A 6-MONTH APPRENTICESHIP TO BLOOD AND MENSTRUATION THROUGH ART AND CEREMONY
Blood is the portal and the teacher. Blood is the disruptor and sustainer. Blood is the living prayer of our origins. Join Larissa for a 6-month small group container to build creative collective ritual around the ongoing initiation of blood and culture-making, for people who bleed, have bled, or are in a changing dance with the monthly blood rite . Nov 2023 through April 2024
A 6-MONTH APPRENTICESHIP TO BLOOD AND MENSTRUATION THROUGH ART AND CEREMONY
Centering the artistic process as our shared ancestral technology of culture making. Blood and menstruation serve as a creative center of gravity, an artistic starting point for cosmic principles that make our existence possible. Not only the biological precedent for physically being born that blood and menstruation offers, but the many, less tangible elements that orbit around the menstrual mind, like Death, Rhythm, Renewal, Love, Expression, Violence, Separation, and Dissolution.
INITIATION is inevitable. ARE YOU READY TO LISTEN, stay awake & PLAY inside OF it?
What if using your creative power for personal and collective benefit was a universal initiation that belonged to all humans?
Humans have unique gifts and impact on the planet. One of these great avenues of impact is the way we make culture. Culture manifests through shared language, concepts, narrative, art, and ritual (repeated actions or behaviors), and determines how we think, what we prioritize, and how we relate. Culture-making is an inherently creative and artistic process.
In the origins of human culture, there was an understanding of the importance of menstruation as a reflection of cosmic life and death principles. In this series we will learn how those ancestral memories are looking to be born continually Now.
Practitioners across the globe are hearing the need for the re-emergence of cosmic principles and ways of relating that have been exiled from domineering supremacist cultures. Healthy relationship to Death, Mystery, Darkness, Change, the Wild, Creativity, Community, the Erotic, the body, vulnerability, Violence, and Nature are missing from many of our daily experiences and commitments. To be out of alignment with these elements, all of which have direct tethers to Blood and Menstruation, is to be out of alignment with Reality and existence. It drains our energy, creates desperation and despair, and makes us incapable friends and family to other humans and the many beings we share this world with.
What does it mean to participate in culture-making that reorients toward these exiled principles?
For many eras in our ancestral history, and in contemporary subcultures and original cultures across the globe that have been somewhat insulated from the effects of westernism, people use basic ritual/theater and creative structures to externalize inner knowings, clarify necessary communications, and revitalize the community and local ecosystems with deep listening, play, shapeshifting, and tending. They use these communal structures to "think out loud" and transmit inner knowings and reinforce essential wisdoms.
In the Bleeding Circle we call upon this shared ancestral technology to usher in the exiled aspects of ourselves and human culture(s). Steeping ourselves in the "menstrual mind" (Grahn, 1993) we dance with Death, Love, Renewal, and Rhythm, and partner with them as teachers for our current context.
The Bleeding Circle itself is a participatory art project. Culture making requires time and consistency, and our aim is to make this art project evergreen; occurring year-round over multiple years.
By apprenticing blood and menstruation, we are apprenticing to human creativity and holistic culture making. The exiled and taboo elements are rewoven with the favored and palatable, allowing the totality of reality to be deepened and recognized. Birth, growth, love, expression, violence, death, and dissolution all speak to one another and require one another. This inescapable truth has been reiterated through myth making, ritual theater, art and communal practices. We continue this human act.
Blood is the portal and the teacher, to the way in which we are all implicated in world-tending. Blood is the answer to chronic cultural avoidance of taboo subjects, and the suffering that we and many other beings are reckoning with. Blood points us to surprise and depth, to source our ritual artistic expression from the place where emotion becomes sacred and uncategorizable.
This crucible is possible because of the love that flows unconditionally, timeless and vast, from the centerless center of all things, The Original Mother, Absolute Nature, or nondual wisdom.
The nondual principles of this work require us to recognize the interconnection between all names, forms, and systems that have developed over millennia in response to this knowledge. We will not be following one specific lineage, but speaking directly with the energies and forces as they show up for us authentically.
Bleeding and menstruation calls us into necessary responsibility, a gravity of vision, creativity and strength that does not show up as easily in other spaces, under slightly different intentions.
what People say about this COURSE:
"Larissa’s guided meditations, channeled writings, prompts, and other creations were like bridges to the Spirit of Blood and ancient grandmas and now it feels like I know where to go whenever I want to reach out to them. Witnessing other people’s creative processes was so inspiring. There was no pressure to ever share beyond what one was comfortable with. I feel more wholeness and acceptance of my body after all of this." - J.K.
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APPLICATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 9TH
November : INTIMACY IN CLARITY. Introduction to primary material, research inquiries and commitments
Main Session [11.16.23] 5:30-8pmPST, 90 min art party TBD
December :THE STILL POINT. Ceremonial space touching open potential and stillness, Deep Dreaming Constellation. Live offerings to the Spirit of Blood.
Main Session [12.14.23] 5:30-8pmPST, 90 min art party TBD
JANUARY: THE DARK MOON. Meditation and ceremony on darkness and emptiness. Navigating ghost realms and the exiled, live offerings.
Main Session [1.18.24] 5:30-8pmPST, 90 min art party TBD
FEBRUARY: RENEWAL. Looking toward the precarious and unpredictable process of bringing the liminal into form. Group salon for works in progress.
Main Session [2.15.24] 5:30-8pmPST, 90 min art party TBD
MARCH: LIVING BALANCE. Meditation and ceremony dedicated to the dynamic dance of life/death/life (Pinkola-Estés) and the paradoxes of the dual world.
Main Session [3.14.24] 6-8:30pmPST, 90 min art party TBD
APRIL: FEEDING THE SPARK. Meditation and ceremony for rising to meet what blood, menstruation, and Nature are asking us to grow into for the benefit of the whole.
Main Session [4.18.24], 90 min art party TBD
MAY: WORKS IN PROGRESS SHOW [5.9.23] 6-8pmPST
Sliding scale donation: $65-160 a month, or $390-960 for the whole series. I cannot offer refunds.
This experience includes:
* One "main session" each month where we gather, alternating between ceremony and direct experience practices and crafting artistic expressions of what we find together. These sessions are highly curated and serve as catalysts for the rest of our time.
* Approx. one "art party" a month where people can check in and be in dedicated practice space alone-together, or together-together according to the needs of the group. Timing determined based on feedback from the participants.
* A private social network either on google groups or Telegram where people can ask questions, share resources, get reminders, or prompts for ongoing engagement.
* A small group experience, with about 12 participants max.
* Works in Progress public offering at the end of the 6 months. There are many ways to participate according to comfort level, and this is a crucial aspect to the initiatory and culture making qualities of this experience.
We will use meditation, energy work, contemplative movement, play science, sound and theater techniques, ritual systemic constellations, large group and small group reflection, and any form of creative expression that serves (poetry, singing, dancing, drawing, painting, etc). The timeline above gives an overview of what we will be up to, but keep in mind that Larissa is an intuitive improviser and may need to make changes to the content of sessions.This is a 6 month closed container, meaning that everyone is committing to the 6 months and new people cannot join late. At the end of 6 months there will be a Works in Progress offering from the group for the public. At this time a new 6 month cycle may begin, making space for people to depart and new people to join. Participants who show up consistently will be invited to stay in the circle for the next round.
To apply please fill out this google form . APPLICATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 9
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Here's a little more information about how this works:
We are gonna GO THERE, we are gonna look at things that we don’t really have words for, the mystery, the blood, the body, the taboo, the violence, the love, and we are gonna show up without stressing and straining and draining ourselves.
This course is for anyone who feels connected to the rhythm of bleeding (menstruation). Anyone who currently menstruates, or who used to, is experiencing perimenopause or menopause.
All gender expressions welcome. Larissa is nonbinary/genderqueer and works from this vantage point.
This is not an absolute beginner container: participants need to have a baseline grounding/centering practice, and some familiarity with listening and improvisation in ritual space.
We will be speaking directly with beyond human energies and presences and not pretending otherwise.
This is a mixed race POC-led, multicultural container. We do not follow any strict specific lineage tradition but all backgrounds/lineages are welcome to contribute to the collective experience.
If these descriptions are unfamiliar to you then I recommend going through one of our self-paced Between Sun and Moon foundations courses, sign up for our mailing list to be notified of future beginner offerings, or join the patreon. You can also reach out if you have questions, or fill out the application and ask your questions there.
Hosted by Artist-Facilitator larissa kaul of animist arts
Larissa (they/them) is a trained therapist with a background in performance art, theater, Spirit and energy work, Ecopsychology, and community organizing. They study the organizing principles of Nature and the medicinal roots of creative expression, and adapt this knowledge for work with 1-1 clients, groups, and collaborative art projects. They are a mixed race, non-binary person living with chronic pain and health issues, and this blend of life experiences informs how they design.