Jane Bennett.

Founder of Celebration Day for Girls. Australia

PH: +613 54743213
EMAIL: jane(at)janebennett(dot)com(dot)au
WEBSITE: www.janebennett.com.au

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I began my professional life as a social worker and after experiencing the revelations of charting my menstrual cycle in the mid-eighties I pursued a career counselling, teaching and writing for Natural Fertility Management. In 2000 I designed and ran the first Celebration Day for Girls, and in 2012 I began training facilitators internationally to run this programme. I am deeply honoured to have shared this special occasion with so many mothers and daughters over the years and now to be assisting an exceptional group of women to run this programme in their own communities and countries. I am the author of A Blessing Not a Curse (2002) and Girltopia (2010) and co-author of The Natural Fertility Management Kits for Contraception and Conception (2004) with Francesca Naish and The Pill: Are You Sure It’s For You? (2008) with Alexandra Pope.I have also created the Fathers Celebrating Daughters and Cool on the Inside  workshops and am happy to run these in your community.

Anne Hall

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: North East

PH: 0432 107 835
EMAIL: annabelle.hall(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au

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I am a qualified teacher and birth attendant and have worked extensively with mothers and babies, families of pre-schoolers, women and pre-pubescent girls. I believe girls, and women, should have access to clear and practical information about the workings of their bodies. The time of menarche is a natural event in our lifecycle that is special and significant to the emotional and physical health of girls and deserves to be honoured. A positive experience of menarche has long term benefits in all the major transitions of a woman’s life.

I live in the lively and leafy suburb of Montmorency in Melbourne and am home educating my three vibrant children.

PH: 0432 107 835
EMAIL: annabelle.hall@optusnet.com.au

Melissa Gonella

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: North East

PHONE: 0418 990 619
EMAIL: melissa(at)gonella(dot)com(dot)au
WEBSITE: www.melissagonella.com

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I have been providing women and girls with well-structured and experienced support surrounding natural fertility awareness and menstrual education for more than 5 years.  Teaching both privately and in group settings, running programs such as Women’s Circles, Connecting Cycles (for Women), Celebration Day for Girls (aged 10-12 and mothers/carers) and Cool on the Inside (girls 14-16).  I am a trained natural fertility educator, a doula and the mother of two daughters aged 8 and 13 and a 12-year old son.

I strongly believe that the way women and girls view their biology impacts their health and emotional wellbeing.  It’s time to step beyond old and outdated coping mechanisms into a fresh understanding of self-care that, unmistakably has a positive effect on health and the transformational stages of puberty through to menopause.

I also offer Cool on the Inside workshops.

Melinda Whyman

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: North East

PHONE: 0414 258 490
EMAIL: melinda.whyman(at)gmail(dot)com

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I am a Naturopath, Homoeopath, Herbalist, Natural Fertility Management Counsellor, Menstrual Health Educator and Birth Attendant. I have been immersed in the realms of women’s business since 1996.

I live in the beautiful Yarra Valley with my Beloved, 4 children and many animal friends. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, reading, writing and organic gardening.

In 2010, I graduated from the School of Shamanic Midwifery and in the years to follow have continued to work within this organisation in support of program administration and events management.

I am passionate about the rites of passage in a woman’s life – birth, menarche, childbirth, menopause – being honoured and celebrated as sacred times of transformation, preparing her for the next life stage to come and positively shaping her attitudes and beliefs about herself and the world around her.

I feel excited and deeply privileged to have the opportunity to empower and educate young girls in preparation for their menarche, to share with them the wisdom of their body and its cycles and the sacredness and beauty of what it is to be a Woman.

I also offer Fathers Celebrating Daughters and Cool on the Insideworkshops.

Luna White

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne:North East

PHONE: 0433 337 161
EMAIL: luna(at)littlefeetfarm(dot)com(dot)au

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I live in the beautiful Yarra Valley on a permaculture-inspired organic farm, with my partner and 3 daughters. We grow seasonal organic produce for direct supply to our local community. We aim to live sustainably and in close connection to the earth and the elementals. We are currently owner-building our family home.

I have a background in political activism, am a massage therapist and have many years experience sharing and holding sacred space with women.

I am passionately committed to supporting Woman as she journeys within herself. I believe that as women, being connected to and informed by the monthly rhythms of birth, death and rebirth within our own bodies, aligns us to the power of creation.
I seek to honour, empower and support young women to be respectfully initiated into womanhood. If menarche can be held consciously, my hope is that it may flow on into teenage life and adulthood with reverence and respect for our bodies, our blood and our being.
PHONE: 0433 337 161
EMAIL: moonsista1975@yahoo.com.au

Kath Callinan-Moore

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne:Outer East

PHONE: 0438 802 379
EMAIL: sjkm(at)bigpond(dot)net(dot)au

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As a physiotherapist and an ante-natal educator of 25 years I know the connection between positive outlook and positive outcome.

Instilling in our girls a sense of normalcy around the rhythm of their changing bodies aims to create just such positivity.

We want to awaken their innate curiosity about that which takes place within their bodies and affirm their special uniqueness within the midst of their collective experience as menstrually cycling young women.

The group forum and fun activities of a Celebration Day for Girls permit easy discussion and enhanced comfort around topics that are still, in this day and age, largely spoken of in hushed tones and behind closed doors.

I know that a girl’s positive experience of her menarche will pay forward to more positively experiencing future life transitions such as pregnancy, birthing and mothering and beyond to menopause. Research increasingly supports this.

It is so important to honour the transition from girlhood to womanhood. Let her shine with confident anticipation. I look forward to supporting you and your daughter at this precious time.

Lori Conn

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: Outer East

PHONE: 0422 535 889
EMAIL: laconn74(at)gmail(dot)com

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I am an experienced primary school teacher currently working in a local school. I live with my husband and three gorgeous children at the foot of the Dandenongs in Melbourne’s outer east.

My passion is involving children and families in authentic and simple celebrations of life, inspired by the natural rhythms of the world around us. I spend my quiet evenings creating little felted treasures for my children and friends, and love being out in the garden on weekends. I have learned so much from other women by taking part in women’s circles and blessingways. My wish for girls is to find a strong connection with other women of all ages – to help them be happy, confident and strong in their own bodies, and to know how to find the answers they seek.

Mardi Terrasson

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: Outer East

PHONE: 0490 202 882
EMAIL: rainbowstarsisterhood(at)gmail(dot)com

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Positive women’s empowerment education and public speaking have been my passion for over 20 years. As the founder of the Rainbow Star sister circle movement in Australia I have developed many supportive sisterhood communities. A published author on women’s topics, I have dedicated my life to improving the quality of life for all women. Working for the Department of Human Services over 15 years enabled me to gain vast experience in the many challenges facing young women in our modern world. I believe in building confidence in young girls as they become women so that they have a life of happiness and success.

The Celebration Day for Girls is a superb method of positive menstrual education, held in an inclusive environment that promotes wellbeing. Being comfortable with yourself, having fun and encouraging a loving bond with your mother are treasures this wonderful day offers girls. I am honoured as a facilitator to be able to offer this life-gift for your daughters as they begin to grow into the women they want to become.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing this beautiful day.

Atira Tan

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: Inner North

PH: 0467 613 562
EMAIL: atira.shri.yoga(at)gmail(dot)com
WEBSITE: www.theart2healingproject.org

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I am a creative art therapist, counselor, yoga, dance and meditation teacher. I have been teaching and facilitating workshops with women and girls for the past decade, and am passionate about and devoted to sacred feminine embodiment through the arts and movement.

The director and founder of The Art2Healing Project, a non-profit organization supporting the empowerment and healing of women rescued from the sex trafficked industry, I have worked in over 8 countries in Asia and the Pacific, from the refugee camps in the jungle of Burma, war zones in Cambodia to slums and brothels in Kathmandu. In 2012 I began working with Aboriginal girls in rural communities in the Alice Springs area of Central Australia. As well as art therapy and movement I am passionate about teaching menstrual cycle awareness and other means to a positive, empowered experience of our bodies and ourselves.

Jac Torrez-Gomez

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: Inner North and Central Victoria

PH: 0410 002 600
EMAIL: jac(at)crimsonmovement(dot)com
WEBSITE: www.crimsonmovement.com

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I am the founder and manager of Crimson Movement, a global social movement working to empower communities to understand and address barriers facing women and girls due to menstruation. Supporting this, I have over 10 years experience working in facilitating and teaching in community development contexts including in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Japan and Vietnam.

I hold a Bachelors degree in primary and secondary education, and a Masters Degree in International and Community Development. My passion lies in innovative strategies to providing education and healthcare to women and girls during humanitarian emergencies. I am a mother to Isabella, who was born in August 2012. In my spare time I love to swim, run, cycle and read inspirational biographies.

I also offer Fathers Celebrating Daughters workshops.

Janoel Liddy

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: Inner North

PHONE: 0408 664 919
EMAIL: contact.janoel(at)gmail(dot)com

WEBSITE: www.stepintowomanhood.com

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I came to this work through my passion for empowering girls to live fulfilling lives with self-awareness and the confidence to love, respect and care for themselves.  My role as the founder of Step into Womanhood arose from my women’s circle work, a shared meeting space for deep reflection and development.

I offer relaxed and enjoyable programs that involve both girls and parents, holding a safe and engaging space for individuals and groups.  I have worked in TAFE, university and community organisations as a facilitator, trainer and event organiser for more than 20 years.

I offer puberty and well-being education in schools, Celebration Day for Girls and Fathers Celebrating Daughters workshops as well as Cool on the Inside.

I am also responsible for an annual Mother and Daughter Coming of Age retreat run in Bali each year during the July school holidays.  I find it exciting and tremendously fulfilling to work with mothers and daughters as they develop greater understanding and celebration of their cycle and sense of self.

My purpose is to create meaningful programs for young people, to deepen their connection to themselves, their community and their environment, becoming vibrant young women and men in the process!

I am on the journey of raising a son and daughter with my partner of 20 years in Melbourne’s north.  A foodie, reader and storyteller, I make time for daily walks with the dog, weekly yoga and dance.

My quals include a Bachelor of Arts (Monash), Graduate Certificate in Training Management, Advanced Diploma in Hospitality, Certificate IV TAE in Training and Assessment, Steiner Teacher Training, Working with Children Check.

Charlotte Young

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: Inner North/Inner East

PHONE:   0417 509 756
EMAIL:  charlotteyoung007(at)gmail(dot)com
WEBSITE:  www.charlotteyoung.com.au/girls

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I am an educator and facilitator with 18 years’ experience in both classroom and workshop settings, and also a birth attendant, providing emotional and physical support to women through pregnancy, birth and postnatally. It is out of this work—accompanied by my long-time love affair with dance—that my passion for body literacy and puberty education has blossomed. My experience of being ‘with’ women, through birth and dance, has offered me a unique understanding of what it means to be in a healthy relationship with the body. It’s time to create a new paradigm and it starts with our girls! We all – parents, caregivers and teachers – can support our girls to be body literate and body trusting.

I live close to the Yarra River, with my husband and our three children, plus the dog and cat. In my free time, I write and walk in nature as much as possible, but not both at the same time.

Tanja Novakovic

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: Inner East

PHONE: 0410 106 879
EMAIL: tanjanovakovic1(at)gmail(dot)com

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I am an experienced primary school teacher holding a Masters of Education. When I am not facilitating Celebration Day, I am teaching at a school in my local community. I am eternally curious and love sharing my passion for learning. I enjoy dancing, singing, immersing myself in nature and enjoying time with loved ones. Facilitating Celebration Day for girls is close to my heart as I believe that the knowledge and support the girls receive is deeply needed and important. A positive menarche experience can help build confidence and wellbeing throughout life.

Growing up, I found support and learnt about menstruation and the woman’s journey through my mother. This relationship has helped me be the woman I am. It is truly special to help facilitate some of the conversation, celebration and passing of wisdom through the maternal line through this work.

Sisterhood circles have been a valuable part of my life for the past couple years. From regularly meeting and learning with sisters, I have found it very rich and rewarding when women support one another and work together without competition. This is the culture I share with others through Celebration Day.

I am passionate about empowering young people to be their best selves and see the value of their unique talents. As a teacher and facilitator I am caring, friendly and aim to make the activities fun and enriching for the girls and mothers. I look forward to meeting you.

Carolyn Shurey

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne, Inner West

PHONE: 0438 232 361

EMAIL: caroshurey(at)gmail(dot)com

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I am a qualified Primary School teacher, group facilitator, adult trainer, yoga and meditation teacher. I currently work as a Learning Facilitator at the Royal Botanic Gardens-Melbourne and also teach Meditation and Yoga at Prana House in Thornbury. I bring over 25 years of experience in the field of Education, Training and Group Facilitation with people of all ages and a large variety of backgrounds. I am passionate about social change, empowering people through education and facilitating supportive processes that build strong communities.

I see A Celebration Day for Girls as an integral and empowering process that helps guide and support girls through a time of great change. I craved this support as a girl and wish to share practical and positive information with girls that will help them grow into confident empowered young women.

I live in the northern suburbs of Melbourne with my gorgeous daughter and loving partner.  Our home has a permaculture garden complete with chooks, a bee hive and fruit trees.

Sally Quinn

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: Inner West

PHONE: 0401 946 325, 9689 5369


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After participating in a Celebration Day with my daughter in 2013, I knew that we had begun an important journey together; one that included not just us, but our family and community too. As a mum of 4 kids (including 3 girls!), I can already see the very tangible impacts of nurturing an affirming and open approach to menstruation and the different cycles in our lives.

As Co-founder and CEO of Green Collect, a not for profit social enterprise, my ‘main’ work is in the area of social and environmental sustainability. This work comes from a deep care for our natural environment and for communities facing significant disadvantage. Through flexible and supportive workplaces we journey closely with refugee communities, people experiencing homeless and at risk young people.

I feel very drawn to opening up the experience of Celebration Day for Girls to girls and women in communities where there is often trauma and lack of information around menarche and menstrual well-being. My training and experience as a social worker has given me strengths in facilitation, mediation, community development and support, particularly in relation to women’s issues.

I am really passionate about seeing young girls move forward into the world knowing their incredible strength and uniqueness, and able to embrace puberty as a time of possibility and empowerment. It’s no surprise that my move towards this work, has been accompanied by new awakenings in my own journey too! After 14 pretty busy years of mothering and ‘careering’ I have taken time to explore my own wisdom and cycles in a deeper way.

I feel very privileged to be sharing the fun and learning of Celebration Day for Girls with my local community in Footscray, and in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Please contact me to explore sessions with schools, community and friendship groups.

Melissa Jeffcott

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: South East, Bayside

PHONE: 0415 577 727

EMAIL: melissa(at)melissajeffcott(dot)com

WEBSITE: www.melissajeffcott.com

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My work as a certified life coach sees me speaking to many women about the challenges of parenting, and keeping connected to your children as they move beyond the childhood years. Becoming a facilitator for A Celebration Day for Girls was the perfect way to marry my background in child and developmental psychology, my work as a life coach for mum’s on the other side of forty, and my love of bringing women together to support and learn from each other.

A Celebration Day for Girls is a fun, engaging and informative workshop that both mums and daughters absolutely love and gain so much from. I am also a mum of two daughters and a son in this age range, and know first hand the benefits this day brings for your whole family.

I am based in Bayside Melbourne (Hampton), and I look forward to connecting with you and your daughter at a Celebration Day in the near future.

Alicia Rutter

Australia, Victoria, Melbourne: Outer South East

PHONE: 0457 336 787
EMAIL: aej.1065(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au

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I’m a creative expression facilitator with a Diploma in Art Therapy and a home educator with over twenty years experience home schooling my four children.


My background is in disabilities, foster care and refugees and am passionate about empowerment through education and love group work with people of any age..

I bring a great sense of respect, joy and inclusion to all my workshops.

I look forward to meeting you and your daughter soon.

Jules White

Australia, Country Victoria: West

PHONE: 0419 303 856
EMAIL: circlesoftruth(at)westnet(dot)com(dot)au

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I am a qualified primary and secondary science teacher. I have over 15 years facilitation experience working with environmental, landcare and farmer groups as well as running women circles and retreats. I have a business called Circles of Truth and sell beaded Moonflow Belts to celebrate menstruation. I am the mother of three beautiful daughters and with my husband Scott live on three picturesque acres of land, where we aim to live sustainably and simply.

Ingrid Petterson

Australia, Country Victoria: South West Coast

PHONE: 0420 932 751
EMAIL artmedicine(at)ymail(dot)com

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“I am always humbled to sit in circle with mothers & daughters. Sharing together, boundaries dissipate. We hear our stories in each other’s voices and our compassion grows. In this we are all connected.”

My work as a facilitator, art therapist and community worker, offers me the gift of working with girls and women with diverse backgrounds, abilities and life experiences. As a ‘Celebration day for Girls’ facilitator I am honoured to spend sacred time with girls, and their female carers, moving through the thresholds of menarche.

I am passionate about creating a safe and joyous world for all of our daughters and sons to grow up in. I look forward to sharing and learning with you.
With inspiration, Ingrid
B.A (Fine Arts, Philosophy & Women’s Studies), Dip. Transpersonal Art Therapy, Cert IV TAE, qualified member of the Australian Counseling Association, certified ‘Celebration day for Girls’ facilitator and ‘Father’s celebrating Daughters’ facilitator.

Michelle Buggy

Australia, Country Victoria: South West Coast

PHONE: 0417 168 070
EMAIL: informemotion(at)gmail(dot)com

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I am a mother of five, 2 boys and 3 girls.

We live in the Surf Coast and I work broadly throughout the Surf coast, Geelong and Bellarine Areas as a trainer, group facilitator and community arts coordinator,   facilitating Art and Art Therapy groups for a broad range of clients supporting: mental health, pregnancy, mothering, disabilities, eating disorders, addictive behaviours, team building, grief support services and personal evolution.

I am a practicing artist, Director of InformEmotion, Creator of The Red Tepee Community Arts Project and Spring Tide Experiential Arts Journal.

I have completed higher degrees in Fine Art and Art Therapy as well as a qualification in Training. I have studied Birthing Wisdom,  Antroposophy, Mentoring Circles with Young Girls, Wilderness Adventure Based Experiential Learning and Celebration Day for Girls facilitation with Jane Bennett!

I am passionate about Woman’s Wellbeing and self-empowerment and believe A Celebration Day for Girls lays a very rich foundation for a positive journey to womanhood, and one is which the bond of mother and daughter continues to evolve and offer support and connection.

Kate Lawrence

Australia, Country Victoria: Macedon Ranges

EMAIL: kate(at)katelawrence(dot)com(dot)au
WEBSITE: www.katelawrence.com.au
PHONE: 0402 080 445

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I am a storyteller, writer and facilitator.  I have worked with girls this age, girls on the brink of the monumental and amazing physical and emotional changes that occur as their bodies begin the journey to womanhood, on the football field, in the class room and on the stage.

As a widow, a mother of a three children, and caring for my 87 year old mother with dementia, I appreciate some of the complexity of family life and the mother/daughter relationship, and how our gender, our bodies and our cycles are intimately connected to all of it.

A few years ago my daughter and I participated in A Celebration Day for Girls in Woodend, and I loved the rhythm and ritual, significance and power of the day, with its story sharing, activities, education and connection.  And the channels of communication it opened between us.

As a feminist and naturalist, it was a natural fit for me to be interested in this work and want to be able to offer it in my local community.

Rebekah Honey

Australia, Victoria, Country: Central + Northern Victoria

PHONE: 0412 443 674
EMAIL: rebekahr(at)rebekahrussell(dot)com

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Helping children to live happier lives is what it all comes down to for me. The greatest gift I have found in my life is being part of the transformational outcomes of supporting our children to become happy, resilient, creative and passionate human beings!

For over 10 years I have been collaborating with teachers, parents, schools and therapists to support children through Positive Psychology, Mental Health and Social and Emotional Learning. I am a published author and co-founder (with my father Ivan Honey) of ‘The Get Happier Project’, a holistic program designed to teach children a vital framework that gives them the tools to build resilience, emotional intelligence, creative problem solving skills and an understanding of how and why we behave. I am honoured to be able to work with children and young people this way and to support teachers, schools, early intervention programs and community groups through this fun and transformational program.

Since 2006 I have co-facilitated intensive 2 and 4 Day workshops on the Positive Psychology of Choice Theory. These workshops have been in both the private and government sectors, with a focus on supporting teachers and youth workers of all kinds.  I have presented at major conferences including the ‘2013 No 2 Bullying Conference’, at which I shared the stage with positive psychology experts and leading authorities on anti-bullying and personal wellbeing.

I also have an affinity with nature and have worked extensively in Adventurous Training and Outdoor Education. As a qualified leader in Outdoor and Adventure Training, I came to embrace the deep and powerful connection open to us all through Earth Therapy. I use the skills and knowledge of leading in the outdoors to create safe and healing experiences for renewal and growth in the natural environment. I have led hundreds of people (adults and children) through challenging and rewarding activities in which fears and anxieties were transformed into self-knowledge and inspiration.

I am a qualified Positive Psychology Trainer (William Glasser Institute International), Certified Life and Creativity Coach, Holistic Counsellor, I have a BSc and have my Masters of Science and Technology.  My first career was as an Officer in the Australian Army (13 years in leadership positions). Most importantly though, I am a mother to Josh and Ella and we live by the dam, with its flock of native ducks, in rural Central Victoria.

Beck Meyers

Australia, Victoria, Country: Central + Northern Victoria

PHONE: 0499 015 975
EMAIL: beckmeyers(at)gmail(dot)com

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I am a qualified creative arts therapy practitioner with a background of over 14 years in community arts and development.  During this time I have had the honour of working with refugees, persons experiencing homelessness, mental health issues and women’s groups. This has deepened my awe of the emergent resilience, collaborative learning and transformation that occurs when sharing creative expression together.

I became especially moved to work with mothers and daughters when I embarked on the journey to become a mother myself. I live with my son and my partner in a beautiful valley where we enjoy fostering connection with nature and the community around our home.

I am excited and honoured to facilitate A Celebration Day for Girls workshops. This nourishing space invites mothers and daughters to connect and celebrate the magical time a girl enters puberty, as well as for a girl to feel the support of her community around her as she transitions into a young woman. My aim is that girls come away from the day with a deeper knowledge and appreciation of their bodies, and a stronger sense of who they are and can be within the world. It’s important to me to facilitate workshops that have a warm, welcoming and safe atmosphere for all participants. I welcome your questions, curiosity and registrations for A Celebration Day for Girls workshops.

Rachel Pilgrim

Australia, Victoria, Country: Central + Northern Victoria

PHONE: 0430 450 967
EMAIL: rachel.pilgrim(at)yahoo(dot)com

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I have qualifications in science, photography and yoga, and merge these together as an artist, gardener and overall lover of life. I have studied and lived in Yoga ashrams in Australia and India, and continue an ongoing practice in my own life.

For many years I have been drawn to deeply explore my own experience of being a woman. This journey accelerated with the pregnancy and birth of my first child in 2008. I have had many years involvement in women’s work: gathering and sharing in circles and exploring deeply what it is and what it means to be a woman. Through this, and through charting my own menstrual cycles, I have come to know first hand the positive impact and profound changes that come from tuning into ones own body. I feel a great sense of wholeness and connection when I observe nature’s cycles.

I am passionate about working with women and girls to support a healthy relationship with their bodies and menstrual cycles, and believe this work is imperative for young girls growing up in a culture where women are increasingly objectified and sexualised in the media.

A Celebration Day for Girls introduces girls to the next stage of womanhood in a beautiful, gentle and positive way, connecting them with each other and strengthening their mother-daughter relationship. I am excited to be offering this wonderful program to the families in my community, and welcome your questions, expressions of interest and, of course, registrations.

Nicole Tricarico

Australia, Victoria, Country: Central + North EasternVictoria

EMAIL: ntricarico(at)bigpond(dot)com
WEBSITE: www.yourbirthsupport.com

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As an Naturopath with 20 years experience specialising in women’s health, menstrual cycle awareness and infertility, becoming a Celebration Day for Girls facilitator seemed to be a natural and great fit for me. I also have 10 years experience as a Birth Educator/Mentor, preparing couples for birth and parenting, and have trained more recently as a Dunstan Baby Language Educator.

I have been called to work with women in other settings like Women’s Circles, Mum’s groups and Blessingways, and am very excited to now be offering such a wonderful opportunity to girls and their mothers in my community. I feel honored to be able to help prepare girls for this major rite of passage in their life and bring connection, normalisation, self awareness and understanding to what can be a really positive time for both girls and their mums.

I live in the Goulburn Valley with my husband and 3 beautiful children.

Cathy Giltrap

Australia, Victoria-NSW, Regional: Albury-Wodonga

EMAIL: cathy(at)celebrationday(dot)me

PHONE: 0403 166 589

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I love living in regional NSW in Albury-Wodonga. Professionally I am involved in a few areas including sustainable building design with an interest in the human element as well as many years of experience of  administration in health settings. I am managing Albury Osteopathic Clinic currently and will be taking on a care-provider role over the next few years when I become a doula.

When I looked for guidance to help my daughters through menarche and puberty, I couldn’t find anything in our local community and it was this that brought me to becoming a ‘Celebration Day for Girls’ Facilitator. I am blessed to have found this avenue to connect and guide girls and women at this magnificent time and am looking forward to meeting you and your daughter.

Jacintha Gunasekera

Australia, New South Wales, Sydney

PHONE: 0408 696 218
EMAIL: jacworldtrip(at)hotmail(dot)com

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I’m so excited that you’re interested in having a Celebration Day for your daughter, school class or community group. I am a Naturopath and Certified Practitioner of the Maya Abdominal Therapies, and I specialise in the full range of women’s reproductive health – from puberty to menstrual cycle awareness, pre-conception healthcare, pregnancy and menopause. I am also an Aunty to five gorgeous girls from 3 to 17, and am pretty enthusiastic about our girls feeling good about themselves and confident in this world. I love being involved in teaching girls about the wonder of their bodies, and rewarding curiosity with knowledge. I am based in Sydney but am happy to travel to your group, please give me a call or send me an email.

I also offer Fathers Celebrating Daughters workshops.

Imelda Charumati Samperi

Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Inner West

PHONE: 0434 673 545
EMAIL: imeldasamperi(at)live(dot)com

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I have several decades experience as a meditation teacher, facilitator and yoga stretch instructor. In this time I have taught meditation and relaxation in schools and workplaces, facilitated weekend retreats and workshops for families and children, and led exploration of the feminine in workshops for women.

My day-to-day work is in finance, as Credit Controller for the Credit and Investment Ombudsman, liasing with a large team of lawyers in an external dispute resolution scheme for the financial services industry.

I’ve always been interested in child education and development especially in relation to women’s issues. I recognise puberty as an important and powerful time that is so often overlooked. As such I am excited to be offering Celebration Day for Girls in the Sydney community as I believe this Day offers positive and connected support at this significant time in a girl’s life, that will have a lasting impact on girls supporting their emerging womanhood in an easeful and harmonious way.

Melissa Hildage

Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Inner East

PHONE: 0431 727 361
EMAIL: Melissa(at)bodybright(dot)com
WEBSITE: www.bodybright.com

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I am the mother of two girls, and together as a family we enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.  My attentions have long been focused on Yoga, complementary therapies and fitness as a means to a balanced body and mind, and I’m passionate about women’s health and wellness.

Originally from a corporate background, I have been a Massage Therapist since 2006, working between London and Sydney. I have completed studies in Remedial and Sports Massage, Maya Abdominal Therapy™, Maya Spiritual Healing, Fertility Massage and Reproductive Health, Pregnancy Massage, Kahuna Massage, Yoga Teacher Training and am an Infant Massage Instructor.

During A Celebration Day for Girls I enjoy creating a safe and nurturing space where young girls can learn, share and empower themselves with the knowledge that will help them become a confident and happy young woman. This program is a wonderful way to share the wisdom of our bodies with our daughters and help maintain self love and respect at a critical stage in their development.

I was blessed with a very good relationship with my own Mother and had a very positive experience of menarche and beyond. The particular strengths I bring to this work are authenticity, love and empathy.

Cat Dowd

Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Outer North Shore

PHONE: 0403 661 305

EMAIL: catherinedowd7(at)gmail(dot)com

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Cathy Giltrap

Australia, Victoria-NSW, Regional: Albury-Wodonga

EMAIL: cathy(at)celebrationday(dot)me

PHONE: 0403 166 589

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I love living in regional NSW in Albury-Wodonga. Professionally I am involved in a few areas including sustainable building design with an interest in the human element as well as many years of experience of  administration in health settings. I am managing Albury Osteopathic Clinic currently and will be taking on a care-provider role over the next few years when I become a doula.

When I looked for guidance to help my daughters through menarche and puberty, I couldn’t find anything in our local community and it was this that brought me to becoming a ‘Celebration Day for Girls’ Facilitator. I am blessed to have found this avenue to connect and guide girls and women at this magnificent time and am looking forward to meeting you and your daughter.

Gabrielle Goldklang

Australia, New South Wales, Country: Far North Coast and United States: Atlanta Georgia and grass Valley, California

PHONE: 0431 914 567
EMAIL: gabrielle(at)girlwisdom(dot)net

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I am passionate about offering support and mentorship through facilitating Celebration Day for Girls and other programs specifically designed for young women to connect with themselves and each other, learn about their menstrual cycle and embrace the changes they are going through on their journey into becoming a young woman. I know from my own experience growing up that this can be a challenging and confusing time in a young girls life. As a dedicated facilitator, mentor, friend and confidant I believe that with guidance and mentorship, these pivotal years can be very enriching and empowering for girls. By being empowered, each young woman will have the ability to make wise choices based on her internal guidance system and live a joyful and meaningful life, loving herself just the way she is!

I studied Psychology at the University of Colorado and have studied Western and Eastern health modalities, with a focus and passion for nutrition and women’s health. I have been dancing all of my life and am a certified yoga teacher for kids and teens and have taught yoga in India at an orphanage. Along with being a certified facilitator of Celebration Day for Girls, I have completed the Fundamentals Teen Girl Life Coach Training with Teen Wisdom and am a certified mentor with Journey of a Young Woman. It is my intention to support and empower young women to be comfortable in their own bodies, be educated about their menstrual cycle and well being, and to live a fulfilling, impactful and meaningful life.

Julia Dendrinos

Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Canberra

PHONE: 0407 661 676

EMAIL: julia(at)grapevine(dot)com(dot)au

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“Slow down, simplify your life and attend to what matters most”.

What an amazing message to be reminded of each month as a woman who cycles. The more I have tuned into my Menstrual Cycle the more conscious I have become of its guiding wisdom. It helps me to find my equilibrium and look after myself in the midst of a busy life. Wouldn’t it be great to have this concept from the start of one’s menstrual journey?

I came to Celebration Day for Girls as my daughter approached puberty. I wanted a gentle transition with positive information. I also wanted to acknowledge and celebrate the young woman she is becoming. Celebration Day did all this and more.

Celebration Day for Girls plants a seed in each girl as to the wonder of their body. The day itself is fun, engaging and very hands on. The activities create an experience of connection and togetherness. This ‘sisterhood’ felt by the girls creates the foundation for being able to support each other. I see it as an important component in the resilience, positive body image and mental well being of our girls.

I have taught Yoga for over 20 years to children and adults from all walks of life. I am also a qualified Naturopath with a special interest in women’s health and Nutrition.

I hope to meet you and your daughter in the near future at Celebration Day.

Patricia Falcetta

Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Canberra

PHONE: 0420 973 042

EMAIL: patricia.falcetta(at)trinitylaw(dot)com(dot)au

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My work as an Education Support Specialist sees me guiding children and families through the challenges of life.   I work with both the parent and the child to achieve the best possible outcomes for the child both within an educational and family context.

Becoming a facilitator for Celebration Day for Girls has been the perfect way for me to marry my passion for supporting children to be the best that they can be and have inner confidence and a strong sense of self.

My passion is to contribute to the future generation by enabling children to possess the ability to openly exhibit true self-expression and belief in themselves.

Celebration Day for Girls provides the perfect avenue for me to able to achieve my passion.  I believe it is so important for girls becoming young women to feel empowered in their strength and self-belief.

Celebration Day for Girls provides an avenue for girls approaching their first menarche to honour, stop and reflect on this pivotal moment in their lives.  It is an experience of connection with significant females in their lives as well as with other girls their age.

I am delighted to be able to have been provided with this gift to support mothers and daughters through this “rite of passage” in a girl’s life as a Celebration day for Girls facilitator.

Fiona House

Australia, South Australia, Adelaide, Aldgate

PHONE: 0416 473 163
EMAIL: fiona(at)yourbodyyourtemple(dot)com(dot)au
WEBSITE: www.yourbodyyourtemple.com.au

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Since 2004 I have been running my own practice in various massage and bodywork modalities and am a qualified Doula (Birth Attendant). As well as using bodywork to support and nourish women though life’s many challenges, I am passionate about supporting women and girls through important times in their life and rites of passage. My bodywork practice is in Kensington Park and I host the Adelaide Hills Moon Lodge in a 7m yurt on my property in Aldgate. This is for womens’ gatherings and for Celebration Day for Girls.

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