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Reclaim Your Life! Secrets to Rebirth Yourself at Midlife


When: Thursday June 9, 2016, 6-8PM

Where: Hera Hub, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd, 400, San Diego, CA 92121

What: An interactive and informative workshop to reclaim your life

Why: A transforming experience to move beyond your blocks and create the life of your dreams

As a Midlife Woman, do you find yourself

  • feeling out of sorts,
  • stripped of who you believed you were,
  • getting strange physical ailments,
  • going through transitional stages of confusion,
  • not knowing exactly where you are heading in your life?

Don’t despair! You might be in menopause!

It is a well-kept secret that, during this maligned time, empowered midlife women have the opportunity to transform their lives on their own terms and actualize all of their latent potentialities.

  • Would you like to handle this transition without being heavily medicated?
  • Are you interested in treating your symptoms in the most natural and empowered way?
  • Are you ready to start living your life on your own terms?

I know you can do it, because my clients and I did, and we are now thriving and leading fulfilled, vibrant lives!

What if there was a way where you could

  • elevate your energy,
  • live a rich life,
  • feel healthier and more vibrant than at any other age?

If you’re looking for alternative ways of dealing with these challenges, you will want to join me in this interactive and informative workshop to learn about healing yourself from the inside out. I specialize in midlife women who are experiencing natural physical changes and also need support with the emotional response that causes them to get derailed in life.

After a lifetime of eating disorders and emotional eating, Sirena underwent a full personal and professional transformation during her menopause years. She changed careers and became certified as an Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach, offering programs that inspire her clients to reconnect with their bodies, minds and spirits. This journey led her to embody the Midlife Midwife, modeling for her clients how to courageously step center‐stage in their lives by unleashing their unique personal power, creative self‐expression and overall wellbeing. Her mission as a Midlife Midwife is to show by example how transformation is attainable for midlife women and beyond; that it is possible to stay healthy, vibrant and beautiful after the reproductive years.

In this workshop you will learn how to

  • Reclaim your personal power and take control of your physical transformation, without having to buy into a traditional medical approach to healing.
  • Release the toxicity from your physical, mental and emotional systems that you have been probably carrying around for years without even knowing it.
  • Activate your system, feeling an immediate increase in your vitality, strength and creativity
  • And finally, fulfill those dreams that you had put aside during your childbearing and career-building years

Investment: $25 pre-paid, $35 at the door


Your Facilitator

CLB-Divas-Sirena-1-71-2Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D., is a board certified Holistic Health Coach, international author and speaker, radio host and blogger. With 30 years experience in self-development, health and wellness, Sirena believes in a holistic and empowered approach to life transitions  through self-awareness, emotional, mental and physical detoxing. As a Midlife Midwife she supports women in midlife and beyond to move gracefully through their blocks and rebirth into a vibrant second half of their lives. She is the founder and facilitator of the Wise Women’s Talking Circles that gather monthly in San Diego and Baja California.

Dr. Pellarolo is Professor Emerita of Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies. She has authored and published numerous articles and two books on Latin American performance and gender studies, globalization and new social movements. She is co-author of Success in Beauty: The Secrets to Effortless Fulfillment and Happiness (2014) and Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause (2015). Her forthcoming Recover Your Juiciness: A 30 Day DIY Guide for an Empowered and Healthy Menopause will be out in Fall 2016 by Flower of Life Press.

El poder transformador en las transiciones de las mujeres

Desde una perspectiva personal, esta presentación interactiva explora la trayectoria psico-espiritual de los diferentes ciclos vitales por los que traviesan generalmente las mujeres, prestando especial atención a las transiciones. Históricamente, las mujeres gozaban de una comunidad que usaba ritos y ceremonias para honrar el pasaje por las diferentes etapas de la vida. Cómo logramos hoy, en esta época en la que muchas vivimos aisladas y carentes de una comunidad que nos sostenga y apoye, atravesar de manera exitosa y empoderada transiciones muchas veces conflictivas y mal interpretadas, como la pubertad y adolescencia, la maternidad y la menopausia? Esta charla apunta a rescatar respuestas ancestralmente practicadas en nuestras propias tradiciones culturales que, por simples, no siempre resultan evidentes o implementadas.

La doctora Sirena Pellarolo es Profesora Emérita de Estudios Culturales Latinoamericanos de la Universidad del Estado de California en Northridge, autora y conferencista internacional con treinta años de experiencia, Como coach de salud holística utiliza la alimentación como medicina (comida viva y desintoxicaciones), el autoconocimiento y la sanación emocional, mental y espiritual para apoyar a mujeres en la menopausia a mitigar sus síntomas con métodos naturales y realizar una efectiva y empoderada transición hacia una vital y productiva segunda etapa de sus vidas.

Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause for purchase here!


I am so proud to introduce to you the collection I have co-authored with other twenty-four wonderful women. Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause is a “hot” resource that participates in the building of a movement of midlife women on a mission to deconstruct the maligned rap that this stage in every woman’s lives has received for decades.

As we reframe menopause on our own terms, we create a community of empowered midlife women who dare to use this portal of transformation to give birth to the best version of themselves they could have ever thought they could become.

Are you ready to join this midlife women’s movement that will revolutionize life as we know it? If you are, read about how other sisters have done it already, by purchasing your copy of Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause, here.

Please check a preview of the chapter I contributed to for this anthology, “Writing As A Process of Rebirthing.” 

And one more thing. When you purchase your copy in my website,  you will get free shipping and a complimentary Breakthrough Session with me ($150 value), to kick-start your transformation.

I hope you enjoy the ride!

Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause out on September 1st!


Hello friends!

I have a simple question for you, and I already know the answer… Ready?

“Do you know anyone whose life has been impacted by Menopause?”

It’s like asking if you ever have…

  • Been a woman
  • Had a mother
  • Known a woman

I don’t need to be a mind reader to know that everyone will answer “yes.”

Let’s face it—everybody is impacted by the “Change,” and a special group of women (including yours truly) have joined hands to compile the stories and secrets of our journeys.

With a goal of sharing both our knowledge and experience, Menopause Mavens was born, and this book is the culmination of our work together.

Take 25 dynamic women who want to tell their story—give them the opportunity to be honest, emotional, as raw as they want—and look out world!

The Mavens are here to open their hearts, share the truth of this unavoidable rite of passage, and turn the often-mysterious experience into a sacred, magical space, filled with the potential to be transformational.

We can’t avoid it, so… let’s pull together and make life’s biggest transition a place to evolve, and set the stage for the shift that will follow.

The Menopause Mavens have written a book, and it will make every woman’s life easier, every crazy moment understandable, and share the power of sisterhood with all of the women who have been thrown into menopause’s alchemic cauldron.

It doesn’t last forever (though it feels that way), and you can create the best possible experience…

The Mavens are here to help!

100% of the profits of Amazon sales of this book are being donated to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)Our donations will be used to support NCADV’S vision to create a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated; and where society empowers victims and survivors, and holds abusers accountable.

You can support our mission by sharing this email with every woman you know who may benefit from this information and community, and of course, by purchasing your copy of Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause from Amazon on September 1, 2015, between 8am and 3pm.

Please, get a preview peak of my chapter “The Masquerade is Over: Shedding Masks at Midlife.”

Thank you so much for supporting this project!

To your health!

Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D., your Midlife Midwife

Writing As a Process of Re-birthing

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When last Fall Jane Ashley asked me to participate in her book project, Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause, I was going through a pivotal time in my life. I was about to become finally retired from my position as college professor and focus entirely on my holistic health coaching practice. I was also getting ready to leave the town I had lived in for the past twenty-seven years.

While I was tossing stuff I didn’t need anymore to make space and welcome a new stage in my life, I started gathering information to write a DIY guide towards an empowered and healthy menopause. I was also revisiting old journals, collecting information and quotes about my peri-menopause years, a time I felt I had barged through without too much awareness of the changes I was experiencing. What I discovered in my journals surprised me! In a very unconscious and deep way, I had been able to record feelings, body changes and profound transformations that revealed a great clarity about my passage through the Change.

I decided to use those journals as raw material to write my chapter for Jane’s book. The writing process was the most revealing experience I have ever had in many years. I was able to understand my younger self and forgive her for not being conscious enough as she underwent the preludes of menopause. This insight has helped me tremendously in my own practice as a Midlife Midwife to become more compassionate with my clients as I support them in their own rebirthing process.

I’m so grateful for Jane’s invitation to be a co-author of Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause. My life will never be the same after this project.

Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D., Midlife Midwife,

Uncovering My Authentic Voice: Conversations with Iemajá

Oceanic Goddess Iemanjá

Oceanic Goddess Iemanjá

“Oi Mamâe, ‘ta bonita hoje você!”

“Bom dia, minha filha, ‘tava esperando-a.”

My salutations to my Oceanic Mother Iemanjá go something like this every day. As I approach her blue majesty, I am overcome by a sense of reverence and beauty, and it is then when I feel a strong urge to communicate my love to her. I talk to her in Portuguese, as I was introduced to her in Brazil, as a teenager, when my family and I vacationed in our beach house in Florianopolis.

“’ce si lembra, mamâe, do dia dois de fevereiro cuando eu conheci você na festa dos navegantes?”

“Eu lembro, minha filha, e sei que isse dia você ficou prendada de mim pra sempre…”

I sure did. Ever since I witnessed the celebrations for my mother Iemanjá on her day, February 2nd, o dia de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes, honoring “Our Lady of Seafarers,” I became her true devotee. The fishermen’s homage to the bounty of the ocean–that opulent womb that sustains them daily– resonated deeply in me. I knew there was an ancestral memory activated when I saw the white-garbed participants, their colorful wooden barges ready to go out into sea, their offerings of flowers, fruits, candles, mirrors and other objects that a Mâe uses to adorn herself. Salve Rainha do Mar!

Dia 2 de fevereiro, Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes

Dia 2 de fevereiro, Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes

My current proximity to my beloved Oceanic Mother has helped me develop a close relationship with her. I bathe in her waters daily, I honor her with offerings on special occasions and I share with her the ruminations that haunt me in this transition…

“I have told you, Mamâe, that my intention in this new phase of my life, after letting go of so much baggage that was stunting my growth, is to fully express myself from my authentic voice, to travel and write…

Since I was a little girl, I loved to write. I think I was eight when I wrote my first poem to impress my mom after she had scolded me for something I had done. Writing has always been easy for me, and I was able to professionalize this skill as a professor and a scholar. My challenge right now is to be able to authentically integrate these skills with a more personal voice, that undercurrent that has been emerging silently every morning for decades, the voice that seeps through at the break of dawn, when everything is still dark and quiet. The voice of my journals, the secret voice that has been unheard until now, those whispers hushed since my youth, waiting patiently to be used as the raw material for the memoir I’ll write one day…

 I find it challenging now to professionalize in turn that intimate voice that expresses my vulnerability and my longings, that recovers the poet/mystic in me, a baroque voice with traces of my maternal Spanish, inspired by the lushness and magic of my native continent and its beautiful cultures and literatures.

How do I express the stirrings of my soul, my true identity with a voice that is my own? How do I transition from the need to quote authorities to validate my point of view, to just note the singing of the birds in the morning, the constant shrill of the cicadas on warm evenings, the music of falling green mangoes, the buzzing of the mosquitoes in my ear? How do I capture the cadence of the waves breaking on shore persistently, constantly, patiently?

How do I communicate this bursting of emotions, dreams and desires to my readers in an effective way? How do I stay true to myself while at the same time capturing their imagination?”

“Minha filha, o que voce perguntar, ‘ce ja sabe mesmo. I appreciate your questions, as I know they’re coming from a deep desire to be sincere, speaking clear words from your open heart. And I also know that the answers are within you.

Expressing ourselves is like breathing. As we rest in the assurance that who we are is enough, whatever we do or say will be an expression of our true self. It just requires our total self-acceptance and approval of what our intuition guides us to say or do. You might need to be reminded of that now.

For me, it’s just allowing our Grand Mother Moon to work through me, to let her changing energies to move me in that constant swelling and retreating that is the essence of her nature, of my nature. Just flowing with the contractions and expansions. It is also holding space for the currents that run deep within me to take their course. I’m a flexible container for all that life that manifests as the divine Ocean. It is enough for me to balance in a continuous aquatic flow of birth and regeneration, creating a viable place for all kinds of marine creatures to grow and prosper.

My breath is deep, and so should be yours. Deep and sincere. As you tap into that core, that pristine quarry within and turn your back to external distractions, you will confidently be speaking from your authentic voice.

You have consciously chosen to take the high road, minha Filha, and thus become entitled to see through the veil of this material reality. That takes work and sacrifice, making each and every moment of your existence sacred to honor what you are meant to see.

 It is my charge to you to release the fear, the doubt. Have the courage to go through the pains of birthing once again your beautiful texts of realities, images and concepts that will stir something very deep inside your readers. That’s your way of serving me. That is what you are summoned to do as an appointed Sirena.

Pay attention to what this place is teaching you and write “from the present,” as Jane suggested. Breathe the abundance of this generous nature, the life that pulsates continuously as birds and bugs and the intense greenery of the jungle. See how simple life is, how easy it is to celebrate it by just being in tune with its flows; how the monkeys delight in their roaring and the dutiful surfers just wait patiently to ride the right swell on my back. You yourself bask in my warm waters as you are embraced in my foam, diving into the breaks as the Divina Sereia that you are.

Write from that place of celebration and devotion. Breathe your words and they will be good enough to express yourself authentically. Now go do your work, Minha Filha, you have my blessings. Abençoadae é você.”

A Divina Sereia

A Divina Sereia

As Women, We Need to Re-Member…

three-faced Mayan Goddess Ix Chel

“My hands carry thousands of years worth of stories, medicine, healing and magic. The more I heal and hold space, the more I remember. The surges that come up for me in my midwifery journey heal the wounds, heal the trauma, heal the disconnections. As I step into my power more and more, I feel myself expanding, vibrating and connecting to the cosmos and ancestors on so many levels. It’s truly a surreal experience and no midwifery program can teach me to be a traditional midwife because it’s already in my veins, in my blood, in my hair, in my heart, in my breath, in my WHOLE being.”                                                                                         María Rivera, midwife apprentice and seer

What is it that, as women, we still remember? What is it that we have chosen to forget just to keep us safe? In this International Women’s Day I’d like to ponder on the power that we, as women, are reclaiming and still need to fully get in touch with within our own selves in order to effect a quantum leap of consciousness towards a more evolved humanity. I know we have the courage and determination to go deep into that ancestral pain and extract, with the aid of fish bones and spines, the pearls of wisdom that we have knowingly concealed.

Surrounded by so many brujas, fairies, doula and midwife-to-be friends, as a grandmother and as a Midlife Midwife myself, I am very in tune with the magical powers we carry within us that prompt us to move forward in each stage of our lives, helping us to rebirth ourselves like a Phoenix rising from its own ashes. I know we have everything it takes for us to be healthy, fulfilled and empowered and to support others in their own coming to life. It’s just a question of unplugging from the disempowering dissonance of the external noise and paying attention, simply tuning into our ancestral wisdom, the wisdom we carry in our bodies, as Maria consciously discovered.

“It’s safe for me to be powerful” has been an affirmation I’ve been repeating constantly for some time now, after an incredibly insightful energy healing session with sister midwife Karen Clothier, in which I viscerally got in touch with the pain and the terror of being punished by death for the powers I had wielded in some remote incarnation. We women still carry in our DNA the collective memory of our ancestors’ holocaust during the Inquisition and far beyond for just exercising our natural womanly powers to hold the tribe together, for healing and love. Quite threatening for a patriarchal paradigm where war and the use of utilitarian reason ruled!

We are indeed the survivors of that holocaust, and the more we are able to re-member, feel deeply, embody, forgive and then move beyond that identification with victimhood, will we allow ourselves to plunge into the rich quarries of accumulated knowledge and lived experiences stored in our cells. As we reclaim our authentic selves by recovering and healing the memories, we heal individually and necessarily participate in the collective raising of the planetary consciousness.

I feel very close to Mayan Moon Goddess Ix Chel, the three-faced deity of water, weaving and childbirth. In her representations as the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone, she covers the three stages of women’s lives. As the Crone, she is an old midwife, the experienced elderly woman who supports mothers in childbirth, and the caretaker of children. My visit to her sanctuary in Cozumel, accompanied by a group of enlightened bruja-friends in a journey where we traced Mayan goddesses’ marks in the beaten path of the Yucatan, is still warm in my heart. This experience opened up a deep yearning to stay close to women’s circles, ceremony and devotion as a means to continue my evolution as a vessel and channel for the mystery of life.

Thank you, Sisters, for walking this path together, and for the courage to re-member and heal.