Celebrating your First Moon

RachadminMenarche, Menstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent, Musings

Celebrating your First Moon (an exerpt from Thirteen Moons and Menarche ‘a journey into womanhood’ – both available here )

The word ‘celebrate’ comes from an ancient Greek word ‘melpo’ which means to sing, dance and praise!

There are many ways to celebrate your first blood- here are a few suggestions-

• Have a RED PARTY! Invite your friends and all dress in red, decorate your home with red flowers, red cloths and eat red foods!
• Have a ‘pamper party’ with your girlfriends, give each other facials, paint your toe nails, braid one another’s hair- create a special girlie space to share your stories and perhaps read some of the ones in this book. Light a candle and share chocolate!
• Create a ceremony – ask your mum and friends to help.
• Talk to your mum about the steps to becoming a woman- is there something you’d like to help you to feel more grown up- to get your ears pierced, have your hair henna’d, or maybe redecorate your room? Chat some ideas over with your mum.
• Make yourself a moon necklace or moon belt that you only wear when you bleed.
• Create a special corner in your room for when you bleed- decorate it with pictures, crystals, stones, shells, goddess statues, candles, incense…
• Ask your mum to buy you some red bedding- soft red sheets to curl up in at your moon time!
• Write a letter to yourself- from your ‘young woman’ self to your ‘child girl’ self, honour her for being courageous to be taking these steps in to womanhood with you! Keep this letter safe and read it now and again.
• Start a women’s circle- gather your girlfriends together once a month- on the full moon or dark moon and have a pamper party, or watch a dvd, listen to music or together create items for your altars or make moon jewellery!

© 2006 Rachael Hertogs, All Rights Reserved

Workshops

RachadminMenarche, Menstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent

The Power of Menstruation Course

A space for women to explore feelings about their cycle, to reconnect, share and heal. The course will run over 8 weeks and will cover;

* Charting your cycle
* Making a menstrual medicine belt
* Natural remedies
* Chanting
* Visualisations
* Journaling
* Body consciousness
* Healing
* Ceremony

This course is run on a request only basis. Contact us for further information The cost will be £150 for the weekly course (this includes materials, weekly room hire, information sheets and herbal remedy/teas)

Soon to be avaliable as a correspondance course! Contact me if you are interested hello@moontimes.co.uk

Celebrating Menarche- A Journey into Womanhood

A wonderful opportunity for mums and daughters (aged 8-13) to spend some special time together!

Every Woman is a Daughter

‘The mother-daughter relationship is at the headwaters of every woman’s health. Our bodies, our beliefs about them were formed in the soil of our mothers emotions, beliefs and behaviours’ Dr Christiane Northrup

Join us as we explore and honour our daughters rites of passage. Learn about embracing our moontime, share stories, play, create 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.

This is the perfect workshop to book for a group of friends and their mums!

Contact us for further information

Moon Times on Blogs and in the News!

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Read about Moon Times on peoples Blogs:
One Green Earth
Womens Quest
Viva City Radio
My Zero Waste
Les Furies
still raising the next generation
Recycle This
selfconscious posturing
Questing Girl
Self Sufficientish
Living Ethically
Dreaming Aloud

Moon Times in The News!

Award from Aspire magazine:

The Spark Magazine:

The Source Magazine:

Sugar Magazine:

Bristol Evening Post:

Women who Make a Difference Award:Organic Life Magazine:

 

Red Tent Day

RachadminMenstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent

Calling all women young and old!

Red Tent Day

Sunday 4th May 11-4pm drop in any time

Boiling Wells Project, St Werburghs

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Why have a red tent day? To create a sense of fun around menstruation, to encourage women to take charge of their menstrual and reproductive health, to create greater visibility of menstruation, to enhance honesty about menstruation in our relationships…

Join us as we connect with women world wide who are putting up red tents and moon lodges to honour our womanhood and our cycles and access support in healthy choices around contraception, bleeding and birth.

Bring books, altar items, candles, herb teas, food to share, wear red! There will be a red tent/moon lodge space to sit, be, talk, ask questions, share stories….the day will end with a simple ceremony.

Some therapies will be happening in the barn (for a small donation) and we will be joined in the Red Tent by some Women’s Health Advocates; Nicho Wooding trainee midwife, Anita Bennet– intelligent contraception and infertility, Dominique Sakoilsky– menstruation and birth, Angela Bosanquet local herbalist

 

Celebrating as part of ‘Menstrual Monday’…an initiative started a few years ago in the US. Hosted by Rachael Hertogs, creator of Moon Times washable pads and facilitator of Wise Women’s Workshops.

for more information , to help out or offer therapies contact Rachael info@rachaelhertogs.co.uk

For info on Moon Times Pads see www.moontimes.co.uk

Red Tent Day Programme of events:

Sunday 4th May 11-4pm

11 am decorating the moon lodge

 

12pm joined by Nicho Woodingtrainee midwife  offering a space to share about choices about ante natal care in the NHS

12pm herb walk with Angela Bosanquet- local herbalist

1pm joined by Anita Bennet-offering a space to share about intelligent contraception and infertility

2pm joined by Dominique Sakoilsky offering a space to share about menstruation and birth

3pm quiet time in the Red Tent

3.45pm closing ceremony

Therapies will be happening throughout the day in the barn

 

Suggested donation of £5 for tasters and £10 for half hour treatments

 

Alexander Technique, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Massage, Healthy Eating and more…