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
‘In the native American tradition if you wanted to destroy a village you simply destroyed the Moon Lodge – the place where the woman gathered every new moon to intuit insight to govern the tribe. So it stands to reason that the fastest way to rebuild our global village is to re-instate the tradition of the Moon Lodge or Red Tent.’ - Tanishk
Embodying lunar cycles connects us back to the rhythms of nature and our own inner rhythms. Humans, like all animals, are cyclical beings. 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 needs and natures. 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 women 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 the currents rather than use their flow to guide and inform us.
By reconnecting to our cyclical nature and lunar wisdom, we rediscover the joys of swimming downstream and rediscover the ancient yet wisdom of living in tune with our moods, needs and tendencies. As we begin to cooperate with our body we begin to see that all we need is within us, we hold the key to unlock our innate sensual, creative, visionary and abundant powers.
There is something incredibly powerful about women gathering together in sacred space to honour and celebrate the moon. In the moon lodge we can show up exactly as we are and feel heard, nurtured, supported and understood. 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 aspect of our practice is all about connecting back to the rhythms of nature. We women as cyclical beings ebb and flow and experience these subtle rhythms within our own bodies but more often than not we have been taught and encouraged to ignore and suppress these rhythms, to work against the currents rather than use their flow to guide and inform us.
By reconnecting to our cyclical wisdom, we rediscover the joys of swimming downstream and rediscover the simple and ancient wisdom of living in tune with our moods, needs and tendencies. As we begin to cooperate with our body we begin to see that all we need is within us, we hold the key to unlock our innate sensual, creative, visionary, fertile and abundant powers.
Through yoga, nidra, nature, women's circles and menstruality we begin to turn down the volume of demands and expectations, making space for the sacred sound of our inner rhythms. It is these rhythms that set the tempo for our time together. Each woman fully empowered to hear and respond to cyclical cues and in that to discover the power and freedom that comes from a life lived in sync.
Practices & Methods
In our circles, retreats and gatherings we explore many ways of connecting back to the rhythms of nature, such as:
New and Full Moon Women's Yoga and Yoga Nidra ~ An adaptive and feminine approach to yoga practice that seeks to support, nurture and empower women through all life stages and cycle phases, closing with deep rest to restore our bodies and minds and make space for the sacred sound of our inner rhythm
New and Full Moon Women's Circles ~ gathering in the moon lodge away from the demands of daily life to tune into our inner rhythms and be seen, heard, held and supported
Moon Phase Awareness and intention work ~ Coming to know the moon phases in relationship to our own phases and working with ritual and intent to harness the power of the moon
Menstrual Cycle Awareness ~ coming to know our cyclical nature and unique rhythms