Thank you for such a wonderful presentation yesterday.  I booked for the day just for your session even though I'd never heard of you and I wasn't disappointed.  I found what you had to say immensely liberating and enlightening - only wish I'd heard this years ago. Also it has given me some insight into menopause which I have just gone through.
Dr Julia Spivack, Primary Care Physician in Natural Medicine, Ayurvedic Practitioners Association CPD day, London 2011

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Womens Quest News - Late Winter 2012
Newsletter Created On: 03/02/2012 20:40:05

Greetings one and all…from an icy cold and bright england. We have news about our upcoming workshopsdocumentary screenings and the next Women’s Quest Apprenticeship Training, so please read on.


We have just returned from the second residential of the Apprenticeship training. The theme was Creativity—how the creative cycle works, how to work with the menstrual cycle as means to realise our creative ambitions and ideas, and in particular how to handle that tough inner critical premenstrual voice as a crucial part of maturing who we are and what we do. We also explored the critic’s unique role within the menstrual cycle of preparing us to handle the deeper spiritual forces at menstruation. Challenging and provocative at times, it was intensely rewarding and revelatory. It felt like we broke new ground in our understanding of female power. If you are interested in the training, a new one will be starting in September – details are below.


We're  really looking forward to offering a new workshop at the Mind Body Spirit London Festival in May called The Way of the Menstrual Cycle – a spiritual path for women. Come and discover how the spiritual forces of your menstrual cycle can support and illuminate the unfolding of your life journey. Find out more.




Womb Wisdom Retreat, Feb 10–12 2012

Would you love to kick off this year with a big treat to yourself, and set a deep intention to the universe on what you’d like to achieve? Join Uma Dinsmore Tuli and Alexandra for the Womb Wisdom Retreat, there are a few places left. 


Here is what one woman wrote to us very recently about last year’s retreat I attended your Womb Wisdom Retreat in Stroud last year with Uma. I have finally come down from the high of that weekend and decided to do the quest. I would like to join the community for support and encouragement”. - Helen Woods 


You’ll experience Uma’s wonderfully soothing and strengthening womb yoga, and journey with Alexandra in to the deep spiritual powers of menstruation itself—our natural monthly retreat time—as a way to align with your deepest sense of yourself and your calling. And all this served up with nourishing food and great company, deep in the English countryside at Hawkwood College, Stroud. Find out more.



The Woman’s Quest Apprenticeship 2012–2013

In this 10–month program you will get a deep grounding in the healing, creative and spiritual forces of the menstrual cycle and begin to ignite your own authority and way to teach and develop this work.


Here is current student Adrienne Egan’s experience “As someone that has grappled with the ‘feminine principle’ and how to recover it to some balance in my own life, the WQAT takes the notion of the restoration of the feminine principle into a grounded embodied place. After years of trying to search for answers this training has revealed much to me, and drawn it out from within; clarity, how I operate in the world and a very clear path of what I need to do now. Practical magic!” 


To learn more click here. And also contact Alexandra for a skype conversation in which she will give you more detail, answer your questions, and make sure it is the right training for you. Do get in touch soon, this year’s training was oversubscribed. And for those of you who live in Italy (or fancy traveling there) we plan to run an Apprenticeship training, taught in English and Italian, starting in Oct 2013. To register interest for that contact Laura Tonello



WORKSHOPS, TALKS, SCREENINGS


Stroud

Womb Wisdom Retreat - Feb 10-12th

Contact: info@womensquest.org

Details: http://www.womensquest.org


Bristol

Moon Inside You screening - Feb 24

Details: http://www.womensquest.org

Creating Menstrual Health - Feb 26th 

Details http://www.womensquest.org


Italy

Women and Power – March 3, one day workshop, Trento, contact Laura Tonello, latonello@gmail.com

Menstruation and Relationship — March 4,  a workshop for couples, Trento, contact Laura Tonello latonello@gmail.com

Women and Power, March 10 -11th part 1, Recanati

Women and Power, March 17-18th  part 1, Verona


For further information about the Italian workshops go to http://www.labottegadellaluna.it/

Or contact Franca Parazzoli franca@labottegadellaluna.it (Italian and English)


London

Creating Menstrual Health -May 26th 

To book: http://www.alternatives.org.uk


The Spiritual Power of Menstruation at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London - June 2nd 

To book: www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk


Exeter

Creating Menstrual Health - June 9th

Contact: swbirthworkers@gmail.com


West Yorkshire (Shipley)

Creating Menstrual Health - June 30th

To book: contact Charlotte Furness  



BOOKS and EBOOKS

The Italian version of The Pill in now out. http://www.macroedizioni.it



RECOMMENDATIONS


The Secret Feminine Energy of the Menstrual Cycle – poster

Treat yourself to this practical and beautiful poster created by artist and shaman Cat Stone.  It contains an 'at a glance' chart that will help you to focus on each phase of your cycle, and predict changes of energy over the coming month.

Click to find out more




The Fertile Body Method Online Professional Training

The Fertile Body Method (FBM) Online Training Programme is for anyone who wishes to help men and woman conceive and have a baby. In particular the course is aimed at hypnotherapists, NLP practitioners and other therapists who want to use mind-body approaches in their work.


To find out more http://training.thefertilebody.com/





A Celebration Day for Girls and Holistic Contraception

Jane Bennett, www.janebennett.co.au co-author with Alexandra of The Pill: are you sure it’s for you? and creator of a wonderful set of cards for girls, Girltopia, is in UK Autumn 2012 offering the following:


LONDON:  A Celebration Day for Girls (10-12yo): includes Sat 27th Oct pm session with mothers, Sun 28th Oct 10am–4pm sessions with girls, and girls and mothers. Girltopia Wednesday 31st  Oct (one day for those who work with girls) Holistic Contraception Thurs eve, 1st November: talk and discussion 2-2.5 hours. 


BRIGHTON A Celebration Day for Girls (10-12yo) Sat 3rd Nov pm session with mothers, Sun 4th Nov 10am–4pm sessions with girls, and girls and mothers. Holistic Contraception Mon, Nov 5thtalk and discussion 2-2.5 hours.


BRISTOL Holistic Contraception Tues eve 6th Nov talk and discussion 2-2.5 hours.

She is open to offering Girltopia in Brighton, and Girltopia and A Celebration Day for Girls in Bristol, if there is sufficient interest.



PoGo

Here is another UK business that prepares girls for puberty with the PoGo Pack™, a complete, portable period starter kit that contains everything a girl needs to handle her periods with confidence. There is also a wealth of reassuring information for girls and parents online. Owner, Robyn West, is currently developing with schools new leading-edge teaching resources, which will significantly improve how schools in the UK educate and prepare girls for menstruation in the future. www.pogopack.co.uk




Celebration of Pregnancy Retreat, Friday 16th - Sunday 18th March 2012

Bristol City Yoga is running a relaxing and nurturing weekend retreat for pregnant women and their babies in utero within the beautiful surroundings of Croydon Hall, Somerset. Join prenatal yoga teacher and pregnancy, birth and parenting educator Laura Gilmore for a nurturing and inspiring weekend of yoga, relaxation, stillness, time for sharing and creative exploration of the pregnancy journey.  Plus! Treat yourself to an Ayurvedic pregnancy massage with Marinella Benelli. For more information go to: http://www.bristolcityyoga.co.uk


Voice dialogue Online Training, starting April 18th for 7 weeks

This training isn’t directly connected with the menstrual work but Voice Dialogue is such a great tool for learning to navigate your inner forces that we wanted to recommend it. You can use it to deepen into the different energies you experience in the different phases of the cycle, in particular the inner critic, that tough, challenging voice that has a way of nailing, even crippling us premenstrually. It’s a very thorough and well thought through programme. The organiser, John Kent, is one of Alexandra’s oldest friends, so we feel very confident in telling you about it.  Do check it out at this link: http://www.voicedialogueonline.com




Womb Yoga

If you haven’t experienced Uma Dinsmore Tuli’s wonderful womb yoga yet, here are some opportunities:

http://www.wombyoga.org

and on facebook: http://www.facebook.com

also available online booking in London for 4 February 

http://www.thelifecentre.com





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