ANNABEL DU BOULAY
Like many women, I juggle multiple roles. As Founder & CEO of Belashka Ltd, incorporating my Shop and The Glastonbury Gnostic Centre, and Founding Director of The Glastonbury Gnostic Chapel, I’m an Author, Artist, Gnostic Expert & Priestess, Coach-Therapist, Workshop & Retreat Facilitator, Speaker, Campaigner and Mother.
I invite you to read my story and see how I can best serve you
THE SEED: THE FEMININE DIVINE & WOMEN’S RIGHTS
♥ As a child, my fascination with Gnosticism and the Rose Lineage was inspired by my grandfather, Joseph, Master of a Masonic Lodge, as Freemasonry was one of the ways in which Gnosticism survived as an esoteric mystery tradition following the church’s violent suppression of it in the 13th-16th centuries.
♥ Then in 1991, whilst studying for my BA degree, I asked the question “Why is God male?” From 1993-96, I spent my summers in a rural village in Southern Italy where I became fascinated by the quasi Pagan-Catholic veneration of the Virgin Mary and Black Madonna, and where I later set my novel The Serpent’s Tale.
♥ In 1995, as a voluntary aid worker living in Cusco, Peru, I became aware of the high levels of alcohol abuse and domestic violence, and the negative social impact of the RCC’s influence on the government’s contraceptive ban which led to a rise in maternal mortality, backstreet abortions, AIDS, poverty & street children.
♥ At the time, I was living in the house of a shaman and travelled with him throughout Peru, from the Andes to the Amazon, where I took part in an Ayahuasca ceremony with a tribe, whilst he taught me about the Inca goddess Pachamama, Mother Earth spirituality and shamanic ritual.
At the Festival of the Madonna
Caserta, Southern Italy 1993
Dancing with a Tribe in the Amazon
after an Ayahuasca Ceremony 1995
Riding the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
with my Quechua Guide 1995
THE SHOOT: SURVIVOR & SCHOLAR
♥ Back in London from 1996-9, I struggled with suicidal depression, self-harm and alcohol dependency due largely to the abuse I had suffered as a child. I embarked on 8 years of weekly CBT with a Professor of Psychology at UCL, whilst also completing my MSc degree at LSE in the Sociology of Religion from a feminist perspective.
♥ My MSc thesis compared the role of women and the Feminine Divine within Western Esotericism (including Paganism, Shamanism & Gnosticism) and Christianity, looking at how patriarchal religion appropriated and manipulated pagan and Gnostic mythology in order to control women in society.
♥ My ensuing MPhil/PhD research, inspired by my experience in Peru, focussed on the reproductive rights of women in the developing world with reference to the Holy See’s Permanent Observer State status at the United Nations, research that was used by Panorama for its documentary on the same subject in 1999.
My daughter Sophia Mary fighting
for her life in intensive care 1999
Priestess of Avalon & Speaker
Goddess Conference since 2002
With my daughter Jasmine Tara
Goddess Conference 2003
THE FLOWER: MOTHER, AUTHOR, PRIESTESS
♥ In 1999, my post-graduate studies were cut short by the birth of my daughter Sophia Mary, who was born with a life-threatening syndrome and multiple disabilities, requiring life-saving surgery at birth and 11 further operations. In the years that I nursed her, I continued to study Gnosticism and the archetype of Sophia, Black Goddess of Wisdom, whilst my daughter Sophia took me repeatedly on the Gnostic descent and rebirth of the Soul.
♥ As a creative coping mechanism during those years, I combined my knowledge and experience into the writing of my Gnostic, historical novel The Serpent’s Tale, based in 16th century Italy at the time of the witch-burnings. And in 2001, I began my Priestess of Avalon training with the Glastonbury Goddess Temple, completing 4 years of training, and working at the annual Glastonbury Goddess Conference, including 3 years as 1 of the 9 Ceremonialists.
♥ I have created and held numerous ceremonies internationally, from fire rituals to intimate Baby Naming ceremonies to a Bride-To-Be ceremony in Stonehenge Inner Circle, to large Handfastings, to Conferences with hundreds of participants. Please contact me to discuss the possibility of me creating & holding a large ceremony for you. I also trained as a Spiritual Healer, completing my Reiki I (2002) & II (2006) & the National Federation of Spiritual Healing training (2006).
♥ In 2003, I gave birth to my daughter Jasmine Tara, but relapsed into post-natal depression and self-medicating with alcohol. This time, my journey of recovery took me even deeper as I embarked on 6 years of Transpersonal Psychotherapy with Carolyn Proctor, who was trained by Dr Christine Page, author of the Return of the Great Mother and the Handbook of Women’s Mysteries.
Transpersonal Therapist & Priestess
Shamanic Workshops since 2006
With my son Zac fighting for
his life in intensive care 2009
Hecate – Mother of Loss – Earth
The Healing Womb Installation 2012
THE FRUIT: THERAPIST & ARTIST
♥ In 2006, I trained as a Transpersonal Therapist (DipTRT), Self-Development Workshop Tutor (DipSDT) and Guided Meditation Teacher (DipGM), gaining the General Qualification in General Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP) from the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and membership with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR Reg.)
♥ I have worked extensively with private and corporate clients and in the voluntary sector, providing 1:1 therapy and coaching as well as writing and running self-development workshops, courses and retreats. From 2006-12, I worked for the UK’s leading mental health charity, supporting sufferers of severe & enduring mental health difficulties.
♥ An expert in mythology, archetypes and symbols, I combined my academic knowledge with my spiritual and transpersonal trainings to create an unique and highly effective way of helping clients to work deeply with their psyche, interpreting their meditations using a technique Carl Jung termed ‘amplification’, and give 1:1 Coaching internationally via Skype.
♥ In 2009, I gave birth to my son Zac, who was also born with a rare, life-threatening syndrome and multiple disabilities including facial and oral paralysis, rendering him unable to breathe, feed, speak or smile. I am the only known mother in the world to have a child with VACTERL syndrome and a child with MOEBIUS syndrome, who together I have nursed through 18 operations.
♥ As a creative way of coming to terms with the very challenging years nursing my son, including resuscitating him several times a day, I spent 9 months painting ‘The Healing Womb’ art installation, which had its debut in 2012 and now hangs in The Glastonbury Gnostic Chapel, a charitable company that provides funded workshops for women who are struggling with child loss, childlessness and mothering special needs children.
Women’s Co-operative, Morocco
Annabel Du Boulay Shop 2014
Women’s Co-operative, Cusco
Annabel Du Boulay Shop 2015
Women’s Co-operative, Sinai
Annabel Du Boulay Shop 2017
THE SEED: ENTREPRENEUR, CAMPAIGNER & CREATRIX
♥ Like all life cycles, I find myself back at the beginning where I started 25 years ago, but now with the strength, wisdom and compassion from surviving life’s challenges to be able to support and empower other women. In 2014, inspired by my experience with the Quechua women in Peru, I opened my Shop in Glastonbury, specialising in the sale of indigenous art, craft and shamanic tools.
♥ I am committed to fair and ethical trade, supporting women’s co-operatives and low-income artisans in Peru (Quechua), Morocco (Berber) and the Sinai Peninsular (Bedouin), as well as the Native American pueblo tribes of New Mexico. I share their wisdom, traditions and rituals through my Shop and campaign on their behalf.
♥ At Beltane 2018, I founded The Glastonbury Gnostic Centre, which hosts my Events as well as those of other practitioners inspired by Gnosticism. Along with my fellow directors, Fiona McWilliams & Zoe Wigan, I also founded The Glastonbury Gnostic Chapel, a Charitable Company which offers low cost therapeutic services to vulnerable people in need. We are currently raising funds to expand into larger premises in order to deliver more services – all donations are gratefully received.
♥ I remain passionate about campaigning on women’s rights through my book, talks and blogs, especially in relation to patriarchal religion, as well as challenging the stigma associated with mental health difficulties and special needs. I am an experienced speaker and use my personal experience to inspire & campaign. Please contact me to discuss the possibility of me giving a talk at your event.
♥ The Path of the Gnostic Goddess 2019, the first year of The Priestess of Sophia-Magdalene Training, is now open for registration
♥ If you would like to experience how I work before committing onto a longer course, then join me at my The Rose Lineage Sacred Marriage Retreat at the Spring Equinox 23-24 March 2019
♥ My new website featuring my Membership Programme, Online Courses and Retail Products will be launching very soon, but in the meantime, please join me on a Self-Growth Journey inspired by the Mythic Cycle of the Year (links below), buy my book The Serpent’s Tale or book a Coaching session with me to experience how I can best serve you.
With my love and blessings
Women’s Workshops & Retreats
Transformational Healing Journeys
Gnostic Priestess of Sophia
Healing, Prayer & Ceremonies
The Healing Womb Workshops
for Women with Womb Wounding
The Serpent’s Tale explores the wisdom of the Gnostic Goddess Sophia, known as Philosophia. This is at the core of all my work so reading my book is a great introduction to working with me.
You can also join me on my Philosophia Wheel Self-Growth journey below
I look forward to helping you to shine your light
THE PHILOSOPHIA WHEEL SELF-GROWTH JOURNEY
Weekly Self-Development Posts & Exercises Inspired by the Mythic Cycle of the Year