Making Space for the Feminine

Karla Riddell
2 min readOct 11, 2022

How do we make space for her, in this patriarchal hyper growth world? I’m not talking about the men stepping down and letting the women lead. I am talking about making space within our own world for this feminine force, this yin, this dark rich mystery, the wild nature within. And yes, for the women, to make space for themselves. To step out of the “must be productive” mind frame and into the space of creation that has no beginning and no end. This is the life force we need most for this world, for nature and for humanity.

I have been pondering and unfurling into what it is to “rekindle Woman”. Today has been a prime example of this unfurling. I started my day with productivity in mind, created the space and all the right conditions to get work done, knowing the enormity of just how much I really want to create and produce by the end of the year… but I felt stuck, because there wasn’t anything that was calling out for me to “work on”. I didn’t want to just do the work, I wanted to listen instead.

So I made a different choice, all primed and energised to be productive, I lay down, let myself vision all of “the work” instead of do it. Conceptualised it whilst simultaneously feeling deeply into the parts of my body that were in need of attention, particularly my womb. In creating this space, I had time to just listen to what was moving through me and calling out to me. I just lay in the sun and gazed out at the trees and the birds, listening to music that felt good in my body.

It sounds strange to say this, but I am becoming more womanly. I am craving the night, the dark, the wild places in nature and within me. I am able to just sit in my discomforts, to listen to my uncomfortable nights of dreaming. My drive is softening, I am learning to take the back seat sometimes. I am pondering what it would be like to be truely held in the arms of another, in the way nature holds me. Pondering what life would be like if I could really make space for the feminine force within me. How perhaps, that could be the catalyst for the world I wish to see… that perhaps, the change I wish to make is not so much about how much I do in the world to nurture humanity… but how much I give space for the wild feminine to unfurl, within me, within the spaces I hold, within the communities I stand for.

Want to be involved in these spaces?

Rekindling Woman (Overnight ritual in rural Victoria)

Kimberley Connection Gathering (Kununurra, WA)

Round the fire at the Kimberley Connection Gathering in 2020



Karla Riddell

Karla is the founder and facilitator of the Young Shaman Foundation. She is dedicated to creating rites of passage to connect people to self, nature and tribe.