Hi, I'm Carly and I'm a writer, yoga, meditation, yoga nidra and cyclical living guide, menstrual mentor and womxn's circle facilitator with a passion for womxn's health, cyclical living, Menstrual Cycle Awareness and nature.
I am a certified Well Woman Yoga Therapy & Pregnancy Yoga teacher with a special interest in yoga for the female experience, yoga nidra, breaking taboos & a cyclical approach to life and practice.
I founded Moon Forest Flow in 2016 as a home for my yoga, nidra, nature, womxn's circle and menstrual cycle awareness work.
In 2019 I created Wild Woman Club as a way of gathering and empowering a diverse and inclusive community of wild womxn who share an interest in wild and cyclical living and as a platform through which to share exclusive content and resources.
Welcome to our virtual forest camp! Grab yourself a cup of tea and dive in, there's lots to read, including more about each branch below and free resources to explore throughout...
We retreat to the moon lodge, delve into the forest and surrender to the flow to reclaim our wild and cyclical lives
Illustrations: Laura Trinder
Retreat to the moon lodge
Reconnecting to the seasons and cycles of nature and of our bodies
Reclaiming the moon lodge
Restoring our cyclical nature
Embodying Moon is an invitation to connect back to the rhythms of nature and your own inner rhythms.
The moon is one of the oldest keepers of rhythm to which we have long felt a strong connection and a deep yearning, serving as a regular reminder of our innate rhythmic roots.
As wild and cyclical animals our bodies, systems and lives exist through a multitude of different rhythms, cycles and fluctuations and the moon acts as a beautiful, visual reminder of these rhythms and the importance of honouring the waxing and waning of our own needs and natures.
As womxn and people with periods we feel the pull of the moon more strongly than most, as the subtle rhythms of nature pulse through our bodies in phases but more often than not we have been taught and encouraged to ignore and suppress these rhythms, to work against these cyclical currents rather than use their flow to guide and inform us.
By reconnecting to our cyclical nature we rediscover the joys of swimming downstream. The freedom of a life in flow. As we begin to understand, accept and cooperate with our bodies we remember that all we need is within us, waiting to be freed. Our cycles hold the key to our freedom and our power.
As we Retreat to the Moon Lodge, a tradition as old as time, something in us shifts and there is no doubting the tangible power of womxn in circle.
In a womxn's circle we can show up exactly as we are. In a world of predictability and restraint here we are reminded of our innate cyclical and feeling natures and are invited to explore a life lived at an intuitive pace.
The Moon branch of our practice is all about connecting back to the rhythms of nature and discovering the power of the womxn's circle!
Delve into the Forest
Reconnecting to nature
Reclaiming the wild soul
Restoring the natural world
Embodying Forest is an invitation to reconnect to nature, reclaim your wild soul and become a warrior for the forests.
Our senses evolved in the forests and it is here that they thrive. We were never intended to live the way we do in the modern world and as a consequence we can be left feeling empty and unsatisfied. Our modern way of living violates the natural cycle of reactive stress and responsive recovery and leaves us with a baseline of perpetual stress.
Nature is a natural antidote to our unnatural lives and has been scientifically proven to reduce the levels of cortisol and adrenaline in our bodies. Regular time in nature combined with nourishing yoga practices can overtime bring our baseline back to a more natural, balanced state.
As we Delve into the Forest we remember the importance of our relationship with nature and the perceived gap between us and the rest of the natural world is dissolved.
Nature and humans are by definition not separate entities; we are part of nature as much as the trees in the forest and the creatures that inhabit them. We are a species of animal like any other, made of the same compounds as the earth, the wind, the moon and the stars and if we are to reclaim a full life, the life we were intended to live, we must know this interconnectedness to be true.
We must feel it so deeply that we are driven to call it from the treetops, mountains sides, riverbanks and oceans. The more of us that hear this call, the more of us there are to protect, proliferate and restore the natural world to her rightful and abundant glory and in so doing beginning the process of restoring our wild, natural, cyclical and meaningful lives.
When we hear the call it stirs a primal response in us that can't be unfelt and we become warriors for the forests, taking a stand for rhythm and proliferating restoration on behalf of Mother Earth and womankind; deeply aware of how inextricably linked our wellbeing is to that of nature.
The Forest branch of our practice is about reconnecting to nature, freeing our inner wildness and giving back to the natural world.
Surrender to the Flow
Reconnecting to wild and cyclical movement
Reclaiming our animal bodies
Restoring our intuition
Embodying Flow is an invitation to reconnect to a wild and cyclical practice and awaken your intuition
Our collective domestication has left many of us disconnected from our wild animal bodies and as a consequence our movement has become constrained, habitual, repetitive and rigid, yet another way for us to keep our bodies under tight control.
As we Surrender to the Flow we are released from expectations of consistency, predictability and infinite resource. It is here that we may experience freedom beyond form and feel empowered to practice in a way that is fluid and adaptable to the waxing and waning of our needs and natures.
It's time to set yourself free and discover the liberation of moving intuitively and cyclically, to embody the human condition rather than escape it, to practice welcoming everything in. It's time to learn to love and accept yourself and your wild animal body wholly, wildly and completely.
We have an infinite pool of wisdom within and to harness this wild wisdom offers us a way of practicing that honours and nourishes our wild and cyclical ways.
The Flow branch of our practice about an approach to yoga that is guided by you, intended to awaken the primal knowledge of wild and cyclical movement and deep restorative rest.