Cyclical Work Without a Cycle
Cyclical living is not just the remit of bleeding women; with or without a visible monthly cycle, cyclical living is crucial to our mental, physical and emotional health.
There are many reasons why a woman might not have visible monthly cycle such as being born without a womb, hysterectomy, peri-menopause, menopause, early menopause, lactational amenorrhea, eating disorders, hormonal contraception and health issues (to name but a few) and there are many ways to explore cyclicity beyond just menstrual cycle awareness.
So some of our work does reference the monthly menstrual cycle but unless it is a specifically menstrual cycle related workshop or class (which would be explicitly mentioned) this does not and should not exclude women without a monthly bleed, we are all cyclical beings with or without a visible inner rhythm and can all benefit from learning to more fully and deeply listen to our bodies and rhythms.
Working without a monthly bleed
This circle is open to all women whether bleeding or not. Our circles, classes, events and gatherings will always combine menstrual cycle awareness with lunar cycle and seasonal awareness for the benefit of all. We will never explicitly ask about your cycling life, this is an entirely optional area of discussion. It is very important to me that women with and without wombs, with and without bleeds and with or without a positive relationship to menstruality are included and supported equally within our spaces.
If peri-menopausal, menopausal or in the wisdom years then you may have a life of cyclical wisdom to share with us and we welcome your wild wisdom. It is also said that at this time you become an expert of the inner autumn (the premenstrual phase). As typically one of the most challenging seasons of the cycle for many women, your wealth of wisdom on this is hugely welcomed. This work can also help to retrospectively shed light on a life of cycles and/or to deepen connection to the lunar cycles.
If your cycle is irregular, know that often there is a larger cycle within that. Charting and tracking can help because as you begin to know when you ovulate it can then often be possible to count forwards to your bleed as the luteal phase (post-ovulatory phase) is generally the most consistent phase in terms of duration. Irregular cycles can often be a blessing in disguise as we are unable to track and chart from within the confines a steady structure and must learn instead to surrender to the unpredictability, which requires an even closer, more attentive inner listening. Often all we have to go on are our moods, tendencies and inner atmosphere to decipher where we might be. This is the ultimate training ground for surrendering to the unknown.
Menstrual cycle awareness is just as valuable for those with irregular cycles and in fact the very act of paying close attention and honouring and accepting the cycle can sometimes coax it back to some form of regularity or help us to understand that we are transitioning towards menopause.
There are lots of incredibly valid reasons for needing/wanting hormonal contraception so please know that this should never exclude you from participating in menstruality work. We will never explicitly ask about your contraceptive choices, this is an entirely personal matter.
It is important to remember the major role the pill has played in the liberation and sexual freedom of women whilst also being aware that Hormonal contraception does interrupt the natural cycles, can mask gynaecological issues and can cut you off from the depth of emotion that arises through a monthly bleed. Hormonal contraception can make it difficult to differentiate between inner seasons but there is still a great depth of work that can be done here and may also still feel the faint and distant call of your natural cycle.
Please do get in contact if you have any questions.