Women's Mysteries Teacher
How do we remember and cultivate our wisdom as women? How do we navigate our changing lives, our cyclical natures and the rites of passage we journey through daily, monthly, and through our life seasons?
The ancient yet timeless ways of women are related to our blood. Our births, our periods beginning, our monthly flow, our childbirths and our menopause are natural ways our bodies initiate us into new phases. We can use these transitions to let go of what is no longer needed and replenish ourselves. They offer connection to our deepest levels of knowing and the chance to create our lives from this place. We can take care of new seeds, birth our visions and let go of dead wood when the time is right. We are remembering this wisdom at this time. We are free to talk openly about such things which have been taboo for a long time, probably because of the power contained within them.
Reconnecting with the Women's Mysteries offers a map and a deeper appreciation of the creative energy of nature which is reflected in our bodies. This energy is affecting us whether we acknowledge it or not, so taking time to understand and allow ourselves to work with life in this way can be healing and call forth freedom of self expression, creativity and authenticity. We can work with this energy to grow in self awareness and heal our wounds. We can resolve patterns that limit us and strengthen our inner resources and outer community.
Our history would have been one of sitting together to hear and hold one another, of following the moon and of deeply understanding the relationship of our bodies to nature. I believe we are in a place in history of re-membering the wisdom and power of the sacred feminine that in earlier times would have formed the bedrock of our culture. Way back, as young ones, we would have grown witnessing our mothers and elders facilitate transformation in a day to day way in our community. Most nature based peoples honoured the practice of retreat during the bleeding time in the cycle, also known as "Moonlodge". The community supported women to take time away from daily life as they bled to rest, dream and bring visions back for the health of themselves and the people. Young women were honoured and initiated at the time of first bleeding. They were welcomed into the wisdom of the motherline with respect for the insight, intuition, fertility and strength they were stepping into.
Closely connected to the cycles of the seasons and the moon, it is likely women would have lived through their life seasons understanding their connection to nature and the rhythm of growth, full bloom and decay that plays out on many levels in our lives. It is probable that old people were respected wise elders, who, as initiated women had access to their own knowing and could support others to find the same. There is powerful historical evidence that women played an important role in the spiritual lives of their communities and were often highly valued members of society, having high status and holding priestess and shamaness roles.
Teaching about the Women's Mysteries is about making this relavant to our current time. The work I share is not linear. My respect and experiences with this work are like a deep thread that informs all my practice.
I teach one-to-one or in groups. A one-to-one session would be guided by you and your needs and experiences, offering you the part of the work that fits what you need but giving you an overview of some basic principles. I ask questions that help you to find your own answers and frame your life experiences in ways that nourish, serve and give you a sense of personal responsibility. You can have the time you need to explore what you would like to and pay for the time you use.
Group work takes the form of a women's circle, part teaching, part sharing what feels right for you. This has power by seeing reflections of your own story in the voices of others and hearing different experiences. I find group work to be very potent to connect with other women in a loving and confidential space and to experience being seen, heard and held. It can also be an opportunity to see the patterns we bring to our lives. If you wish to gather a group of your friends together for a Womens Mysteries workshop I am happy to come. I have several offerings for this work. 'Remembering Ourselves" is a seasonal women's circle that you can attend whenever works for you. "Our Female ground" is a closed women's circle gathering for four weekends over the course of 2017. Please see events or the pages in question for more information and dates.
I charge £40 per hour for one-to-one sessions. Group fees are dependent on the situation, please enquire. Click here to contact me.