Vivid Menopause was created as a community to celebrate and elevate menopause to its proper status as a honoured transition, preparing us to come into our wisdom and live ripe, juicy, vivid and creative lives!
Menopause is a powerful and beautiful transition, representing our entry into our power years. Menopause is the beginning of the powerful and fruitful second half of life for modern women, but too often it is treated as a time of loss, something to be feared, or an illness to be cured. nothing could be further from the truth. An empowered menopause is truly a time of ripening, coming in to our full power as women.
Vivid Menopause was created by Bronwyn Simons and Annagrace Kaye and offers courses, retreats, and community to women wishing to embrace and celebrate menopause as an exciting, vivid, and potentially joyful new adventure in our lives.
I’m an artist, writer, dancer, and teacher. I am founder of The Artful Life and Vivid, and author of the Sacred Menopause Program for the Sacred Living Movement. I live on an island in the Salish Sea. I love living intimately with nature; I am nurtured daily by the living ocean, the ancient giant cedars, the salmon-bearing streams, the mosses and meadows, the ravens and eagles and orcas and seals with whom I share my beautiful home.
I have made my living as an artist for nearly twenty-five years. I have explored many media, and my main work now is with ceramics, painting, and illustration. I also love art journaling, to keep my creative spark ignited on a daily basis! I am a dancer and choreographer and have explored many areas of creative movement over the years. These days, I use women’s sacred dance and gentle yoga as tools to help other women access and enhance their creativity.
Peri-menopause came early for me, at age 38. Since then, I have devoted myself to exploring what this passage truly means in our lives, and how to move through it empowered both physically and spiritually. Today, at age 51, having moved into my Wise Woman years, I am ready to share what I have learned about this profound process of initiation. You can read more about my menopause story here.
At the center of my creative life are circles of women. My soul’s work happens here. I’ve been facilitating women’s circles for nearly thirty years, and leading women’s retreats for nearly twenty. Over and over again, I have witnessed the life-changing power of groups of women coming together with purpose. Leading and mentoring women is my honour and one of my greatest joys.
You can learn more about me on my blog, www.theartfullifeblog.com
Annagrace Kaye, CD(DONA).
I am a writer, mother, sister, partner, lover, and a loud laugher. I have been so many things in my life: a Vice-President of Operations in a chain of luxury import stores, a creator of visual displays for a large retail clothing company, a makeup artist, a pregnancy class instructor, a birth and postpartum doula,
and a story doula. I have always been drawn to work which combines the beautiful and the necessary, believing that creativity is as essential to the planet as clean air and water. As I have grown into my body and heart I have also felt a deep call to heal my familial wounds and the things I’ve experienced and lived through, and to make a safe place for others to do the same. I have a fierce heart and tender bones.
I live near Portland, Oregon, and the deep, dark green of the Pacific Northwest rainforest is my soul’s true home. I love being near the sea, especially the Pacific Ocean, but I’m equally happy in the noise and excitement of city life. I love books and coffee and art museums and my girlfriends. My own little house is surrounded by medicinal plants and native wildflowers which are busily alive with bees, birds, and butterflies. I will admit to feeding squirrels as well as birds, and I spend many happy hours watching the bald eagles and Cooper’s hawks which share my neighborhood. I am probably happiest when I’m standing at my kitchen stove, in a vintage apron, feeding people I love while they tell me stories. I am happily partnered to Jeffrey Kaye and together we have two daughters, Penelope and Adeleine.
I was drawn to create Vivid with Bronwyn Simons out of a deep love for the diverse and intricate experiences of women everywhere. I love watching women walk into their own stories and discover and name their essential reasons and passions. I think a lot about the lines and divisions within womankind and all the ways we struggle to connect with each other and embody our whole selves. I am passionate about creating safe circles which operate outside of broken models of hierarchy and power. I am thrilled to be telling new stories about women at midlife and creating community around vibrant, powerful, and healthy menopause. I believe that we can heal our wounded, modern stories and live our own beautifully unique versions of Vivid Lives.