A reflection on closing the bones

  Helen Discombe recently attended the closing the bones workshop. She wrote a blog about her experience that she has kindly allowed us to link to here. She starts her story with… “Last night I returned home from two days of workshops in Cambridge with the wonderful Sophie Messager.  I felt drained and tired, but also…

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Closing bones, the completion of one cycle and growth of a new cycle

Sophie Fletcher attended the closing the bones training in 2017. This is her account what the ritual did for her. “Through recognizing the archetypal and spiritual nature of the experience…an understanding of and a healing of the wounded mother can begin. We are all the inheritors of the wounded mother. The repression of the feminine…

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Today I was healed-a story of loss

We recently asked for stories from the bone closers in our community. We wanted to run a competition to celebrate our 200th member! We wanted their experiences of both giving and receiving. We had many marvellous entries and will be sharing the winning entries here over the coming weeks. Here is our runner-up winner, Rosie, with her…

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Friends close the bones

We recently asked for stories from the bone closers in our community. We wanted to run a competition to celebrate our 200th member! We wanted their experiences of both giving and receiving. We had many marvellous entries and will be sharing the winning entries here over the coming weeks. Here is our first place winner…

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Closing the bones : a male doula’s experience

I (Sophie) first heard of Dr Attila Jonas when he contacted me asking to attend a closing the bones workshop earlier in 2017. Having not heard of him, I had to make sure he was a safe person to work with, so I quickly dropped a message to male midwife Mark Harris to check if…

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A mother’s experience of closing the bones

When I first heard of a ‘closing the bones’ ceremony I must admit I thought it sounded slightly sinister and cult-ish – I couldn’t have been more wrong! A quick ‘Google’ brought up lovely stories and images of South African women celebrating motherhood with a wonderful woman-centred ceremony incorporating massage and rebozo work. So, not…

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Welcome to the Closing the Bones Community Blog!

Why this website? Welcome to the new closing the bones community – a reflection on 4 years of closing the bones giving and receiving. When Maddie and I attended Rocio’s workshops back in 2012 and 2013, we could have never predicted how much the closing the bones community would grow and how we would be…

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