A year of body literacy and menstrual healing.
Dear Fellow Menstruator,
While you may not share my exact story, if you've landed on this page you probably have one similar to my own.
I was on the pill for ten years to "manage" my irregular menstrual cycles and painful periods. It wasn't until I was forced to come off the pill at the age of 26 that I realized the pill was merely masking a constellation of health issues that were getting worse by the day.
Whether you have painful periods, absent periods, long periods, irregular periods, or even short periods, you're in the right place.
While many people discover the benefits of Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) because of a desire to avoid or achieve pregnancy, the thing I am most passionate about is how FAM can help us understand the language of our bodies - what me and my HRHP colleagues call "body literacy."
Sacred Cycles: A Year of Body Literacy & Menstrual Healing is a program truly like no other. You will gain the knowledge that comes from tracking your cycles, the healing that comes from making healthful decisions based on that knowledge, and the power that comes from learning to access your own personal path of transformation.
If this sounds like what you've been looking for, I invite you to read on.
What is the sacred cycles program?
The Sacred Cycles program is a year long odyssey for all menstruators who want to heal their cycles - at the physical, mental, and even spiritual level. We begin by teaching you the Justisse Method of Fertility Management as a means of tracking your menstrual rhythms in extreme detail. This will provide you with valuable information about the state of your hormones - estrogen, progesterone, adrenal and thyroid. It is like learning a new language - one that will help you build a more intimate relationship with your body's needs.
From there we will use the information you have gathered to identify strategies for meeting those needs. Together we'll examine how you can alter your daily habits (nutrition, sleep, stress management) to provide more of what your body needs, and less of what your body doesn't.
For those of you who choose to engage in the optional shamanic studies, you will be guided to seek answers from non-ordinary reality about the nature of your specific ailment and healing solutions unique to you. No former experience with shamanic practices is necessary, and this technique works regardless of your spiritual or religious beliefs.
Whether or not you choose to accept the invitation to engage in shamanic journeying, you will spend the second half of your program exploring personal solutions to your reproductive concerns that go beyond either the mainstream or "alternative medicine" field.
Along the way, you'll be surrounded and supported by a circle of people like you - those who are forging a new relationship to their bodies and to their reproductive health.
I believe your desire to live in harmony with your body's natural rhythms has brought you to this program. Regardless of what your relationship to your menstrual cycles has been in the past, you see that a new way of relating to your body is possible.
Client Success Story
I have been charting for just over one year, and I haven't looked back since. I have learned to rest and to give my body the sleep and nutrition it needs to function optimally. Instead of looking for a doctor to tell me what to do, I now find my own answers by being my own detective. I know what is or isn't normal for me, and what to do about it.
I am grateful to Amy for changing my view of what female empowerment is and teaching me to listen to the wisdom of my own body."
Why This Program? Why NOW?
While medical treatment has proven to be a life-saver in the treatment of infections and emergencies, many of us are discovering that it has limitations when it comes to managing chronic illness or providing support and context for our healthy bodily functions. The allopathic approach is medicine - pills designed to take away our symptoms or our pain - or in some cases even suppresses the body's natural functions. Unfortunately when it comes to chronic illnesses this simply masks the symptoms but does little or nothing to halt the underlying process of ill health.
The Sacred Cycles program comes at menstrual health and disorders from a different angle. We assume that symptoms arise from a dis-ease in the body. That is, a lack of ability for the body to do what it needs to do, with ease. Our job (and yours) is to uncover the source of that dis-ease and find ways to unblock and support the body's natural state of health. I myself have experienced incredible healing from this approach and have helped many others do the same.
Why did you choose to make this program a year long?
I chose to make this program a year long for two reasons - both practical and symbolic. Symbolically this program is about our cyclical nature, so it made sense to have it run the earth's full cycle.
The second reason relates to the reality of what we're trying to accomplish here.
Treating the root causes of illness is not a swift process. Many of us have health conditions that have been slowly degrading our body's health for years, and it can take months and sometimes years to reverse that process.
We have to move at the speed of our body. The ovulatory process is a slow one (when compared to sperm for example). The egg that is chosen for release on a given month has usually been in development for at least three months prior. This means that changes we make to our health today may not be reflected in our menstrual cycles until three months from now.
This process of peeling back the layers of the onion of our health is challenging work. It can bring up emotions from our past and even layers of ancestral imprinting. We must take our time and allow space to move at the pace that is right for us.
Client Success Story
I had been prescribed the birth control pill as both an oral contraceptive and as a preventative treatment for the debilitating migraines I had struggled with since my early 20s. We thought it was working until I ended up in an ambulance with a migraine that mirrored a stroke - I thought I was going to die that day. After my neurologist told me I had to get off of birth control for the first time in 13 years I found my way to the Red Tent Sisters. Through the Justisse program and the amazing help of the sisters I am migraine free, more body aware, having a more fulfilling sex life (birth control destroyed my libido) and making conscious choices about my fertility. Thanks Red Tent Sisters!
What is the format of the program?
Sacred Cycles runs for one full year. Registration is ongoing which means you can join us at any time. There are three key components to the program, as well as one optional component:
Fertility Awareness Education (Phase 1)
Holistic Reproductive Health & Holistic Nutrition (Phase 2)
Integration & Healing (Phase 3)
Optional: Shamanic Counselling (Phase 4)
Phase 1: Fertility Awareness Education (Months 1-3)
The program begins with Fertility Awareness Education using the Justisse Method of Fertility Management. Instruction is done by video conference and lasts approximately two hours. At the start of the program we will mail you a kit with all of your charting supplies. In this first phase we will teach you how to chart your cycles using cervical mucus, basal body temperature (BBT) and cervical checks.
This phase is designed to give you an embodied understanding of the inner workings of your reproductive anatomy, and how they manifest in your life. It will also serve to provide you with a "baseline" measurement of your symptoms upon which to make changes and measure progress going forward.
Phase 2: Holistic Reproductive Health & Holistic Nutrition Consultation (Months 4-6)
In phase two of the program, which begins around the end of your second menstrual chart, we will assess your reproductive health together and create a plan of action. Using a combination of information from your symptom assessment, your menstrual charts, and your known medical history, we will develop a holistic health action plan that is targeted at the root of your symptoms. We will combine our expertise on diet, herbs, nutrition supplementation, and lifestyle practices to create this plan. We will review it with you for feedback and to clarify the rationale behind our recommendations.
Phase 3: Integration (Months 7-12)
In the third phase of the program you will continue to integrate and implement the teachings. However, at this stage we will also explore the deeper wisdom of the menstrual cycle. Independent readings and journal reflections will be encouraged, along with cultivating artistic expression inspired by your healing process. You will continue to receive support for the dietary and lifestyle practices implemented in phase 2 through ongoing meetings with your practitioners.
Optional: Shamanic Counselling (Months 9-12)
In the optional fourth phase of this program, which begins around the ninth month of your program, we will work together to identify healing strategies specific to your situation using guidance from non-ordinary reality. You will be guided and instructed on how to do a shamanic journey to meet a spirit teacher and ask for advice about your menstrual health. Journeying can be done regardless of your spiritual or religious beliefs.
How is the program delivered?
Phase 1: A Justisse Method of Fertility Management charting kit - mailed to your door.
Phase 1: A private 2.5-hour introduction to the Justisse Method of Fertility Management, conducted by phone, Skype, or in-person.
Phase 2: Five private consultations to review your charts together and support you in your healing journey.
Phase 2: A customized holistic nutrition assessment with private education, detox protocol, and menu.
12 monthly group teleconference calls to ask questions, receive support, and connect with your fellow classmates.
Monthly journals to reflect on your healing and what you're learning and noticing about your body.
Access to our private Facebook group so you can share and receive support from your fellow group members in the program.
Monthly content emails to enhance your knowledge, wisdom, and experience of the menstrual cycle.
Optional Shamanic Counselling
Digital audio file of shamanic drumming for journeying.
Five shamanic counselling appointments by phone, Skype or in person to instruct you in the process of accessing unseen information about your healing path.
The Sacred Cycles program covers all eight steps of the Red Tent Sisters' Holistic Menstrual Health Management process. It also has nine hours of private, one-on-one support, and twelve hours of live, group support.
Those who choose the Shamanic Track will receive an additional five hours of one-on-one time.
If any of the following statements resonate, then you'll know this program is a good fit.
Client Success Story
"Learning to accurately interpret the patterns of my menstrual cycle was like discovering a new window into who I am.
Before I discovered Red Tent Sisters and the Fertility Management Secrets program, I was taking the birth control pill and experiencing challenges related to mood stability and weight gain/loss. I wanted to stop taking the pill but was afraid of living without that "security." After an introductory call with Amy, I felt confident enough to take a leap of faith and sign up for the program.
During my time with Amy and our group, I was given the tools necessary to really understand the impact that stress, dietary choices, and toxins can have on my body and emotional health. I have come to believe that the simple act of daily charting can only reinforce the importance of putting one's health and wellbeing above all else.
I'm still happily charting my cycles and I can't imagine NOT charting anymore. I am looking forward to starting a family within the next year, and I feel the tools and learnings I have gained from this program will only help me to move forward with a deeper sense of confidence."
J.S.D., Los Angeles, California
"Can you review exactly what I can expect to receive when I register for this program?"
When you register for Sacred Cycles, you are investing in over nine hours of private, one-on-one support, as well as twelve hours of group support and much more.
Over the twelve months of your program, you will receive:
A physical Justisse kit, mailed to your door, that includes the Justisse Manual, 12 charts, a stamp set and a BBT thermometer
One private, two and a half hour introductory session to the Justisse Method
Five private, 45-minute consultations to review your charts and build on your knowledge of the method
One private Holistic Nutritional Assessment (1-1.5 hours) to review reproductive and hormone-related symptoms
One private nutritional educational session (45-60 min)
One private Holistic Nutrition follow-up session (30-45 min)
Twelve group Q & A calls (60 min each)
Monthly content emails with supplementary information on menstrual health, nutrition, charting techniques, hormonal health and more
Monthly online reflection journal to monitor your progress
Access to the private Facebook forum
A list of recommended readings and journal assignments to deepen your healing
Optional: Access to instruction in shamanic journeying
"this sounds like exactly what I need, but I'm nervous about making such a big commitment"
If this program sounds right for you, I invite you to enrol today. I will contact you personally within the week to discuss the program and answer any questions you may have. We'll also make arrangements for when to conduct your initial two and a half hour introductory session (by phone, Skype or in-person).
Once you make the commitment, things will flow easily from one thing to the next. The program is designed to keep you moving, but at a comfortable pace.
This program is a big investment in you and your health. In response, my team and I will make an equally large commitment of time and energy to ensure your success. Because of the high volume of one-on-one time provided in this program, we cannot provide refunds. However, if after our initial conversation you change your mind, or decide this program is not the right fit for you, you can cancel your registration and receive a full refund.
To Register, please book an inquiry session
Congratulations on taking the plunge. I know making this kind of commitment to ourselves doesn't come easily, so I want to honour you for having the courage to take this step. And, if you didn't (or haven't yet), that's okay too. Respecting our inner timing is important. If you have any questions you would like to ask me that would help in making your decision, please don't hesitate to reach out.
I don't take the responsibility of doing this work lightly, so I am grateful every time I am entrusted with the gift of being someone's guide on their healing journey.
Blessings and gratitude,