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Art of Change

   A course for women who want to find a creative way to explore the challenges and treasures of the transition between menstruation and menopause. 

I have called this course "The Art of Change" because my mother was brought up calling the menopause "the Change", and passed that phrase onto me, and because I hope to offer you a way to be comfortable with this change; to learn the "Art" of Change! It’s designed to be a supportive, inspiring and empowering companion....so if you are in the throes of the perimenopause - and particularly if you are finding it a challenging transition; whether physically or emotionally, or both - you are who this course is designed for! The course content is a carefully selected "recipe", developed from activites and material I have been using on the "Art of Change" workshops and in support group I’ve been running in Cornwall for the last 8 years.

In my experience, my peri-menopausal years have been both challenging and enriching. With our hormones as all over the place as they were at puberty, it’s not surprising that a lot of us feel a bit jangly........This time round, though, we do have the advantage of many years more practice in self awareness and skilful communication to draw on, but even so it can take great self-discipline not to fall apart or behave like a teenager!!.

For many of us there’s also a sense of loss at this time; primarily the obvious loss of youth and fertility, but we can simultaneously start to feel a bit lost in ourselves as we realise that who we have become in our adulthood has been defined by our roles of partner, mother and/or worker and that who we are and who we want to be goes beyond the confines of those roles. So this course is designed to help you to create some space and to offer you inspirational ideas and heartful ceremonies that can guide your journey “home” to a new part of yourself that’s more in tune with your heart and soul’s path....it’ll help you to become the empowered, compassionate, passionate, creative woman you were born to be.

I hope, like the lovely women who’ve attended my workshops in Cornwall, you’ll find that this course not only gives you the support you need to stay sane during this time, but also brings plenty of unexpected gifts and discoveries along the way!

If you need more info before you sign up, please see below.

Course overview

The course is split into 12 "sessions". Each session has a different focus, and contains several activities, which include meditations, written exercises, creative projects and reflective practice. Whilst it might be most beneficial to do these sessions weekly over a 3 month period, you have 12 months access to the course, so you could, if it felt more comfortable for you, do one session per month. Each session will probably take a minimum of 2 to 2 and a half hours, but can be worked on in more depth over a longer period if you choose to use the optional extra activities too. The course probably works best if done in the order in which it is laid out, but if you want to mix things up a bit, please do!! There may be some activities that you find more challenging than others. It's fine to leave the odd thing out, but do bear in mind that we sometimes find the things we most need to face and work with the most challenging, so give it all a go if you can....the more you put in the more you'll get out of it!

Course Content - What does each week focus on?

  1. Starting out on this journey of transition
  2. The Mind: Attitudes towards the perimenopause and menopause; ours and others' and how we can let go of what doesn't serve us
  3. The Emotions and how to embrace them
  4. The Body: What's happening and how to enjoy and nourish it
  5. The Sacred: Connecting to heart and soul
  6. Story and Myth as teachers
  7. Nature: Connecting to our wildness
  8. Letting your inner artist out
  9. Who am I (who am I becoming?)
  10. Menopause as "Passage to Power"
  11. Gratitude
  12. Commitments and Celebration

More information about the practicalities of the course can be found here and if you have any questions please do use the contact form to get in touch.

Art of Change Together

This is the Art of Change course as a 3 month long group membership option that includes weekly "live" opportunities for sharing and exploring together, plus access to a private Art of Change facebook group.