Welcome, dear sisters. I’m Sara Avant Stover, yogini, teacher and mentor to women, author of the best-selling book The Way of the Happy Woman, and proud mama to the cutest dog (Amia) in the world here in Boulder, Colorado.
Over these 28 days you will hear from 28 inspiring female leaders of ALL ages, in fields from sexuality to business to relationships to yoga, speaking up about their cycles. This month we turn the much-deserved spotlight on the seed of our womanhood, that part of us which we usually shroud in secret and shame. I hope you enjoy this celebration, and I’m so grateful you’re here!
This is another word for menses, menstruation, or period. Before the Industrial Revolution and artificial light, most women bled in harmony with the cycles of the moon. Our hyper-masculine, fast-paced modern living has overridden the synching up of our inner cycles with the outer ones. Returning to the term “moon cycle” helps us to remember that this is a sacred, magical, deeply feminine, rhythmical, and natural part of our lives as women.
A full lunar cycle is 28 days, and ancient calendars were aligned with the moon, not the sun. Remembering the sacredness and practicality of these numbers will help us all to re-align our lives with the cyclical power of the moon.
Over the past 13 years I’ve been immersed in two things: healing my relationship to my own femininity AND helping thousands of women around the world do the same. Along the way, I’ve lived in Thailand, taught in Dubai, traveled through India, written a best-selling book, fallen in love, and been to Burning Man, to name a few. But it didn’t start out like this.
Anorexia. Bulimia. Exercise addiction. Perfectionism. Being incredibly uptight about nearly everything. I was so lost, in so much emotional pain, and so confused about and disconnected from my womanhood that I didn’t bleed sometime for months at a time. I developed advanced cervical dysplasia, ovarian cysts, and lived with a vicious inner critic who never missed an opportunity to let me know just how horrible I really was.
Yup, I was a profoundly unhappy woman!
While I first menstruated at the age of 13, it was a secretive and solitary experience. By 18 I had stopped bleeding because of my eating disorders. And, by 23, through the help of my spiritual teachers and healers, as well as my own deep yearning to heal my womanhood, I had reclaimed my cycle. I bled regularly on the new moon, and with that, I felt deeply and profoundly that my periods were something uniquely powerful. Through a lot of continued inner work in my twenties, I increasingly discovered the sacredness and healing power hidden —as well as the portal to my embodied sense of being a women—within my menses.
Since then, my menses (which I call my moon cycle) is the center of my world and my greatest spiritual teacher. I plan my business around it, navigate my relationship and social life according to it, alter my yoga and spiritual practice to compliment it, and plug my creativity and intuitive life steering into it.
And I’m a happy woman (not in the sugary-sweet kind of a way, but in the deep knowing and abiding in who I truly am—during all seasons and cycles of my day, week, month, year, and life—through the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly).
My moon cycle is the hub, the heart, the deep divine spark, the very soul of my womanhood. Here are a few of the countless lessons I’ve learned from my moon cycle, a relationship that deepens for me each and every month:
Over these past 13 years I’ve dreamt of a world where I could live more openly and unapologetically about structuring my life and work around my moon cycle. I’ve envisioned all of us women creating a world like this together…and now I do feel like we’re ready to do this. It’s time.
So here we are now, bringing this vision to life for all of us.
We’re here to…
Welcome home. I’m so happy you are here and that we can now create this vision together.
“I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how much your book has helped me and my family. I used to have some cancer cells in my cervix that have completely disappeared along with my acne and other skin issues. Slowing down and simplifying have helped more that you would ever know. THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge. I have bought several of your books and I have been giving them out to my family members and friends. Thank you for all you do. God bless you always!”
“Thank you for sharing your wisdom through your book and this website, Sara! Two and a half years ago I started a new and difficult phase of my life. By taking what speaks to me through your work and incorporating it into my life I have experienced an amazing journey so far. I have learned to listen to my inner wisdom and I?ve achieved a much greater self-awareness. Through this I have begun living a life I have always dreamed of. In the last couple of months I have taken the leap into another new and exciting phase of my life. It involves a change in career, a change in home, a strong healthy support network of friends, and an amazing loving balanced relationship. It has been such an exciting, nerve wracking and emotional leap that I feel so fortunate to have the chance to live. So I wanted to pass on to you a deep heart-felt thank you for the work you do and the impact it has had on me. When the women in my life ask how all this has come about I share with them the story of my journey so far. Thank you for helping me discover myself and celebrate my inner goddess!”
“I wanted to share with you that today, I woke up to a beautiful, abundant period and it’s new moon! Having the opportunity to attend your classes and committing to the retreat have kindled deep healing feminine processes and for this I am very grateful. So thank you so so much for what you do.”