Earth Prayers……Newsletter

Rachael CrowMusings

Hello Sisters,
I am just landing after the most amazing trip to the isle fo Lewis, perhaps you saw my posts on Facebook and Instagram?

Women from the Celtic lands and women from the USA gathered in circle, to tune into the Stones and create a full moon prayer ceremony for the Earth. The time has come for us all to stand in these sacred places regularly, to use them as places of amplification for humanity and our planet. The stones are calling us to wake up.
Dance, drum, sing and pray with the stones, the trees and the Earth, pour your sacred moon blood with prayers of healing and peace. Be the women the earth needs. 🌎♥️🌎♥️🌎♥️ You can read my prayers here.

Products-
We can care for the earth by ditching disposables and switching to reusables in all forms…my life long passion has been to educate women in switching to cloth!! So perhaps the new designs of Panty Liners and Pads might call to you?

Are you planning for 2020? There’s the lovely Earth Pathways Dairies and Calendars in stock- designed by UK artists, full of lush photos, artworks and writings…

On My Blog
Why should I connect to my cycle? Our menstrual cycle is one of the vital signs of health in our bodies. Treating “problems” with synthetic hormones is now being proved to lead to mental illness, depression, cancer… Let’s empower ourselves to take care of our health. Watch my video and read more here.

Events

Mother and Daughter days- Mid Girl and First blood, these are 2 workshops aimed at mothers with daughters 9-12, 12-16 respectively, 19th & 20th Oct, £30. Join Eartha and I with your girls for these celebration days at the Red Tent yurt. (Limited Places, book early!)
Mid Girl– Holding our Daughters as they step though this threshold is vital, their hormones are rising, their bodies changing, it can all feel overwhelming!
As mothers ourselves, we will guide you though a day of honouring your girls with drumming, singing, crafts and ritual. Mothers will have time to circle and hold their inner mid girls. We will gather as a ‘village’ and witness our girls stepping over the Threshold of Mid Girl.
First Blood- Join us as we explore and honour our daughters rite of passage. Learn about embracing our moontime, share stories and celebrate together! Collectively we will discover what has affected our attitudes towards our moontime and our bodies and we will remember and recreate our own menarche celebration. The day will include a menarche bundle ceremony and holding the sacredness of becoming a woman and a woman unique cyclic nature.

 First Blood Catch up ceremony in Bristol with myself and Melanie Swan, November 24th, 10 am – 4:30 pm at the Bristol Goddess Temple. Reclaim Your Maiden, Recalibrate Your Menstrual Cycle. This powerful Rite of Passage will take you back to your first period to connect with and heal your maiden self, which in turn will recalibrate your menstrual cycle. Our first period sets the tone for our relationship with our cycle! Cost- £90, click though to book. I’m so excited Melanie is bringing her work to the UK and to be working together will be powerful!

My latest On Line Teaching- Love Your Period-Let’s dive into our womb space and work on what’s blocking us from loving our periods. Starts 30th Sept.
Our wombs are not our enemy, although if you suffer from pain, pms, migraines, back ache, cramps, flooding… it feels like it!  Come and Join the circle! Join the movement of Empowered women, living the power of their cycles! Cost- sliding scale, pay what you can afford £25-55.

 

Don’t forget, I’m available to create bespoke 1-1 or group workshops for you, including  Honouring the Womb Drum Making, Reiki,  womb healing, closing the bones,massage, reiki….dream up your perfect Red Tent Healing day and let me help make it possible! Contact me on the email below.

 

To book any workshops or for more info email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

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!

Prayers for the Earth

Rachael CrowMusings

Prayers for the Earth 🌎 ♥️
Sacred Mother, Father Sky, Grandmother Moon, Mother Father God, hear my prayer. Show us the way, may we surrender to you. May we be your hands weaving love in the world sacred Mother, may we be your feet, treading gently in the world Holy Mother , may we be your eyes seeing goodness Dear Mother, may we be your voice singing peace. Dearest Mother, may we be your love bringing peace to the world, I pray to you, live through us.
May all beings hear your heartbeat Mother, may all beings offer you their love, may all beings listen closely to you Mother, may all beings feel your peace. May all beings open to your light, oh Sacred Mother fill us with your light that we may shine forth your love, your power and your beauty. Aho, blessed be, amen, namaste 🙏
Rachael Crow, Callanish Stones 14th Sept Harvest Moon 2019

Why should I connect to my cycle?

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health, online teachings, Workshops

Our menstrual cycle is one of the vital signs of health in our bodies. Treating “problems” with synthetic hormones is now being proved to lead to mental illness, depression, cancer… Let’s empower ourselves to take care of our health.

This article was released on 29th Aug 2019, stating “Oral contraceptive use in adolescence predicts lasting vulnerability to depression in adulthood”. Click the link to read more.

These “problems” that we treat with the pill, are your bodies way of saying something needs looking at. The Pill is just a sticking plaster, that covers up the issue. We need to get to the root cause of the imbalance happening in our bodies.

Our menstual cycle is the way our body speaks to us. Is the language of our female anatomy. Can you listen to it? Whats is it saying? Dive deeper into learning to listen to the language of your cycle and your body by joining my Love Your Period online teaching

(C) Rachael Crow 2019

Healing Ourselves…..Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenarche, Newsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

Hello and welcome Autumn!
Well my children head off to school today, my youngest starts “Big School” as they call it in the Steiner system, he’s so excited to be staying all day, having packed lunches and learning to knit a chicken! For me, I’m looking forward to a bit of routine and quiet as its been a long summer holidays! So much so that I was staring to get a bit frazzled around the edges and in need of upping my self care big time! My body was craving a reset, so I took myself off to my friends woods for a few days for some much needed down time, to fast, pray, journal, heal, create healing and releasing fire ceremonies, sleep…and just allow myself and my body to just BE.
Here’s a little video as I prepare to break- fast and re-enter the world! I was welcomed back by my red tent sisters who brought nourishing foods to break fast with me, honoured me with their words of support and listened to my story of my last few days alone.

Note- As part of my on going self care and self nourishing routine, I’m off on a womens retreat in Scotland from 10th- 16th Sept, So orders will be processed after that. 

Products-
So over the holidays I’ve been working on a few projects, Moon Pants is one of them!!

Full brief knickers with a thick absorbent bamboo gusset. If they prove popular then more sizes will be added to the range!

Visualisations and Meditations– as you will know if you’ve been following me, the last year i’ve been on a deep healing journey, clearing cancer from my body naturally using many methods from food, to sound healing, to herbs and psychotherapy! Visualisation is a big part of my daily healing regime so I wanted to share some of them with you. I’ll be adding more soon, so keep an eye on my social media.

Blog
Here I write more about healing… it’s time to heal, for ourselves, our children and our ancestors.

Events

Mother and Daughter days- Mid Girl and First blood, these are 2 workshops aimed at mothers with daughters 9-12, 12-16 respectively, 19th & 20th Oct, £30. Join Eartha and I with your girls for these celebration days at the Red Tent yurt. (Limited Places, book early!)
Mid Girl– Holding our Daughters as they step though this threshold is vital, their hormones are rising, their bodies changing, it can all feel overwhelming!
As mothers ourselves, we will guide you though a day of honouring your girls with drumming, singing, crafts and ritual. Mothers will have time to circle and hold their inner mid girls. We will gather as a ‘village’ and witness our girls stepping over the Threshold of Mid Girl.
First Blood- Join us as we explore and honour our daughters rite of passage. Learn about embracing our moontime, share stories and celebrate together! Collectively we will discover what has affected our attitudes towards our moontime and our bodies and we will remember and recreate our own menarche celebration. The day will include a menarche bundle ceremony and holding the sacredness of becoming a woman and a woman unique cyclic nature.

 First Blood Catch up ceremony in Bristol with myself and Melanie Swan, November 24th, 10 am – 4:30 pm at the Bristol Goddess Temple. Reclaim Your Maiden, Recalibrate Your Menstrual Cycle. This powerful Rite of Passage will take you back to your first period to connect with and heal your maiden self, which in turn will recalibrate your menstrual cycle. Our first period sets the tone for our relationship with our cycle! Cost- £90, click though to book. I’m so excited Melanie is bringing her work to the UK and to be working together will be powerful!

My latest On Line Teaching- Love Your Period-Let’s dive into our womb space and work on what’s blocking us from loving our periods. Starts 30th Sept.
Our wombs are not our enemy, although if you suffer from pain, pms, migraines, back ache, cramps, flooding… it feels like it!  Come and Join the circle! Join the movement of Empowered women, living the power of their cycles! Cost- sliding scale, pay what you can afford £25-55.

 

Don’t forget, I’m available to create bespoke 1-1 or group workshops for you, including  Honouring the Womb Drum Making, Reiki,  womb healing, closing the bones,massage, reiki….dream up your perfect Red Tent Healing day and let me help make it possible! Contact me on the email below.

 

To book any workshops or for more info email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

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!

 

Connect with me….. * My Patreon * Rachael Crow *Online teachings * Drum Making* Moon Times Products * Videos * Blog *Facebook * Instagram

Healing ourselves, for our children and our ancestors

Rachael CrowMenarche, Menopause, Musings, Workshops

It’s time… Time we healed, time we break dysfunctional patterns, time we hand back the baggage we carry that belongs to others, time we step into our authentic selves. Don’t keep thinking someone else will do it, or everything will be OK ‘when/if….’. Now is all we have.

Is anyone else feeling the intense need to get our shit sorted? The earth needs us to wake up, to heal, to tune in to our bodies, to tune in to her body.

We are the ones she is waiting for.

If not you, then who?

We’re in this together, as we heal, it sends ripples of permission for others to heal as well. As we heal, we empower others. As we heal, we create a new future for the children of this earth. As we heal, we heal for our mothers, for our grandmother’s, for our great grandmother’s….

As part of my healing journey with cancer and my moon pause, I recently spent 3.5 days out in my friends woods, fasting, praying, journalling, healing, creating fire ceremonies, sleeping…allowing myself and my body to just BE.

 

Join Eartha Love and I on our 4 week healing Journey, Healing the Maiden.

Listen to my Healing meditations, and new Ancestor meditations.

Work with me through my online courses. 
Read more about my personal healing journey with Cervical Cancer Hello Cervix

(C) Rachael Crow 2019

Love Your Period …… Newsletter

Rachael CrowNewsletters, online teachings, Workshops

Hello Dear Sisters,

So were coming to the end of the summer holidays, my children are back to school next week, I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine again!

This week I’m taking a few days off, to unplug, fast for my health, spend time sleeping on the earth in my friends woods, so I’ll be back on line later in the week!

So this newsletter I’m promoting my online teachings, coming up at the end of September is Love Your Period, available now are my Red Girl teachings and my Moon-Pause teachings; Broken Basket Woman. See below for further info.

Products-

Join one of my On Line Teachings….

My latest On Line Teaching starting 30th Sept- Love Your PeriodLet’s dive into our womb space and work on what’s blocking us from loving our periods.
Our wombs are not our enemy, although if you suffer from pain, pms, migraines, back ache, cramps, flooding… it feels like it!  Come and Join the circle! Join the movement of Empowered women, living the power of their cycles! Starts 30th Sept – Cost- sliding scale, pay what you can afford £25-55.

 

my Red Girl  (Mid Girl & Menarche) Passages online teachings – I will lead you through these two thresholds, tenderly holding and guiding your mid girl and menarche girl, as we create space for healing. Re-write your “her story” through self enquiry work, so you can connect to and access your inner girl, what her needs might have been had she been invited to be held and witnessed by her loved ones, through journalling, cycle charting, moon connection, meditation and craft work.


I will guide you though creating a ceremony/ritual to honour your first menstruation in the way you may have liked it to have been honoured as a young woman. This rite of passage is often not celebrated and the majority of us were not welcomed as women.

Cost- sliding scale, pay what you can- £35-£99.

Broken Basket Woman- Broken Basket Woman, Mid Woman, Changing Woman, Wise Woman, Deepening Woman, Sacred Wise Woman teachings for women on their Mid Woman Journey…..

Standing at the threshold of what our society labels ‘menopause’ can be a lonely and scary time.

Something is changing. We are slowly wrapping ourselves in our cocoons and preparing for the Initiation into Wise Woman, knowing we will emerge as something different, a beautiful butterfly…but sitting inside the soup of the cocoon, in a place of limbo, a void, we can feel as if we are going crazy- becoming Broken Basket Woman and terrified we will not be able to weave ourselves back together.

Physical symptoms, spiritual questioning, life changes may feel overwhelming As a circle we will gather our fragmented pieces back into ourselves and gently weave ourselves back together.

These teachings I am offering can help ground you in your transformation, give you reassurance and support you in emerging as the Wise Woman you are created to be!

Cost- sliding scale, pay what you can- £25-£55.

Blog

Why “Catch Up Ceremonies” are Important… Having taken many, many women through ‘catch up ceremonies’- whether they are birth, mid girl, menarche, leaving home, closing the bones, croning….whatever ceremony or ritual it might be, the response is always “THAT WAS POWERFUL!”

….and then there’s the positive after effects! For women who have taken part in a menarche ceremony and reconnected to their maiden self, its huge! Not only are they healing past parts of themselves, there is a very positive effect in the here and now- whether its improved relationships (with parents, partners, children…friends), deeper connection to themselves, healing of menstrual cycle issues, or a new found love of their cycle…. Read more- https://www.moontimes.co.uk/2017/12/catch-ceremonies-important/ 

 

Events and Workshops

Red Girl, Healing the Maiden in Wales, September, booking essential. this again is a taster of the work I do with Eartha, it’s a 4 week journey, just 2 hours a session aimed at mums who want to heal their inner girl so they can be more present with their daughters as they walk the threshold of first blood.

 

Mother and Daughter days- Mid Girl and First blood, these are 2 workshops aimed at mothers with daughters 9-12, 12-16 respectively, 19th & 20th Oct, £30. Join Eartha and I with your girls for these celebration days at the Red Tent yurt. (Limited Places, book early!)
Mid Girl– Holding our Daughters as they step though this threshold is vital, their hormones are rising, their bodies changing, it can all feel overwhelming!
As mothers ourselves, we will guide you though a day of honouring your girls with drumming, singing, crafts and ritual. Mothers will have time to circle and hold their inner mid girls. We will gather as a ‘village’ and witness our girls stepping over the Threshold of Mid Girl.
First Blood- Join us as we explore and honour our daughters rite of passage. Learn about embracing our moontime, share stories and celebrate together! Collectively we will discover what has affected our attitudes towards our moontime and our bodies and we will remember and recreate our own menarche celebration. The day will include a menarche bundle ceremony and holding the sacredness of becoming a woman and a woman unique cyclic nature.

 First Blood Catch up ceremony in Bristol with myself and Melanie Swan, November 24th, 10 am – 4:30 pm at the Bristol Goddess Temple. Reclaim Your Maiden, Recalibrate Your Menstrual Cycle. This powerful Rite of Passage will take you back to your first period to connect with and heal your maiden self, which in turn will recalibrate your menstrual cycle. Our first period sets the tone for our relationship with our cycle! Cost- £90, click though to book. I’m so excited Melanie is bringing her work to the UK and to be working together will be powerful!

Drum Making is being arranged for Liverpool in Oct…email me if you’re interested!

Don’t forget, I’m available to create bespoke 1-1 or group workshops for you, including  Honouring the Womb Drum Making, Reiki,  womb healing, closing the bones, massage, reiki….dream up your perfect Red Tent Healing day and let me help make it possible! Contact me on the email below.

 

To book any workshops or for more info email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

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!

Connect with me….. * My Patreon * Rachael Crow *Online teachings * Drum Making* Moon Times Products * Videos * Blog *Facebook * Instagram

‘Why Does Mummy Bleed?’ – Living Through Learning Book Review

Rachael CrowBook Reviews, products

I was interviewed recently by Adeola Sheehy-Adekale for Learning Through Living- see the “Presence” and “Happiness” issues for my book review of “Why Does Mummy Bleed?” and interview.

“Rachael Crow is the founder of Moon Times, a business whose focus is to empower women in body appreciation, environmental awareness and self-respect.

She is an ‘agony’ aunt, a teacher and healer, and a facilitator of many workshops and women’s circles. To sum up, she is amazing and definitely a Shero of mine. When I heard about her new book, ‘Why Does Mummy Bleed?’ illustrated by Stephanie Green of Dauntless Daughters, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

The simple yet honest words and the beautiful imagery create an essential book for every family. So often the menstrual cycle is a quietly avoided subject, but what if we chose to open the dialogue early with all our children, not just the girls, and encourage it as a positive, natural and welcome aspect of life.

What makes this book unique to those which focus on biology, is the introduction to the idea of a woman as a cyclical being, one who ebbs and flows with the moon. There is a gentle acknowledgement of the change to a Mum’s energy levels, with ideas for what activities Mother & child can share to support those feelings.

By teaching our children that we need self-care and understanding from those around us, we are teaching them to listen and respond to their own body’s needs, and the even the smallest of us has the ability to help and care.

As Rachael says, ‘It’s time for a new story about periods!’ ”

 

Get your copy of Why Does Mummy Bleed from Rachael or kindle version on Amazon.

Interview for Learning Through Living Journal

Rachael CrowMusings

I was interviewed recently by Adeola Sheehy-Adekale for Learning Through Living– see the “Presence” and “Happiness” issues for this interview and my book review of “Why Does Mummy Bleed?”

You call yourself an Eco Menstrual Revolutionary, what does that mean?
To me a revolutionary is someone who is making changes, and i’ve been challenging women about their menstrual products for almost 30 years…!! Back then there were very few options for green periods – the moon cup had just come out, there we a couple of US and Australian small businesses selling cloth pads but as far as I know, none in the UK. It seemed crazy as the cloth nappy market was growing as mums were not wanting to use disposable nappies, but they weren’t connecting that in reality, disposable pads are full of plastic and chemicals like nappies and take up to 500 years to decompose. It is a call to be responsible about where we put our money, do we want to continue to buy products that are harmful to our health and the planet? And as a mum I want to play my part in cleaning up this mess for my children and grandchildren. So, the first step in my revolution is to get all women switching to having environmentally sound periods!! And from that, breaking taboos around our bleeding being shameful, which leads to us connecting to the power of our cycles…which takes us deeper in to living a more cyclic way of living- patriarchy and society show us a linear way of living and women are cyclic… but that’s a whole other conversation!
The work of empowering women has been central to your life for over 20 years, how do you balance this important work, and running s busy shop with motherhood?
My work is my passion, I live to see people grow and change and to be a part in that is exciting and humbling. Learning to balance work with parenting isnt easy, especially when you are self employed – it can be harder to have boundaries around ‘work times’- like today, i’m doing this interview on a bank holiday- but I also know I can carve out free time on another day so make up for it! But boundaries have been important, using my cycle as a guide I know what weeks my energy is up and when it’s low, also scheduling less at the end of my cycle. Being self employed enables me to fit my work around my children’s schedule, and luckily their dad is supportive and haves them on weekends when I run workshops and teach. Whats been interesting the last few years, as I’m now in perimenoapuse and am dealing with health issues, i’ve had to be much more self disciplined around work and have had to find creative ways to earn and look after myself!
 In your online course Red Girl, you teach women how to guide their daughters into becoming women by reclaiming the rite of passage of menarche for themselves. This is powerful work. Do you feel that the need for healing those early experiences for women has increased I recent years alongside movements like ‘me too’ and ‘Times Up’?
So yes, my Red Girl online teachings came from firstly- realising I cant run all over the country teaching workshops and putting on ceremonies any more, and secondly I really want to empower women to heal and hold these ceremonies for themselves. That’s been the core of my teaching for many years, we women have all we need within us to heal, to call community together, to create red tents, hold each other, hold our girls- but we do need to work though our ‘shit’ before we can be there fully our daughters. There needs to be a community foundation of sisterhood to hold girls as they go through the transition of womanhood and if we haven’t healed then our girls will trigger our wounds. I’ve been at many menarche ceremonies and witnessed women sobbing because they have never been seen and witnessed in the way we celebrate our girls when we give them a ceremony, so we need to gather together, hold ceremonies for ourselves- my teacher calls these “Catch up” ceremonies- we can go back to our childhood and honour and celebrate our first blood! In the Deepening Woman teaching we go though nine rights of passage…!! It’s very deep and healing work.

To work deeper with Rachael, see her On Line courses, healings and visualisations , her Red Girl teaching – healing your maiden, creating a catch up Menarche Ceremony for yourself and much more, and for even more womb connection, advice and info see her new teaching Love Your Period.

 

Deep Immersion …. Landing Home…. Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenarche, Menopause, Menstrual Health, Newsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

Hello my dear ones,

Well I’m slowly lading home after what I can only describe as a deep immersion of womens wisdom, healing stories, earth connection, sacred songs, wonderful food and of course, time with friends- new and old. I totally unplugged from social media and allowed myself to be completely present with the experience of Dance Camp Wales!! Now I do need to add a disclaimer that everyone has a unique experience of DCW…I made a conscious decision to focus on my work as the Moon Lodge Story Keeper and immersed myself in that- others will venture into the Moon Loge only for an hour all camp- joining in the wider camp activities of yoga, dancing, singing, XR workshops, creativity workshops….and so much more!!

But for me, I was to be found there daily, holding the evening sharing circle, offering a Moon-Pause sharing, hostessing the wonderful Sarah Mooney as she shared “unknown to us” stories from Clarissa Pinkoles Estes (she had been on a training with the amazing Dr E!) , my team facilitated mother and girls circles, first period sharing, relaxing drawing sessions, drum healing, and singing, oh lots of singing! The yurt was visited frequently by girls and women, for relaxing, herbal brews and reading from our library (Womanhood, 100 Vulvas was very popular- so popular some boys “broke in” to see it! I suggested the Sun Lodge needed a copy!)  Our 10 days ended with a beautiful honouring ceremony with the Sun Lodge men and I came home almost with my heart outside of my body- except my youngest came down with a bug so I came home with lots of vomit soaked washing instead!!

Our Beautiful Dance Camp Moon Lodge…

Products

While Moon Times has “officially” been closed, there were still some orders- most notably my Why Does Mummy Bleed? book- a beautiful book to share with your children , perhaps while you have summer holiday time to open the conversation?

I have almost sold out of Earth Pathways Diaries and Calendars– but don’t worry, more should be arriving tomorrow!!

Blog

New on the blog, How To Ease Flooding….Flooding is one of the biggest issues women are coming to me with – from young women just starting their periods, through to women who have just ‘put up with it’ for years, to women in perimenopause who have just begun to experience it. The medical term for excessive bleeding is menorrhagia. So I want to remind you all, that any sign of imbalance- whether flooding, pain, hormonal migraines, backache, cramps ….are all signs something is not right. Read more here


Events and Workshops

Red Girl, Healing the Maiden in Wales, September, booking essential. this again is a taster of the work I do with Eartha, it’s a 4 week journey, just 2 hours a session aimed at mums who want to heal their inner girl so they can be more present with their daughters as they walk the threshold of first blood.

My latest On Line Teaching- Love Your Period-Let’s dive into our womb space and work on what’s blocking us from loving our periods.
Our wombs are not our enemy, although if you suffer from pain, pms, migraines, back ache, cramps, flooding… it feels like it!  Come and Join the circle! Join the movement of Empowered women, living the power of their cycles! Cost- sliding scale, pay what you can afford £25-55.

Mother and Daughter days- Mid Girl and First blood, these are 2 workshops aimed at mothers with daughters 9-12, 12-16 respectively, 19th & 20th Oct, £30. Join Eartha and I with your girls for these celebration days at the Red Tent yurt. (Limited Places, book early!)
Mid Girl– Holding our Daughters as they step though this threshold is vital, their hormones are rising, their bodies changing, it can all feel overwhelming!
As mothers ourselves, we will guide you though a day of honouring your girls with drumming, singing, crafts and ritual. Mothers will have time to circle and hold their inner mid girls. We will gather as a ‘village’ and witness our girls stepping over the Threshold of Mid Girl.
First Blood- Join us as we explore and honour our daughters rite of passage. Learn about embracing our moontime, share stories and celebrate together! Collectively we will discover what has affected our attitudes towards our moontime and our bodies and we will remember and recreate our own menarche celebration. The day will include a menarche bundle ceremony and holding the sacredness of becoming a woman and a woman unique cyclic nature.

 First Blood Catch up ceremony in Bristol with myself and Melanie Swan, November 24th, 10 am – 4:30 pm at the Bristol Goddess Temple. Reclaim Your Maiden, Recalibrate Your Menstrual Cycle. This powerful Rite of Passage will take you back to your first period to connect with and heal your maiden self, which in turn will recalibrate your menstrual cycle. Our first period sets the tone for our relationship with our cycle! Cost- £90, click though to book. I’m so excited Melanie is bringing her work to the UK and to be working together will be powerful!

Of course, for those who can’t travel to Wales or Bristol, my Red Girl online teachings are always available.


Drum Making is being arranged for Liverpool in Oct…email me if you’re interested!

Don’t forget, I’m available to create bespoke 1-1 or group workshops for you, including  Honouring the Womb Drum Making, Reiki,  womb healing, closing the bones, massage, reiki….dream up your perfect Red Tent Healing day and let me help make it possible! Contact me on the email below.

 

To book any workshops or for more info email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

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!

How to Ease Flooding!!

Rachael CrowAunt Flo Answers, Menarche, Menopause, Menstrual Health, Musings, online teachings

Flooding is one of the biggest issues women are coming to me with – from young women just starting their periods, through to women who have just ‘put up with it’ for years, to women in perimenopause who have just begun to experience it. The medical term for excessive bleeding is menorrhagia.

So I want to remind you all, that any sign of imbalance- whether flooding, pain, hormonal migraines, backache, cramps ….are all signs something is not right.
Periods can be and should be without pain, light and manageable!

The first thing I say to women is – Do you rest? Especially the day before and the first couple of days of bleeding? If not, can you find ways too? Are there things you can say no to, cancel, let go of, just for these few days in the month? Can you ask someone else to cook, can you have a long relaxing bath after work, can you have a red bed/work from home day? What ways can you weave rest into your moontime?

The next question is are you giving too much of yourself away? Energetically flooding can be a sign that you’re leaking energy- as well as blood! Often women I’m seeing are running around like headless chickens, supporting their families, clients, work colleagues, friends…leaving nothing for themselves. If you’re experiencing flooding then your body is giving you a clear message to slow down. (Or better still- STOP!) Flooding can sometimes come as a sign of “insecurity” – women who are travelling, living in insecure homes (squats, short rents, staying with friends), women who work in the travel industry like air hostesses, bus drivers, taxi drivers, also those on shift work that always changes – no routine. Flooding is calling you to your inner home, inside, calling for stability and routine.

On a physical level, up your leafy greens and iron intake, most women who are menstruating need to be taking extra iron. If you’re flooding, even more so!

If your flooding has been going on for a long time, then some tests with your GP maybe needed, get them to test your thyroid and scan for fibroids and endometriosis, just to rule these out. Perhaps ask about a hormone test too.

Other things you can do to support yourselfcleansing the liver regularly (see my post about this here) and cutting back on certain foods, caffeine, sugar and alcohol all prevent the liver from dealing with our hormones as its so busy processing the caffeine, sugar and alcohol! This can create hormone imbalances.

Support your gut health with probiotics and fermented foods, take turmeric and foods rich in phytoestrogens such as nuts, seeds (esp flax seeds), wholegrain and legumes.
Cut out/back on dairy. If that’s really hard switch to goat or sheep dairy.
Exercise, even if its a yoga class, move your body!
De-stress– what can you do to relax more? Right now think of something you can do today to help you relax!
Try a womb massage- womb massage an work wonders for so many period problems! I trained with Clare Blake and she lists her practitioners here.

Sometimes we need to make big changes in our lives to bring in balance to our bodies.

To work deeper with me, see my On Line courses, healings and visualisations and for more womb connection, advice and info see my new teaching Love Your Period.

(c) Rachael Crow 2019

Disclaimer: Any health advice that I give is my opinion based on my general professional experience but not your specific case. As such, you should always seek the advice of your own health professionals, I would recommend a naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist, auvedic practitioner or acupuncturist …but go with what resonates for you.
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