What do periods have to do with productivity? Can the natural rhythm of your body affect your creative energy? In this fun and practical online course, we're going to explore the fascinating intersection of menstrual cycle awareness and creativity. You'll come to know your creative flow, and work with it to optimise your personal, professional, and fabulously creative life.
If you've been paying attention to your cycle (or even if you haven't) it's likely you'll have noticed there are weeks you're focused, motivated and productive — but others you're blasted with self-doubt and fear.
The creative process isn’t linear, and neither is the rhythm of the female body.
In a busy world obsessed with 'the hustle' and production above all else, cycle-conscious creativity is the medicine that can bring us home to ourselves and sustainably propel us forward.
In Optimise we are as equally invested in the kind of creativity that nourishes your soul, and the kind that gets things ticked off your To Do list. In this fun and practical four week online course, you'll learn how to use your cycle to build momentum on projects (let's get those ideas out of your notebook and into the world) and connect with the simple joy of making.
"Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul and you answer.” — Terri Guillemets
We'll use creative exercises, journaling, and meditation to remember that when we feel creative, we feel alive. You'll learn how to use your cycle to manifest what you want, into in your life. And the framework to channel that creative power? It is literally coded into your body!
Let's unlock it.
"Optimise helped me to understand myself and my cycle better. It’s given me the tools to step into my full creative power with self respect. What more can I ask for? I can only say thank you, thank you, thank you!"
"I loved how this course approached creativity from a feminine perspective. It feels so good for the soul and this way of creating works for me. I'm much more aware now of which activities are best for different phases of my cycle. It feels less like I'm hitting my head against a brick wall trying to do something that just doesn't work in a particular phase!"
"Optimise has been the missing piece of the puzzle for me when it comes to menstrual cycle awareness. Of all of your courses, this is the one that has made it the most clear to me how I can actually 'live' my cycle. It made all of your other work come together in my life as an actual practice, rather than just a theory."
"This course taught me that a lot of the things I've been beating myself up about are actually natural and very normal. I now know that sometimes I just need some time off or self-care in order to feel creative. No more punishing myself for being unproductive! My cycle supports my projects now. I especially loved the creative exercises! I have repeated them again and again."
Course starts: Monday 30th September 2019
Course duration: 4 weeks
Enrolment fee: £129 (approx. US$157 / A$230)
How much time will I need to invest in the course each week?
You'll need approximately 1.5 - 2 hours a week to take the lessons, do your charting and exercises, listen to the meditations, and join (or listen to the recording) of the group calls.
My cycle isn't 28 days long. It's longer / shorter / erratic! Does that matter?
Many women find their cycle doesn't consistently follow a 28-day pattern. Mine certainly doesn't! And that's fine. You will still move through the four phases that we're working with, regardless of how long or short your cycle is.
How is the course delivered?
Everything is delivered digitally over email, video, audio & PDF. You'll need an email address and a computer or smartphone to access the content. You'll also need a Facebook account to access the online group. I recommend printing the 'Creatrix Menstrual Map' to chart your cycle, as well as the workbook.
I don't think I'm very creative. Does this still apply to me?
Everyone is creative, in their own way! Creativity means different things to each of us. It can be expressed through clothes, your career, relationships, writing a book, painting a house, choosing a wool rug for your living room or in the way you prepare a meal. This course will remind you that you are 100% a creative being.
Will you be running this course again?
Optimise will run again in 2020. You can be notified when it runs again by clicking here.
This looks like an old course of yours called Creatrix. Is it the same thing?
Yes, Optimise is a new name. The content remains the same.
How is this course different from your courses FLOW or Radiate?
FLOW teaches you how to journal your cycle, connect with archetypal energies in your cycle and observe patterns. Radiate goes into the science of the cycle, cycle-syncing, and has a focus on self-care. Optimise is focussed on the creative power of the menstrual cycle, teaching you how to unlock your creative potential by understanding your own cyclic creative superpowers and vulnerabilities.
Does this course apply to women who don't have a menstrual cycle? eg. pregnant, breastfeeding, post-menopausal, trans women, someone who has had a hysterectomy, or is experiencing amenorrhea?
This course contains guidance, knowledge and specific practices that will benefit anyone who identifies as a woman. I value inclusivity, and am learning more everyday about how I can be more conscious and inclusive of others in this work. The content of the teachings is grounded in menstruality, and in the experience of a 'natural' menstrual cycle, ie. ovulating and menstruating. An experience of a menstrual cycle (present or past) will help with integration of the work. If you are no longer cycling, or will not experience a natural cycle again, the content can still apply, as the archetypal creative process is still the same. You can also use the lunar cycle as a substitute if that helps! (I hear it does!)
My currency isn't pounds. Can I still take the course?
For sure! When you make payment using PayPal, the currency will automatically be converted to your own.
I have a personal question, can I email you privately?
Please! You're welcome to contact me on claire (at) thisislifeblood.com.
Where can I sign up to your newsletter?
You can sign up here and receive a bunch of free resources!
"Claire has gone out into the world to learn through experience, what works and why. Because of this, she’s been able to remove the guess factor for those on their own wellness journey. You and your work are a blessing to the wellness industry, Claire."
— DR. NATALIE KRINGOUDIS
"Claire's work has taught me how to embrace my cycle and support myself through each season, rather than being at war with my femininity and my body."
— CONNIE CHAPMAN
"I love knowing exactly where I'm at in my cycle, it's really connected me back to my body and helped in feeling into it and showering it with love and gratitude. I've learned to be gentle, to honour my body, and to freaking love my period!"
— ABBEY LAKE
"You have truly opened my eyes to a whole new world of my cycle and the different phases and how it is OK to not be OK sometimes and to understand the different moods and emotions that we have—and how it is ALL LINKED. Truly mind blowing, yet.... simple. Something I feel EVERYONE needs to know."
— MEAGAN BIGNESS
"I have spent the majority of the past 16 years trying to understand my cycle better. As a qualified nurse I understand the biology and was convinced I had a hormone imbalance. Further tests said not, leaving me to wonder how else best to manage my cycle. After researching and reading a plenty, it was not until I read your work that things truly made sense. I can’t thank you enough for the work you have done, it has opened up my world to a different way of living. It’s quite possibly saved my marriage and is spurring me on to leave a job I hate."
— SARAH (SURNAME WITHELD)
"Claire holds an incredibly safe space for you to explore how you want your life to feel. I feel ridiculously lucky to have been mentored by her & couldn't recommend her more highly to others. I feel completely 'in the flow'!"
— AMANDA HILL
"You've opened my eyes to a new way of living in conjunction with my menstrual cycle and not against it. I have a new sense of being in tune with myself—it really is amazing how my moods and emotions flow with the season I'm in. I can't believe I've never put the two and two together!"
— KYLIE ANDERSON