I caught up with my teachers Alexandra and Sjanie of Red School who asked me some questions about what makes a menstrual pilgrim go out there on the road…
When did you first come up with the idea of the tour?
Hahaha no surprises here, it came to me during my bleed(!) one September day. It was particularly warm, and sunny enough to lie in the grass outside our little cottage in Wales. I was gently pondering and dreaming to myself, imagining unexplored lands far and near and feeling utter love for menstrual cycle work. Then the idea just came, and in a heart-beat I know it was something I would DO.
How are you going to get around?
Buses, trains, cars, on foot… but probably not on bicycles (I cant be trusted and have already had far too many bicycle-related escapades – none good!)
Where are you visiting?
For the Eastern Leg of the tour I am visiting New York, Boston, Philadelphia Washington and Atlantic City meeting fellow menstrual activists doulas students and wonder-women! In the Western Leg I am heading North from L.A to Seattle via San Francisco, Portland and probably many more places – all to be confirmed 🙂 Its amazing, the response and the overwhelming invitations to crash at women’s places, share knowledge, and meet their friends just shows the need for this work in our society.
Why do you think it’s so important to spread the message of menstrual awareness?
Menstruation can be empowering – it helped me with the confusion and desperation of PMT so it must be powerful! All we need is a few tools, a few methods, confirmation that the knowledge we already have coursing through our bones is valid… We can completely change the way we live our lives if we practice menstrual cycle awareness.
Tell us a bit about your own menstrual journey.
An unbelievable transformation over 4 years from crippling menstrual pain and devastating PMT working in a male-dominated and quite unforgiving environment working at height and in confined spaces safely…. to a menstrual pilgrim happy to travel to the USA – a country I know no-one – and speak about menstrual awareness and eco-activism and re-usable menstrual products whatever the time of my cycle! Wow, huh?
Why have you chosen America?
I felt a connectedness with the States; the people, the land. The sense of open-ness and enthusiasm, diversity, and the wealth of menstrual activism already taking place there. I was drawn to my American sisters!
What are your other interests outside of menstrual activism?
I’m interested in red tents, how nutrition/food relates to menstruation, mindfulness and menstruation…. Oh you said OUTSIDE of menstrual activism, right? Well I love the sun, walking, anything bright and fun, rainbow food, yoga/eastern philosophy, reading, experimenting with food, eco-houses, homoeopathy, massage… so much I could go on forever!!!
Good Luck and happy travels!
Thanks guys – actually I’d like to add that if anyone reading this hasn’t already checked out the work of Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer and you have a menstrual cycle, then visit Red School straight away. These women are my teachers – I have them to thank, along with many other shiny women I have met along the way….and of course my own menstrual cycle (perhaps one of the finest teachers of them all) and without which none of this would be possible!