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The Feminine Path to Leadership

know yourself – live your calling – stand for life

The Red School Menstruality Leadership Programme is the world’s first leadership training designed for pioneers, change-makers, nurturers and creatives to realise your full authority and leadership through the power of the menstrual cycle. 

It’s time for women – and all menstruators – to unashamedly claim our power and use it to serve and stand for Life itself. This world needs the full reinstatement of the feminine for all life to flourish.

THE 2021 PROGRAMME IS NOW FULL. Click here to join the waiting list for 2022.

Each year we host two of these trainings; one in-person for people who can travel to UK and take two weeks away from home, and one online for people in other parts of the world, or who prefer to study the modules online over a longer period of time. However due to COVID-19 we are currently only offering the programme online for 2021.

There is much suffering in the world today; oppression, poverty, injustice and the wilful destruction of the planet – our very life support system.

In amongst this chaos and suffering a healing force is wanting to be known – the power of the Feminine

Conscious women are setting the pace, demanding to do things on their own terms and modelling a new way that is cyclical, relational and organic, recognising all life as connected and sacred.

Do you long to join this new wave of feminine leadership and be a leader in this
emerging field of Menstruality?

Would you love to restore a feminine spiritual path and practice for yourself
and for the sake of the world?

Do you want to discover your Calling, step more fully into your authority and be
a leader in your own unique way?

THE 2021 PROGRAMME IS NOW FULL. Click here to join the waiting list for 2022.

We invite you to join us for the journey of a lifetime, to work with your cycle as your ultimate ally to realising your full authority and leadership/power, for the sake of Life itself.

About the Training

Red School’s Menstruality Leadership Programme offers a radically new approach to women’s leadership training based on a cyclical model of development: the menstrual cycle and the psychological and spiritual developmental journey from menarche to menopause and beyond into our mature years.

This is the only comprehensive training of its kind in the world – exploring and developing the exciting new discipline of Menstruality, a discipline that is set to change the way we approach women’s and other menstruators’ wellbeing at all levels of our personal and professional development, creative & spiritual life.

It is a training rooted in an apprenticeship to your own lived experience of the menstrual cycle** that will:

  • Ground you in a custom made personal and spiritual development programme for life.
  • Give you clear information, and growing skill and authority to share, teach and facilitate this work.
  • Guide you to establish an ongoing discipline of Menstrual Cycle Awareness as a life practice.
  • Embed you within the Red School menstruality community – creating collegiality, friendship and creative support networks.
  • Initiate you into the via negativa – the way of the Feminine.
  • Forge an intimate relationship with your cycle, to recover a deeply felt sense of trust, worthiness and belonging in your being as a woman.
  • Awaken and activate the inner architecture of the menstrual cycle as the feminine pathway to personal healing, creativity and spiritual awakening.
  • Root into your cycle experience and how to work it as an evolutionary process from menarche to menopause.
  • Step into your own authority with menstruality so you can find your own voice and express your unique vibrancy, creativity and leadership in the world.

** If you don’t have a menstrual cycle, you can work with the moon cycle. The patterning is the same although the menstrual cycle is felt more deeply as it is an embodied process. If you are on the cusp of or have crossed the menopause, you will work retrospectively recovering something of your menstrual cycle story, understanding how the cyclical powers exist within you still and how to honour them, while also exploring this in the context of the transition of menopause itself. If you are pregnant or in early motherhood your exploration of the menstruality maps and the creative process will support the initiation you’re currently in.

This recording is last year’s introduction to the 2020 MLP online:

‘Western women long for a modern cosmology that inspires us to be our whole selves: passionate, powerful and instinctual. Menstruality is the golden thread in a living tapestry that is being woven by women around the world. It helps us make sense not just of our own cycles, but our souls and our deeper calling to create a new story for womankind, the womb of the world.’

What Women are Saying

The aim of the Menstruality Leadership Program is to restore the initiatory process that is held within the menstrual cycle and in the arc of the menstrual journey from menarche to menopause, and in so doing to fully name and thus make explicate the spiritual path and practice encoded in a menstruator’s body.

1. Initiatory journey:

  • From menarche to menopause (including how it prepares you for the initiatory journey of conception, pregnancy, birth and motherhood)
  • Initiatory arc each menstrual month
  • Initiation is the evolutionary path to psychological and spiritual maturity—a death and rebirth process, moving from ego to Self, from ‘me’ to ‘us’, developing participatory consciousness
  • The menstrual cycle + menstrual cycle awareness = the ‘gold’ of your Calling (an alchemical process)

2. The birthings (peak moments of  initiation):

  • Birth
  • Menarche
  • Monthly menstruation
  • Menopause
  • And for women who have children, giving birth

3. The Three Inner Maps (the inner architecture of the menstrual cycle):

  • The vias (via positiva—first half of cycle, via negativa—second half of cycle)
  • The inner seasons (the workhorse of the initiatory process) + the cross over days
  • The 5 chambers of menstruation (which mirror the five stages of menopause)

4. The layers (the processes at work through the initiatory arc of your life):

  • Wellness—self care (modulating the nervous system—cycle is stress sensitive, act of cycle awareness is soothing), inner work, building the initiatory vessel, restoring (establishing) the order of the cycle/restoring (establishing) the psychological inner ecology. Predominates in 20/30s
  • Creativity—finding and fulfilling your Calling. Predominates in 40s
  • Spirituality—putting together Wellness and Creativity, gives you the means to experience the full ineffability of menstruation, the Holy Intimacy. Operating in the background through all the years and reaching its zenith in the 50s and onwards

5. The three archetypal powers:

  • The power of agency (via positiva)
  • The power of encounter (via negativa)
  • The power of presence (the meeting and integration of the two vias)

6. The role of the inner critic in the initiatory journey:

  • Wellness—build the inner container, establish your boundaries, face your shadow
  • Creativity—holds you to your Calling; refine, edit and clean up your act; create mastery, become an authority
  • Spirituality—grow the muscle of discernment, the gatekeeper of the holy grail, calls you into leadership, matures you into a truth speaker

7. The four psycho-spiritual menstruality foundations for healing:

  • The archetypal menstrual maps – an understanding of the cycle’s inner architecture is a core pillar of healing for women.
  • Menstrual cycle awareness – as a potent form of medicine that can ease symptoms in and of itself.
  • The natural order of the cycle – restoring our inner ecology
  • Honouring the Via Negativa – reframing the pre-menstruum, a psychological underpinning needed to reclaim our feminine power.

What you won’t get from the Menstruality Leadership Programme

  • The physiology of the menstrual cycle
  • Instruction in how to do fertility awareness
  • Specific details/material on how to prepare young girls for their first period, although we will speak of the ingredients for celebration of this. (Check out the work of Jane Bennett and Celebration Day for Girls for training in the girls’ work.)
  • Specific instruction in how to facilitate this work although you can use the exercises you learn on the course, with an appropriate credit to Red School. Many of the previous apprentices have gone on to set up their own workshops/programmes driven by a passion for the work and with the skills they already have. The vital first step towards facilitation is your own embodiment of the material—you can only teach what you have deeply felt. We will be offering further training in the Menstrual Medicine Circle Process in the future.

THE 2021 PROGRAMME IS NOW FULL. Click here to join the waiting list for 2022.

  • A detailed and intimate grounding in your own cycle pattern through its various seasons and layers.
  • An ability to read your cycle’s signs for insight into your own nature, needs and Calling
  • An appreciation of your strengths and vulnerabilities and how to care for and capitalise on them
  • A self–care tool kit
  • Greater clarity and connection to your Calling – your Wild Power
  • An emerging inner authority
  • A feeling of being recognised / seen by yourself and others
  • A community of sisters who are on your side with support, insight, cheerleading and extraordinary wisdom and skills to share.
  • A deeper understanding of the Feminine and a stronger capacity to realise its presence in the world.
  • An inner authority to share and facilitate this knowledge
  • An understanding of menstruality – can be used to hold menstruality circles and/or offer menstruality coaching
  • Apply menstruality within your chosen field/profession
  • Become an advocate/activist for menstruality in the world – raising awareness
  • Develop your personal expertise or area of speciality within the menstruality field, for example birth, motherhood, menopause*, research, mental health
  • Embed within a professional menstruality peer group
  • Be a forerunner in the menstruality movement

*If you want to teach and coach in the area of menopause, you would also need to attend our Menopause: unveiling the hidden power workshop or Menopause Online Course. As we are unable to cover the full scope of the menopause transition itself.

Please note: we don’t teach you how to teach this material but rather support the awakening of your authority to do that.

What Women are Saying

Course Prerequisites

The following are prerequisites for participation in the Menstruality Leadership Programme. If you are still in the process of completing the book, please go ahead and book, and ensure you complete it by April 2021:

  • Read our book Wild Power (Hay House, 2017) at least once
  • Get stuck into the foundational practice of ongoing menstrual cycle awareness. Above all begin charting your cycle (work with the moon cycle if you are in or post menopause). You can’t know it enough!

Strongly recommended preparation:

  • 2 x 6 week modules comprised of teachings, exercises, live Q&A’s and small group facilitation led by Alexandra and Sjanie
  • 2 individual one hour coaching sessions, with one of our Red School Leadership Mentors related to the themes of the modules.
  • A series of live online ‘homegroup’ gatherings, with your dedicated Leadership Mentor. 
  • A comprehensive 50–page manual.
  • Private online community group (this proves a valuable resource in the sharing and development of experience).

Before signing up, it is important that you take note of the commitment that this course demands both in terms of time and personal engagement.

You will be held in this process from mid April until December 2021. So consider this entire time a menstruality learning sanctuary. In particular you will need to block out the weeks during the modules in your diary to keep them spacious and clear of major commitments: 

Module 1 – April 26th to June 6th 2021
Module 2 – Sept 13th to Oct 24th 2021

The approximate time you’ll need each week during the modules (subject to change as we may adjust the final details of the course):

  • Listen to a weekly teaching – 30 to 60 mins

  • Do a weekly exercise – 60 mins

  • Attend a live session (or listen to the recording) – 1.5 hours 

  • Time to connect with the group in the online community hub – how much is up to you

  • One listening partnership of 60 mins during each module

  • Attend you home group meeting 90 mins – one in the week before module 1 and two during the module

The minimum time you need between modules:

  • Listening partnership – one hour a week

  • Home group – three x 90 min sessions (two between modules and one after the final module)

  • One to one Menstrual Medicine Circle sessions, one hour each – one after each module with your leadership mentor

  • Self reflective written document to submit for your graduation – after second module – approx 1-2 hours

An outline of what we will be covering each week during the modules, along with the live session times, will be available by January 2021.

Format: Two online 6-week modules.

Module One: Mon Apr 26th – Fri June 4th 2021
Module Two: Mon Sept 13 – Fri Oct 22nd 2021

Pay in full : US$2421  (+ VAT)*
Payment Plan: 7 x US$382 (+ VAT)*

Your 20% VAT will automatically be calculated when you checkout.

THE 2021 PROGRAMME IS NOW FULL. Click here to join the waiting list for 2022.

*VAT is a UK form of tax that is payable by EU and UK residents only. Your 20% VAT will be calculated and added on the booking page

IMPORTANT NOTE: Therapeutic resources

We aim to create a supportive and safe community within which you can explore deeply the inner forces of your body. However, such is the power of menstruality, we have found that the initial awakening to this work can sometimes be challenging and catalytic. It is therefore important that you have some personal development skills and your own therapeutic resources in place should you need it.

Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer & Alexandra Pope

Co-directors of Red School, Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer have developed a radical new approach to women’s health and wellbeing, creativity, leadership and spiritual life, based on the power of the menstrual cycle.

With combined experience in the fields of psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, coaching, embodied movement practices, teaching and facilitation, they are published authors and experts in the field of women’s wellbeing and spirituality. They are a very creative and productive partnership, bringing liberal doses of irreverent humour to their work.

Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer & Alexandra Pope

Co-directors of Red School, Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer have developed a radical new approach to women’s health and wellbeing, creativity, leadership and spiritual life, based on the power of the menstrual cycle.

With combined experience in the fields of psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, coaching, embodied movement practices, teaching and facilitation, they are published authors and experts in the field of women’s wellbeing and spirituality. They are a very creative and productive partnership, bringing liberal doses of irreverent humour to their work.

What is Menstruality?

Menstruality is a woman’s Inner Intelligence or organising principle that is working her from her first bleed at menarche, throughout her menstruating years and menopause and into her post-menopause years. It is leading her Home to Herself.

Menstruality is an initiatory journey to power (a process of maturation): a psychological death and rebirth process that unfolds over each menstrual month leading to ever more expanded levels of consciousness. Menstruality is the knowledge, knowing and consciousness that accumulates in a woman through the lived experience of this repeated initiation, month after month; and what she simultaneously generates in her community.

In summary menstruality is both a consciousness and a new professional field which has not previously existed. This training is a chance to be a forerunner in this new emerging field of menstruality.

Who is this course for?

This course is for any women, or menstruator* who:

  • Feels drawn to being a leader in the Menstruality field  i.e wants to teach in this field or apply this knowledge to her family life, community or professional field
  • Interested in personal or spiritual development
  • Searching for greater meaning and purpose in your life
  • Yearning for a deeper understanding and embodiment of the Feminine
  • Drawn, even compelled, to attend for some unknown reason (we think this is a great way to come and many who attend say “I don’t know why, I just feel I’ve got to be here!”)

*You can read our inclusivity statement here

Does this programme give me a certification?

On completion of this programme, you’ll be a certified Red School Menstruality Mentor which means we endorse you as a teacher of our menstruality teachings, and you’ll be listed on our website as a Menstruality Mentor who has completed our Leadership Programme.

(If you’d like to become a one-to-one Menstruality Medicine Circle facilitator, there’s a further training which is available only to people who have completed the MLP)

Can this programme be used as Continued Professional Development (CPD / CEU)?

Yes, we can give you an official letter that you can give to your educational institution / accreditation organisation etc.

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