Books from Starflower Press

I Create My Day: Simple ways to create a beautiful and nourishing life

Written by Veronika Sophia Robinson
Cover art by Tracy Jane Roper

I Create My Day: Simple ways to create a beautiful and nourishing life

ISBN 978-0-9931586-2-9

Published by Starflower Press
PBK
198x129mm
£9.99

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Discover the path of spiritual grace

I Create My Day is a sacred journey into the heart of attitudinal healing, and invites you to create the life of your dreams one day at a time.

Regardless of how you currently experience the world, this book promises to show how you can create a magnificent life that is nourishing, beautiful and authentic.

At the heart of a handcrafted life is a spirit of reverence, gratitude and grace. By including the simple ideas in this book as part of your every day, you will witness your life unfold in ways that are miraculous, meaningful and, always, from the heart. Creating your day is one of the greatest spiritual decisions you can make.

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Cycle to the Moon: celebrating the menstrual trinity (menarche, menstruation, menopause)

Written by Veronika Sophia Robinson
Illustrated by Susan Merrick

Cycle to the Moon: celebrating the menstrual trinity (menarche, menstruation, menopause)

ISBN 978-0-9575371-4-9

Published by Starflower Press
Summer 2014
185 pages, PBK
216mm x 216mm
£12.99

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Cycle to the Moon is based on the author’s workshops, Sacred Cycle and Cycle to the Moon, offering practical support for every woman who wishes to bleed consciously.

It is a celebration of the menstrual trinity: menarche, first blood of the maiden; menstruation, the cycles of the mother; menopause 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. We are all connected to Grandmother Moon, and our bodies reflect the lifestyle we choose.

In the style of a journal, this book invites the reader to celebrate her body through reconnecting with her cycles.

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Baby Names Inspired by Mother Nature

Baby Names

ISBN: 978-0-95603440809

Published by Starflower Press
Published September 2012

54 pages
£6.99

More than 650 names

Written by Veronika Sophia Robinson

"Have you chosen your baby’s name?" This is one of the first questions every new parent is asked. The time-old ritual of naming our baby ensures we, and others, can identify and call to them throughout life. Giving a baby a name is a parent’s responsibility, and is best done as a heartfelt and creative practice. Does your baby’s name have meaning? Is it pleasant to the ear? Will it suit him as a baby, teenager, in midlife and as a pensioner? This unique book draws more than 650 baby names exclusively from Mother Nature, and offers parents a chance to express their love of the natural world through their baby’s name.

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The Birthkeepers ~ reclaiming an ancient tradition

The Birthkeeprs

ISBN: 978-0956034410

Published by Starflower Press
Published Jan 2008

234 pages
£9.99

 

Written by Veronika Sophia Robinson

Illustrated by Andri Thwaites

This book is for anyone wishing to understand the true nature of beautiful, ecstatic birth. The author reveals the three secrets to autonomous birthing. It also includes several birth stories from women who’ve birthed without medical supervision. The word Birthkeepers, coined by the late Jeannine Parvati Baker, marries the term Birth with Earth keepers: those who hold birth and the Earth as sacred.

Veronika Robinson is the author of The Drinks Are On Me. She founded the National Waterbirth Trust in New Zealand (1995), and is editor of The Mother magazine. With her husband, Paul, they produced the cd Peaceful Pregnancy.

The Birthkeepers - Reviewed by Lucy Pearce, for JUNO magazine

“A homebirther through and through, I must admit that I’ve never been a supporter of freebirth (birthing without an attendant). This book, after two short chapters, transformed my views! Its impact is so powerful that I deeply wish to give birth again, and would aim at freebirth! Entirely persuasive, Robinson’s straightforward thesis of Unobserved Birth as being natural for all mammals rings true for all I previously knew about birth. It makes complete sense. The way she explains it is neither sensationalist nor irresponsible. The Birthkeepers are those women past and present who hold the knowledge of what is necessary for true birth to happen. The second part of the birth shares breathtakingly beautiful births by women of all backgrounds who took the courage of their convictions in their hands and dared to birth, their way, alone.”

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The Blessingway: Creating a beautiful Blessingway ceremony

The Blessingway

ISBN: 978-0-9560344-7-2

Published by Starflower Press
Published July 2012

104 pages
£10.99

Written by Veronika Sophia Robinson

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A Blessingway ceremony is a beautiful and holistic alternative to the modern-day baby shower. Whether you’re a professional celebrant, midwife, doula or about to officiate your first Blessingway ceremony for a client, friend or sister, this guide will lead you through the essential elements of creating a beautiful, inspiring, meaningful and memorable rite of passage for a mother-to-be or for parents preparing to adopt. Based on the author’s years of experience as a celebrant, The Blessingway contains plentiful suggestions to bring art, soul and heart to this modern adaptation of an ancient Navajo tradition.

Veronika Sophia Robinson has been a celebrant since 1995, when she began officiating wedding ceremonies in New Zealand. She’s also been a celebrant for the following ceremonies: house blessing; divorce; menarche; menopause; baby naming; Handfasting, Blessingway; letting go; Phoenix.

She has officiated ceremonies internationally, in a variety of locations, including: Maori marae, botanical gardens, by an ancient spring, bushland, a stone circle, river, fields, Ironage replica roundhouse, yurts and homes.

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The Drinks Are On Me ~ everything your mother never told you about breastfeeding

The Drinks Are On Me ~ Veronika Sophia Robinson

ISBN: 978-0956034403

Published by Starflower Press
2nd Revised edition edition (1 Sep 2008)

228 pages
£9.99

 

By Veronika Sophia Robinson

Illustrated by Andri Thwaites

The Drinks Are On Me reclaims and celebrates the ancient art of breastfeeding ~ a natural way of feeding our babies which has allowed humanity to exist for millions of years. The book argues that the rapid decline in breastfeeding rates is in direct proportion to the increase in physical, emotional and psycho-sexual dysfunction seen throughout western society. Our healthy existence as a species is dependent on full-term breastfeeding becoming the norm again.

Veronika Robinson draws on her rich experiences as a breastfeeding mother ~ a ten year journey which included five years of tandem nursing ~ and explains why breastfeeding is vital for the healthy continuation of the species. Embracing a holistic view, she shows how to overcome common and not so common, breastfeeding challenges, whether they are physical, emotional or cultural.

This book is equally suitable for new and experienced mothers. It’s essential reading for all professionals (doctors, midwives, dentists and health visitors) who influence a mother’s choice to breastfeed or not. The author deliberately takes a step outside the usual breastfeeding knowledge to present a new framework in which to view how we
nourish and nurture our children.

The Author

A former journalist, Veronika Robinson is the editor of The Mother ~ an international magazine publishing cutting-edge information on optimal parenting. She founded The National Waterbirth Trust (New Zealand) and co-created the Peaceful Pregnancy CD; works as a celebrant and appears regularly in the media to promote gentle and conscious parenting.

The Drinks Are On Me is her third book and integrates her personal experience as well as professional advice, based on her work as a holistic breastfeeding counsellor.

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Life Without School: the quiet revolution

Life Without School: the quiet revolution

ISBN: 978-0956034427

Published by Starflower Press
Published Sep 2010

314 pages
£10.00

 

Written by Veronika Sophia Robinson, Paul Robinson, Bethany A. Robinson, Eliza Serena Robinson

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“Unschooling is like ambling along
on a relaxed Sunday afternoon,
smelling the flowers and hearing the insects as they fly about doing their work.

Anything else is like driving along in a racing car
in order to reach the finish line,
with no time to take in the surroundings.”

~ Veronika Sophia Robinson

From the family which brings you The Mother magazine, comes a scrapbook of ideas, insights and inspirations into their life as unschoolers. Together, they invite the reader into their home and hearts to see what daily life is like without school. They aim to debunk the commonly-held idea that home education is a replica of school-based learning with time tables, a curriculum and structure; with parents acting as teachers and controlling learning outcomes. On the way, they've discovered that education comes from within, and is about being inspired. True learning is always led by the child, and is not dependent on experts or an institutional setting. At the heart of their story is the theme that all of life is an education.

“I love the fact that you have all contributed. I love the different styles of writing and different impressions. I love that you’ve put the girls’ writing between yours and Paul’s, kind of symbolic of you both holding them. I love that you mention the importance of love at the beginning of your introduction, and again in your little piece right at the end. The book made me think. It also made me want to come and drink tea in front of your fire, and experience the “just being” with the girls, and each person’s quiet activity. I’d love to hear Bethany’s music, and taste Eliza’s cooking. I’d love to come and help in the garden or join you on a walk. You have all shared so much of yourselves, your life stories, your unschooling story, your thoughts and your passions. I would gladly have read more!"
~ Angela Henry, home educating mother of two.

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The Mystic Cookfire: The sacred art of creating food to nurture friends and family

The Mystic Cookfire

ISBN: 978-0-9560344-4-1

Published by Starflower Press
Published May 2011

434 pages
£17.00

Written by Veronika Sophia Robinson

Illustrated by Sara Simon

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The Mystic Cookfire is a celebration of vegetarian food suitable for friends and family. It’s an abundant and inspiring collection of family favourites. From sweet and sour aubergines; cauliflower biryani; French lentil tart; and polenta pizza to dandelion and cinnamon fritters; hazelnut and raspberry cookies; and marmalade gingerbread, these mouth watering recipes will leave you asking for more. Beautifully illustrated, with room for notes, this treasure of easy to prepare meals offers more than 280 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and picnics. Learn to make tasty dips, dressings, breads, salads, soups and more.

The Mystic Cookfire is an exploration of one of mankind’s most honoured and revered pleasures.

For every copy of The Mystic Cookfire which is sold, Starflower Press will donate money to
feed a South African child for a week. (Banana Appeal, charity number 1122157)

The Banana Appeal works in Zululand, South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world.
South Africa has over 2.5 million AIDS orphans. Each day, another thousand children are orphaned.

"Jane is enjoying her new cookbook, The Mystic Cookfire by Veronika Sophia Robinson, a mighty tome overflowing with pot bubblin’ recipes and a huge amount of wonderful guidance regarding a holistic, vibrant approach in the kitchen and in life generally. I bought it for Janes birthday and since then we’ve tried a few of the lip-smacking recipes and love 'em. If we were dishing out marks out of 5, we’d give it a 4.9999999999999999999999999."
(Review from The Beach House Blog.)

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Natural Approaches to Healing Adrenal Fatigue

Natural Approaches to Healing Adrenal Fatigue

ISBN: 978-0956034465

Published by Starflower Press
Published Jun 2011

70 pages
£7.00

Written by Veronika Sophia Robinson

Sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned. Sometimes, we can get knocked sideways. This happened to me, and Natural Approaches to Healing Adrenal Fatigue is my holistic journey to healing my adrenals after they crashed. I wrote it because the mainstream advice was ridiculously limiting on many levels and I didn’t want other people to believe there was only one path to healing.

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The Nurtured Family: ten threads of nurturing to weave into family life

The Nurtured Family

Written by Veronika Sophia Robinson

In June 2011, I was honoured to be a speaker at the Nurtured Family, Nurtured Earth event in Surrey. The Nurtured Family: ten threads of nurturing to weave into family life is a booklet of the talk I gave that day.

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Stretch Marks - Selected articles from The Mother magazine 2002-2009

The Drinks Are On Me ~ Veronika Sophia Robinson

ISBN: 978-0956034434

Published by Starflower Press
Published April 2010

400 pages
£15.99

 

Edited by Veronika and Paul Robinson

Cover illustration by Andri Thwaites

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The Mother magazine is a grassroots publication which was founded in the Spring of 2002, by a stay at home, attachment parenting mother committed to the principles of The Continuum Concept, and living lightly on the Earth. This international journal has broken new ground in the alternative and holistic parenting market, by publishing cutting edge material from writers across the globe. The ethos is simple: meet the biological needs of your children, and watch them flourish. No area of holistic living is left unturned, from fertility awareness, conscious conception, peaceful pregnancy, gentle and natural birthing, breastfeeding on cue, the family bed, full-term breastfeeding, natural immunity, vaccine awareness, human scale education and ecological living.

Stretch Marks is edited by Veronika and Paul Robinson, publishers and editors of The Mother magazine. They live with their two unschooled daughters, Bethany and Eliza.

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