For as long as women have walked upon the Earth, their lives have been guided by the pull of the Moon. There was a time, however, when we cycled to the Sun rather than the Moon.




To talk about our Moontime, and indeed, to make menstruation a mainstream topic, has taken quite some work. We still have a LONG way to go. To bring this most fundamental aspect of being a woman into the limelight is to reclaim our sacred femininity from behind the closed doors of one of patriarchy’s great taboos.



“Our menstruation is our honesty.

It tells us what the world denies.

It is a mirror of our diet, emotions, beliefs, cellular memories, dreams and the world we live in.”

~ Cycle to the Moon, by Veronika Sophia Robinson

“Modern statistics relating to menstruating woman
are taken from huge cities,
about women whose lifestyles
are not in accord with Nature.”
~ Cycle to the Moon, by Veronika Sophia Robinson

Blood is not dirty. Menstruation is not filthy. Bleeding each month is not a curse.

The menstrual-hygiene industry is raking in the big bucks and perpetuating old myths. However, like childbirth, it is true that many women suffer. I would like to add that they don’t need to suffer. Our culture tells them otherwise. Voices in the wilderness speak out against the cultural soup and whisper “there’s another way”. Those of us on the edge of culture try to bring light to the lives of women who suffer with menstrual ‘conditions’. It’s important to ask ourselves: did Mother Nature really want us to suffer with migraines, cramps, bloating, bad tempers and heavy bleeding? I don’t believe so. In fact, the more we look at the lives of our ancestresses we see that the ‘menstrual’ curse is a recent phenomenon in female history. It is in direct proportion to the degree with which we concur with the modern lifestyle: lack of exercise, poor nutrition (caffeine, sugar, dairy, gluten, alcohol), inadequate sleep, stress, EMRs, pollution, lack of immersion in nature, too much screen time, etc.

“The vagina and its excretions (mucus and blood)

are a mirror of the foods and non foods (that is, junk) we put into our body.”

~ Cycle to the Moon, by Veronika Sophia Robinson



There are many resources available these days to guide women on how to heal their cultural patterning around menstruation.

Here are some relatively recent additions to menstrual-healing literature.

Cycle to the Moon: celebrating the menstrual trinity ~ menarche, menstruation, menopause
by Veronika Sophia Robinson; illustrated by Susan Merrick

ISBN 978-0-9575371-4-9
185 pages pbk

Based on my workshops: Sacred Cycle, and Cycle to the Moon, this book offers practical support for every woman wanting to understand herself better. It is a celebration of the menstrual trinity: first blood of the maiden; the cycles of mother; the last blood of the wise crone. This contribution to holistic menstruation reaches beyond culture, taboos and maternal conditioning, and touches the heart of what it means to be a woman. In the style of a journal, this book invites the reader to celebrate her body through reconnecting with her cycles.

Sisters of the Silver Moon
By Veronika Sophia Robinson
ISBN 978-0-9931586-1-2 (Pbk and Kindle)

Although this is a novel, it was inspired by Cycle to the Moon, and touches on women’s bodies by introducing the reader to the lives of four generations of women and their different experiences of menarche, menstruation and menopause, as well as childbirth, as told through their stories of family, home, love, loss and forgiveness.

The sustained motif in the novel is that of the ever-changing, powerful Moon.

Azaria Linden, the community herbalist, spends her days tending herb gardens, concocting lotions, potions and tinctures, beekeeping, and being a mother to four grown-up daughters who have left home. Her handcrafted life is the envy of many, but when the lives of her children change in dramatic ways, she wonders if she can keep it all together. Is it possible to still live a heart-centred life when everything around you is falling apart?



Reaching for the Moon – a girl’s guide to her female cycles
By Lucy Pearce
82 pages. (June 2013)
ISBN: 1482363038

Written for girls aged 9-14 introducing them to the menstrual cycle in simple, soulful language, taking the form of a gentle, meaningful initiation into womanhood. Reaching for the Moon incorporates stories, real women’s experiences of their first periods, and answers girls’ most burning questions about periods and their bodies in a loving, age-appropriate way:

Contents include:
* Ideas on how to celebrate their first period.
* Practical guidance on choosing sanitary products. * Holistic health care for the menstrual cycle.
* Guidance on self care as an emerging woman.

This is the guide that empowered and caring mothers, aunts and godmothers want for the girls in their lives.

*Lucy is currently releasing an updated edition.



Moon Time: a guide to celebrating your menstrual cycle
By Lucy Pearce
144 pages. (February 2012)
ISBN: 1468056719

A guide for all menstrual women from 14- 40. Referred to by readers world wide as “life changing”. Moon Time will help you to embrace all aspects of your menstrual cycle, heal PMS, develop self care practices and reconnect to your body’s natural rhythms. It is the first book in print to explore the new phenomenon of red tents as places for women’s retreat, and shares how to create a red tent for yourself and your community, as well as how to celebrate a girls’ transition to womanhood.
Signed paperback version £9.99



Recommended Books
Bennet, J. & Pope, A. (2008) The Pill: Are you sure it’s for you? (Allen and Unwin, released in UK by Orion 2009)
Bennett, J. (2002) A Blessing not a Curse: A mother daughter guide to the transition from child to woman, Sally Milner Publishing, Bowral, 2002.
Bennett, J. & Naish F. (2004)The Natural Fertility Management Contraception and Conception Kits
Diamant, A. (2002). The Red Tent. London: Pan Books.
Shushann, Movsessian, Puberty Girl, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2005Naish, F. Natural Fertility, Sally Milner Publishing, Bowral, 1991, 4th Ed. 2004
Northrup, Christiane Dr. (1998) Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. New York: Bantam Books,
Owen, L. (2008). Her Blood is Gold. Dorset: Archive Publishing.
Pope, A. (2006) The Woman’s Quest—unfolding women’s path of power and wisdom. A thirteen–session self–guiding course, self published, 2006. Available from
Pope, A. (2001). The Wild Genie: the healing power of menstruation. Bowral, Australia: Sally Milner Publishing. (out of print, second hand copies may be available on the web)
Richardson, D. Tantric Orgasm for Women, Destiny Books, Rochester, 2004. (Diana’s website:
Singer, K. (2004). The Garden of Fertility: A Guide to Charting Your Fertility Signals to Prevent or Achieve Pregnancy–Naturally–and to Gauge Your Reproductive Health. New York: Avery
Weed, S. New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman W – Alternative Approaches for Women 30–90
Weschler, T. (2001) Taking Charge of Your Fertility


Resources for Holistic Menstruation
The Red Tent Women’s Project is a diverse and dynamic community of women who are catalysts for social change. By creating safe and empowered spaces we facilitate community building, information and resource exchange, and personal growth for women and girls.
We sell cloth menstrual pads, an alternative to disposable pads and many different brands of menstrual cup. Menstrual cups are made from silicone, latex or plastic. They are a reusable, safe, alternative to tampons. All of our menstrual products are reusable – just right for the eco conscious consumer.
Beautiful cloth pads
One new moon pad = 100 – 150 disposable pads
Periodical about menstruation

Welcome to Moonsong, a website for women.Reclaiming feminine power through reconnection with the women’s mysteries. The women’s mysteries are: the shamanic journeys of our rites of passage of menarche, childbirth, and menopause; the spiritual practice of menstruation; the inner, spiritual and shamanic journey of pregnancy, birth and mothering; and menopause as rebirth. The information within Moonsong will help the healing of the wounded feminine and reawaken feminine power for the benefit of all.
You will find information and tools, for menstruation, childbirth, connecting with the cycles and passing on this wisdom to our children.
Author of Red Moon

Author of Her Blood is Gold
We stock fair-trade organic cloth pads, wool pads, moon sponges and cups, cycle charting and wise woman books, Moon Maiden Menarche gift sets, Postpartum pad sets and new mother gifts sets and lots more!

We are now open for bookings for our camp in August 2016. Places can be secured with a deposit.

Veronika x



What does family mean to you? This is the question that is asked in my new novel, Sisters of the Silver Moon. Can you get by without family? Is there more to a relationship than blood?

It’s out now! You can get your paperback copy from Amazon’s Create Space, Kindle or signed copies from my website (the signed copies will be available in about a week, but you can pre-order now).

I loved writing this book. Here’s a description:

Azaria Linden, the community herbalist, spends her days tending herb gardens, concocting lotions, potions and tinctures, beekeeping, and being a mother to four grown-up daughters who have left home. Her handcrafted life is the envy of many, but when the lives of her children change in dramatic ways, she wonders if she can keep it all together. Is it possible to still live a heart-centred life when everything around you is falling apart?



Sisters of the Silver Moon
246 pages
Pbk and Kindle
£7.99 (pbk)

As an independent author, it would mean a great deal to me if you could take time to leave a review of my book (or any of my books) on Amazon, or on your blog. Thank you!


Meanwhile, I’m writing book 2 in the trilogy. I’m so honoured to have such beautiful artwork by Sara Simon. ~ Veronika



I saw a quote recently that said something along the lines of: when reading a novel, the reader should see themselves in there. It should act as a mirror to some part of them.



I’d like to share this beautiful letter a reader has shared with her friends regarding my books and upcoming author tour.

Thank you so much, Kirsten.  ~ Veronika

Veronika Sophia Robinson is a writer I am passionate about. Her books are so interwoven with her life, and my life, and the life I dream of living that I feel like I am simply entering an alternate reality of myself when I read them. I think it could be so for anyone reading them…. if you love deeply, feel deeply, play deeply and imagine life is magic waiting to happen.
When I read Veronika’s novels, it feels like all of me is being welcomed– the best and the worst, and the striving to bring the hidden parts to the light. Through her characters I become a better version of myself. I see grounded, real life happening in a magical way as the human values we all share come alive in real people.
There is a beautiful place for these pieces of art she has written in this modern time when we are struggling with so much suffering in the world, and seeking alternative ways to live and find joy. At last I can truly settle into the world that I enter as I read her books because I know that values I hold dear will be honoured. I know the language will be honouring, I know all creatures will be honoured, I know the earth will be honoured, I know the mystery of life will be honoured. I know it will be a lot of fun along the way.
Mrs. Robinson is a master craftswoman. Her characters offer a rich world of a simple, yet magical life. Please come and meet his wonderful woman and authoress and enjoy an evening of true entertainment getting to know her and her equally amazing husband/musician and the enchanting worlds they create.
All my love,


Ambie lives in a village in Ethiopia where access to water is dangerously scarce. She is just 10 years old, but instead of going to school, she spends her days walking to collect water for her family. Ambie dreams of becoming a nurse, but without an education this will never be a reality. “I wish I could go to school, but I have to walk and that is the way it is.” But it doesn’t have to be this way. Join Walk In Her Shoes and you can change the lives of girls like Ambie, giving them the chance to fulfil their potential and find a better future.

I have signed up to walk FIVE miles a day for a week to raise money for Walk In Her Shoes (run by Care International) which will help bring water to villages. Most women/girls in some places walk five miles a day to provide water for their family leaving little time for anything else.

I’d love it if you could sponsor me or start your own fundraising campaign for this worthy cause.

I’ll be doing this week of walking starting March 1st. Thanks, Veronika xxxxx

You can visit my fundraising page here:


For twelves years, I edited the holistic parenting magazine The Mother.

I’m excited to bring you a huge collection of podcasts (the largest of its kind anywhere!) based on all the topics I had the pleasure of exploring and/experiencing, both as an editor and as a holistic parent.

I will be launching in December, with weekly podcasts added to the collection. I hope you enjoy them! Love, Veronika xxxxxx


Holistic Parenting

Holistic Parenting

In December I’m launching my series of meditations: Five-Minute Meditations, on an assortment of themes.

Many people know that meditation removes stress and brings inner calm, but at the same time they’ll say that they don’t have time to meditate or don’t know how.

My guided meditations are just five minutes long, and can be fitted into the day of the busiest person.

I will walk you through the meditation and take you to a peaceful and calm place.

These meditations will balance the emotions, calm the physical body and ease psychological distress.

Regular meditation may also help your problem-solving abilities as well as enhance your creativity. Studies show that it can slow the aging process, improve learning, and offer restful sleep. These meditations will teach you how to live in the present moment.

Five minutes a day dedicated to gentle relaxation, guided meditation and positive affirmations can change your life. Baby steps lead to quantum leaps.

I invite you to join me, Veronika Sophia Robinson, for five minutes a day.


Five Minutes a Day

Five Minutes a Day

In issue 3 of Starflower Living magazine, I wrote a piece on mandalas as therapy. I am particularly drawn to the idea of the circle, and the importance of a baby always having access to a face. When we make nature mandalas, this helps us tap in to the innate need we have to connect with the Cosmos.


Starflower Living magazine is publishing every New Moon. Just £2.50 per issue, and instantly downloadable.


When I was a young girl of about seven, I would walk miles along the dusty road to the nearest church. It was for Catholics, and I wasn’t one. That didn’t matter. I would walk that road with utter devotion, always with an eye out for snakes. I was off to talk with the Divine Father!

My mother had sewn me a beautiful ankle-length turquoise taffeta dress for church.

The rural church was a white wooden building with a red corrugated iron roof and sat handsomely right beside the creek in Freestone, a rural community on the Darling Downs, near Warwick. (Queensland, Australia.)



Scrubland in Freestone



Freestone, near Warwick, on Queensland’s Darling Downs.


11 House at Freestone - Copy

My childhood home nestled against beautiful eucalyptus-covered mountains.


Freestone State School. I’m on the left, third row up. 1975.



In childhood, I’d wear my baby sister’s square terry cloth nappies on my head and pretend I was in a nun’s habit. I’ve since experienced past life regression which has shown me lives in monasteries and convents. I guess those memories were strong in early childhood.



My Mum and baby sister, Ramona, 1973

Although I still delight in the nature of church buildings, my faith is far removed from any man-made religion. I pray regularly, but not in the way depicted in the movies or religious books.

Today a friend and I were talking about such matters as faith and loneliness. I said that even when I’m alone, I know I’m never alone. My connection with the Divine is a constant in my life, whether it’s when I stand under a dark sky illumined with starlight or have my hands in the cool dark soil.



Sunrise from my garden.

I pray in gratitude for fresh air, and sunshine on my skin. I touch the face of God when I brush my fingers on the bark of a tree or hear the hooting of an owl or make love with my lover.



To feel the strength of trees in the forest.

No matter how upsetting life can be or frustrated I might get with a certain situation, I always know that I’m not walking this life alone. I feel it, in the deepest cells of my being, that my Breathmaker and I are one. I may well disagree with Him/Her sometimes (okay, often), but together we walk along the path.

I pray when I read beautiful scripts by candle light, such as anything written by Kahlil Gibran.

I pray when I see a smile on my child’s face.



Sunday morning sunrise at Long Meg, the stone circle near our home.

My first thoughts when I wake and the last thoughts I have before sleep are also a prayer: forgiveness.

I pray every time I have a thought, and am on constant Guard duty making sure that negative thoughts are quickly ousted. I’m a work in progress, and that’s a prayer, too.

I pray when I move firewood and when I wash dishes. I pray when I hug a friend and imagine our hearts connecting as one.

I pray when I am beside the crackling woodstove, with nothing but the sound of flames for company.

I pray when my heart moves to the haunting sound of cello music.

I am praying when I prepare my family meals or wash their clothes.

My life is a prayer, and I’m thankful that I have an inner church in which to bow down to the Universal Energy which connects us all.

Yesterday a friend mentioned she baked the lemon cookies from my recipe book The Mystic Cookfire. (Available from,, Amazon and other online retailers, good bookshops and libraries)

Here’s my updated gluten-free version.  They’re quick and easy to make, and taste fabulous!



Veronika’s gluten-free lemon cookies

½ cup softened organic coconut oil or organic sunflower oil
2 large spoons of egg replacer or two organic free range eggs
Zest of one large fresh lemon (organic)
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon quality lemon or orange essence
½ teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup rice flour
½ cup coconut flour
1½ cups coconut blossom sugar or soft brown sugar

Cream oil and sugar with a whisk, then add the egg replacer/eggs, followed by the zest, essence and juice. Keep mixing. Add the baking powder and flour. Put the dough into the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180C. Use baking paper on your baking tray. Place a spoonful of dough for each cookie. Bake for fifteen minutes.
Cool for a few minutes before putting onto a cooling rack.

These cookies are delightfully chewy and perfect at any time of year, whether for a garden party, picnic or lazy afternoon reading a book by the fire.