What is the 'Being Cycle Wise' Program?
Being Cycle Wise is an all-encompassing menstrual health & wellbeing program delivered by industry leading women’s health educator Sara Harris.
Designed for both primary school students in years 5 & 6. And for secondary school students in years 7 - 10.
The Cycle Wise Program develops key transferable life skills in girls & menstruating young people by educating them to understand their bodies and their menstrual cycle and be wise to the body’s changes - rather than at the mercy of them. The program guides teens through a process where they learn how to maximise one’s potential, with confidence and empowerment during their school years and life beyond school.
This program is a prevention approach, providing a foundational and essential life-skill for young women. Simple implementation over a 6-8 week period, so students ‘embody’ what they learn, rather than just getting the information.
Teacher Implementation Training
Live training (90 minutes) for your staff where Sara will highlight the intention behind the program, the core objectives and outcomes. Teachers will be taken through the program material to ensure they feel confident and comfortable in supporting the students.
Presentation for Students
Sara will deliver a 90 minute presentation + 30 minute Q&A, to your chosen cohort, online or in-person. This presentation sets the foundation of the program for the students on all things menstrual health & wellbeing. All students will receive the Cycle Wise Diary workbook at this session.
Teacher Guided Modules
Teachers will guide the delivery of 4 video modules over the next 4-6 weeks to bring focus to key areas of menstrual health & wellbeing. This includes 4 modules (video lessons) + student activities (45 minute lessons). Students are encouraged to fill out their diary over this time.
Please note: teachers are provided with all required materials for the lesson.
Follow up Live Q&A for Students
A 1 hour live follow up Q&A session with Sara 6-8 weeks after the initial student presentation where students can ask any questions and share their experiences. This session completes the program - the students walk away with tangible and practical life-long skills to support them in all aspects of life.
Teachers will have access to bonus video material until the end of the school year. These materials will bring more focus to topics already covered in the program, along with body awareness recordings and meditations.
Build body literacy.
Embrace the ebb & flow.
Know when to get support.
Live your potential.
The program covers:
Understanding Period Problems
Lifestyle & Exercise for
Dealing with Stress &
Supporting Mental Health
Building a Relationship with
your body: Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence
About Sara Harris
BHSc, Grad Dip Couns, MWomHMed, CertIV TAE
Sara is the founder of Follow your Flow and Cycle Wise Education. Her study and work in the area of women’s health spans across two decades. She has worked in private practice along with running programs, courses and events to support girls and women reignite their relationship with themselves.
'Sara works in such a positive and respectful way with her students, both individually and as a class. Her skillset and insightful knowledge of meditation, individual counselling and group support have been greatly appreciated by the college and me personally. She is a wonderful practitioner'
Head of Wellbeing
Bentleigh Secondary College
Teacher Delivery Outline
The History of Menstruation
Myths & Misconceptions that feed the stigma around periods
Understanding the Menstrual Cycle & the support it provides
To bring awareness to where the narrative around periods come from
Bust common myths surrounding the topic of periods
To foster an appreciation for the female body and nurture positive body image
The Female Body and its magnificent intelligence
All about hormones and why they matter
Ovulation – the main event!
To bring awareness to the intricacy of how the female body works
To bring understanding to hormones and how they support us
To bring focus to ovulation - learn how to predict when ovulation will occur
To identify the many changes that occur throughout the cycle
How lifestyle choices impact your cycle
Hormone disruptors – what to be aware of
How to stress less – Body Awareness & Meditation
To bring awareness to how we live and how this impacts on our period
To bring awareness to the link between hormones and our mental health
To develop strategies to deal with stress in a very practical way
To develop lifestyle and diet strategies to support period health
How to maximise your potential & build inner confidence
Building positive body image
How to seek support for period/hormone health
How to avoid missing school and other important life activities
To bring focus to the different phases of the cycle
To build an appreciation of the body and how it works.
To develop strategies to support the changes that occur in the body