Essence Festival has ended

We are so excited to be on this journey with you! Essence is an online portal, a virtual experience through the realms of magic, shamanism, and ritual. This is a place to learn about magic and mysticism, to taste the many avenues and modalities of spirituality and connection. In this space, we invite you to weave, to mingle, to share with an open heart, bring your gifts and be part of this global co-creation.

We bring to you a collective of modern witches, wizards, mystics, shamans, teachers and healers. Each have their own alchemical gift and medicine to bring to our planet. We encourage you to use your intuition and move towards those you feel drawn to or to those where you feel resistance. Explore this online bazaar with an open heart and trust in the journey. This is the place to find the path that resonates most with you!

Together we activate the planetary grid and move towards our evolution as humans and as a civilisation….

To join us please Get your ticket here:

The schedule is live! You can now start planning and feeling into your festival experience. Please read important information below for instructions on how to access the sessions:

Watch this sample walk through video (from another festival but the tools are the same!) on how to use Sched and adjust it to your time zone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3H4utVMWv4&feature=emb_title 

Facebook Group
Upon purchasing your ticket you will have received a link to join our private Facebook group. This is where you will be able to access important information including Zoom links to sessions, Sched (program links), connection opportunities with your community, livestreams and support. You must become a member of this group in order to access to the festival programme!

Link to Essence Festival Facebook Group:
Essence Private Facebook Group

Sched and Workshop Links
In the workshops and sessions below, you’ll notice there are yellow video stream buttons. These link to specific posts in the private Facebook group where all of the information (including the Zoom link) for the particular workshop is located.

Time zones
You adjust the schedule to your location by choosing your time zone from the drop down menu on the right hand side (when on computer) or at the top (when on mobiles). Time zones in Sched are divided by cities so choose a city that is in your time zone (for example "Berlin/Europe").

If you haven’t yet purchased your ticket, you can get it here:


                            ✨Looking forward to diving in deeper with you, through the cosmic
                                    and etheric realms, deeper into self and into the many subtle,
                                                       intricate layers of seen and unseen ✨
avatar for Jane Hardwicke Collings

Jane Hardwicke Collings

Jane Hardwicke Collings
Founder & CEO
I am a postmenopausal grandmother at the sunset of my life.

I am mother of a blended family with 4 adult children and 3 grandboys.

I am a former Registered Nurse, and worked in that capacity in Paediatric Intensive Care Units and Women’s Operating Theatres.

I became a midwife at 26 and left the hospital system so as not to be complicit with institutionalised acts of abuse and violence on women and babies masquerading as safety.

I ‘grew up’ in the homebirth world and was a homebirth midwife for 30 years in the city and then rural areas.

My own births have taught me who I am and what I am capable of.

My menopausal experience has taught me to focus on preparing for the great great grandchildren.

I travel to give workshops on the wisdom of the cycles and the spiritual practice of menstruation;preparation for menstruation for mothers and daughters; and the sacred and shamanic dimensions of pregnancy, birth, mothering and menopause; and how to reclaim and heal our rites of passage
I also offer teacher training for these. I speak at conferences and festivals and offer my books and e-courses to help heal the wounded feminine and wounded masculine of our patriarchal culture.
I carry the lineage of Shamanic Midwifery from my teacher Jeannine Parvati Baker(deceased) and I created theSchool of Shamanic Womancraft (formerly the School of Shamanic Midwifery) in 2009, an International, Women’s Mystery School to share and carry on this lineage.
I see myself as an Agent of the Goddess, and practically speaking that means my work in the world is informed by my commitment to work for the Earth, Mother Earth, and all her inhabitants.

And what that looks like is helping heal birth through helping mothers be more informed about how the system works and their rights, to heal traumatic birth experiences, to help birth workers be more aware of their impact on babies, mothers and fathers, to help heal menstruation by encouraging conscious rites of passage at menarche (first period) and helping women remember the importance of being connected to their body and their menstrual cycle, to banish menstrual shame and co-create a positive menstrual culture, and to reclaim menopause from medicine and help women harness the transformation powers of menopause.

Basically to reclaim feminine knowledge, wisdom and power through reconnection with the women’s mysteries.

This is my mission.
I am one of four visionary co-creators of Hygieia Health a Not For Profit with a mission to create free standing birth centres and fund homebirth.
I live in the bush on the edge of a huge forest in NSW, Australia and I am committed to walking my talk and treading lightly on the earth.
I am currently unregistered with the Australian government as a nurse or midwife.
These are my words


My Speakers Sessions

Monday, July 26

4:30am CEST

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