Why Does Mummy Bleed? Where did this book idea come from?

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health, Musings, products

Rachael explains where the inspiration for this new book came from…

As a mother, I felt there was a need for a way to explain to our children in a simple picture book about our moontime.

My children see my pads and know when it’s my moontime, they have questions about it that of course I can answer, but I felt a little guide book for them would be good. When I’m in my moontime isn’t always the time I want to talk about the ins and outs of my cycle! So I wanted to create a book where tips could be included, so children can support their mother while she enters her bleeding phase and understand she needs the pace of life to be slower, quieter, gentler.

It was so good to connect with Stephanie Green on a facebook group where we were discussing the lack of books like this…so we decided to create one together!

And of course include a positive view of our moontime, explaining its not the same as having a cut, it doesn’t hurt, our bleeding time is sacred, any pain is a sign we are doing too much… if young girls can understand this then I have hope for the women of our future having more positive menstruation experiences.

I’m aware many women have womb issues, pain and problems such as PCOS, Endo, flooding etc, but it’s important our daughters don’t have fear it might be the same for them. That there is another way.

My lifes work has been to awaken women to the power of their cycles though use of eco menstrual products, writing books and blogs to support this awakening and provide links and information about how we can be present with our cycle and heal our wombs.

See our little promo video for the book!

I offer womb blessings, healings and Honouring the Womb sessions. Some healing can be done distantly. I have witnessed so many women over my 25+ years of teaching completely change their attitude about their periods, embrace their moon time and heal their wounds. It’s time for a new story about periods, they don’t need hiding, medicating or ‘stuffing up’!

(C) Rachael Crow March 2019

Why Does Mummy Bleed? Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenopause, Menstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent, Musings, Newsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

Hello my beauties,

I’m back from a full on trip to London- this country gal found it all a little overwhelming and my womb as usual decided to join in with an early bleed… thanks womb!!  On my return I’ve been putting in a lot of self care practices and pondering our cyclic ebb and flow and how it can be listened to even when we are in a busy situation. While I was away it came back to the 1%, what 1% can I do for myself today?

Here’s me and my daughter going on the Hogwarts Express!

And I came back home to a load of news about the Period.End of Sentence film  winning an Oscar (showing on Netflix), the 100 Vaginas documentary (on Channel 4 in the UK) and that the government will be rolling out menstrual education in schools…finally!! (see the catch up on all of the news on my Instagram!)

Anyway… back to Moon Times HQ! I’m thrilled to be releasing my new book, in collaboration with Stephanie Green of Dauntless Daughters … which leads me on to … Why Does Mummy Bleed?

Products

You can Pre-order your copy now…fingers crossed it will be released officially on Spring Equinox…

Why does Mummy Bleed?  A beautifully illustrated book aimed at children, age 2 upwards, to explain about why mummy has periods and how they can support mummy with her cycle. Introducing cycle awareness, self care in a gentle story and picture book.

On The Blog
My latest musings about acceptance and surrender … particularly relevant to those of us with challenges happening- whether it’s perimenopause, cycle issues, health problems…a bit of acceptance goes a long way.

Workshops, Events and Offerings

May 6th, I’m offering a Red Tent Retreat Day on Menopause- book here.

I’ve been updating my Etsy shop with some lovely drums, including a large Red Gathering Drum! She’s a beauty! I’ve also got some boxes of hide off cuts for rattle making or crafts, take a peek.

My Red Girl and  Broken Basket Woman Online teachings are open and on gift economy. Two teachings focussing on either end of our menstrual thresholds, celebrating our inner girl as she steps across the Red Girl threshold, and honouring our Wise Woman as her wise blood stays within. Click here to read more…

Would you like a bespoke Honouring the Womb healing day created just for you? I’m happy to arrange 1-1 drum making that could also include 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

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!

Acceptance & Surrender

Rachael CrowMenopause, Menstrual Health, Musings

I’ve been posting over on my Instagram about #selflove and #selfkindness which to me feels a huge part of acceptance and surrender.

For me, my cycle awareness has taught me a lot about acceptance- especially now I’m in peri-menopause and I just don’t know what’s going on with my cycle! Because I have practiced listening to my womb for so many years, even when my cycle feels ‘off the map’ I can still tune into the ebb and flow of my body.

So what is acceptance? For me, it’s self love- loving all the parts of myself- even the parts that are in dis-ease. It’s self kindness, being there for myself, even when I want to hide away. It’s being hopeful, creating achievable goals and staying in the vibe of abundance. It’s the “EXHALE and RELAX” feeling.

Believing I am worthy, worthy of love, happiness, peace and contentment.

Being present- making every moment count!

Techniques that help me stay present and not go over into anxiety and overwhelm (which can easily happen as a mum in perimenopause) – EFT is great, tapping out to release anxiety and irritations, meditation or whatever spiritual practice you resonate with, and journalling, getting it all out!

And after that…I surrender, I lay down my burdens. I trust the Universe/Spirit to guide my day.

 

(C) Rachael Crow 2019

to work deeper with me, see my online offerings.

Honouring the Womb…..Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenopause, Menstrual Health, Newsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

Hello my lovelies,

A quick admin note for anyone wanting to order products- Moon Times will be closed over half term from Feb 23th- 28th, all orders will be processed after then.

Well I’m still processing all the amazing tools I learned on the Fertility Massage training (I urge anyone interested to do this course!!) and I’m sitting with where it maybe taking me…I am sure I will be incorporating it into my work with peri menopause and menopause and bringing it in to an Honouring of the Womb on its journey to holding the wise blood within.

I also want to flag up this amazing book….the third in the “Bare Reality” Series, this one entitled Womanhood- See the guardian article here The #vaginarevolution continues!

“100 women bare all in an empowering collection of photographs and interviews about Womanhood.

Vagina, vulva, lady garden, pussy, beaver, cunt, fanny… whatever you call it most women have no idea what’s ‘down there’. Culturally and personally, no body part inspires love and hate, fear and lust, worship and desecration in the same way.

From smooth Barbie dolls to internet porn, girls and women grow up with a very narrow view of what they should look like, even though in reality there is an enormous range. Womanhood departs from the ‘ideal vagina’ and presents the gentle un-airbrushed truth, allowing us to understand and celebrate our diversity.

For the first time, 100 brave and beautiful women reveal their bodies and stories on their own terms, talking about how they feel about pleasure, sex, pain, trauma, birth, motherhood, menstruation, menopause, gender, sexuality and simply being a woman.”

Products

I’ve got just 4 of my Cycle Charting Books left- these are on Sale as I’m updating it and will be releasing a new smaller version soon!


Other books in stock, Menarche, Moon Time, Thirteen Moons, Menstrual Doodles, Womanrunes, Daughters in Flower…
I posted this up on Instagram as I was tidying our Red Tent Library at the weekend….pop over and tell me what’s your favourite ‘Menstrual” book?

On The Blog
The #vaginarevolution continues! For those of us healing into our Moon-Pause years, I chat about keeping our vaginas juicy!
And one from the archives… Coming off the Pill, here I recommend 2 books about the pill, and talk about empowering yourself to take charge of your body.

Workshops, Events and Offerings

Would you like a bespoke Honouring the Womb healing day created just for you? I’m happy to arrange 1-1 drum making that could also include 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.

I’m planning a Moon-Pause workshop as a Red Tent Retreat Day sometime in May…keep an eye on my facebook for dates!

My Red Girl and  Broken Basket Woman Online teachings are open and on gift economy. Two teachings focussing on either end of our menstrual thresholds, celebrating our inner girl as she steps across the Red Girl threshold, and honouring our Wise Woman as her wise blood stays within. Click here to read more…

To book any workshops or for more info 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!

Join the Vagina Revolution!! Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenarche, Menopause, Menstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent, Newsletters, products, Workshops

Good Morning my lovelies, I can hardly believe we are at the end of January! That super moon eclipse was quite something and I know many people are still feeling it! I just loved sitting under her and feeling the energies of Grandmother moon.

So what’s being happening? Well I have decided to start a Vagina Revolution!! It seem like a lot of us have spent years connecting to our womb wisdom and have forgotten our cervix and vagina!! So I’m shifting a bit into cervical health and vagina awareness! Starting with this video on not being scared of ‘abnormal’ smears and clearing HPV naturally…check it out! 

It’s amazing how many women have NO IDEA we can heal our cervix!

And then Vaginas… I want women to start asking to insert the speculum and ask to see their cervix!! At my cervical exam last week I asked for this and my gynaecologist is even going to book my next visit into the suite that has a camera so I can have a photo!! Now that’s a supportive Dr!! YES!! And if we don’t request these things Drs don’t know we want them…so who is joining me on the Vagina Revolution?!!

 

And I am * just * landing back from the most amazing, awesome training with Clare from Fertility Massage!! Wowsers…. do check out her website and do one of her trainings- it is WOMB LOVE TO THE MAX!!! I’m sure once I’ve landed I will write some more about it!!

Huge thank you to those who have supported my  Gofundme campaign I’m almost at my target, if you can spare any pennies to help that would be amazing!!

Products

Have you tried a sponge yet? #betterthanatampon Many women find them softer and more comfy than a cup and they can be trimmed to fit! Why not give them a try! We have 2 brands- Jam Sponge and Moon Sponge– both identical except for the branding!

 

Cups are still on Sale

 

 

And why not try a Lucky Dip set of pads? 4 assorted pattern pads….see what you get!

On The Blog

Signs of peri menopause.…some of the healing groups I’m on women are mentioning stress, insomnia, anxiety but they don’t seem to be wanting to connect these with the possibility it could be peri menopause! Why are we do resistant to entering this phase of womanhood? Let’s embrace it, so first here’s the first blog- are you in denial?, and then my Truth About Menopause posts from the little campaign I started a while back.

Events/Teachings/Offerings

Drum Making March, in Bristol, Learn to make a 14”/16″ medicine drum & beater from natural materials. Sunday March 24th 10:30 AM – 4 PM at Goddess Temple Bristol, Sliding scale £185-£200 (pay what you can afford, cost includes all materials) Bookings must be made by FEB 1st to ensure materials can be prepared in time! 

Would you like a bespoke healing day created just for you? I’m happy to arrange 1-1 drum making that could also include 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.

My Red Girl and  Broken Basket Woman Online teachings are open and on gift economy. Two teachings focussing on either end of our menstrual thresholds, celebrating our inner girl as she steps across the Red Girl threshold, and honouring our wise Woman as her wise blood stays within. Click here to read more…

To book any workshops or for more info 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!

Snapchat, Gofundme and a Red Tent Retreat Day! Newsletter

Rachael CrowAunt Flo Answers, Newsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

Hello my beauties!

How is January 2019 feeling to you? We are between eclipses which has been a time for clearing up any old issues from 2018 as well as speaking out with authenticity and truth… and from where I’ve been sitting has also dug up lots of dramas for people. Better out than in eh?

I’ve had quite an emotional month starting with my son creating these Red Tent Snap Chat Filters in my honour… I don’t do snapchat so I’m not sure what its all about!! haha!! But it seems to be bringing awareness of womb wisdom to younger folks which is all good!! You can find out all about the filters on instagram

I’ve also been bowled over by the support of everyone who has donated to my Gofundme campaign – as part of my journey healing cancer, I’m manifesting a cancer retreat- a juicing detox somewhere warm! As a perimenopausal mother on a deep journey with cancer, the thought of a week away is just bliss…and I’m sure my family could do with a break from me too! If you are local (Carmarthenshire/Pembrokeshire) then follow the Cancer Sistars page on Facebook for a couple of fundraiser days that you might like to attend.

Products

Cups are on Sale at the mo….I’m often asked why I don’t have a huge range of cups and the answer is that I have tried and tested quite a few and I like to sell products that are the best quality and comfortable. Yes, there are many cups out there and many are cheap copies! These are high grade silicone, with no nasty added dyes! Plus Ruby Cup are a charity that give cups to girls in Kenya which I love! 

 

and in case you’ve been waiting, Womanrunes are back in stock!

On The Blog

Sharing an old post, but relevant to me at the moment as Liver Tonic drinks have become a regular part of my healing journey, and I seem to be recommending them to so many women for all kinds of issues! Supporting the liver can help with many menstrual issues, particularly heavy flow- and of course switching from tampons to cloth can help too! I also highly recommend reading Anthony Williams Liver Rescue book, also Lara Bridens Period Repair Manual

So here’s an Ask Aunt Flo post- and if you have any queries, do get in touch! hello@moontimes.co.uk

Events/Teachings/Offerings

Red Tent Retreat Day… A day of Womb Love- Yoni Steams, Womb packs and Womb Blessing at the Red Tent Yurt with Sally and Rachael, 21st Jan 10am-2pm, suggested donation is £20,  bring lunch to share. Still time to book! 

Drum Making March, in Bristol, Learn to make a 14”/16″ medicine drum & beater from natural materials. Sunday March 24th 10:30 AM – 4 PM at Goddess Temple Bristol, Sliding scale £185-£200 (pay what you can afford, cost includes all materials) Bookings must be made by April 1st to ensure materials can be prepared in time! 

 

My Red Girl and  Broken Basket Woman Online teachings are open and on gift economy. Two teachings focussing on either end of our menstrual thresholds, celebrating our inner girl as she steps across the Red Girl threshold, and honouring our wise Woman as her wise blood stays within. Click here to read more…

To book any workshops or for more info 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!

Asking for Support….

Rachael CrowMenopause, Musings

It’s quite a thing to publicly ask for money, especially when friends and family have already been so helpful, but the truth is healing costs!! Whilst I maybe saving the NHS some dosh, I’m spending £100s a month on supplements, oxygen therapy, counselling, organic food….

And I would so like a week off from work/being a mum/coping with perimenopause and cancer to be looked after by some nutritionists who can guide me through a week of fasting and yoga!

So I’m putting it out there…. manifesting a cancer healing retreat…..any pennies gratefully received.  https://www.gofundme.com/help-with-rachaels-cancer-recovery-journey&rcid=r01-15471320995-852b8c1436974e9e&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w 

Welcoming in 2019…. Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenopause, Musings, Newsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

Happy New Year!

I want to start with my end of year practice video for this of you who might have missed it on my social media…so if you haven’t as yet done a new year ritual to draw a line under 2018 and welcome in 2019 grab a pen and paper and join me in this practice.

Products

Theres a few new products up on the shop for the new year- cunt dishes, bleeding yoni tea towels and mugs and I only just realised I hasn’t posted my “Make Your Own” pad kits and the pad bags…so here’s the links .

 

On The Blog
My new passion is the cervix! Those of you who have been following my healing journey with cervical cancer may have already seen my “Hello Cervix” website, if not, check out my new meditations and vlog on healing HPV and abnormal cells naturally. There really is no need for women to be having surgery when we know foods and supplements can heal our cells!

Events/Teachings/Offerings

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

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 a couple of places available! 

My Broken Basket Woman Online teachings are open and on gift economy. 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. 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!

Red Tent Retreat Day- Full Moon Jan 21st, a day of womb love: womb steams, womb packs and receive a  womb blessing!

 

COMING IN 2019Drum Making March, in Bristol, Summer 2019, Mixed Men and Womens Ritual Tattooing Day! Keep an eye on my Facebook and blog for info.

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!

Fertility Massage Training, Wales Jan 2019

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health, Musings, Workshops

Join Clare of Fertility Massage on this 4 day immersive journey to learn in depth Practical, Spiritual and Theory on how to work with women and their wombs. This is not just for fertility, it supports women through all life cycles.

Listen To Clare on her podcast with Melanie Swan at The Scared Womb https://www.thesacredwomb.com/heal-the-womb-heal-the-woman-with-clare-blake-e38/ 

A fertile womb is a creative and juicy womb and woman ❣️ This is NOT just another massage course, it’s life changing- a mantra many previous students repeat on every course!

You will learn: ❣️How to massage the womb, abdomen, lower back and coccyx to help improve circulation, ease tension and break down scar tissue whilst also holding a Safe space for women to unravel and release so they can come back into their bodies feeling full and whole!

You will experience:
❣️Womb Blessings, meditations, womb & menstrual medicine circle, Restoring The Soul Ceremony and other ceremonies…

Every woman’s journey on the course is unique but many find it empowering and changes their career path.
You will receive: ❣️A comprehensive Handbook, Online Theory Videos and Handouts and a full practitioner Massage DVD. After the course you will join the other 450+ therapists in a closed Facebook group to continue the love, support and sisterhood.

The course is currently becoming accredited as a stand alone therapy to allow non massage therapists to join.

To book see
http://www.fertilitymassage.co.uk/wales-2019/ .

Radical Self Care

Rachael CrowMenopause, Musings

It was such a privilege to be interviewed by Leora Leboff, I’m a huge fan of hers and Kate Codringtons work at Woman-kind. Joining thier Commit to Kindness course got me firmly on the path of self care…. And it’s no coincidence that became the foundation for my ‘radical self care’ practice!! Everything comes to us at the right time