The Journey of MAGDALA

How the Joy and Work of the Womb Really Began for Me
By Chantell van Outeniqua aka Sister Shanti Creator of MAGDALA Yoni Steam Goodies

As the waters of my womb grew during my sprouting into motherhood so did the water realms of elemental spirituality open up. I started feeling deeply drawn to mermaids and pearls, rivers, oceans… I started going deeper into moon mysteries, deeper than I have ever gone before. The plant realm started talking to me about different ways to work with them. Becoming a mother has called me to walk deeper.

When my son was 5 months old I was missing my moontime so deeply. I craved that release that came with each flowing moon. On all the levels of being I was so ready for bleeding again.

And so for the first time in my life I was drawn by some sort of Feminine~Earth~Mother~Magnitsm to create a yoni steaming ritual for myself. I gathered the herbs I had created to preserve my sons placenta during lotus birth. The herbs were all hand harvested from our magical garden. Rosemary, holy basil and lavender – dried and pestled to a fine within the mortar. Tumeric, cloves and salt of the sea. I boiled up the herbs and spices in a pot, lit some candles and then placed the warm pot on the Earth and I squatted over it with my long dress keeping the steam in. The feeling of immediate release and gratitude came towards my place here and now on Earth Mother. I squatted and swayed and hummed for 20 minutes and I went to bed that night feeling light and clear.

The next day my moontime was present and tears of joy streamed down my face. Ever since then I am in awe of the plant people and the connection we have from our hearts and wombs… to follow one’s path clearly.

Then I started recommending yoni steams to the sister circle, to all the sisters who were talking stories of the womb. With the recent 5000 year history breathing down our necks and up our thighs we all require to meet with our wombs, to find out where she is at and what she is holding… the creativity and the blockages.

Yoni steaming is a wonderful way to connect to this creative centre. Simply honouring the physicality of our wombanhood, all that we carry… the Past, the Present, the Future. The pain, the here and now, the creativity waiting to be born.

And so moving to Hogsback, the mountains of water and plants of Africa and Europe, the ancestral mountain with so many stories to tell, I was drawn to start harvesting the highest quality yoni steam herbs and everything fell into place without effort and this creative process of medicine is an ever abundant joy.

I trust that the medicine of earth mother shines through in the physical product as we, the daughters of Earth, are called to step deeper.

My Body

My Temple

Get to Know your Pad


I have not been much of a pad girl in the past so had to smile to myself that life brought me together with Anja and that we are now in the pad business! Gotta love it!

So of course being in the pad business, I had to trial and test the product I would be sharing and had no idea what a great change it would be. I got my starter set and so the journey began.

I was pleasantly surprised. Wearing a pad is obviously different to wearing an internal product so it took a bit of getting used to and finding out what size and when worked for me.

I took some time to be fully in the process and be with my body and the pads.
There is something amazing in the process of letting your blood flow – allowing it to do its thing and find its way out the body.

Since I have started on this new exciting venture, I have been doing a lot of research and have realised just how bad disposable sanitary products are… for our health and for the environment. Knowing what I know now, I am just so grateful that I have an alternative… like our MoonTime reusable sanitary pads. YAY!

So during the journey of getting to know my pads, I realised a few things…

• Make sure your underwear is tight and sits close to your body – this helps the pad stay in place and absorb immediately as the blood leaves your body – if there is a gap there is more chance of leakage.

• Depending on your flow, wear a pad that is more on the bigger side than smaller side when sleeping. Wear tight underwear and another tight layer like hot pants or leggings. This helps the pad stay in place when you are moving around in your sleep. I also found myself checking the position of my pad whenever I moved in the night which helped keep everything in place. Of course we don’t always know what we’re doing when we’re sleeping but it is amazing how we can unconsciously be in tune with what is going on.

• Work out how you bleed – how much, does it flow evenly or come in spurts, do you bleed more to the front or more to the back – that comes with taking the time to feel it out and observing your body’s way… which of course can be different every time. I like to take a moment to be with my process – take note and be aware of what is happening.

• Find the right size for the time of your cycle and your flow. Our pads are bit bigger and longer than disposable pads but that’s what I personally like about them. I like that there is full coverage and would rather have more cover than less.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that they are quite thin… they are super absorbent and really do work.

I have loved getting closer to my body and being more in tune with my cycle and the process of bleeding every month. Menstruation has been called “the curse” and so for many of us, that is exactly how we treat it. It is not a curse… it is a blessing! I know it isn’t always convenient and can be a pain in the ass but in my journey, the more connected I am to my cycle, the more space and opportunities I am given to really honour the process and make the very most of it. There are many different things we can learn about the different phases of our cycle and we will be writing more about that in time to come.

In the meantime, I am aware that for many people the thought of washing their own pads is gross and I sort of did too… until I did it and have now come to enjoy it. I get to see what my body is doing and water the garden with the highly nutritious water. I know that I am not putting anything harmful near the most sensitive part of my body and I know that I am making a difference to the environment and lightening my load on mama earth.

Sounds like a win win situation to me! Happy MoonTime x