Carly has a BA Health Science ND, adv dip Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine, and trained with the late Astrologer and Psychotherapist Parampara Hughes. She studied writing at the Australian Writer's Centre.
She has worked with various groups of women around the world using plants, planets and storytelling as a medicinal tool for healing.
Her photography and filmmaking projects all explore themes of female sexuality, motherhood, feminism, the divine feminine, spirituality, Mother Earth and indigenous culture.
She is also a freelance journalist and author and has been published in various Australian and international press including Archer, Mindfood, The Sunday Telegraph, Green, Wellbeing, and SummerWinter. In 2013, she was the winner of the Editia Books Narrative Journalism Prize and in 2015 + 2018 a recipient of the Northern Rivers Screenworks Inside the Writer's Room mentorships.
She is currently working on her first feature screenplay, Wild Mother as well as a body of essays to be released early 2020.
in that mythopoetic space somewhere where we are being dreamed by the land making out with eros+ psyche, i’ll meet you there.
don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. unfold your own myth - rumi
So, since we're all sitting around the campfire, gazing up at the cosmos, waiting for the billy to boil up a freshly harvested chamomile concoction, i'll introduce myself...
I'm Carly - star-aligned storyteller, feminist, mythical+mystical published writer, pleasure activist +cultural disruptor. I'm a committed overall wearer. A total book nerd. I also take photographs and make films.
Based in Byron Bay, Australia, I am a daughter of the earth, single mama of two beautiful wildlings, and pilgrim; with a chronically restless spirit that thrives on intimacy with strangers, and has me galavanting off to far-flung places all over the world (especially power healing places), my kids in tow.
I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember, and its always been my medicine; a way to filter the harshness in the world, and to get closer to myself. I created HerStory_collective not only as a place to hang all my hats, but in the hope of bringing women together, by encouraging you to share your stories for personal healing, and to revive and remember the ancient stories that were burnt and destroyed. Whether that be through a women's moon circle, one on one birth chart reading, or a film collaboration, I want us to own and rewrite our collective story. Together.
I'm passionate about connecting women with the medicines of Mother Earth, her plants, and her ancient rhythms and cycles. As women we are intrinsically linked to her, and the destruction of the feminine has been felt deeply by both us. I believe that by healing ourselves, we heal Her simultaneously. An empowered feminine sings up the sacred masculine, then before you know it, voila we're all sitting here chilling in cosmic love and sacred union. In oneness with one another and the earth.