As a photographer, every assignment presents a unique opportunity to delve into the heart of human experience and connection. My recent experience photographing the women of 13 Moons, led by Jonah Ruh Roberts and Katherine Allen, was nothing short of transformative.
13 Moons is not merely a gathering; it’s a year-long journey of liberation from the shackles of patriarchal colonization. It’s a sacred space where women come together to reclaim their sovereignty, celebrate their bodies, and rediscover their innate power. Through ceremony, council, and deep sisterhood, they embark on a profound exploration of self and soul.
Photographing events like the 13 Moons retreat weekend transcends mere technical expertise; it necessitates a profound sense of reverence, mindful presence, and genuine respect for each participant. Before immersing myself in their sacred space, I prioritized obtaining consent from the women within the group. Additionally, I engaged in a thorough consultation with Jonah, delving into her intentions for the images and how they could serve to amplify the group’s message, potentially expanding their circle of influence.
From the moment I arrived, I approached my role with a somatic psychology lens, attuned to the subtle nuances of each woman’s experience. Privacy and respect were paramount, as I navigated the delicate balance of capturing genuine moments while simultaneously honoring the sacredness of the space.
I spent the entire day with the women of 13 Moons, immersing myself in their rituals, conversations, and shared moments of joy and vulnerability. As they cultivated a relationship of gratitude for the natural world, I aimed to capture the essence of their sisterhood, magic, and camaraderie.
From the dinner table adorned with candles and flowers to the sacred ceremonies held under the moonlit sky, every moment was infused with an unmistakable energy – a palpable sense of transformation and empowerment. Through my lens, I sought to preserve the beauty and depth of their journey, allowing their stories to unfold in images that resonate with authenticity and reverence.
At the heart of 13 Moons lies a commitment to reclaiming wholeness and embracing the fullness of womanhood. It’s a journey of self-discovery, healing, and empowerment, guided by the rhythms of nature and the wisdom of sisterhood. As I witnessed their journey unfold before me, I couldn’t help but feel humbled and inspired by the resilience and grace of these women.
In every photograph, I strive to capture not just moments, but the essence of the human experience – the laughter, the tears, the moments of quiet reflection. Through my work with the women of 13 Moons, I’ve been reminded of the transformative power of community, ritual, and shared purpose. It’s a privilege to bear witness to their journey and to capture the magic of their sisterhood in images that speak to the soul.
Intrigued by the transformative journey of 13 Moons? If you’re eager to delve deeper into the empowering experience of this sacred sisterhood, I encourage you to visit Jonah’s website for more information. Whether you’re drawn to the photographs, potential teachings, ceremonies, or the opportunity to reconnect with nature and community, the 13 Moons Immersion offers a unique opportunity for growth and exploration. With a new group starting in March 2024, now is the perfect time to embark on your own journey of self-discovery and empowerment. As the group spirals together through the archetypes of the wheel of the year, the cycle of the moon, and the vibrant tapestry of womanhood, you’ll be granted the extraordinary opportunity to reclaim your sovereignty and embrace the magic of sisterhood.