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 and conversational interview style. In this episode we speak about my personal journey, the Butterfly school, yoga, emotion, poetry and preparing my daughters for menstruation.
Butterfly is a mystery school, a cocoon that becomes a melting pot for our longing, joy, grief and uncensored exploration. Through dance, poetry, voice, yoga nidra, creative enquiry and breath work we dive into our beingness and follow the unique curriculum of our souls unfolding.
It 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.
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
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. I am really excited about the prospect of a new group forming and I look forward to hearing from you if you are interested in being a part of it. To apply now please email email@example.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. There are now just 5 places left for 2020. Get intouch if you feel one of those is yours. Dates for Year 1
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January 10-6pm and 10-5pm
Thank you to everyone who backed my Kickstarter campaign! It was a huge success and I felt so grateful for all your support. With your pledges I have been able to send out 20 free copies but I have also been able to print a small surplus amount. These will be available at Womanfest and online here for £10 + £3 postage and packaging. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
To buy a copy you can paypal £13 via paypal.me/CarlyMountain or email me firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and I will send you online banking payment details.
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.
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.
This month is National Poetry Month and so what better time to hold the first Poetry Dive of the year. There will be four poetry dives in Sheffield this year. Each one is an opportunity to dive under the surface into your inner world with other courageous souls who are willing to do the same.
A poetry dive is an evocative process which uses movement, music and poetry to till the soil of our being and release whatever is ready to emerge. The process finishes with time to write and optional sharing. However, the emphasis is not on writing poetry per say, instead it is an invitation to be with your inner unfolding, turning towards and welcoming whatever is alive in you moment by moment. It is a unique way of sharing poetry with others, listening into the layers of your voice and exploring your expression.
I find it is such a joy to do this in the company of others and again and again this process offers me a doorway into deepening intimacy with myself.
The Dives will take place at Heeley Institute on
SPRING Friday 26th April 6-9pm
SUMMER Saturday 29th June 4.30-7.30pm
AUTUMN Saturday 21st September 4.30-7.30pm
WINTER Saturday 30th November 4.30-7.30pm
You can book one or more of the dives via this link. If you have any further questions feel free to email me email@example.com. I am open to bringing Poetry Dives to other places so if you wish to organise a dive with me do get intouch.
JOUISSANCE: a form of women’s pleasure or sexual rapture that combines mental, physical and spiritual aspects of female experience, bordering on mystical communion. Jouissance can be described as the source of a woman’s creative power that delights in being limitless.
On Monday 20th May I will be launching my first poetry pamphlet. To mark this, I would be delighted if you would join me for an intimate sharing of some of the poems from the book woven into an experiential talk about poetry, female creativity and my own personal journey.
Jouissance is a selection of poetry that I have written over the past 6 years. It formed alongside the Butterfly work which was a part of my own Inanna journey. So for anyone thinking about signing up for Butterfly next year this evening would be a good chance to get to know more about me and the roots of the work.
We live in a world where the feminine has been in exile within our collective psyche and that manifests itself in our wider societal structure and ourselves. Even our language is based in masculine structures and yet poetry can take us beyond the structure of words to the heart of the matter. I am passionate about poetry’s ability to connect, heal and awaken us to what needs to be heard. We live in a world severely lacking in words that describe and recognise the female experience. Though there is so much more writing and poetry out there which gives voice to the feminine, I am craving more and feel that there is certainly room for more. So, this work is a part of my endeavour to answer my own prayer and it is my hope that my words may support others who are also walking this path.
Honouring the feminine is a huge part of my path. But I recognise that this is not just a personal endeavour but a collective one. We cannot do it alone with one big gesture, but through many small but courageous gestures from many people. For this reason, this event will also be the launch of a crowdfunder so that if you feel inspired to you can help give this work flight. The crowdfunder will go live on 20th May, there you will find various offerings including copies of the book in exchange for your donation. I am hoping that through your support I can send at least 10 free copies of the book out to others holding circles, scattering the seeds of poetry on the wind.
This FREE launch event will be held at Jo and Ben’s lovely new yoga space Mudra, 151 Sellers Wheel, Sheffield S1 2NU. Though there is no charge to attend I do ask that you book in advance. So if you feel inspired to join me you can reserve your space online via the Mudra website here. Once on the site, go to EVENTS (via the top left menu on laptop or top right dropdown on mobile) and enter your details to reserve you place. I hope to see you there and feel free to share with your friends. Thank you for your support.
I am absolutley thrilled to announce that Kim Rosen will be back in Sheffield to offer a three day workshop again in February. I have worked with Kim for the last 5 years and it’s no exaggeration to say it has been life changing and so much of her work informs my own. I highly recommmend her!
All information attached below and bookings are being taken via firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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 email@example.com.