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How can menstrual cycle awareness and conscious menopause enhance your health, creativity and leadership? That's the question we'll explore together in the Menstruality Podcast, brought to you by Red School, where we’re training the menstruality leaders of the future. Your host, Sophie Jane Hardy will be joined often by Red School’s founders, Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, as well as pioneering thought leaders, troublemakers and culture-shifters to discover how you can unashamedly claim the power of the menstrual cycle to activate your unique form of leadership; for yourself, your community, and the world.

The Menstruality Podcast Red School

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

How can menstrual cycle awareness and conscious menopause enhance your health, creativity and leadership? That's the question we'll explore together in the Menstruality Podcast, brought to you by Red School, where we’re training the menstruality leaders of the future. Your host, Sophie Jane Hardy will be joined often by Red School’s founders, Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, as well as pioneering thought leaders, troublemakers and culture-shifters to discover how you can unashamedly claim the power of the menstrual cycle to activate your unique form of leadership; for yourself, your community, and the world.

    Menopause is a Spiritual Awakening (Alexandra & Sjanie)

    Menopause is a Spiritual Awakening (Alexandra & Sjanie)

    Today’s conversation follows a powerful idea that woke Alexandra up in the early hours a few days ago. It’s the idea that drives our new menopause book, Wise Power, and it’s an idea that’s almost totally missing in the global menopause conversation...

    ... We need to dignify menopause as a process of spiritual awakening. 
    And it’s a very special episode, because it also marks the official release of Wise Power, which is now available wherever books are sold - you can get your copy at wisepowerbook.com.

    We explore:
    The spiritual union, or coming home to yourself that is possible at menopause, when we honour and dignify every aspect of menopause; the rage, the confusion, the challenge and dare to believe it’s meaningful.

    The role that rage plays in the spiritual awakening of menopause, particularly in the initiatory times we’re living in as a global community.

    The five phases of the menopause spiritual awakening, and how perimenopause, or the ‘Quickening’ prepares us for this great homecoming to ourselves.  You can now pre-order our new book! Wise Power: Discover the Liberating Power of Menopause to Awaken Authority, Purpose and Belonging here: https://www.wisepowerbook.com
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    Registration is now open for our live menopause course - Menopause: The Great Awakener. You can take your seat here: https://www.redschoolmenopause.com
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    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net
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    Social media:
    Red School: @redschool - https://www.instagram.com/red.school

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Finding Hope and Meaning When You're Childless-not-by-choice (Jody Day)

    Finding Hope and Meaning When You're Childless-not-by-choice (Jody Day)

    The menstruality journey begins at menarche with our first bleed, and ends as we go through the great initiation of menopause. For some, pregnancy, birth, and motherhood are a key part of their menstruating years, but for some people, parenting doesn’t happen, despite a deep desire to have children.
    It's World Childless Week this week, and we've invited the brilliant Jody Day to share about the challenges of involuntary childlessness,  her work to honour and dignify childless women, and explore how to  how to find meaning and hope when looking towards a future without children.

    Jody Day is the founder of Gateway Women, the support & advocacy network for childless women. She’s a psychotherapist, a global thought leader on female involuntary childlessness, and the author of what many professionals consider to be the ‘go-to’ book on the topic, ‘Living the Life Unexpected: How to Find Hope, Meaning and a Fulfilling Future Without Children’.
    In the conversation we explore:
    Jody’s personal journey through grief, denial, hopelessness to real acceptance of her life as a childless woman.

    The creation of Gateway Women and Jody’s mission to make the world understand childless women, and help women who are childless-not-by-choice to understand themselves. 

    Jody's emerging Gateway Elderwomen project, exploring the uncharted path to becoming a conscious childless elder woman.---
    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net
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    Social media:
    Red School: @redschool - https://www.instagram.com/red.school
    Jody Day: @gatewaywomen - https://www.instagram.com/gatewaywomen

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Connection Between Menopause, Nature and Sacred Sex (Jewels Wingfield)

    The Connection Between Menopause, Nature and Sacred Sex (Jewels Wingfield)

    When teacher and activist Jewels Wingfield felt menopause calling, through intense physical symptoms, she knew she needed to take a deep retreat. In this conversation, we explore her 13 moon ‘conscious menopause sabbatical’ and how it transformed her health, her relationship to herself, her work in the world, and even her sex life.
    Jewels is the founder of the EarthHeart project and on the other side of her sabbatical she is focusing on guiding women to explore their ‘nature-based feminine leadership’, with a particular focus on an ancient, Celtic approach to menstruality, and how the natural world can support our menopause ‘death-and-rebirth’ process.

    In the conversation we explore:
    How to carve out space and time for retreat and menopause, even when we have big responsibilities and financial pressure, and the potentially beneficial impact.

    How to access the wisdom of the natural world as a powerful guide and ally during the initiation of menopause.

    Some good news about how sex can change in menopause, and practical (often surprising!) guidance to access new levels of sexual connection and desire in this phase of life.You can now pre-order your copy of our new menopause book! Wise Power: Discover the liberating power of menopause to awaken authority, purpose and belonging here: https://www.wisepowerbook.com
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    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net
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    Social media:
    Red School: @redschool - https://www.instagram.com/red.school
    Jewels Wingfield: @jewelsatearthheart - https://www.instagram.com/jewelsatearthheart/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Cultural Story of the Taboo, Power and Wisdom of Menstruation (Dr Lara Owen)

    The Cultural Story of the Taboo, Power and Wisdom of Menstruation (Dr Lara Owen)

    There are a handful of trailblazers who have paved the way for the positive menstrual culture we’re beginning to see today, and Dr Lara Owen is one of them. She was researching and writing her book about the power of the menstrual cycle, Her Blood is Gold in the 1990’s, and it has been a game changer for thousands of women and menstruators. 
    She’s now an expert on the culture, politics and organization of menstruation and menopause. She consults with global and local organizations; teaches in academic and general contexts and has created a first year masters level programme called Contemporary Menstrual Studies. 

    In this far-reaching conversation we explore:
    A cultural and historical exploration of the stigmatisation of the menstrual cycle.

    What Lara learned from indigenous teachers raised in menstrually positive cultures.

    The wisdom of menstruation, and Lara’s personal experience of two years of deep menstrual retreat (including moments of powerful clairvoyance!)---

    Registration is open for our FREE Love Your Cycle course. You can join for free here: https://www.redschool.net/love

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    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net

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    Social media:
    Red School: @redschool - https://www.instagram.com/red.school
    Lara’s website: laraowen.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Myth, Magic and Metamorphosis of Menopause (Dr Sharon Blackie)

    The Myth, Magic and Metamorphosis of Menopause (Dr Sharon Blackie)

    When you explore old European myths, it’s the elder women and grandmothers who run the world. In Greek mythology, there are the Fates - three elder women who make the world go round. In Eastern European mythology, the crone Baba Yaga initiates young people and facilitates transformation. In ancient Gallic mythology it is the Cailleach who created and shaped the land, from the beginning of time.
    In today’s episode we explore the gold that these myths and archetypes hold for us as we navigate the initiation of menopause and enter the second half of our lives as elders, with the brilliant writer, psychologist and mythologist, Dr Sharon Blackie.
    Sharon illuminates the magic and potential of menopause as a shape-shifting crucible, which strips away all that isn’t essential - so we may know ourselves, and our Calling in a new way. She shares how she envisioned herself inside an alchemical process at menopause, how the natural world served as an ally through this initiatory time, and why the world needs more feisty, older women now more than ever…
    We explore:
    The Greek myth of the ‘Furies’, the sacred role of their rage, and the necessity of the comparable anger many of us feel in menopause.

    Why our world doesn’t allow us the time to ‘do menopause properly’ and the impact this has for us on a soul level.

    The Jungian archetype of the ‘Medial Woman’ who doesn’t define herself according to anyone else, is whole unto herself, and chooses to dive deeply into the mystery of the world.You can now pre-order your copy of our new menopause book! Wise Power: Discover the Liberating Power of Menopause to Awaken Authority, Purpose and Belonging here: https://www.wisepowerbook.com
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    Registration is now open for our live menopause course - Menopause: The Great Awakener. You can take your seat here: https://www.redschoolmenopause.com
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    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net
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    Social media:
    Red School: @redschool - https://www.instagram.com/red.school
    Sharon Blackie: @sharonblackiemythmakings - https://www.instagram.com/sharonblackiemythmakings

    • 1 hr 3 min
    How to Fall in Love with Your Menstrual Cycle (Alexandra & Sjanie)

    How to Fall in Love with Your Menstrual Cycle (Alexandra & Sjanie)

    We want to create a world where everyone is in love with the menstrual cycle - not a perfect version of the cycle - but exactly the cycle you have.  Because this love affair revolutionises our lives (and the world!).
    That’s why we’ve created our new FREE online course: Love Your Cycle: Discover the Power of Menstrual Cycle Awareness to Revolutionise Your Life where we explore the four phases or inner seasons of your cycle as a gateway to vitality, creativity, power and purpose.

    Love Your Cycle is our invitation to you to get to know your cycle in more depth, to fall in love with your cycle, and to grow an intimacy with it that will transform your life - by amplifying your vitality, enhancing your creativity and activating your leadership.

    In this episode we explore:

    - Why falling in love with your cycle isn’t about having a ‘perfect’ menstrual cycle, but rather coming into relationship with the cycle you have (and how to actually do that.)

    - How to make sense of cycle disturbances and hold ourselves as we heal menstrual pain and other health challenges. ‍

    - Four specific cycle awareness practices to harness the power of each inner season of your cycle.

    You can register for Love Your Cycle for FREE here: https://www.redschool.net/love
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    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net
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    Social media:
    Red School: @redschool - https://www.instagram.com/red.school

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

rcg_podcast lover ,

Deeply healing podcast!

This podcast has been deeply healing in my journey of reconnecting with myself as a woman who bleeds. It’s so helpful to hear different people’s experience with their cycles. I always leave these episodes feeling more connected to myself and inspired to keep inquiring into my needs and how I’m feeling. Thank you, thank you for the wisdom you all share here!

Maddie-87 ,

One of the most valuable podcasts available

I love this podcast, and all of the amazing work happening at redschool. Menstrual cycle awareness has been immensely healing for me in too many ways to count! Thank you for all the lovely healing work you are doing and please keep it up!

T Bigelo ,

For Cyclical People

Menstruality is a constant support for navigating the world as a cyclical person. Red School and MCA is life-affirming and therefore life-changing!

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