Poetry

Butterfly 2021 ~ a new cocoon is forming

on June 4, 2020 No comments

Butterfly is a mystery school, a cocoon that becomes a melting pot for our longing, joy, grief and humaness. Together we create a space for uncensored exploration, truth telling and physical and emotional nourishment. Through dance, poetry, voice, yoga nidra, touch, creative enquiry and breath work we dive into our beingness and follow the unique curriculum of our souls unfolding. It is a course that is suitable for all women, at all stages of life.

Butterfly is a 3 year course that runs for 6 months of the year (9 full days over a 6 month period) with 2 to 3 additional shorter practice sessions in the autumn to hold the group energy for those transitioning into the next year. Women are only required to commit to one year at a time.

The Butterfly work is one of the greatest joys in my life, witnessing time and again women flourish, change and explore new ground is such a privilege. This period of social distancing has highlighted more than ever to me, just how important intimacy is. Intimacy with ourselves but also for women with other women. This space fosters our trust in female connection and community. Patriarchal culture has created a environment where women are often in competiton or judgement of each other. But by entering into a conscious circle, we can begin to heal that distance and feel the medicine of women being in the company of women. We also work to heal the rift between sexuality and spirituality, envisioning new possibilities of what an earth based sense of the sacred is and what that means within our wider lives and culture. Again covid-19 has renewed my awareness of how much touch and the nuance of human interaction is essential for our spirit and soul lives. I am so looking forward to holding in person gatherings again.

Previous Butterflies have said,

The Butterfly course is one of the best things I have ever done. It has been challenging in a way that I needed it to be and I have learnt so much about myself and the power of female groups.” ~ Rachael

“It is difficult to explain how much I have benefited from Carly’s work. She creates such a safe space to allow me to be open with my vulnerabilities. Signing up to the butterfly course was one of the best decisions I have made.” ~ Suzie

“There is a real magic in what Carly creates. I’m not sure it’s something you’ll be able to understand from my words alone; the beauty of Carly’s work can only really be understood by being felt. Carly creates and holds beautiful, nurturing spaces for you to explore whatever it is that arises within you, an opportunity for personal growth and exploration. Carly delights in the exploration of our humanness and there is no emotion that is not welcome. That, in itself, is a rare gift. She is a generous, wise and humble teacher.” ~ Kiran 

If this is speaking to you I would love to hear from you. The work calls on our courage and your vulnerability, but through this we discover our greatest gifts and strengths. To apply now please email info@carlymountain.com me with approx 300 words or less on what is calling you to the course. I may also ask for a free half an hour skype call to speak about the course with you in more depth. The group will be limited to 12 women to ensure that if we still need to social distance that that is possible in the space. Get intouch if you feel one of those spaces is yours.

Dates for Year 1

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February 10-5pm and 10-5pm

Saturday 13th March 10-5pm

Saturday 17th and 18th April 10-6pm and 10-5pm

Saturday 22nd May 10-5pm

Saturday 26th June 10-5pm

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July 10-6pm and 10-5pm

To apply please send an email to info@carlymountain.com with approx 300 words on what is calling you to the course. I may also ask for a half hour Skype call so we can chat about the course and check that it’s right for you.

Costs: in order to make the course as affordable as possible I offer a sliding scale payment according to what you can afford of between £795 – £950. Earlybird price of £725 if paid in full by December 1st 2020. The circle will be limited to 12 women so apply early to avoid disappointment. I require £100 non-refundable deposit will hold your place. Please note: I do not wish for money to be a prohibitive factor so there may be some more financial assistance available for 1 or possibly 2 women who are committed to the work but cannot afford the full fee.

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Speak From The Body Podcast Listen Here

on December 11, 2019 No comments

In October I was interviewed by Avni Trivedi for her podcast Speak From The Body. I highly recommend her work, she chooses interesting and varied guests and has a natural conversational interview style. In this episode we speak about my personal journey, the Butterfly school, yoga, emotion, poetry and preparing my daughters for menstruation.

You can listen here 

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Jouissance Kickstarter Campaign LIVE!

on May 21, 2019 No comments

The Kickstarter campaign for Jouissance ~ Poetry of the Deep Feminine is now LIVE! This is my first book and to print and self publish it I am asking for your support.  

I am longing for a world where we have forms of language that recognise and respect the deep feminine and women’s experience for the good of us all. Poetry is one form that can reach to the heart of the matter. It has the capacity to speak to parts of us that are dormant, denied or forgotten and can lead us into deeper intimacy with ourselves.

About Jouissance

Jouissance is a selection of poetry that I have written over the past 5 years that wants to be spoken and shared. The idea just wouldn’t leave me alone, so eventually I followed it and here I am.

If you would like to know more or pledge click this link https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jouissance/jouissance-poetry-of-the-deep-feminine 

Thank you for being a part of it!

Carly x

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Encounters with Angels

on October 10, 2018 No comments

“Even if I don’t ever see it again — or ever feel it,
I know that it is — and that if once it hailed me
it ever does –” ~ Marie Howe

How do we experience Angels? What names do we give for those presences in our lives that we cannot see but can on some level feel?

To end the year, we have a very special candlelit Poetry Dive on Angels. The poems will explore encounters with that which is beyond and a part of the mystery of our lives and will also explore, the very varied ways in which poets depict and refer to angels.

I am delighted to welcome guest speaker, John Hillman my Teacher, Guide and Friend who first introduced me to poetry.

We hope this will be a unique and atmospheric dive to enliven your senses and nourish your being.

Advanced booking click here to book £16 per person. There is one assisted place at £8 if anyone is struggling with money and would like a reduction please email me info@carlymountain.com.

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Fire Moon – A Summer Poetry Dive 30th June 6.30-9pm

on May 10, 2018 No comments

Join me as we cross the threshold of summer into the dance of your inner fire and moon, the yin and yang, shiva and shakti? By feeling these aspects within us both the dance of their harmony or disharmony and to feel it consciously, welcoming it all, is one doorway into our life full-ness. Using poetry, dance, voice, writing and good company we will follow the flow of the dive to explore the union and relationship of opposites and see what unfolds….

So far since I have been honing the craft of these events all the Poetry Dives I have held have been donation based in aid of charity.  Unfortunately, that is not sustainable forever and so from this dive onwards I will be charging for dives at a starting price of £15. However, to keep it as inclusive as possible there will be 2 reduced price places per dive (£8) for anyone who is struggling to afford to come. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please email me info@carlymountain.com.

Otherwise to book your place simply click here to book Book online

I hope to see you there

Carly x

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Carly MountainFire Moon – A Summer Poetry Dive 30th June 6.30-9pm

Moving From the Heart – Yoga based workshop at Yoga Kula Leeds

on May 10, 2018 No comments


I enjoyed teaching this workshop so much earlier this year I am offering it again. This time at Yoga Kula in Leeds you can book here. So come and nourish yourself with an afternoon of heart lead hatha flow yoga, poetry and yoga nidra. Both yoga and poetry can be practices of intimacy which can lead us into the unknown or unheard realms of our being. When we uncover these less familiar aspects of ourselves we can start to feel and re-member them as a part of us.

In this workshop we will dive into the heart center as the doorway to this listening. We will work with a fluid yoga sequence that moves from the heart into relationship with the whole body. Inviting us to open and close, reach out and draw inwards, exploring the landscapes of the heart and the wisdom held within.

So often yoga workshops prioritise opening the heart, but there is a maturity in recognising that the close is equally as valuable as the open. This sequence lends itself to both of these polarities the reaching out and the turning inwards as well. The sequence includes balances, backbends, forward bends and twists and is combined with a beautiful soundscape to evoke your emotional and physical bodies. Thereby inviting you to feel how they interweave into expansion and return until eventually winding down to a heart lead yoga nidra to finish.

Booking via Mindbody here

“Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.

If it were always a fist or always stretched open,

you would be paralysed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,

the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated

as birdwings.”

~ Rumi translated Coleman Barks

 

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Carly MountainMoving From the Heart – Yoga based workshop at Yoga Kula Leeds

Awakening – A Springtime Poetry Dive Saturday April 21st

on March 5, 2018 No comments


Join me for this springtime poetry dive. Spring is a time for burgeoning life and also the fragility of newness. Seasonal change can bring such a mixture of feelings and experiences both within and externally. This dive will give time to turn towards whatever is unfurling within you in a shared and supportive circle.

Saturday 21st April at 5.45pm – 8.45pm at Sharrow Performing Arts Space

This is a donation based evening and all profits will be donated to Mums In Need a local domestic abuse organisation which supports mums who have left emotionally/mentally abusive relationships that want to rebuild their lives. This is a great organisation and I would be grateful for any donations which we can pass onto them to support their valuable work.

Pre booking essentail to book please email info@carlymountain.com. Hope to see you there!

 

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Carly MountainAwakening – A Springtime Poetry Dive Saturday April 21st

Verse Matters Wednesday 7th March In Celebration of International Womens Day

on March 5, 2018 No comments

I am excited to be speaking some of my own poetry at Verse Matters this Wednesday 7th March at the Theatre Deli Sheffield.

This is the description from their website –

Verse Matters is an intersectional feminist arts collective based in Sheffield, founded by Rachel Bower. Verse Matters runs events at The Moor Theatre Deli in Sheffield and provides a supportive space for poetry, spoken word, storytelling, music and comedy, showcasing the work of talented people in a friendly, safe environment. Each event has a mix of experienced and new performers.

Events are always open to all. Each night includes two featured artists, and an open mic session with six performers (five minutes each). The structure is non-hierarchical, and door profits are split between performers.

Verse Matters was set up to attest to the structural inequalities in society and the arts. To remember that ‘women’s rights’ are diminished without racial equality and economic justice. To bring people together in solidarity. To create a forum for debate, challenge and pleasure.

Some of our performers tell stories that have been erased by society: refugees, detainees, prisoners. Others might read a page of their favourite book, speaking in public for the first time. Others are experienced poets, puppeteers, dramatists and performers. All are respected and appreciated.

These times call for solidarity and for resistance. We need outlets through which to articulate our anger, our sadness, our joy. Verse Matters exists to provide this space.

This is a special Verse Matters in collaboration with SHE Fest a fringe festival in Sheffield that celebrates International Women’s Day and I am delighted to be involved.

Come down and bring your friends.

 

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Leading from the Heart – Poetry Dive

on December 21, 2017 No comments

 

If your heart had a voice what would it set as an intention or hearts prayer for 2018? This poetry dive will centre around the heart, listening to the wisdom of the heart, your hearts longings and losses, desires and strength. This is an opportunity to set time aside to turn towards whatever is arising for you at the start of the year in conscious transition into 2018.We will move, dance, sound and dive into poetry, music, writing and sharing.

Whilst I continue to feel into and hone the craft of offering poetry dives this event will once again be donation based. All proceeds will go to the SHE College Fund www.shecollegefund.org a wonderful charity set up by my Teacher Kim Rosen.

Pre booking essential, to book please email me info@carlymountain.com. I would be delighted if you can join me.

 

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Carly MountainLeading from the Heart – Poetry Dive

Women’s Full Moon Retreat Day

on October 26, 2017 No comments

Join me on Sunday 3rd December for the last Full Moon of 2017 to consciously welcome in the end of the year and reflect on the months gone by…..

Once upon a time it was commonplace for people to have parties, hold rituals, make love and dance under the light of the full moon. The moon offers a different kind of light to the sun, a light that can illuminate deep feelings, longings and directions that are not always visible in the bright light of day. This Women’s Retreat day will give space to stir the cauldron of your inner being, to uncover, nourish and behold whatever needs to be felt, celebrated and released as we journey towards the end of the year. Through yoga, dance, poetry and creative reflection we can liberate our inner most expression and evoke and nourish the inner landscapes of our being.

We will begin the day with meditation and yoga followed by lunch and a sumptuous and restful yoga nidra. In the afternoon, we will work with dance, poetry and reflective work in partners and in circle. You do not have to have any knowledge or experience of working with poetry before. Like movement practices, poetry is a form which can cut through to the heart of things, thereby taking us beyond our habitual patterns and awaken us to fresh experience and perspectives.

“At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face into mine.
Breathe into me.

Close the language-door,
and open the love-window.

The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.

– Rumi translated by Coleman Barks

A wonderful way to spend the last full moon of the year, clearing a pathway towards 2018.

Date: Sunday 3rd December

At: Instinctive Health, Kelham Island, Sheffield

Time: 10.30 – 5.30pm

Cost: £28 early bird if booked by November 5th £35 thereafter.

To book click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page

Note: Anyone interested in signing up for the new Year 1 Butterfly group starting in January, this retreat will have a flavour of the butterfly work and would be a good opportunity for you to experience the space I hold and feel into if it is the course for you. You can find out about Butterfly course dates and content on the Butterfly page. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get intouch. 

 

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