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Menstrual Mentoring

My Passion, My Purpose, My Mission

These sessions are an absolute highlight of my working week. Nothing gives me greater joy than seeing people liberated from suffering and empowered to live cyclical and congruent lives.

Menstrual cycle awareness is my passion, my purpose and my mission and I live and breathe this work every single day.

To share this with others is an honour and a privilege and I am forever inspired by the incredible shifts and transformations that take place once a real commitment is made to this practice and this work.

 

Along the way I have acquired many tools, tips and techniques and would be so glad to share these with you should that be what you are looking for but...

 

As well as empowering you with information I also intend for these sessions to be a invitation for you to tap into your innate wild wisdom and discover the deep current of insights, clarity and wisdom that you already hold within.

My sessions with Carly have given me the space to notice, the guidance to empower myself and room to grow with my flow. I'd have never thought I'd come to look forward to my period, that I'd notice the fluctuations in my cycle, that before simply passed me by. There is nothing more pleasing than knowing when my kick-ass days will be and when to schedule rest and relaxation. I highly recommend these 1 to 1s from someone who was curious and didn't have any preconceived idea of what I might discover, I've gained so much. ~ Daisy

The Details

 

Where

These sessions take place from the comfort of your own home via Zoom and are bespoke to you.

 

How

Each session is guided by your experience of your cycle, your current knowledge and practice and what it is you're interested in exploring, learning and discovering.

Approach

They are typically a mix of informative and experiential and focus on sharing and exploring practices, information and resources to build understanding and insight and cultivate awareness, confidence and congruency.

Method

In these 1-1 sessions we work through 3 stages and spend time exploring each...

1. Know ~ Get to know what is happening in your body through learning about the menstrual cycle and charting your own


2. Grow ~ Grow to understand, accept and cooperate with your shifting and changing hormones, moods, energy levels, behaviours and tendencies throughout the cycle


3. Flow ~ Come to flow with your unique experience of the menstrual cycle and learn how best to harness and support each phase

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The Exchange


1st session 1.5 hour initial consultation - £40

1 hour - £45

Block booking

An Introduction: 3 session block - £125

Deeper Dive: 10 session block - £400

A year of cycling: 12 sessions - £450

Patreon Membership

Become a Full Flow Wild Woman Club member & receive monthly 1 hour sessions for £35/month

Included in Sessions:

  • Bespoke 1-1 sessions

  • Embodying Cycles Menstrual Cycle Chart

  • Starting Charting Flow Booklet

  • A follow up email after each session with resources, personalised meditations, practices and links

  • Regular love notes to check in and see how you're doing with personalised questions and explorations

  •  A 'Daily Check In' meditation recording

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A Little About Me...

 

Hi, I'm Carly and I'm a writer, yoga, meditation and yoga nidra guide, menstrual mentor and womxn's circle facilitator with a passion for womxn's health, cyclical living, periods and nature.​

I wake up each day excited by what my cycle has to tell me and show me. This work is my passion, my purpose and my mission and I dream of a world where we are all able to live a little more in sync.

I'm so glad to welcome you here and I can't wait to get to know and for you to get to know your cycle!

Carly x 

My Story in Brief

My grandma gave me my first journal at the age of 11, the same age I had my first bleed. I always wondered if this wasn’t as much of a coincidence as it later seemed. Whether she intended this or not, I instinctively began marking the first day of my period in my journal with a star and always made a note of my mood each day. Little did I know that these simple and innocent mood notes were in fact the basis for the menstrual cycle awareness techniques that I now use and were creating a lifetime of information about my early cycles and menstrual experience. An absolute treasure trove for me now as an adult.

 

My introduction to menstrual life wasn’t marked with any magic and I suffered incredible pain and mood swings my entire life. The only suggestion by doctors and friends was to go on the pill, something I instinctively never felt I wanted to do. The pain became so bad in my late 20s that twice I had to pull over on the side of the road to be sick; whilst wailing and moaning with pains I had never felt before and the mood swings were so bad I was regularly lashing out and feeling suicidal in the premenstruum. Despite all of this, I still felt I didn’t want pain medication or hormonal contraception. I felt deep in my bones that this pain was a message and I just needed to learn how to hear it.

 

When I discovered this practice and learned to flow with my cycle I finally understood what my cycle had been telling me all along and it was a message I couldn’t unhear. This discovery transformed the way I live my life, plan my work and manage my relationships and has gifted me freedom from suffering and access to a sustainable blueprint for a slow, soulful and cyclical life.

Working with Carly has awoken what I can only describe as a small revolution inside of me! By supporting and guiding me through various ways and means of charting my cycle, allowing me to find those that suit me and my life, Carly has offered a loving and intuitive space to get to know my own unique rhythm and flows. She not only brings her exceptional warmth, honesty and openness but has the most incredible ability to hold space, all whilst bringing an absolute wealth of knowledge in MCA. In just a few short months I have seen the immense power that lies within understanding my cycle on such a deeper level. Being supported on this journey feels like I have uncovered and observed more in a short space of time, than I ever would have achieved without Carly guiding the way. ~ Suzy

Training and Credentials


As fellow Menstrual Cycle Awareness advocate, Vickie Williams, once said. 'I'm a woman, that's my training' and I wholeheartedly agree. I also live and breathe this work each and every day of my life. My menstrual cycle is the foundation from which the rest of my life grows and flows. I have facilitated women's circles since 2016, regular Well Woman Yoga classes since 2017 and have seen many women 1-1 over the years in my Menstrual Mentoring sessions which over time has exposed me to the  goldmine of many different experiences of menstruation and the menstrual cycle. 

Wild Power Course with Red School and TreeSisters ~ February - April 2018, Online

Well Woman Yoga Therapy with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli ~ November 2017 (in addition to 200hr YTT) 

Menstrual Cycle Awareness practice since 2012, cycle tracking since 1999

As I mentioned in my about section, some of the best teachers, healers, facilitators and musicians I've ever met are the ones that are self-taught. I believe wholeheartedly in trusting a person and their innate skills and passions over a certificate, particularly because often the people with a lot of innate skill and passion don't have the resources to train as training is expensive! I have a vision that some day we'll be able to pass yoga on through mentorship for free like the old days and sack off all this officialdom.

 

Menstrual Cycle Awareness has allowed me to finally understand my body and it's rhythms. It has improved not only my physical health but also my mental and emotional health and the way that I see and interact with the world. Carly's 1:1's have offered me the opportunity to explore this practice in a safe and fully supportive environment. She brings in a playful and nurturing exploration, tailoring the sessions and the practices offered to each individual, meaning that you really get the most out of the sessions, offering insights you had never realised before. I always leave a session full of enthusiasm with new ideas and tasks to work through to deepen my MCA practice. This was the best investment I have made in myself and will continue to reap the benefits for the rest of my life. ~ Laura

FAQs

The overarching answer to most questions is that if you feel the call to do this work then you are welcome here but let me delve into a few of the most common questions I get asked...

Can I track my cycle on hormonal contraception?
Hormonal contraception means that you don't have periods (the bleeding is a withdrawal bleed from the drugs) so you don't be able to track your period as such but there's still a great depth of work that can be done. As far as I'm concerned tracking and charting are great mental health tools for everyone and a menstrual cycle is just one blueprint to follow.

Side point: There are lots of incredibly valid reasons for needing and/or wanting hormonal contraception so please know that there will never be any judgement from me and this will never exclude you from any of the work I offer. I can't even begin to imagine how liberating it must have been to be liberated from having to have 10 kids and being able to have sex without the fear of pregnancy. So I respect the fact that the pill has played a major role in the liberation and sexual freedom of women in so many ways but I am also aware that hormonal contraception interrupts the natural cycle, can mask gynaecological and other health issues, disrupts the endocrine system, depletes the body of key nutrients, reduces libido and can cut you off from the depth of emotion that arises through the fluctuations of a natural menstrual cycle (to list just a few side affects).

Can I practice Menstrual Cycle Awareness Without a Cycle?
There are many reasons why a person might not have visible monthly cycle such as being born without a womb, having had a hysterectomy, menopause, early menopause, lactational amenorrhea, hypothalamic amenorrhea, eating disorders, hormonal contraception, being a trans woman and some health issues (to name but a few) and there are many ways to explore cyclicity beyond just Menstrual Cycle Awareness.

As with hormonal contraception, you won't be tracking your period but again I feel that tracking and charting your moods, energy levels, behaviours, tendencies and physical changes can be a very grounding practice that can provide insights into your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. If you're not working with a cycle I often suggest tracking alongside the phases of the moon.

Cyclical living is not just the remit of people with periods; with or without a visible monthly cycle, living in tune with your rhythms and the rhythms of nature can be so supportive.

Can I do this work post-menopause?
This workbook does not specifically cover menopause so if that is what you're looking 
for then this wouldn't be the right work for you.This work can retrospectively shed light on a life of periods as well as deepening your connection to the lunar, seasonal and greater life cycles. When looking at seasonal associations peri-menopause is often linked to the season of autumn and menopause with winter, so it may be that you find some of the information related to those phases relevant.

Can I Chart my Cycle if it is Irregular?
There are many reasons why a person might have irregular cycles such as, PCOS, peri-menopause, lots of stress, travel, an underlying heath issue and more. If your cycle is irregular, know that often there is a larger cycle within that. Years of talking about periods has shown me that anecdotally lots of women experience a change in cycle length around seasons change. Strange but seemingly true. 

Charting and tracking can help to cope with the unknown aspect of irregular cycles because as you begin to learn the signs of ovulation you can predict your period fairly accurately because the luteal phase (premenstrual phase) is generally the most consistent phase in terms of duration for most people.

Irregular cycles can be a blessing in disguise because being unable to track and chart from within the confines of a fairly consistent structure instead you have to learn to surrender to the unpredictability, which requires even closer, more attentive inner listening. 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 to, accepting and cooperating with the cycle can sometimes iron out the very issues that made it irregular to begin with or help with the transition towards menopause.​

I don't have a good relationship with my period, I don't know if this is going to work for me?
I hear you, I feel you. I didn't get into this work because my period was a light sunny breeze, I got into this work because my period caused me to suffer so badly that at times it felt too much to bear and I wondered if I could handle 10 days of every 3 weeks as a completely non-functional human being. 

I haven't always loved my period, that came from better understanding what was happening, why I was suffering and knowing what to do about it. I now view my period as an incredibly valuable health feedback loop that I would never do without and maybe you will too?

 
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Working with Carly has awoken what I can only describe as a small revolution inside of me! By supporting and guiding me through various ways and means of charting my cycle, allowing me to find those that suit me and my life, Carly has offered a loving and intuitive space to get to know my own unique rhythm and flows. She not only brings her exceptional warmth, honesty and openness but has the most incredible ability to hold space, all whilst bringing an absolute wealth of knowledge in MCA. In just a few short months I have seen the immense power that lies within understanding my cycle on such a deeper level. Being supported on this journey feels like I have uncovered and observed more in a short space of time, than I ever would have achieved without Carly guiding the way. 

—  Suzy

 

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