FACILITATORS

New South Wales

Cat Dowd

Sydney: Outer North Shore

PHONE: 0403 661 305

EMAIL: catherinedowd7@gmail.com

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Cathy Giltrap

Regional: Albury-Wodonga

EMAIL: cathy@celebrationday.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

Regional: Far North Coast &

United States: Atlanta Georgia & Grass Valley, California

PHONE: 0431 914 567
EMAIL: gabrielle@girlwisdom.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.

Jacintha Gunasekera

Sydney: Inner West

PHONE: 0408 696 218
EMAIL: jacworldtrip@hotmail.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.

Melissa Hildage

Sydney: Inner East

PHONE: 0431 727 361
EMAIL: Melissa@bodybright.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.

Imelda Charumati Samperi

Sydney: Inner West

PHONE: 0434 673 545
EMAIL: imeldasamperi@live.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.

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