My initial recommendations for women who wish to begin their healing journey in their pelvic bowl and connect more deeply with their sexuality are:
- Initiate yourself into the wisdom of the menstrual cycle – track your cycle, track your ovulation, become intimate with the way your body changes through each month.
- Explore your sexuality – become intimate with your anatomy, hold regular self-pleasure dates with yourself, learn your patterns of arousal, connect to your sexual energy.
- Connect with other women – join a circle, a red tent, if there aren’t any in your area, create one. Come together, talk about your bodies, your cycles, your life stages, lift the silence, lift the shame.
Mandy Adams – Menstruality Mentor, founder of Red Tent Cornwall, a wise woman and a seer, Mandy holds rites of passage ceremonies for women and is an oracle on all things menstrual. I can’t recommend her highly enough – she is based in Hayle, Cornwall but also holds sessions online.
Nature and Me – Victoria Dufour is a menstrual cycle awareness educator and facilitator for girls. She is passionate about girls receiving support and knowledge allowing them an educated choice and an empowered start on their journey to adulthood. If you have daughters who would like to enter this rite of passage in their full power, Victoria is the lady for you – based in Falmouth
Books on Menstruality
Red Moon Passage – Bonnie J Morigan – Must-read for all women approaching or experiencing or beyond menopause.
The New Menopausal Years – Susun Weed – Practical help for menopausal symptoms
Multi-Orgasmic Woman – Mantak Chia & Rachel Carlton Adams
The Multi-Orgasmic Man – Mantak Chia
Tantric Orgasm for Women – Diane Richardson
Women’s Anatomy of Pleasure – Shere Winston
Reclaiming Goddess Sexuality – Linda E. Savage
The Erotic Mind – Jack Morin – unpicking sexual fantasy
Sexual Practices of Quodoshka – Amara Charles
The Power of the Feminine
The Wild Feminine – Tami Lynn Kent
“Wild Feminine offers a unique, holistic approach to reclaiming the power, spirit, and joy of the female body and to understanding its connection to creative energy flow. By restoring physical and energetic balance in the pelvic bowl, women can learn to care for themselves in a nourishing and respectful manner, heal spiritual fractures, and renew their relationship with the sacred ”
Yoni Shakti – Uma Dinsmore Tuli – a book about yoga and women that is a must-read for all women, yogini and non-yoginis alike – delving into our “siddhis” – or special powers that we hold in our physical bodies as women.
Vagina – A New Biography – Naomi Wolf
“An astonishing new work that radically changes how we think about, talk about and understand the vagina – and consequently how we think about women and sexuality.”
Cunt – A Declaration of Independence – Inga Muscio
“An ancient title of respect for women, the word “cunt” long ago veered off its noble path. Inga Muscio traces the road from honor to expletive, giving women the motivation and tools to claim the term as a positive and powerful force in their lives”