Gillian Kelly

Dublin, Ireland

EMAIL: Gillianr.kelly(at)gmail(dot)com

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I have been working with girls aged 10-12 for the past 10 years in a number of roles including teacher, counsellor, activity leader and therapeutic recreation facilitator. I am a primary school teacher with a degree in Psychology and a certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Reiki.

Through my work, I see first hand how many girls lose their spark, vitality and confidence entering puberty and how vital it is for them to experience the changes they are going through as a normal and wonderful transition rather than something to be ashamed of.   It is so refreshing for them to have any questions and fears addressed and answered in an open way and to discuss their feelings and anxieties freely. The difference that this can have on their sense of self and self-esteem is phenomenal.

I have been delighted to see how the Celebration Day for Girls offers the opportunity to open communication between mothers and daughters and strengthen their relationship at this crucial point in a girl’s life.

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Sarah Watters

Dublin, Ireland

EMAIL: sarahkelly10(at)hotmail(dot)com

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I absolutely thrive when helping people to feel good about themselves. This stems from a huge and long held interest in Well Being and Self Worth development. As a Mam of 3 children, I understand the importance of nurturing and guiding our young with essential tools that will help them on their journey into adulthood. My professional background has been primarily in Human Resources in the corporate sector followed most recently by a long and lovely career being self-employed as a Beauty Therapist. I am also a Children and Teenager Mindfulness Practitioner. Having trained with Kitty Maguire in Menstrual Cycle Awareness, I have witnessed personally the powerful changes I now have with my own menstrual cycle. I am so honoured that I am able to share this knowledge with others, nhelping our young to develop a positive and potentially life-changing relationship with their cycle and their bodies.
I cannot wait to welcome you to our Celebration Day for Girls Workshop.


Emma Sheridan

Dublin, Ireland

EMAIL: emjsher(at)gmail(dot)com

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When I lived in Sri lanka I was invited to a few “Big Girl Parties” These were village wide celebrations in honour of local girls who had gotten their first period! I was touched by the beauty & potential of crafting rituals to support & honor girls at this transformative moment in their lives & felt a deep grief for the absence of this rite of passage in my own.
Like most of us, I did not grow up in a culture that recognised the power & wisdom of women or celebrated them as part of a sisterhood.
I remember feeling confused, embarrassed & alone during my puberty and menstruation journey – an all too common experience for young girls & women – the effects of which can be long-lasting & significant. Over the years, as a women’s circle and retreat facilitator I’ve heard time and again how struggles with self confidence, self care & well-being all linked back to a lack of positive role models & real education about the female body as  girlsI can only imagine the impact had we experienced a safe & supportive space to learn about our changing bodies, connect with other girls going through the same experience & explore topics like self- care & emotional well-being at such a crucial threshold.

I truly believe there is no greater gift to the world than a woman who feels confident and empowered in her skin. This is what inspires and motivates me in making sure that every girl has access to the information, support, and resources they need to thrive!

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