance of nature-based mentoring and positive female role models for teenage girls. This work validates from the scientific realm the work that I hold so dear to my heart.

Blood Sisters by Susan Roberts
Magazine: New Age Journal Issue: May/June 1994
This article highlights activities of women working out of the menstrual Health Foundation in Sebastopol, CA. Rites of passage for teenage girls as well as supporting the development of moontime ritual and relationship for women were the focus of this organization while it was in existence. The article quotes Dr. Christiane Northrup supporting women in honoring their moon as a contributor to menstrual health. I found medical, historical, cultural and social evidence of the importance of women honoring her moon in this article.

“Menstrual Cycle” From Wikipedia
This article was extremely helpful. Having an understanding of the menstrual cycle from the traditional western scientific perspective is really important. I need to be able to speak eloquently on all fronts, in all crowds regarding moontime honoring. This article definitely contributes to my journey in that.

“Menstrual Cycles”
This article too helped me to understand the physiology of the menstrual cycle. Particularly interesting in this article was the section about working with cramps.

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