The Butterfly School

“I want to unfold, I don’t want to stay folded anywhere because there I am a lie” – Rilke

The Butterfly School is home to circles of women who wish to whole heartedly welcome all aspects of themselves. It is a process of deepening intimacy with your voice, body, creativity, sexuality, vulnerability and strength. A place where women can risk diving into the unknown landscapes of being as a pathway to liberation and transformation.

Butterfly is a mystery school that holds deep reverence for that wisdom which is both a part of us and beyond us. Through movement, mudra, poetry, voice, yoga nidra, breathwork and creative enquiry this work continually nurtures trust in our natural expression.

It is a 3 year course that runs for 6 months of the year (9 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. Participants are only required to commit to one year at a time.

Many yoga schools opt for a sense of calm as the preferred state. But this kind of practice never fully satisfied me and inside I was longing for a community where my emotional expression was not only allowed, but welcomed with open arms. So this course creates a space where the emotional field is welcomed and visible as a vehicle to awakening.

“There is an eternal light, and right out in front, shining ahead of a woman, like a presence which goes a little bit before her and reports back to her what it has found ahead. It is her perpetual reconnaissance…Yet when ones sees and senses, thusly, then one has work to do something about what one sees. To possess good intuition, goodly power, causes work. It causes work firstly in the watching and comprehending of negative forces and imbalances both inward and outward. Secondly, it causes striving in the gathering up of will in order to do something about what one sees”

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The Butterfly practice itself is a sacred feminine mudra (a hand gesture that moves energy around the body in specific pathways) practice that originally came through Jonathan Monks, it is rooted in Tantra, Kundalini and Kriya yoga. It is a beautiful and potent practice which helps to improve awareness and tone of the pelvic floor, awaken sexual energy and unblock the body.

Both men and women have masculine and feminine energy and the negation of one, undermines the other. This course is about honouring both the sun and moon energy within you and becoming more conscious and available to the ways in which they express through you. One of the questions is how many colours can we invite into our palette. By lending ourselves to work within the container of the circle, we can start to liberate the caged aspects of our being and awaken to parts of us that may have been forgotten or denied. And in my experience, this is a road best travelled in company of others bravely doing the same.

“Spiritual practice are unlimited – and they are imaginative. And especially full of love. They come from love, they encourage love and they produce love. When you do them over time you find that you are living in a world full of love. And for your life and for our lives collectively in the times to come we are going to need love – lots of love. In good times, love is lovely. Nothing can be better. and in hard times, love is necessary. It turns tragedy into opportunity – something difficult and unwanted becomes a chance to drive love deeper, to make it wiser, fuller, more glorious and more resilient”.
-Norman Fischer

A new circle is forming for January 2020. If you would like to know more scroll down to see dates and how to apply. You can hear me speaking about my work on the Speak from the Body podcast here.


The Butterfly Course – Dates and Taster Days


Year 1 – Awakening To The Ground Of Being 

Year 2 – The Naked Heart 

Year 3 – Inanna’s Butterfly – The Heroine’s Journey 

New Year 1 Intake starting January 2020 in Sheffield

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January 10-6pm and 10-5pm

Sunday 16th February 10-5pm

Saturday 21st and 22nd March 10-6pm and 10-5pm

Sunday 26th April 10-5pm

Sunday 17th May 10-5pm

Saturday 6th and 7th June 9.30-6pm and 9.30-5pm

To apply please send an email to 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 £750 – £900.  Earlybird price of £695 if paid in full by December 1st 2019. The circle will be limited to 14 women so apply early to avoid disappointment. A £100 non-refundable deposit will hold your place. I look forward to hearing from you.

Year 3 (closed group) – Inanna’s Butterfly 

Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd February 9.30-6pm and 10-5pm

Saturday 29th February 10-5pm

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 9.30-6pm and 10-5pm

Saturday 25th April 10-5pm

Saturday 16th May 10-5pm

Final Retreat Weekend
Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th July 9.30-6pm and 10-5pm

If you wish to join the mailing list for future intakes please email to register your interest. Thank you