Personal growth for social and political change
Guided by nature
Held in community
At The Consent Collective we're invested in discovering what feminist activism looks like when it comes from a place of healing. The trauma literature tells us that we are most powerful and creative when we're in a state of connected regulation with others. Join us for The Feminist Way and discover the practices and processes we can build into our lives so that when we work for change we're able to do so from the very source of our power, creativity and connection.


We've already started our Spring journey. But you can register your interest for Autumn 2022 below.
Gift yourself a whole season of focusing on your personal growth and development in community with others.



Join Nina and Cynthia from The Consent Collective for a gentle but powerful exploration of themes ranging from joy to rage, trust to gratitude, and power to pleasure. All guided by the ultimate teacher and feminist icon, Mother Nature. Over the season we will have weekly guided meditations, regular online community circles, and guided sessions of self-reflection, all to help you grow in your relationship with yourself and others as you engage in feminist work, study or activism.


How this course will work


Where

All of the group aspects of The Feminist Way will happen online using Zoom, so you can join this course no matter where you live. Some aspects of the course will invite you to work on your own and connect with nature in your local area.


When

You need to sign up to The Feminist Way before 3rd March 2022. When you sign up you will have immediate access to our resources 'Preparing for your spring' which will help you get ready for our season together. This will include a calendar so that you can pop all of our live online sessions in your diary. On Sunday 27th Feb all of the material for the following week will be available to you (you'll get an email when it's released). This will include our weekly meditation and login details for our community circles. This process will continue throughout the 13 weeks, every Sunday the next batch of material will become available to you. Our first online gathering will be on the evening of Thursday 3rd March. Our last will be on Thursday May 26th. When our season is over you will still have access to all of the material for one year from the date you signed up.


Time commitment

Over the 13 weeks the time commitment for this course will be two hours a week with no need to catch up with any missed sessions.

Weekly meditations

Each week you'll receive a new guided meditation focusing on a different theme. Over the course of the season you'll be invited to extend the amount of time you spend meditating.

Community circles

Have a chance to share, to be heard, and to listen to others in our regular online circles. Our circles will be held on Thursday evenings between 6 and 7.30pm UK time.

Personal reflection

Be supported in your journey of personal reflection through writing exercises, silent walks, and the invitation to find your quiet in nature.

How is this course in relationship with feminism?


The Feminist Way focuses on feminist process. How do we live feminist lives? How do we hold our relationship with ourselves, with others, with our communities, our work and our world? How can we build practices into our lives that help us hold power in a way that is good for everyone around us? How do we hold conflict and difference? How do we hold our vulnerabilities without causing harm to others? What are our ways of processing grief, loss and rage? What's our relationship with pleasure? How do we celebrate? Where in our lives and our work do we feel abundance?


These are questions that are best explored in community which is why this course will provide you with an opportunity to go on this journey with other people who are on similar paths, whether that be through the work they do, the activism they engage in, or the things they are studying.


For 'The Feminist Way' we're gently inviting you to get out of your head and into your body. This course is not about the intellectual side of feminism. We will not be discussing feminist books or feminist thought. Instead we're going to explore feminism when it is embodied and in nature.

Our spring together will look like this...


  Preparing for your spring
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  Community and belonging (1st - 6th March)
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  Boundaries and trust (7th - 13th March)
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  Planting seeds (14th - 20th March)
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  Power (21st - 27th March)
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  Conflict and disconnection (28th March - 3rd April)
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  Healing (4th - 10th April)
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  Silence 1 (11th - 17th April)
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  Grief and loss (18th - 24th April)
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  Anger and rage (25th April - 1st May)
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  Pleasure and joy (2nd - 8th May)
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  Silence 2 (9th - 15th May)
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  Endings (16th - 22nd May)
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  Gratitude (23rd - 31st May)
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  Feedback
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  Community sharing
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  Admin
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Hosted by Dr Nina Burrowes


Our founder Dr Nina Burrowes is a psychologist and nationally recognised expert on the psychology of sexual harassment, sexual violence and domestic abuse. A regular educator of police officers, prosecutors, barristers, judges, therapists, healthcare professionals and university staff Dr Burrowes is the author of two books on sexual abuse, the presenter of the BBC’s ‘Rape on trail. Is the jury out?’ and the creator of 'How do people heal from trauma?'

Nina is Patron of Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre.

Hosted by Cynthia Ellis


Our co-founder Cynthia Ellis has a background in the corporate world, looking after the delivery of wellbeing programmes in the city. These days she dedicates her experience and talent to helping The Consent Collective grow deep roots. Cynthia is a circle practitioner and Reiki master.

Hosted by Bel Logue


Bel is a psychotherapist, professionally trained astrologer and Reiki & Seichem master practitioner.

She started out in a women’s centre in Belfast, where she produced and facilitated personal development courses, held weekly meditation groups and held space for one-to-one counselling sessions. She now runs a busy private practise from Belfast with clients from all over the world.

Frequently asked questions


Where will the course take place?

All of the group aspects for this course will take place online using Zoom, so you can attend no matter where you live. The aspects of the course that take place in nature are self-directed. We're inviting you to find areas of nature in your local area that can be part of your journey on this course. For some people this might be a garden or local park, for others it will be the sea, forest or other nearby countryside. If you go on holiday during our spring together you can take the course with you, exploring the nature in your new environment and dialling in for any live sessions.


What are the exact dates and times for the live online sessions?

Thursday 3rd March 6 - 7.30pm

Thursday 10th March 6 - 7.30pm

Sunday 20th March 2.30 - 4pm

Thursday 31st March 6 - 7.30pm

Thursday 21st April 6 - 7.30pm

Thursday 28th April 6 - 7.30pm

Thursday 5th May 6 - 7.30pm

Thursday 19th May 6 - 7.30pm

Thursday 26th May 6 - 7.30pm

All UK time.


What is the time commitment for this course?

As much of the course is self-directed the amount of time you dedicate to the material is largely up to you. However, the time commitment to attend the live sessions, complete some meditations each week and engage with the writing exercises is 2 hours per week


Do I get a completion certificate?

Yes. At the end of the season you will get a 26 hour CPD certificate.


Do you offer refunds?

If you purchase a place on the course but need to cancel before the 1st March when the course starts we will offer you a full refund. Refunds will not be available after that date.


What happens if I can't be free for all of the live sessions?

We all lead busy lives and it may be the case that you can't make all of the live sessions. The live sessions will not be recorded and there is no need to catch up with the material. However, if you miss a live session and want to be given some suggestions on how you might cover the topic area in a self-directed way then you can email us and we will send you some suggestions.


I can't attend on Thursday evenings will you be holding the live sessions on any other days of the week?

Unfortunately, no. We're going to stick with the schedule above for this Spring Feminist Way. If we feel that subsequent courses like this will have enough demand to hold two or three different live sessions a week we will consider that for future courses. If you'd like to talk with us about your whole team attending The Feminist Way and having their own series of online sessions then please get in touch [email protected]


How big will the groups be for the live sessions?

We're going to limit the size of the group to 45 people and break into much smaller groups for most of the live sessions.


Am I feminist enough?

Yes, you most definitely are. We are all on our own journey and we can support each other on that no matter where we are on the path. No one is going to be checking your feminist credentials at the door. This course is open to anyone who thinks it may be a good fit for them. We expect that we will have a wide range of people from those who have been deeply involved in feminism for years and those who are just starting on their journey. All are welcome.


Is this open to people of all genders?

Yes, The Feminist Way is open to people of all genders.


Do I need to do anything to prepare for the course?

If you would like to get the most out of the course it would be useful to give yourself time to go through the preparation material before the course starts. However, if you do not have time for this then it will be fine to just engage with the content as and when it is released on a weekly basis. If you feel that you are on a significant healing journey you may find the course below 'How do people heal from trauma?' a useful preparation for The Feminist Way.