Technical requirements

What technical requirements do I need for 1:1 online sessions?

You will need a computer with speakers, microphone and webcam, and a good broadband connection. We will use a very easy-to-use program called Whereby, which does not require any download or registration. You just click on the link we send you and put in your name when prompted (just as you would say your name when we answer the door).

Cancellation policy

I have booked a 1:1 session but I cannot attend, can I reschedule it?

Appointments can be rescheduled free of charge with 48-hour notice (working days) via email. Appointments scheduled on Monday must be cancelled on Thursday 6:30 pm (Berlin time) at the latest. Appointments cancelled without due notice will be invoiced €50.

I have bought a ticket to an event or workshop. Can I get a refund?

Tickets already bought cannot be reimbursed. This is because the organizer based the feasibility of holding the event on the number of pre-sales. You can transfer your ticket to a friend though, please send us an email with the name and contact details of your friend, in case we need to send out updates or emergency communication.

General questions

Which languages do you speak?

We are proficient in English, Italian and Spanish, and we have good understanding of German and French, although we are not fluent. If your audience only speaks German or French, you will need to organize interpreting services.

Do you only work on the menstrual cycle?

No, we work on cycles and everybody is a cyclical being, including corporations. Cycles and circular design are versatile, pervasive and quite relevant to all humans as well as organisations, communities and the ecosystem. We study a wide range of cycles and are able to transfer knowledge across disciplines. If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact us.

Are men cyclical and hormonal?

Yes of course! Everything is cyclical, including the male body. When it comes to sex hormones, for example, adult males and females have the same types of hormones circulating in their bodies, and the pattern they follow is the same (trough, increase, peak, decrease). What changes is the frequency and the amount of the single hormones. For instance, the sex hormone testosterone is much higher in men, and it follows a daily cycle.

Despite minor differences, men and women share most cycles, and most of their cycles are identical. Cycles that men and women share are sleep, circadian rhythm, breath, digestion, and many more. Therefore, our content is highly relevant across sex and age.

Can I invite Anna as a speaker to my next event?

Yes, Anna is known as a great speaker, good choice! Please write us an email where you briefly describe your event, the budget you have and the dates, and you will be contacted as soon as possible with a proposal.

I am a private citizen and I would like to bring one of your menstrual workshops to my community, how do I do that?

Our founder Anna is based in Berlin (Germany) and travels internationally. Please note that the following rates only apply to private citizens.

Please read the following information and then send us an email with your preferred topics, length, your location and preferred dates. We will get back to you soon!

You can choose between short workshops (half or full day) and longer workshop (two to three days).

The cost of the workshop will depend largely on your location and the content you choose. We are happy to design and deliver tailored content to your group. We are happy to discuss your needs and provide a quotation – in the meantime, you can refer to the starting price indicated below to get an idea.

To give you an idea of the content our clients love, here is an overview of our most popular topics.

TOPICS

Topics for short workshops:

  1. Introduction to the true power of the menstrual cycle using Body, Mind and Cycle Literacy
  2. Introduction to Body Literacy (mucus and temperature).
  3. Introduction to good maintenance of the menstrual cycle.
  4. Introduction to menstrual energies.
  5. Introduction to birth control: pros and cons of the methodologies available.
  6. Introduction to the science of good timing for professional life.

Topics for long workshops:

  1. Surfing energies and cycles for good planning, soulful business and intelligent care.
  2. Mucus, temperature and how to detect an ovulation, peak fertility, short luteal phase, hypothyroidism, excess estrogen, lack of progesterone.
  3. Identifying and transforming premenstrual distress into insight and self-care.

PRICE

In Berlin and Brandenburg
Workshops in Berlin start from €500 for half a day, €800 for one day, or €2200 for the weekend Friday to Sunday, VAT excluded.

Outside Berlin, within the EU
Short workshops outside Berlin and within the EU start from €950 + VAT.  Full weekend group workshops (Friday to Sunday) start at €2500 + VAT.

Outside the EU
Please contact us via email and tell us where you are based, and what type of event you have in mind. We will get back to you soon with a proposal and a quotation.

What’s always Included in the price of the workshops:

  1. The time of the workshop (Thank you captain obvious)
  2. Online planning sessions to define content and needs (up to three hours).
  3. Online debriefing session one week after the event.
  4. Travel time: up to 4 hours of travel time from our office to your location and return. For longer trips see below “Extra costs”.

Extra costs not included in the price:

  • Travel time for return trips above 4 hours: €50 per hour.
  • A daily allowance for food if the location is outside Berlin. The amount of the allowance start at €30 up to maximum €80 per day depending on the country and city of the workshop.
  • Cost of transport and accommodation. We fly Economy class with luggage, insurance and carbon footprint offset charges. We stay at normal hotels or B&Bs, none of the fancy stuff. N.B. If the location is not in the same town as the nearest landing airport, and the location cannot be reached by public transport, the host should arrange for safe private transport, including the return trip.
  • License for printing the workbook (printing is a responsibility of the host). The licensing cost ranges start at €3 per participant, depending on the topic and length of the workshop. Our licence only gives the host the right to print the exact number of workbooks, one per participant, for the agreed event, until the day of the event. No other rights are granted.

In addition to the above, the following services are not included in the price because private citizens often organize workshops for their circle of friends only. As such the event is private and not advertised.

  • Creation of the flyer to promote the event.
  • Dissemination and promotion of the event on Studio Medulla’s social media, website and newsletter.

PAYMENT

Please understand that we can reserve the dates only against a deposit corresponding to 50% of the total price, excluding the extra costs, and this is non-refundable (unless Anna is unable to come due to personal reasons); the last 50% payment is due one week after the workshop, but please read below with regards to extra costs.

All extra costs are calculated at a second stage, and their payment is as follows: the transport, travel time and hotel costs (if applicable) are due as soon as we book the tickets and the hotel, against the receipts; the rest is due one week after the workshop and will be added to the final invoice.

Which disciplines are included in your comparative research of cyclical phenomena?

Sciences: biology and its branches, botany, chemistry, physiology, endocrinology, neuroscience, psychoneuroendocrinology, gastroenterology, pneumology, biosemiotics, holistic and folk medicine, Chinese Traditional Medicine, cosmology, physics, astrophysics, quantum field theory and quantum mechanics, quantum biology, fractal geometry.

Humanities: mythology, psychology, psychoanalysis, I-Ching, tarots, astrology, linguistics, alchemy, theology, magic, history, archeology, anthropology, economics, arts, literature, sociology.

Questions on the menstrual cycle

What do you think of the Pill?

No contraceptive method is perfect. Finding the right type of contraception is a highly individual business, and much depends on bio-individuality, lifestyles, expectations, relationships, body literacy, willingness to participate or delegate, etc.

We are for informed choice. Free choice does not exist unless it is informed. Freedom follows awareness.

We question the assumption that synthetic hormones regulate periods, or treat menstrual problems, or that they work to the substantial benefit of women’s health and society; we are concerned that the effects on the female brain and personality have been neglected so far; however, we recognize the importance to have a varied choice in terms of contraception and the “pill” is part of that variety.

If you suffered from menstrual pain or disorders, and you were given the “pill” to solve them, you need to know that the pill does not cure or treat anything. It suppresses the symptoms and leaves the pre-existing imbalance untouched, in the best-case scenario, or free to get worse, in the worst-case scenario.

You can read “How the pill changes everything” by Dr. Sarah Hill or watch her Tedx Talk to learn more about the effects of the pill on your brain and personality, and the potential impact it has on society.

I take my basal body temperature; can you help me figure out what I am seeing?

We cannot interpret temperature values which have not been measured with symptothermal rules.

If you do use these rules, and you need interpreting, you can purchase one-hour consultation here and send us the chart via email prior to our session (please send them at least two working days before the session).
If you do not use symptothermal rules, we regret we cannot interpret your charts. This is because we work with a precise scientific method when it comes to charting biomarkers. Differences in method may result in invalid data, and we cannot interpret it.

In our shop you can buy our e-book on how to take your basal body temperature according to symptothermal rules, so we are on the same page! We can then help you make the most from your data via 1:1 sessions.

What is infertility?

Infertility is usually defined as the inability to get pregnant after six months of well-timed sexual intercourse during peak fertility days (until the age of 35) or after twelve months for those over the age of 35. If you do not know your peak fertility days, you can buy our e-book from our online shop on cervical mucus, it is very easy to understand and implement!

If you do know your fertile window, but you still cannot get pregnant and your partner’s semen is healthy, we consider and address unexplained infertility as a possible combination of three factors:

  • Lack of proper body and mind literacy
  • Internal and external stressors
  • Hormonal imbalances

We address these factors in our programme “Help me restore my wellbeing” or the Sensiplan® training.

Which books do you recommend on menstrual health?

It really depends on what topic you are interested in. One comprehensive book does not exist, yet. Our research includes over two thousand articles, books and essays, and most are not specific to the menstrual cycle.

The book list below does not mean that we fully or unconditionally agree with everything the authors say.  A very small selection of popular books follows (please look for the translation in your language):

  • Natural & Safe, The Handbook and the Workbook, by the Sensiplan Working Group, published in English by CycleForth LLC
  • The period repair manual, by Lara Briden
  • Women’s body women’s wisdom, by Dr. Christiane Northrup
  • The Wild Genie, by Alexandra Pope
  • The fifth vital sign, Lisa Hendrickson-Jack
  • The Hormone Cure, by Sarah Gottfried
  • Taking Charge of your fertility, by Tony Weschler
  • Fix your period, by Nicole Jardim
  • Red Moon, by Miranda Gray
  • Why we sleep, by Matthew Walker
  • When, by Daniel H. Pink
  • The man who mistook his wife for a hat, by Oliver Sacks
  • Sapiens and Homo Deus, by Noah Y. Harari
  • The language of the Goddess, by Marjia Gimbutas
  • How the pill changes everything, by Sarah E. Hill
  • Women who run with wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
  • The second sex, by Simone de Beauvoir