Exploring the Wisdom of The Menstrual Cycle
Delve into the wild initiatory nature of both the creative (or outward) and nutritive (inward) poles of the menstrual cycle, with grounding and re-connective practices to co-create with your cycle. While this work explores both poles, there is a strong focus on cultivating the art & practice of menstruation, once honored in many cultures as a one of the principle feminine mysteries. While our ovulatory pole asks us what we truly wish to bring forth in our lives, 'moontime' asks us each month to shed parts of our life and being that no longer serve us- to surrender, re-assess, re-plenish, & re-imagine. It's also the time in our cycle when the veil between the worlds is thinnest and we have greatest access to our latent powers & Truth. The period asks us to be ruthlessly honest with ourselves and those around us; to look at where we're not in integrity with ourselves and change it. The poles of our menstrual cycle can be cultivated as an oasis for the Wild Feminine in a fast-paced world with little regard for natural rhythms.
In this series, we honor both cyclical poles and our
* co-create a life in alignment with the menstrual cycle
* welcome a regular, healthy pleasurable monthly cycle
* unpack our 'menstrual legacy" and reclaim it for ourselves
* discover menstruation as a political act of resistance and resurgence of the Feminine force
* connect our womb and breasts as a creative circuit
* understand and work with so-called "PMS"
* ease cramps
* re-discover the "moon lodge" in a modern context
* work with the menstrual cycle in the context of partnership, family & career
*learn about menstrual regulating and nourishing herbs in the Wise Woman tradition
* talk about our menstrual cycles in an open, nurturing, &
non- judgmental circle of women
(Women currently on the pill or using an IUD are asked to please contact me ahead of any scheduled classes.)
Pooja helped me learn how to connect to my cycle as a container for spiritual growth and self-exploration. I feel much more connected to my monthly cycle, myself, the greater cycles of our planet, and to other women. Pooja used her own wisdom in combination with relevant readings and ritual to give us tools to continue our own exploration after the workshop ended. After this workshop I love and deeply appreciate the female cycle more than ever. I hope every woman can have the opportunity to restore her relationship to her cycle as a beautiful and central part of life.
“Pooja has a capacity to align and create space for the feminine to blossom. She gives women the opportunity to surrender and feel the broadest range of their sensual receptive selves.”
interfaith minister, counselor, teacher
Pooja's Moon Rites series awakened me to an internal rhythm I knew existed by the simple fact of being a woman, but had never engaged with, talked to, laughed about, and felt welling up deep inside me like a life-giving fountain. Practicing, playing, listening and talking in the confidence of other women was an important part of the course, reminding me of the universality of our struggles and the collective power we possess for healing. While Pooja recalls the history of menstruation culture, both ancient and recent, she artfully guides the discussion to the present-day, helping us to celebrate our energy, expand our internal awareness, and strengthen our toolbox in the context of the here and now.
Photos by Peggy Reeves, from Rites of Passage '13, installation by Pooja Prema