Sat, 31 Mar|
Blue Moon Menstrual Wisdom Workshop and Ceremony
Experiential, informative and ceremonial; this afternoon will explore the power and wisdom of the menstrual cycle and how to harness and tap into this wild wisdom for the benefit of our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Time & Location
31 Mar 2018, 12:30 – 16:00
The Yurt, Aspley Guise, Milton Keynes MK17, UK
About The Event
Blue Moon Menstrual Wisdom Workshop and Ceremony
(usual evening full moon women's circle will take place 5-8pm also in the yurt - book both together as a full retreat day for £35)
All ages and life stages welcome but particularly useful for women of bleeding age (under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult)
Experiential, informative and ceremonial; this afternoon will explore the power and wisdom of the menstrual cycle and how to harness and tap into this wild wisdom for the benefit of our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Reclaiming our cyclical nature and rediscovering the healing and empowering practice of conscious menstruation.
What to expect:
- Explorations of cultural and familial impressions of menstruation
- Meeting & exploring the various energies, aspects and seasons of the menstrual cycle
- Visioning Nidra (Yoga Nidra)
- Story telling
- Information about menstrual cycle awareness, tracking, charting and environmentally conscious bleeding (guided by the circle)
- Menstrual medicine circle (sharing circle)
- Ceremonial reclamation of our cyclical wisdom through a beautiful ceremony co-created with Cherry Jeavons-White of Rising Tides Jewellery.
What is included:
- A blazing log burner all day long
- Tea and chocolate
- Menstrual cycle charts and menstruality journaling exploration sheets to take away
'The menstrual cycle is like the yoga of women, a template for psychological and spiritual evolution, an innate intelligence that works, guides and matures you. A repeating rhythm you can't control, the cycle is your training ground for coming to know and love this elemental intelligence.' ~ The Woman's Quest
Note: This circle is open to all women whether bleeding or not. If you are not currently working with a monthly bleed then your connection to the moon grows ever stronger as you look to the skies to guide you. If peri-menopausal, menopausal or in the wisdom years, you have a life of cyclical wisdom to share with us and we welcome your wild wisdom. This work can also help to retrospectively shed light on your life's cycles.
These gatherings help to raise funds for our chosen charity: TreeSisters.
Planting trees and supporting the women planting them across the globe.
Register and pay here on the website via Paypal or manually via BACS
Please ask for concessions/child prices
(evening full moon women's circle 5-8pm usually £20, £15 if booked with this gathering)
12:30-13:00 - gather in the garden room for tea, decoration, socialising or rest and orientation
13:00-16:00 - Blue Moon Menstrual Wisdom Workshop and Ceremony
16:00-17:00 - optional sharing of offerings and social or rest
(The evening circle begins at 17:00)
What to bring:
• Journal and pen (or pen and paper)
• Cycle tracker/charts (if you use one/charts will be provided to take away)
• Yoga mat and blanket plus anything you like to make you comfy and warm
• Drinking water (no running water in the yurt)
• Mug for tea (tea provided)
• A nourishing and healthy food offering or a delight for the senses to share with the group if you're staying for tea afterwards or the evening circle
*veggie/vegan food, flowers, incense, poems, song, crystals, candles, something you’ve made, anything at all!
Detailed location information and joining instructions will be sent out closer to the date to all those booked on.
To read what women have said about this work: https://www.moonforestflow.com/testimonials
To read more about Moon Forest Flow: https://www.moonforestflow.com/about
Please do get in contact if you have any questions at all, to book or to be added to the mailing list for future gatherings and retreats.
Full Moon Circles:
There is something incredibly powerful about women gathering under the moon in their softness, vulnerability and power. To have a space in this world of restraint to show emotion, to speak our truth and our doubts and be held in the full support of our sisters however we show up is completely invaluable and calls us home to ourselves.
Lunar Women’s Circles (Moon Lodges) are an ancient tradition stemming from a time when we shared so much more of life with each other than we do today. We would forage, cook and rear our children together and we made time to celebrate what it meant to be a woman by honouring rites of passage, childbirth, fertility, menopause and the cycles of natures, especially those of the moon.
Women intuitively know how to heal and nourish each other making this time spent together essential for our wellbeing, allowing for rest, recalibration, reconnection and rewilding.
Be comfortable or be celebratory or both. Optional red theme!
Moon circles are family friendly and open to women of all ages and circumstances.
In times passed we would have shared so much more of life with each other than we do now and this would have included the raising of children. Our children would have been welcomed into the lodge and raised communally, garnering the invaluable knowledge and wisdom of the ebb and flow of all things. This inclusive and open environment is crucially important to the rewilding of life and as such these moon lodge gatherings are open to women of all ages and circumstances.
Whether bleeding or not, with or without a womb, pregnant, with small ones in tow, breastfeeding, peri-menopausal, menopausal or in the wisdom years. We all have our own unique wisdom to bring and stories to tell. This passing down of wisdom through the generations is an ancient practice without which we suffer. The reinstatement of the moon lodge provides a valuable space of healing, learning, nurturing, retreat and replenishment, a space that is more crucially essential to our wellbeing than ever before.
Children are welcome to play, read, draw, colour in or participate in the circle as you feel right. I just ask that you are happy to be fully responsible for them and keep them safe. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.
Moon circles are women only.
Many, many women have suffered abuse in some way whether mental, physical or sexual and for these women it is crucially important to have a safe space to explore regaining trust in their bodies, minds, emotions and others. It is for this reason that these gatherings are women only but this does not mean that we are man haters or anything of the kind! We are just coming together in the safety and security of our sisterhood to relearn how to trust and love so that we might better trust and love in our intimate relationships, families and friendships.
Cyclical Work Without a Cycle
Some of our work refers to the monthly menstrual cycle but this does not exclude women without a monthly bleed, we are all cyclical beings with or without a visible inner rhythm.
More information on this below if you were wondering whether this circle was for you or not:
Working without a monthly bleed:
This circle is open to all women whether bleeding or not. If you are not currently working with a monthly bleed then your connection to the moon grows ever stronger as you look to the skies to guide you.
The wisdom years:
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. You also become an expert of the inner autumn, often one of the most challenging seasons for many women and so your wisdom on this is also hugely welcomed. This work can also help to retrospectively shed light on a life of cycles.
Working with an irregular cycle:
If your cycle is irregular, know that often there is a larger cycle within that. Charting can help. This can make it tricky to know which season you are currently in but usually there is an inner knowing. If there isn't then you can look to the moon to guide you and take your cyclical cues from her.
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. All women are welcome in these circles. Hormonal contraception does however interrupt the natural cycles and can cut you off from the depth of emotion that arises through a monthly bleed, which can make it difficult to differentiate between inner seasons but just as the women not currently working with a bleed, your connection to the moon grows stronger as you look to the skies to guide you. You may also still feel the faint and distant call of your cycle.
Concessions/under 16 price
Available on request, please contact me before purchasing£15.00