An 8-week online course to create self-care around the menstrual cycle to ease any physical suffering and cultivate mental and emotional wellbeing in our everyday lives.




Have you struggled in some way with your menstrual cycle and are now looking for answers? For so long, women have put up with intense pain or emotional suffering around their cycle every month. I am here to tell you this is not normal and that there is another way! Join us for this online course where I will guide you to understand the ebb and flow of the menstrual cycle as we create our very own personalised self-care plan so that your cycle no longer holds you back in life. Rather, you can be fully yourself in the world, feel good in your body, with clear and easy self-care to support your own cycle.




You may have regular PMS and period pain, or been diagnosed with a condition such as PCOS, endometriosis or PMDD. You may have tried all sorts of options from painkillers, the pill, natural supplements and even read books about hormone health but still feel a bit stuck.

As women with menstrual cycles, it means that our hormones change every day of the cycle impacting us physically, mentally and emotionally. Some days we can feel drained, anxious or in pain, while other days we can feel full of beans and joyful. This can create challenges for us personally, but also in relationships and how we show up at work. It can be difficult to always keep up to speed with the world and we end up pushing through our menstrual cycle, leaving us feeling drained or overwhelmed. 

In this course, we will look at the menstrual cycle as a whole, as opposed to just what is happening during menstruation or where the problem area lies. When we look holistically at the cycle and each phase,  we can then identify more clearly what to do and where we need support. We can prepare for our needs in advance and then get to know how to best take care of ourselves during each phase of the menstrual cycle. 




“I want you to know that it is pleasure, not pain, that is your birthright.”

Christiane Northrup




Course Facilitator

Coach

Lisa de Jong

Lisa de Jong is a wellbeing coach specialising in the menstrual cycle, chronic pain and nervous system regulation. She teaches a practice called Menstrual Cycle Awareness and supports women to manage energy levels and emotional wellbeing around the cycle as well as supporting those with chronic pain, PMS or mental health challenges around the cycle. She is a Red School mentor having trained under Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer in 2017. Lisa has a background of working in Google, Shopify and in communications before launching this career which is rooted in her own personal lived experience of pain. She receives regular professional supervision to support this work and hold it in integrity. Read more about Lisa at www.yourcyclematters.com
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I firmly believe that it is not a woman’s lot to suffer. It is her birth right to feel good in her body and therefore safe to be fully herself in the world. The menstrual cycle no longer needs to be a burden or a non-event. Rather, it can be a something that supports our lives, an inner compass to optimal health and to our true vibrant selves.

In this course, I will guide you to understand the cyclical nature of your body through a practice called Menstrual Cycle Awareness. We will look at tools and practices to support the body through each phase of the menstrual cycle including diet, sleep, exercise, mindfulness practices and creativity that support the body, mind and spirit. I will support you in understanding your strengths and vulnerabilities around the cycle so that you can take better care of yourself holistically and come to feel more ease in your everyday life. 

By the end of the course, you will have a Menstrual Cycle Awareness practice and a clear path to understanding the needs of your body around your cycle. You will have clarity on personalised self-care that feels easy to integrate into your life and a deeper relationship with your menstrual cycle.




“I absolutely loved this course and got so much from it. I originally did it to learn about menstrual cycle awareness due to an endometriosis diagnosis late last year. I have already seen an improvement with my periods with the help of Lisa through cycle tracking and changes to my diet. However on top of that, I learned so much about myself and how I relate to the world. I feel more positive about my life moving forward. I really enjoyed learning about other women's experiences on the course which further enriched my own. I now have the confidence to practice menstrual cycle awareness myself moving forward which makes the experience of being a woman way more rewarding.” 

~ Emer, Ireland



What we will cover in this course:     

    

Week 1: Paving the way for cycle self-care 

  • A welcome into the group space 
  • Understand the nature of your nervous system with a lesson from neuroscience
  • Address bespoke needs for challenges or conditions unique to you e.g. period pain, endometriosis, PMDD, etc.
  • Begin a cycle charting practice that works best for you

 

Week 2: Health for happy hormones

  • The endocrine system: learn the science of the menstrual cycle for self-empowerment
  • Get clear on what’s happening inside your body and how to support it
  • Understand the different phases, the ‘inner seasons’ of the menstrual cycle

 

Week 3: Diet and movement

  • Discover diet hacks to balance hormones day-to-day
  • Implement anti-inflammatory eating to reduce pain and PMS
  • Learn movement and somatic practices to prevent and ease pain


Week 4: Self-Care implementation

  • Time and space to integrate and process lessons with the group
  • Get clarity on your own self-care plan, what works, what doesn’t through a relational approach 
  • Relaxation, meditation and gentle rituals to support the body for recovery


Week 5: Psychology and the cycle

  • Understand your psychology around the cycle and how to support it as a way to feeling good in the body
  • Learn how the cycle can support us psychosomatically through life challenges such as transition, loss, decisions, disappointments
  • Communication skills and support for interpersonal relationships through cycle awareness
  • Teachings from pain psychology to promote healing and reduce fear or anxiety around pain


Week 6: The inner critic

  • Learn gentle approaches to quieten our inner critic so we can rest and be creative
  • Understand the role and place of the critic
  • Develop awareness of the critic around the cycle and how to support ourselves with it so we can reduce fear, guilt, inner blame or comparisons to others


Week 7: Creative & spiritual self-care

  • Learn how the cycle can support creativity and motivation through energy management
  • Get more connected to creative inspiration for flow of ideas
  • Develop practices to support ‘flow’ states around the cycle for creative projects

 

Week 8: Integration of self-care

  • Finalise your personalised self-care plan
  • Get clarity on needs, desires and boundaries
  • Group closing and integration




Rooted in three areas:

  • The Nervous System

    A neuroscience approach. Understand the nature of your nervous system, the role it plays in your health, what works for you, what doesn't, and how to support your system in simple, practical ways.

  • The Endocrine System

    A big picture understanding of your hormones. Learn the role of the different hormones in the menstrual cycle, what to look out for when things are out of balance and how to eat in a way that supports happy hormones.

  • Psychology

    A relational approach to wellbeing. Taking lessons from pain psychology, we will look at how to support our relationship with the cycle, PMS and pain as a way to reduce tension in the body and promote ways to nourish the whole being.

What’s included:

  • Weekly lessons delivered over video

  • x8 Live weekly group coaching calls for sharing, listening and processing (recorded in a secure place) 

  • Meditations and energy medicine practices for relaxation

  • Cycle charting templates

  • Practical tips and tricks to support pain and PMS

  • Peer group support in a private online group

  • Optional: listening partnership for deeper integration

  • BONUS: an optional private 1 hour coaching session with me for deeper integration if needed

  • BONUS: interviews with experts in the fields of pain psychology and nutrition

  • Limited space to allow for a contained space and engaged process




Some areas this course can help you with:

  • Clarity on self-care around your cycle to support you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually 

  • An opportunity to alleviate period pain, PMS, irritability, anxiety, improve moods, feel safe, good and free in your body.

  • Make self-care practical, efficient and easy – coming from your body’s needs

  • Improve energy levels and confidence

  • More efficient use of energy for better productivity

  • Greater mental and emotional resilience

  • Feel more grounded, calm and engaged in social situations

  • A greater sense of ease and freedom from within, with less overwhelm

  • A fresh spark to your creative life with space for ideas to emerge

  • Improved relationships with loved ones so you don’t feel drained

  • Self-care support for conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, PMDD, fibroids, a fertility journey etc.

  • A more natural ability to be kinder and gentler to yourself

  • A stronger connection to your intuition for guidance, direction and trust in life 

  •  Overall, a no fuss, no nonsense and non-negotiable approach to self-care that works in the context and reality of your life

  • An opportunity to deepen existing self-care practices through the wisdom of your body and cycle



Who is this course for?

  • For anyone struggling with their cycle in some way physically, mentally, emotionally or even spiritually

  • For those who have been diagnosed with something like PCOS, endometriosis, PMDD, fibroids or are on a fertility journey and looking for support

  • For anyone who would like to bring Cycle Awareness into their already existing self-care practice

  • For anyone who has read lots of self-care / spiritual / creativity books and intellectualised it ALL but still struggle to practice and implement changes

  • For all women and people with or without a menstrual cycle who feel they will benefit from this course




Practical details:

Start date: Sunday 24 January 2021 - access to course material 

Duration: 8 weeks

Group calls 1.5hrs

Thursdays at 7pm, GMT Ireland time 

Get in touch with Lisa if this does not suit and an alternative or additional option will be considered depending on demand. 

Calls will be recorded and kept in a password protected cloud space for 1 week in between calls for people who might miss them.

Early-bird price: €245 (ends Friday 8 Jan 2021)

Full price: €290 

Installments payment option available. See below.




Testimonials

Absolutely loved this course

by Emer, Cork

I absolutely loved this course and got so much from it. I originally did it to learn about menstrual cycle awareness due to an endometriosis diagnosis late last year. I have already seen an improvement with my periods with the help of Lisa through cycle tracking and changes to my diet. However on top of that, I learned so much about myself and how I relate to the world. I feel more positive about my life moving forward. I really enjoyed learning about other women's experiences on the course which further enriched my own. I now have the confidence to practice menstrual cycle awareness myself moving forward which makes the experience of being a woman way more rewarding.

Such an amazing course

by Kim, Luxembourg

I cannot thank you enough for such an amazing course. I am on day 2 and with a lot less pain than other cycles. I even saw an improvement in pain last cycle. I've really struggled with diet and exercise for a long time, but last week I really made an effort in the build up to menstruation and it has made a difference. Really seeing the benefit of knowing all of this extra knowledge and implementing ways to better look after myself, as well as how to deal with those difficult cycle days/ moments, so thank you.

Reassuring and Supportive

by Rachel, Australia

Lisa's presence throughout the 8 weeks of the course was so reassuring and supportive and helpful. I felt completely heard and welcomed however I was, and learnt so much from Lisa's in-depth understanding and personal experience in working with the wisdom of the menstrual cycle. She skilfully met each of us where we were at, and always supported us to connect with our own wisdom.

The course was fantastic

Kim, Ireland

The course was fantastic. I really looked forward to every Tuesday evening for the live call. It was great to chat /trash out ideas with like-minded people. By completing this course it reminded me of the importance of self-care/allowing myself time to explore /learn more about myself and my journey as a woman. I now allow myself to go slower and be kinder during the tender/vulnerable times of my cycle. Thank you, Lisa.

A Safe Space

by Tara, Dublin

Lisa made every member of the group feel simultaneously welcome and at ease. I found her to be so sensitive to each of our personal experience, and she created a safe space where we could share and ask questions. Not only is she a subject matter expert, but her passion is infectious. Lisa provided practical examples and methodologies for us all to take home and use immediately.

A blessing in my life

By Jessica, USA

Lisa has been a blessing in my life. She is one of the kindest, most knowledgeable women I have met who was the perfect fit for what I needed when I met her. As they say, when the student is ready, the teacher appears.

Gentle yet powerful

Clare, Kerry

Lisa holds a beautiful safe space and her energy is absolutely gorgeous, it’s so gentle yet powerful and the group of ladies that attended were fabulous.

Feeling inspired and empowered

by Lisa, Ireland

I had the pleasure of attending an online program with Lisa recently, I found Lisa's approach to be very engaging and extremely professional, the program was very well structured yet it didn't feel anything but naturally flowing and relaxed. It is clear Lisa has a great passion for her work and you can't help but be inspired by her knowledge and her skills to share and inform. I feel really empowered to share on the learnings and I will definitely be booking in for more of these insightful programs.

Space for unravelling and healing

by Niamh, Dublin

Lisa has a really lovely, calming presence and an ability to quietly hold space for honesty, unravelling and healing that is unusual in the wellness space, but so necessary.

Insight and clarity

by Melanie, Ireland

Lisa is a fantastic facilitator who is so passionate and knowledgeable about all that she shares. The workshop I attended was informative, compassionate, open and inviting. I received great insight and clarity to my own menstrual awareness and journey that has shifted something significantly for me in my connection to my cycle. I have taken many golden nuggets and important guidance to share with others in my own line of work. I would highly recommend working with Lisa if you can.

Bonuses:

Featured interview on pain psychology with Chartered Physiotherapist, Brian O'Rourke who specialises in systemic approaches in his practice of supporting clients with pain management through movement. Find him at linktr.ee/brianorphysio.


Featured interview with Orla Mc Laughlin. Orla is a registered nutrition therapist with an MSc in personalised nutrition from a functional medicine perspective. She works with clients in the areas of hormonal, digestive, mental and skin health, to get to the root of why symptoms are present and what nutrients or environmental changes the body requires to support balance and wellbeing.

Working with Orla will empower you to make the right food choices for YOU so you can live a happier, healthier and more socially engaged life. Find her at www.healthbyorla.ie.



FAQs

I have an irregular cycle. Can I still benefit from this course?

Yes, absolutely! Getting curious about the rhythms of YOUR cycle will be an opportunity to work with the cycle you experience in terms of self-care whether it is irregular or not. As an anchor for the course, anyone who has an irregular cycle or does not menstruate can work with the lunar (moon) cycle. Then from there, we will work with the body. The practices in this course will contribute positively to menstrual health which can support anyone experiencing irregularities. 

Can I still benefit from this course if I am in or approaching menopause?

Yes! Perimenopause and menopause are huge physiological transitions for the body that require self-care and kind attention. We can work therapeutically in retrospect of the cycle you experienced before as a way to bring inner healing, self-compassion and self-care practices that support the place you are in now.  For any menopausal people, we will also use the lunar cycle as the anchor for this course and then work with the body.  

I don’t have a cycle. Will this course help me?

Yes. There are many reasons a woman might not be cycling including: pregnancy, menopause, no physical womb in the body, a condition such as PCOS or amenorrhea, trauma, an eating disorder, surgery, people who identify as female but don’t menstruate etc. This course is about working with the body, mind and spirit as a whole. I will make sure you are catered for and that the content is both practical and relevant for you. We will work with the lunar cycle and seasonal cycles in these instances.

Can I take part if I am on hormonal contraception?

If you are on hormonal contraception, you can absolutely still take part and benefit from this course. You will not experience the same ebb and flow as a cycle without hormonal contraception because most forms of hormonal contraception prevent ovulation, however, we can still work with that! We will work with the cycle you have and create self-care to support you. You may still experience cyclicality in some form. 

I can’t make all the live calls. How can I catch up?

No problem! The calls will be recorded and sent to participants only. We will also have a ‘group contract’ to ensure privacy, safety and anonymity of all participants. If you are in a different timezone to GMT Ireland and can’t make the calls for that reason, please email me to let me know as I can look into rescheduling times based on demand.

How much time do I need to commit to this course?

You’ll need approx 2 - 3 hours per week on average (spread out) for the calls, exercises, charting and engagement in order to get the most of the course. You can of course continue to engage with the content once the course is complete at a pace that works for you. 

Will I have access to the content once the course ends?

Yes! All the content will be available via the Thinkific platform. The online support group will close at the end but I have another private support group you can join to continue your work and process.

Who is this course for?

This course is an open invitation for women, those raised as women or those who identify as such to explore cyclical self-care for the mind body and spirit in relation to the menstrual cycle or moon cycle. For women who are ready and willing to step up to the responsibility of their own well-being and for women who struggle with self-care in some way. This course is also ideal for healers and therapeutic practitioners looking to deepen their own practice.

How can I speak with you privately before the course?

Please contact me if you have any questions, requests or anything at all. We can speak over email or over the phone too! 

Course starting soon:

11 October 2020

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