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. The next circle will start in January 2021. Full dates, costs and how to apply detailed at the bottom of the page.  

It is a 3 year course that runs for 6 months of the year (9 days over a 6 month period) with 1 to 2 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 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. 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

You can hear me speaking about my work on the Speak from the Body podcast here. Scroll to the bottom of the page for dates for 2021 and how to apply.


The Butterfly Course – Dates and Taster Days


Year 1 – Awakening To The Ground Of Being 

Year 2 – The Naked Heart 

Year 3 – Inanna and Erishkegal – The Heroine’s Journey 

New Year 1 Intake starting January 2021 in Sheffield

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 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 14 women so apply early to avoid disappointment. A £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.

Butterfly Groups 2020 (closed groups)

Year 1

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

Year 3

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