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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The Butterfly Course uses movement, poetry, voice, yoga nidra, creative enquiry, breathwork and a specific feminine mudra practice to deepen intimacy with ourselves and liberate our natural expression.
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. Participants 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 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. Spaces will be limited to 18 women only so apply early to avoid disappointment.
Dates for Year 1
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January 10-6pm and 10-5pm
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Otherwise to book your place simply click here to book
Join Carly for this fluid, moving yoga sequence to a purely Prince soundtrack. Includes deep lunges, rolls and yoga postures both conventional and unique. Finishing with a free dance finale to your favourite Prince tracks.
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.
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 email@example.com. Hope to see you there!