Rebirth – rite of passage for menopause
A six-day residential in-depth journey to unearth the treasures of the menopausal gateway in relation to a woman’s mature wisdom nature.
A radical paradigm shift, placing sexuality at the centre of this rite of passage in a woman’s life as the wisdom and sacred force guiding her. That this sacred creative energy is now our guiding light, not only for intimacy but to hold our power as we become a force for change in the world. A chance to rewrite the script she has been given by a patriarchal culture that only recognises beauty in the form of maiden and mother. A rebirth into sexuality as a path of spiritual awakening and alignment with her power as a feminine polarity.
Many women arrive at menopause and want to leave long term relationships, or simply feel they have lost their libido and any interest in being sexual with a lover or partner. This is not always because it is simply a time to let go of sex forever!
It is a time to raise the quality control, an opportunity to rewrite sexual experience as a woman; creating a new sexuality that rejects the old partiachal paradigm and calls instead for a woman to step into a far deeper, more truthful relationship to her erotic energy int the second half of her life.
To do this we often need to face a lifetime of overriding ourselves, saying yes when we meant no and settling for ‘OK’. At menopause we can no longer do this.
I believe that what is happening in menopause is not that women have ‘gone off sex’! But simply that we transition from any acceptance of mediocre sex to a realisation that we cannot settle for anything less that sex that encompasses a deep authentic intimacy with a connection to the mystery. The level of betrayal of ourselves can no longer be borne.
Erotic energy is a woman’s gateway to awakening
At the menopause there is a sexual gateway that opens her to a particular embodied creativity. As she connects with her sexual energy in a different way at menopause, she receives a new sense of purpose and a fresh influx of energy.
This creative sexual energy can be harnessed for anything she chooses. Free of the responsibilities of earlier life where she may have been primarily serving a family or serving her career, she now chooses herself and her needs first.
As a woman, what happens at menopause mirrors the patterns of the pre-menstrual phase of her monthly menstrual cycle in earlier years. However she felt about herself as a sexual woman, however she related to others from her sexual nature, can rise up again to be healed and transformed as she enters this right pf passage and prepares for the second half of her life.
There is often a reckoning to be made with those times she has overridden her true needs in order to please a partner, to remain in a relationship or to find a sense of belonging to a culture that emphasises only physical beauty at the expense of the spiritual and emotional aspects of sexuality.
This work offers the possibility to look at those places where she may have betrayed herself, to release grief, rage and resentment that may have built up. Stripping away all that no longer serves her as a sexual woman, she approaches the sacred temple of her own erotic nature as an older woman.