I'm Susanna, glad to meet you!
I love reading folks journeys and am always curious as to how they've travelled and deepened through their life. This is a little sharing of the path I have walked....
Firstly, I am a Mum to two teenage lads, and soul mate to my beloved. My other purpose is as sacred space holder, and way-shower, guiding folk home to themselves, and back to love.
I have been honing my practice of holding space for over 25 years. I started out as a Secondary school Drama & Pastoral teacher & Counsellor, back in 1994 then moved to Asia to teach in International Schools in KL and Singapore. I trained in reiki and meditation/mindfulness and went on to train as a Yoga teacher in 2001 after looking forward to leading the 'Staff Yoga' on Fridays after school a little too much!!
I soon began specialising in Women's wellbeing - offering Pregnancy and Mums & Babies Yoga, Active Birth preparation for couples and Doula support at birth. I trained with Janet Balaskas & Michel Odent, plus many more mentors along the way. This offering continued for 20 years, and saw me relocate back to the UK, and muddle through the early parenting years whilst teaching evening classes, holding mum & baby circles and attending births. I had the absolute honour of accompanying thousands of women on their transition through to motherhood, and held families as they landed and adjusted. I still hold these women close to my heart.
Through my 40s I landed into the world of Menstrual Cycle awareness, which was perfect timing as I was about to leave my regular cycling years! It also collided with our decision to home-educate our two boys, which we did for 5 years, and entering perimenopause at the same time as my eldest son entered his teenage transition was a new level of learning! It felt like a deep initiation into sustainable self-care and keeping boundaries!
I have been a student of Red School ever since, enjoying their year long Quest programme, workshops and Menstrual Medicine Circle training. I now teach menstruality - menarche, menstrual cycle awareness, perimenopause and all things cyclical living.
Now knee deep in menopause, I am passionate about helping women through the transition of peri/menopause. As I journey through my 50s I am wisened to how essential it is to serve from a place of fullness. I pace myself, instil lots of rest into my days and try not to work many evenings.
I love to gather beings into presence, to feel held and connected, to themselves and each other, whether that be in a women's circle, a grandmother's meditation group, or 1-1.
I hold seasonal day Retreats and weekend Retreats for women to gather, replenish and recharge. In my beautiful cabin ‘HeartSpace,’ I offer sessions & workshops to help people find their way back to their heart when they feel they’ve lost their way. I work intuitively and offer a safely held space to drop into. My offerings are seasonal - Vision Boarding Workshops in the Spring, Perimenopause workshops in the autumn/winter, Sunday Sanctuary Circles around the firepit in the spring/summer and indoors by candlelight in the autumn/winter.
I love the variety of my offerings, and regularly get asked to serve in different communities....in local schools to help both staff and students to press pause, holding supportive group space and circles, monthly sessions at Staffordshire Women's Aid, bespoke workshops on all aspects of wellbeing, yoga, relaxation, mindfulness and self-development in the community and in the workplace.
Cyclical living is at my core and I find the holding container of cycles to be my most trusted guide - working with the moon, menstrual cycles, seasons of nature, life cycles - and all the thresholds that present as we are constantly on the move somewhere....
For the past 2 years, my friend and I have published a yearly journal, 'Wild Wisdom Journal' to help you find your cyclical ways.
I have done a lot of training in counselling, intuitive coaching, NLP, children's yoga & wellness, mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, yoga Nidra, EFT, Menstrual Cycle Awareness and various healing modalities including crystal healing and reiki, and all of this has contributed to who I am and what I share.
I often get called to lead ceremony & hold space at important thresholds and initiatory moments - Blessingways, Naming Ceremony/Baby Blessings, Weddings, Menarche & Menopause thresholds, Celebration of Life. I trust that when I get called to something it's because I am being asked to serve. I live my life in this way, divining & receiving.
I have been very lucky to have learnt from some amazing elders & wise women teachers who I feel blessed to have sat beside and be able to grow their wisdom in the work I do with women.
Sarah Manning - my brilliant first Yoga teacher
Peter Hudson - for honing my listening skills.
Jorva Hamilton, shining light, my Reiki Master
Andrea Nerva, switch-on to my path, and the way of the Goddess
Janet Balaskas for putting the power back into pregnancy and birth
Kicki Hansard modelling the quiet power of serving with integrity in the birthing space
Michel Odent - for teaching me to trust in 'being' is plenty
Marnetta Vegas - for reminding me how to play
Debra Delglyn for taking off my training wheels!
Sharon Mcerlane & The Grandmothers - introducing me to the Divine feminine, loving all, serving all...
Bee McGovern - for her exquisite role modelling of owning clear boundaries and attention to detail.
Amber Bates - a true gift of Universal perfect timing, and connecting me to my Cycle
Miranda Gray - illuminating in me the power of connecting /healing with our womb
Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer - lighting my inner fire & power to know my calling
Mirella - for introducing me to Mama Gena and the call to Pleasure
Miriam - for teaching me how to hold my power
Alexandra Grace Derwen - modelling utter integrity & honouring of the unseen landscape
I love to help people through their transitions, to help them grow their strength and rise up to their path, to find their power - whether in finding their way through pregnancy, understanding their Cyclic ways, leaving their job, overcoming fears, finding their way or simply in the need to feel heard.
I am currently taking a year long training to become an End of Life Doula, to understand more about how to hold space for the dying and their families, 'journeying with death as my teacher' and taking a deep dive into the mystery and the unseen.
The philosophy behind my offerings is simple and gentle - we all do too much, try to be too much. Each era of our life calls for a process of letting go and surrender. There is no ‘right’ way. We’re all just muddling through, struggling with change, adapting to each new season and never having enough time! I hope to help you to find your instinct, discover what lights you up, re-discover trust and most of all, stay present to what is....Life is unfolding perfectly in each moment if we can just offer up the resistance and welcome in the love.
I feel so blessed to be able to serve and feel totally honoured to be asked to share in peoples lives. We’re all co-creating such a rich tapestry of life and I learn so much from you all - thank you...
Hope to connect with you soon,
With love, thanks and huge blessings, Susanna xx