Star Meadow Press



Mother-love is vital to every human being. We need it, we thrive on it, and sometimes we resist it. It is the bond at the foundation of every attachment we will ever have. But what happens when our mother connection goes askew or completely disappears?

Motherghost: A Journey to the Mother

By Eclipse Neilson

Motherghost: A Journey to the Mother looks directly at the powerful complexity of mother-love through the perspective of a woman who lost her mother as a child. After an astonishing secret about her past is revealed, Robin sets out on a journey of myth and fantasy to find the answers to her identity. As she begins to explore her life and the people in it, she discovers that our mothers live on inside us, and can empower or cripple us in our adult lives – even when they are absent. We laugh and cry with her as she searches for the facts about her early beginnings – facts that only her mother, who abandoned her as a three-year-old, would know. There is one problem: her mother has died; and yet, to heal herself, she must find a way to reconnect with her mother, even if she is only a ghost.

Eclipse Neilson is a visionary artist and political activist for both human and animal rights. She has led workshops on eco-feminist spirituality for over three decades and is the director of WomenCircles at Rowe Camp & Conference Center. She is the founder of the Magaian Way, a program that teaches visionary practices and offers lectures nationally. She has received numerous grants for her programs and work with children and adults within educational communities. Her programs, under the auspices of Project A.W.A.R.E. (Awareness with Art Related Education), bring hope and new perspectives to communities about the powerful beauty of our earth. She has recently designed C.O.P.E. (Circles of Peace Education), a cutting-edge program that addresses bullying in schools by inspiring peace within the hearts of our children. The future is now! She teaches youth to learn how to empower themselves so that they will grow up to become leaders and citizens of the world.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit The Iris Fund, a WomenCircles’ project providing support for women’s art and for establishing a Women’s Library at Rowe.

Available for $15 plus shipping.

Valley of the Shadow

Grief is a universal experience of living yet the process often seems mysterious and incomprehensible.  A new book from Star Meadow Press reveals the mystery of grieving and offers understanding and hope.

Valley of the Shadow, by Patricia Helen Bangs, is the story of the author’s grief process following the death of her childhood sweetheart and beloved husband, Lloyd R. Jones in 2003, after 57 years of marriage. It also explores the tension between an aging body and the mind’s capacity to keep growing.

Drawing on a strong spiritual foundation and mystical insights, the author invites the reader into the process her mind went through as she dealt with the practical problems of daily living after her husband’s death. Although the body may be aging, the author believes, the mind is always capable of growing to higher levels of perception and maturity.

Patricia, a Massachusetts native born in 1926, early in her marriage lived with her husband at the Naval Base of Dutch Harbor, Alaska where he served as Supply Officer and she taught school in a Quonset hut.  After her husband retired from the Navy, the couple lived in Connecticut and later Massachusetts. They retired to Vermont in 1986. They raised a daughter, Polly, who lives in New Hampshire. 

Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit The Iris Fund, a WomenCircles’ project providing support for women’s art and for establishing a Women’s Library in the new Green Guest House.

Available for $10 plus shipping.



Syringa: Poems by Laura Davies Foley 

Laura Davies Foley’s poems have appeared in Inquiring Mind, The Georgetown Review, The Newport Review, and in the anthologies, In the Arms of Words: Poems for Disaster Relief, and The Still Puddle Poets. She received the Grand Prize in the 2005 Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Contest. She holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and is the honorary Poet Laureate of Valley Insight Meditation Community. Mapping the Fourth Dimension, Harbor Mountain Press, is her first collection of poetry. We are pleased to offer her second book, Syringa, through Star Meadow Press.

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Available for $15 plus shipping.


Wing & Bough

Wing & Bough: Artwork and Words by Eclipse Fey

Wing and Bough transports us to a quiet place, deep within ourselves, where the stillness of the soul of nature and the beauty of the human heart commune. 

ECLIPSE FEY'S love of nature and the mystical is evident in all her work as an artist. At an early age she began to draw images of birds, the forest and the mysteries of nature. She is the author and illustrator of The Singing Forest Deck, The Journey To The Heart Divination Cards, and The Moon In Hand. She has exhibited nationally and has received a variety of grants for her art programs and work. Prints are available and she can be contacted through Rowe Camp and Conference Center or at

This book of mystical nature drawings and inspirational messages of spirit is available for $15 plus shipping.


I  Am Broccoli!*

* Cartoons, Stories, and a recipe

By Laura Loewen

The whimsical cartoons and stories by Laura Loewen have a rare blend of sophistication and child-like silliness. Read the story of Edwin the limping carrot! See parallel universes explained in a bird cartoon! Try the recipe for stuffed sesame seeds! This is a world view from a different angle and it charms the spirit.

Laura Loewen is a cook, musician, cartoonist, artist, writer, and stand-up comedian who has been surprising and delighting women at WomenCircles for almost twenty years.

Available for $9.95 plus shipping.


An Evening with Annie CD

WomenCircles is pleased to announce Annie Hassett’s first CD, An Evening with Annie. Annie has been on staff at WomenCircles for many years and is the female lead singer in the band Gangly Heart, famous for playing at Members and Friends weekend each year. Accompanied by long-time friend and band member John McClellan, Annie rocks us to old favorites like Pink Cadillac and Mustang Sally and moves us to tears with her performance of Like a Ship in the Harbor and Imagine. Annie has performed many concerts at Rowe and now you can experience An Evening with Annie.

Annie’s CD available for $15 plus shipping.


Mother Earth Video

Mother Earth: Revisioning the Sacred, a video by Mary R. Hopkins, explores how deeply the male point of view is embedded in our culture, uses art history to demonstrate how Western culture has lost touch with the Goddess, and shows how modern women artists are restoring the balance of male and female through their work. Women's spiritual circles, women clergy, Comparative Religion and Women's Studies instructors, and individuals who feel cultural dissonance will find this material to have an integrated point of view where they may enjoy spiritual support and comfort. This video is also excellent for discussion groups. The Iris Fund of UURC&CC helped fund this video.

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Purchase price of each video is $25 plus shipping.


The Sound of Light CD

Recorded in our very own chapel, The Sound of Light, a CD by Sarah Benson, Molly Scott, and Lily Nye, offers a meditative collage of ambient sound. Listen contemplatively and from a quiet place and let this luminous collage of sound open you to your own images, your own colors of light. All proceeds benefit the Chapel Restoration Fund.

Available for $15 plus shipping.


Rowe Cookbooks

Rowe's new cookbook, Cooking with the Rowe Spirit, has many of the terrific recipes you've grown to love at Rowe, as well as pictures of some of our favorite people, places, and things around Rowe. This beautiful book has a great spiral binding so it can lie flat when you are cooking and is a lovely keepsake, which will only build in value as you splash sauce onto it while sharing some of the Rowe specialties with your friends.The cookbooks will make a great gift for your favorite cook or favorite Rowie.

Available for $25 plus shipping.

Order on-line or call (413)339-4954 or e-mail info [at] to order yours today.

There is a shipping charge of $4.95 per order.

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