A unique course for women transitioning towards, through and beyond the menopause…
Natural strategies to nourish you and help you soar through the rest of your life with
joy and vitality.
Menopause is usually portrayed as a medical event – the end of your periods – and associated with myriad unpleasant symptoms, such as
mood swings and irritability
feelings of anxiousness
feelings of sadness and depression
hot flushes and night sweats
loss of libido and vaginal dryness
loss of muscle and skin elasticity
decreasing bone density.
The Change is what they used to call the menopause when I was a child.
I’ve reclaimed this term because I feel like it’s a more accurate reflection of this period of women’s lives. Menopause isn’t a medical condition, it’s not an illness, it’s not an end of anything…
Let me help you reframe your experience of this time in your life from a medicalised condition into a wonderful opportunity for growth and expansion.
You will begin to sense that, rather than an ending, this ‘change of life’ is a…
The Change - beginnings
Over the second half of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, I facilitated a wonderful in-person monthly gathering called The Change. Participants included women experiencing the first feelings of perimenopause right through to 20 years post-menopausal.
It was a rich and wonderful group: we were connecting deeply, nourishing ourselves and exploring some of the issues that women experience in this phase of our lives. Halfway through this course, COVID-19 hit and we went into lockdown. Rather than abandon this beautiful group, I transitioned the sessions online, a little worried if we would still find the same benefits. It worked really well and we were able to maintain genuine connection, authenticity and a palpable energy exchange even via our computers.
I realised that this could be an opportunity to reach out to even more women and so I created The Change online program.
What does The Change program include?
This is a 12-week program, in which we will look at some of the key issues facing women during this phase of our lives, and investigate some of the holistic strategies we can use to support us, including:
energy balancing techniques.
There are 6 modules. Each module lasts 2 weeks and includes:
1 x 2-hour virtual retreat including a presentation on the topic, personal reflection, group sharing, gentle movement, breathing and meditation.
1 x video file sent to your inbox with a guided movement, breathing and meditation practice you can follow on your own at home.
1 x pdf on the topic: recipes, poems, inspiration, reading suggestions and questions for reflection and journaling.
1 x 1-hour Q & A live call for feedback, questions, group support and ongoing motivation.
The program also includes membership of our small private Facebook group so that members of the group can get to know each other, ask me questions, continue discussions after the sessions, offer feedback, make requests and enjoy all the wonderful benefits of woman-to-woman support.
The 6 modules in The Change program are:
Let’s Start with Self-love
Where am I, who am I, and what is this thing called menopause? How have others defined this period in a woman’s life, and what does it mean for us?
Who are we, now our role in life is dramatically changing? Who do we want to be, and how can we support ourselves, and each other?
If we have been carrying burdens throughout our life, often they will present themselves now, coming up to be revisited with, perhaps, wiser eyes and offered up for healing.
Living in Balance: Weaving a Web of Happy Hormones
We experience the world through our body and the majority of experiences during menopause involve physical sensations, yet these vary widely between women and cultures.
Menopause is often depicted as a rocky road of unbalanced sex hormones, but it is so much more than this. How can we befriend our body and learn to accept and love what it is showing us during our metamorphosis?
How can we support our hormonal system to ease and soothe any bumps along this journey?
Brittle and Fragile or Juicy and Resilient?: A New, Holistic Approach to Healthy Bones
Bone is at its strongest around age 30, and then begins to decline. When women reach menopause, bone mass declines extremely rapidly for the first 5 years, then gradually slows down.
66% Australians over 50 have osteoporosis or osteopenia. It’s one of my personal missions to create more awareness around this absolutely vital health issue that is so poorly acknowledged in our society. I help women to look after their bone health earlier, so that they have the freedom to do what they want for as long as they possibly can.
Having healthy bones is about more than just going to the gym. Let me help you understand this new, holistic approach to bone health that gets you feeling juicy and resilient through your 50s, 60s and beyond.
‘Learning to Live as Love’: Sexuality in the Time of Change
For some, sexuality really begins to flower in this phase of life, with freedom from monthly menstruation and the possibility of pregnancy, less self-consciousness and a greater awareness of one’s body and desires.
Others begin to fear that this part of their life is over, with annoying physical symptoms and unsatisfying romantic lives. What problems arise for us and what are they telling us? How does love change for us in this period of our lives?
Widows, Orphans and Grandmothers: Experiencing Death and Re/birth
In nature, the cycle of death and rebirth is continuous and inevitable. As we live longer, death begins to appear in our lives now with more frequency.
How do we manage loss and grief, at the same time as dealing with all the practical consideration such as executing wills, dealing with possessions, and sometimes a legal and financial maze?
Perhaps one way of enduring the idea of death is with the hope of rebirth? During this phase of our life, we are born again ourselves, in many ways. Often, we become grandmothers or surrogate grandmothers. How does this experience change us, and how do we become the grandmothers we wish to be?
Plant-based Eating: Your Key to Health and Longevity?
In Healthy at 100, John Robbins discovered that the longest-lived populations of the world were plant-based (meaning they ate a mostly plant-based diet, with small amounts of animal products).
A balanced, mostly plant-based diet, combined with movement and good self-care practices, can be your key to a healthier, longer life.
I’ve been vegan for 20 years, and vegetarian for a long time before that. I’ve spent decades researching and experimenting with a plant-based diet, always with a view to it being nutritious and delicious. I raised two children 100% plant based and have advised hundreds of people about their diet and lifestyle.
I made mistakes along the way – I wish I had known 20 years ago what I know now about plant-based nutrition. I can help you avoid making the same mistakes I did! We know so much more about food and health now and there is so much information out there. However, it can be confusing, and seemingly contradictory at times. Let me help you get clear on the nutrients you need and how to get them in your diet, and how to balance the treats with healthy, vital eating and an energising lifestyle.
What will I get out of The Change?
This program offers:
The opportunity to reconnect with your body, mind, and soul through connection with other women.
Gentle movement therapies: yoga inspired with flavours of other different practices such as qi gong, body-mind centring, conscious dance…
Mindful reflections to encourage awareness and self-love.
Information on nutrition and lifestyle practices to maintain your health and fitness through this phase of your life.
Profound breathing practices to help you manage your nervous system and reach different levels of awareness.
Forum to discuss topics which are sometimes ignored, and to gain support and advice in these important areas of our life.
As we gently move into areas that are not spoken of often enough, you are offered the opportunity to express your authentic thoughts and feelings so that they can fulfill the purpose for which they were created, which is to show you something about yourself, or your life.
As the obstacles start to fall away, the priceless value of who you really are becomes evident. Your true self, your divine true nature, begins to emerge, like the beautiful butterfly unfolding its wings. It may feel a little vulnerable. But, in this intimate group, you have the support of other women to help you through this process.
That’s also something that I’ve realized later in life; you don’t have to do it all by yourself, there are always people who can support you. There is real value to creating a community for yourself of your own choosing, and the wisdom that you glean from other women in this environment is absolutely priceless.
Numbers will be limited to a small group of women, so that we can create a deep sense of community, connection and trust within the group, as that is where the real magic takes place.
When does the next course start?
The Change 12-week program starts on Saturday November 14, or Sunday November 15, depending on your time zone. The course will run for 12 weeks, with a 2- week break in the middle, for Christmas and New Year.
The Change is an opportunity, if we choose to take it, to fully metamorphose into the wise woman, the elder, the grandmother and the teacher.
Please join us in our togetherness, so we can learn from each other, lean on each other, laugh and cry with each other. I look forward to meeting you!