Breaking Patriarchal Business Culture…..Newsletter

Rachael CrowMusings, Newsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

My dear readers,

Well it’s been a full on couple of weeks for me so this is a short newsletter, I’m in my Autumn/Premenstrual phase and suffering from terrible peri menopausal insomnia!!! Oh the joys of being a woman! I wonder how life’s treating you? After writing a bit about doing business the Womens Way, some of my Red Tent sisters and I decided we would offer out our work for donation/gift economy!! Wowsers this felt HUGE and so exciting!!!

So ALL my online teachings are available on gift economy as well as my Menarche book and there’s a link to my blog where I write more in depth about it below! TIMES ARE CHANGING SISTERS…are you part of the change?

Products

I’m so excited to have the new Menstrual Doodles book….I’ve been following Becky on Instagram for a while and love that she’s created a book…it will make a fab first period gift or dare I mention…. Christmas?!!

 

On My Blog

My Red Tent sisters and I are challenging the patriarchal money model… read all about it here

Events/Teachings/Offerings

All my on line teachings are open on Gift Economy- but please note Deepening Woman will close on the Full moon…we have kept it open to allow women to join on this new system!

New Year Drum Making January 19, 2019 at Gorslwyd Sound Healing Retreat Centre, Join us in a day of Drum making, theres also the option to stay over at this beautiful Retreat Centre and experience a Fire Ceremony and Gong Bath! ONLY 6 Places available! 

Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Following my Passion…. a call for support

Rachael CrowMusings, online teachings, products, Workshops

Awakening women to the power of their cycles has been my passion for 25 years…It all began when I sat in circle in 1993 with 6 women in a flat in Bristol and we shared our first period stories and celebrated our Menarche with a ‘catch up ceremony’ (I was 22- so over 10 years since my actual menarche) singing to one another and being anointed with sacred well water.

I had already made myself some soft moontime pads and some of the women in the group asked me to make pads for them, pad making became a bit of a hobby, I put flyers up in local whole food stores and sold a few sets a year- back then I was sewing them on my Nana’s old hand Singer machine. Then when my eldest daughter began her moontime, I made her a set, which she showed her friends – who all wanted some, and they told their teacher and even the Tampax lady when she came to school…and my little business grew! Around this time my eldest son was diagnosed as HSP and autism and moved into a special needs school. I realised I needed a job that would work around being more available to my family.

Well from there I studied business and went fully self employed with my therapies and had Moon Times as a side line- the internet was just getting big and my business advisor thought I had a brilliant product and pushed me to grow the business.

Over the years I’ve done lost of business trainings with different people, but the models are all pretty similar- sell, sell, sell, push, push push….!!! And then along comes all the social media- now we are selling on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram…It’s exhausting! And NONE of it has ever resonated with me. I’m a natural networker, I love to share my work and the work of others that I believe in, but I don’t like the patriarchal model of selling. The highlight of my work is when I get an email from someone who loves my products or my writings and has shared it with a friend, or a message from someone telling me their friend is a customer and recommended me- this way of business resonates!! This is why I love to work with women like Melanie, Eartha, Amber….we all promote eachother even though our work is similar- we each have a different flavour…theres no competition or pushing or hard sell, we are business women, doing business the womens way!

But do you know, following your passion in business is hard, the reality, if I wanted to earn a proper income from making pads, they would be about £25 each! To grow a business it needs investment- so there’s the website (with hosting and web designer fees), insurance, advertising, not to mention all the equipment- industrial sewing machines, press stud machine, computer, printer, internet- which all come with bills. Since moving house it now costs me £5 in petrol each time I drive to the post office- I could walk there before…but I do love my new home! I’ve always had to have another job alongside Moon Times to earn a living but at the moment, I’m healing cancer and I’m in perimenopause, my energy levels just can’t handle more than parenting and keeping Moon Times running.

I think I’ve done a good job at getting Moon Times out there, so good that people think I’m a massive corporation, I get emails everyday asking for product donations and samples for groups, businesses, eco fairs, student promotions…the reality is it’s just me, with a couple of women I call on when I need extra sewing done!

I offer lots for free- for over 10 years I’ve held moon lodges and red tents, free info on my blog, videos and newsletters because I want women to get it…I want you to connect to your cycle, see your blood as sacred, connect to the earth through your body wisdom…and ultimately it’s all about coming to a place of loving our bodies and loving the Earth. My family and I live a low impact live (as much as we can without living in a hobbit hole!), we buy second hand, support local businesses, we haven’t had a family holiday abroad in about 20 years, I drive an old banger, do DIY and reuse/ upcycle everything we can, but it’s got to a point where I need to rest more but some how still earn a living.

So I’m putting out a call for support, for me, my business, my family. I rely on you, my readers and customers to help promote this work. I’m going though huge challenges and changes, I’m putting out all my online courses for donation/gift economy, my Menarche book is available on gift economy as a download, and my cycle charting book is being updated and will be a downloadable book too. So please share my offerings, tell your friends, buy things for gifts, first periods, womens circles…

I invite you on a deep healing journey with Eartha and myself on our online Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings– these are especially relevant to women wanting to step into holding circles of women or girls (or women and girls) to women moving into peri menopause, in fact, all women would benefit from these teachings!

And they are online so anyone can join, anywhere in the world!

Combining womens rites of passages with deep shamanic practices. Deepening Woman Teachings will guide women though the Nine Passages /Life Spiral of womanhood, as well as including menstrual recapitulation, rites of passage ceremonies, shamanic journeys, meditation, Red Tent and Moon Lodge wisdom, journaling, circling, chanting, crafting, touching nature and connecting with our ancestors…On this journey you will deepen your connection with your authentic self, your cyclical nature and its relation to the seasons and the age old knowledge of our ancient mothers; remembering techniques that increase our natural women’s intuition and connect to our Medicine Woman Self.

And I thank YOU, for all your support over the years, and for the years to come, may we all keep growing, healing, supporting eachother, holding our Mother Earth in our hearts and wombs.

 

Rachael Crow 6th Nov 2018

BREAKING THE PATRIARCHAL BUSINESS MODEL

Rachael CrowMusings, online teachings

In response to whats going on in the world right now, on global scale, UK scale and community scale, I’ve been sitting with how we women can model a better way of being in business.

I wrote a bit about this in my last newsletter– how I see the Wise Womans Way of running a business.

I’ve been in business for over 20 years, and have witnessed the growth of internet and social media use for business and some of it feels like a huge dark entity that is taking over our lives. How many of us turn on our phones first thing in the morning and get immediately sucked in? (I make it my practice NOT to do this!!)

I feel blessed to have had teachers that have modelled generosity and a ‘pay it forward’ style of business. When I apprenticed my reiki teacher we worked side by side for a year (all expenses paid) and then when I qualified and we taught together she paid me as her equal. My husband too was apprenticed as a carpenter, his pay rose the more skilled he became. What I’m seeing in women’s business more and more is women being trained and expected to work for their ‘teacher’ for free or even being expected to apprentice and pay -to be a tea maker, space holder and general ‘hand maid’.

These patriarchal models are abusive to women, and does not serve the world. It is time to RISE!

(By the way- I totally believe in service/volunteering, we do all need the humbling experience of helping others. I have spent at least 1-2 hours a week for over 20 years supporting others in addiction recovery- this is where I place my service. I will not ‘work’ for others for free.)

In all my work I have offered subsidised places to women who have needed it- whether for financial reasons, health reasons…whatever. All I have ever stood for is empowering women to stand in their own wisdom.

“You are beautiful- your uniqueness fulfils a need in this world- for you are beautiful.” Red Tent Song we sing in our ceremonies

We are all unique and bring our own gifts into the world- this is the wise woman way- to support women to discover their own gifts…and if we listen closely to our bodies, our inner child, our womb wisdom, this is revealed to us.

My deep journey with cancer has brought me to a place of complete surrender- when we stop and surrender to healing, miracles occur. For me- it’s been a death rebirth process, that i’m still navigating. But I have surrendered, every day I give myself to our Mother. I offer to Her my life, my health, my body, my spirit, my family, my home, my relationships, my finances. I am in Her hands, I am Hers, in Her service.

I had no idea how I was going to manage to take time off work to heal, pay for my strict regime of organic foods- lots of juices, all the supplements and herbs, appointments with my herbalist, nutritionist, counsellor and other practitioners, plus pay the bills, the rent, have the energy to parent…

So I prayed, I prayed for the right partners to come into my life to support my healing journey and I prayed for support- in whatever form it needed to come- and it has! I had to surrender and ask, and I’ve been blessed to have amazing women step forward and offer me free healings of all kinds- hands on and distant, I managed to secure some funding for my counselling, I get a small amount each month towards my food and supplements from 2 cancer charities, other parents at school are helping me with childcare and school runs, local friends who ‘grow their own’ have been bringing me food….I set up a closed facebook group where friends can post encouraging messages…all in all I have come to a place of surrender and trust and all is well….and my cancer is shrinking…all is well!

So from this place of trust, surrender, my perimenopause and cancer healing journey- I’m standing up to the patriarchal bullshit business model and I will be offering all my courses and books for donation/gift economy…. For this is the Wise Womans Way- “here is my work, I feel its worth and its value, here is your opportunity to join me in a new system- pay what you feel its worth and value are, and if today thats £5 and next month its £50, that OK. I trust you to value me.”

Rachael Crow Nov 4th2018

Be Empowered! Walking the Path of the Women’s Way ……Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenopause, Musings, Newsletters, products, Workshops

Well my Sistars,

Anyone else feeling the power of the last full moon and the immense energy building to Samhain? It’s time for big clearings and for women to really step into their truth- Uranus and Taurus are waking us up!

For the last couple of years I’ve been holding on to running my business the Wise Women’s Way. Pretty much all businesses I see out there are running on the old patriarchal business model- bombard you with info, make you scroll and scroll through pages of testimonials before you even get to a price- and of course- put a price on everything!

Moon Times, womens health, the power of our cycles have always been a passion, since my 20’s I’ve been making pads, sharing womens wisdom freely in womens circles, boosting my peers in the field and of course now we have social media it’s even easier to share information freely. I’m grateful I live a simple life and don’t need to earn tonnes as it’s important to me to follow my passion more than it is to make money from it- although of course- earning from it is a bonus! I have huge gratitude to the women who support me with the Ask Aunt Flo group- there’s a wealth of practitioners on there- all women I’ve personally worked with and wholeheartedly back their work and their wisdom.

I’m grateful to you, my customers who tell your friends about my business, who blog about and share my products …this is the Wise Womans Way! And this is why I will always tag the women I work with, who support me in my journey, and will continue to freely share tips and posts to empower women to deepen into their Wise Woman.

And so today, I launch my latest offering- Hello Cervix.  This year I have been on a deep healing journey, not only recovering from leaving the community where I lived and separating from my husband, becoming a single mum, and being peri-menopausal….I’ve been healing cancer- cervical cancer. And it is healing- it’s healing me, my relationships and deepening my connection to my womb- when I could have taken the option to have it all cut out! So take a look, there’s links to resources to heal cancer naturally, books i’ve read, videos i’ve watched and people who inspire me daily with their courage to heal naturally plus my musings on why cancer showed up for me. My journey is far from over, it’s just another step to deepening into my medicine woman self.

In the Shop
New fabric for Womb Packs arrived today…soon to be sewn up! Womb packs are a major part of healing my womb, castor oil is pure magic…I urge you to give it a try!

Have you seen all the beautiful Calendars and diaries we have in stock? I’m loving this new one from Stephanie Green ..

On the Blog
I thought I’d share an old one- mostly because it touched so many women when I sent it out, but also because I tag so many amazing partitioners who have supported me and continue to support me in my healing journey- Deepening into Autumn Woman

Events/Teachings/Offerings

Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings opens it’s doors tomorrow, for 1 week only!
£495 for the 9 month journey, or this can be paid in 2 payments of £250 or £60 a month for 9 months.
(Reduction for Broken Basket Women and Red Girls!)
Combining womens rites of passages with deep shamanic practices. Deepening Woman Teachings will guide women though the Nine Passages /Life Spiral of womanhood, as well as including menstrual recapitulation, rites of passage ceremonies, shamanic journeys, meditation, Red Tent and Moon Lodge wisdom, journaling, circling, chanting, crafting, touching nature and connecting with our ancestors…On this journey you will deepen your connection with your authentic self, your cyclical nature and its relation to the seasons and the age old knowledge of our ancient mothers; remembering techniques that increase our natural women’s intuition and connect to our Medicine Woman Self.

 Red Girl teachings close TODAY!!....  recover childhood wounds, gently release them with ceremony, ritual, spiritual bundles, menstrual recapitulation…. Create a first blood ceremony, craft medicine tools, go deep into cycle awareness and the power of your moon blood. Connect with the circle of women in our Facebook group. Still time to sign up…. 

Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Wonder Woman and Deepening Woman….newsletter

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health, Newsletters, online teachings, Workshops

Blessings Sistars!

I’m so excited to be finally sharing the “Deepening Woman” online mentoring that Eartha and I have created. After years of working together in our Daughters of the Earth Lodge, and sharing teachings in the Red Tent and our Deepening Woman circles, we have finally worked on the best way of sharing these teachings with you on line! Here’s a little video of us explaining what it’s all about…and here’s more info for you Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings. Please share with any other women who you think may be interested or benefit. Thank you!

In The Shop

Wonder Woman is back! (LIMITED NUMBERS!!) We have some new limited edition 4 pad sets for you…

And new designs have been added to the lucky dip pad sets…so if you like surprises…grab a lucky dip!

On the Blog

Vaginal/Yoni/Womb steams…what exactly are they? What are they for and how do you do them? I explain it all!

 

Events/On Line Teachings

 Red Girl teachings close on Oct 31st….  recover childhood wounds, gently release them with ceremony, ritual, spiritual bundles, menstrual recapitulation…. Create a first blood ceremony, craft medicine tools, go deep into cycle awareness and the power of your moon blood. Connect with the circle of women in our Facebook group. Still time to sign up…. 

Deepening Woman Online Mentoring– a 9 month Journey, combining womens rites of passages with deep shamanic practices. Deepening Woman Teachings will guide women though the Nine Passages /Life Spiral of womanhood, as well as including menstrual recapitulation, rites of passage ceremonies, shamanic journeys, meditation, Red Tent and Moon Lodge wisdom, journaling, circling, chanting, crafting, touching nature and connecting with our ancestors…On this journey you will deepen your connection with your authentic self, your cyclical nature and its relation to the seasons and the age old knowledge of our ancient mothers; remembering techniques that increase our natural women’s intuition and connect to our Medicine Woman Self.

Still time to book!! Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings

Rachael CrowMenarche, Menopause, Menstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent, online teachings, Workshops

Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings from Rachael Crow and Eartha Love Varda

£495 for the 9 month journey, or 2 payments of £250  or £60 a month for 9 months.

(Reduction for Broken Basket Women and Red Girls!)

Starts 31st Oct, registration closes 7th Nov. Registration now open, see payment info below.

Combining womens rites of passages with deep shamanic practices. Deepening Woman Teachings will guide women though the Nine Passages /Life Spiral of womanhood, as well as including menstrual recapitulation, rites of passage ceremonies, shamanic journeys, meditation, Red Tent and Moon Lodge wisdom, journaling, circling, chanting, crafting, touching nature and connecting with our ancestors…On this journey you will deepen your connection with your authentic self, your cyclical nature and its relation to the seasons and the age old knowledge of our ancient mothers; remembering techniques that increase our natural women’s intuition and connect to our Medicine Woman Self.

These teachings are for ALL women, it will benefit mothers, menopausal women, and women holding circles and working with youth, as the purpose of the teachings are to bring you to your own authenticity so you can live from that place as a strong medicine woman!

 

We advise taking at least 9 moons/months working through this journey – but you are free to work through it at your own pace- it will be open for 1 year for you to access the teachings. There will be daily journalling questions in a PDF (just a few minutes each day), meditations and visualisations to connect to your inner Wise/Medicine Woman, healing practices and beautiful crafts to be made!

There will be monthly emails that include each passage over the 9 months, so ideally you will work though a passage a month.

A Facebook group will be created for support.

Skype sessions can be booked with Eartha or Rachael at £30 an hour, conference calls with both of us are £50 2 hrs max.

To Book-
go to this page- Deepening Woman Mentoring Teachings

or email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

What’s included:

Foundation videos

Earth Connection

Setting up and holding Sacred Space

Connection to your inner Wise Woman, Inner Maiden, Inner Teen

Rituals and Rites

Medicine Bundle Teachings

Stories & Songs

PDFs of self enquiry work and craft activities making sacred medicine tools

Meditations & Journeys

Deep cycle teachings

Menstrual Recapitulation

Creating ceremony

Suggested further reading

 

Each Passage has journalling, self enquiry work, moon connection, a craft activity, meditation/journey, some hold ceremony, stories, songs! These are deep rich teachings.

 

Feedback from women who have worked with us-

Rachael goes above and beyond what you might expect, she gives and gives so much…. information, holding and awareness of the process. She is truly someone who walks her talk and guides women to rebirth themselves anew. These initiations are so needed, so powerful and so transforming. Thank you Rachael for the work you give to the world.

I had connected with Rachael & Eartha previously on one of the Mother and Daughter camps. I experienced the care given to celebrating my daughter’s own rise towards womanhood and when the opportunity arose to receive similar nourishment from them myself through a catch up ceremony, I jumped at the chance to do so, knowing I could rely on her capable leadership. On the day, after working on the preparation materials provided, I was ready to receive exactly what I asked for and they gave and gave. It was definitely emotional and has been subsequently energising. Today I know I have shifted my family’s balance towards a thriving womanhood for future generations. I would recommend an honouring the menarche ceremony for girls or catchup for women to anyone who desires to honour who they are in a safe space, held with sensitive expertise and dedicated vision.

This is a wonderful journey for women, I was so empowered when I first did this amazing work I did it a second time to go deeper. Rachael gives such caring guidance and is such a wealth of knowledge of all women’s wisdom. I can’t recommend it enough.

Recommended full heartedly … amazing and full of information and love and joy xxxxxx

‘Such a deeply heartfelt and magical ceremony. I was fearful that it would be painful, but discovered it to be a beautiful, tender experience that re-connected me to my maiden self in an unexpectedly joyful and empowering way. Rachael held this ceremony with such love, witnessing every woman in the circle with deep caring. And it was so moving to honour and be honoured by all the other women. For the first time in my life I am feeling the power and wisdom of my menstrual cycle!’

‘Life changing’

‘I’ve grown and changed in such positive ways this year, I feel more empowered and on my path’

‘Rachael holds the circle in such a special way….it’s been a transformational year!’

‘There was such emotional support, Rachael is sensitive and compassionate to our personal journeys’

‘It was great to have the space to share our experiences and developments – rather like a healing group!’

What is Vaginal Steaming, Yoni Steaming or Womb Steaming?

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health

Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naturopathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer, author and teacher of Maya medicine has brought back this ancient practice to modern women. She lived and studied with traditional Mayan healers in Belize for nearly 25 years, and shares that vaginal steaming is very common among women because it works.
Yoni steaming has been known by women throughout history to:
Significantly reduce discomfort, bloating and exhaustion associated with your Moontime
Ease menstrual cramps
Decrease menstrual flow as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses
Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles
Increase fertility, especially when combined with Mayan abdominal massage
Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth
Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse
Assist with the healing of haemorrhoids
Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and maintain healthy odour
Relieve symptoms of menopause

It’s super easy for you to do a vaginal steam at home. Steep approximately 1 heaping cup of steaming herbs in a basin of hot water, find a quiet place to relax, undress from the waist down, and the steam your yoni for 20 minutes or so. Many women pop the basin over the toilet, and sit on the toilet seat, you could cut a hole in an old camping chair- be sure the bowl is on some books or something to make them high enough so you feel the steam, be creative and see how you could be comfy hovering over the bowl! I used to use a large bowl, roll up a towel to make a ‘seat’ on the edge of the bowl and sit for 10 mins or so.
Now I have made a “Steam Throne” from a broken toilet seat, screwed onto some legs and I make a comfy seat from a rolled towel!

Be sure the water isn’t too hot, so as to avoid burns!! Stay wrapped in warm blankets as you sit. This is a great time to write in a journal, meditate or set some intentions!

Once the time has passed, remain wrapped in blankets and lie down in a warm bed for the night. The herbs will continue to work on your reproductive system as you sleep, and you’ll wake up feeling healed and nurtured.

The tissues of the vagina are exceptionally porous and absorbent, and the warmth of the steam works to soften and open them. When the herbs are placed in the hot water, their medicinal properties, including volatile oils, are released and carried to the surface of your skin, and to the inside of the vagina, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and, ultimately, into to the uterus.
The medicinal herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus, and cleanses the entire reproductive system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and buildup. In doing so, we support the uterus to function at its best, thus reducing the amount of work it has to do, and therefore your discomfort.

Vaginal steaming is an age-old remedy that has been tested and approved by generations before us, and its time has come in our modern culture.

I recommend blends from Womansoul, or make your own, add crystals too if you like!

Herbs that can be used

Oregano: Used to bring on menses. Increases scanty flow. This herb is used for its antiseptic, stimulating and strengthening qualities. Oregano is a wonderful herb for aiding in prevention of infection.
Marigold: Tagetes erecta is used to induce perspiration, cleansing of the vaginal tissues. It is also healing to wounds. Calendula officinalis aids in the healing of tight scarred tissues of the labia and perenium due to episiotomy, or vaginal tear. Note: Do not steam an open wound, this could cause pain and swelling.
Basil: May reduce painful menstruation. Helps to bring on menstruation.
Mugwort: In addition to fighting infection through its antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, mugwort balances female hormones and stimulates the production of hormones that help to maintain uterine health as well as protect the uterus from things such as ulcers and tumors. Mugwort steam opens the pores, allowing the beneficial herbs to penetrate into the blood stream. In addition, mugwort helps to stimulate menstrual discharge and ease cramping.
Rosemary: An aromatic and antimicrobial herb, rosemary treats bacterial infection, speeds wound healing, inhibits yeast growth, and stimulates menstruation.
Lavender: One of the most relaxing herbs we have, lavender supports healing, and it also promotes menstrual flow.
Yarrow: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, yarrow is great for regulating menstrual flow, treating ovarian cysts and supporting overall uterine health.
Partridge berry: Revered as a wonderful herb for the female reproductive system, partridge berry treats infertility, regulates menstrual cycles and helps decrease severe menstrual pain.
Motherwort: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, motherwort strengthens and relaxes uterine muscles, eases uterine cramping, and may help treat uterine fibroids. Motherwort stimulates uterine tone and blood flow.
Calendula: Aids in healing of scar tissue, vaginal tears, or hemorrhoids.

Women are being Called! …Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenopause, Menstrual Health, Musings, Newsletters, products, Workshops

Hello dear Sistars!

How are you all on the other side of the Equinox?

I’ve been sitting in circles of women and I keep hearing over and over the testing times we are being put through, (including myself) and I just want to hold out my arms and hold you in strength and love. Know that it’s part of the process we women have to go to in order to heal, heal our family patterns, heal our ancestral lines…by goddess it’s hard, but I completely trust that its all for the greater good of humankind and for the Earth Mother.

This weekend I was invited to host a drum making for a women’s group at my yurt and the themes arising were all about getting aligned with our truth and healing ourselves so we can do that! The women were thrilled to birth their drums as part of their journey towards stepping in to healing and truth!

(oh and don’t get me started on the “black out women” on Facebook…No, its time to step up, not black out!!)

If you’d like to hire me for your group, do get in touch!

In The Shop

Yeh, Womanrunes are back in stock!!

Plus we have a range of beautiful calendars and the Earth Pathways Diary is still available.

On the Blog

My musings this week about The journey of peri-menopause being the CALLING to THE SELF…

I’ve been sitting in circles with women sharing about their rage, their insomnia, hot flushes, more rage, and they are asking how can I get though this? For me, the initiation of wise woman, is an acceptance of my souls calling, my soul path….. read the full post here.
And as part of my peri-menoapuse journey, I have ramped up my self care and self kindness 100%…I invite you to join in….

Events

 Red Girl teachings are open for just a few more weeks-  recover childhood wounds, gently release them with ceremony, ritual, spiritual bundles, menstrual recapitulation…. Create a first blood ceremony, craft medicine tools, go deep into cycle awareness and the power of your moon blood. Connect with the circle of women in our Facebook group. Still time to sign up…. 

Coming up November 17th in Bristol…Scar Sister Day – still 2 places left!!! Join Suzi and I at the Goddess Temple for a day of sacred tattooing. places are limited so do contact to book asap. info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Still time to book!! Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Peri-menopause is the Calling to Yourself

Rachael CrowMenopause, Menstrual Health, Musings

Have you heard? The journey of peri-menopause is a CALLING to THE SELF…

I’ve been sitting in circles with women sharing about their rage, their insomnia, hot flushes, more rage, and they are asking how can I get though this?

Well for now, my rage has subsided. I’ve released deep grief for the things ‘I thought’ I would/should/could have been doing/done by now- by goddess women- drop the would/should/could’s!! (excerpt from The Cancer Whisperer on Grief)

I’m sitting in the ‘void’ and instead of wondering where life is taking me, I’ve stepped fully on to a path of deep healing.

For me, the initiation of wise woman, is an acceptance of my souls calling, my soul path.
When I surrendered, the Universal Assignment of my souls calling became VERY CLEAR!

I’ve had to step clear away from fear and put myself into the hand of the Great Mother, I am working with Her and she is working with me.

It’s becoming clearer to me that my rage was coming from a place of impatience, a desire to be alone, to drop all the mundane shit I no longer wanted to do, to be free-er to spend more time doing what I really wanted. And slowly (because my body started shouting at me!!) I got the message, I started to drop the stuff I no longer wanted in my life and I opened up to healing.
I’ve become clearer in my communication- asking for support, putting myself first -no, it’s not selfish- it’s ESSENTIAL in menopause that we listen to our body, our needs and goddess isn’t it time we put ourselves first for once? Things have to be on my terms.

In one circle we talked about insomnia, how do we cope- so some strategies might be to have your own room, so if your awake you can read, listen to a podcast/meditation, journal? Maybe incorporate naps in to your day, or at least more rest times. Let go of whats not important. For those of you with full time jobs- is it possible to take time off, go part time- even if just for a while? Have a holiday on your own? A weekend retreat?

If you don’t get the quiet time/alone time- how can you hear your souls calling?

Well believe me- it will start shouting in someway to get your attention- and its much easier if it doesn’t have to shout! (by the way- shouting is the rage and pain that comes).

The last few years of my life have been incredibly hard, the Universe (God, Goddess, Higher Power…insert what fits for you!) has asked me to “STEP UP” on so many levels.
The problem is, when you work in line with your soul calling, you’re required to walk your talk and heal deeper than you every thought possible!
And by Goddess, have I been worked these past few years!
My passion lies in empowering women, bringing them to the power of their wombs, its connection to the earths seasons and though that connection, I’m bringing women into love with the Mother- our Earth.
This work has included nature connection, earth connection, land protection, creating a sacred womens temple, deep womb wisdom, womb healing, ancestral healing, mother wound healing, childhood healing…and every step of the way I have healed too!
This time I’m getting it, and its deep, deeper than I ever thought possible! Healing ancestral pain, trauma, historical sickness that’s trapped in our cells, passed on – unknowingly , well I’m the “lucky” chosen one that gets to say “No more, it stops here.”

And now the universe has asked me to ramp it up…for so long I have stated my belief in plant power, food, nutrition, herbal medicine and homeopathy over vaccinations and antibiotics! So it’s time to walk my talk, step up…healer heal thyself.
And what do I need to do this-
1. A fabulous support team
2. Trust in the Universe (this includes meditating to align myself, prayers like none I’ve prayed before, surrender over and over, and staying in the vibration of love)
3. Acceptance of my ‘assignment’
4. To make it enjoyable
So, gracefully I accept my assignment, I’m doing the work, healing on more levels than I every knew, I have complete trust in the Universe and in my bodies ability to heal and the benefits have been amazing so far!

Yes, I’m stubborn (luckily) and I think that’s what will get me though this journey!

In healing myself I’m learning so many more healing techniques I will be able to share with others, I’m allowing myself to receive healing from so many different people and in so many ways, my capacity for self care and self kindness has increased 100%, my body wisdom and body listening is getting an amazing fine tuning!

(c) Rachael Crow 2018

Give Your Womb Some LOVE! …… Newsletter

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Autumn Blessings!

Gosh it’s been a busy couple of weeks here at MT HQ! The best thing has been having our luscious Red Tent back up and our first gathering in it was jam packed with gorgeous wombyness!

I’ve also been busy creating some organic womb packs…made to make doing a castor oil pack on your womb a LOT LESS MESSY!! check out my video all about it here 🙂

 

 

In The Shop

We are expecting an order of Womarunes this week…the second edition of the book, which I believe has a few different layout ideas! We’ve got 2019 Moon Charts now in stock…and the womb packs I mentioned above 🙂

On The Blog-

More about womb packs…give your womb some love! 

Events-

Coming up November 17th in Bristol…Scar Sister Day 2 places left!!! Join Suzi and I at the Goddess Temple for a day of sacred tattooing. places are limited so do contact to book asap. info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

 

Drum Making,  Red Moon Drum making day Oct 28th 2018 (book by Sept 30th, LIMITED PLACES!), And due to popular demand I’m now offering 1-1 drum making sessions, and of course custom drums can be made to order. This full moon I will be making some indigo drums!

Still time to book!! Only a couple of places left! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

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