FACILITATORS

United Kingdom

Noura Alfadl

London

Jeddah, Saudia Arabia

PHONE: 07554872788
EMAIL: noura@noorishwellness.com

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I am a certified yoga teacher and a mother of three beautiful and feisty girls.  Based in West London,  my journey into yoga and wellbeing has given me a unique understanding of what it means to be in a healthy relationship with your body. I have a particular interest in women’s wellness and in supporting women through the different stages of their lives. I’m a Red Tent Apprentice and am trained in Menstrual Cycle Awareness.  My approach to yoga encourages women to learn about their bodies, find their own rhythm and create a balanced practice that nourishes the body and enhances the mind.

Through this experience I know how important it is for young girls to have a positive view of their changing bodies and how this can have a great effect on their health and emotional wellbeing. I run Celebration Day for Girls workshops for mothers and daughters to share with them the wisdom of their bodies.

Lina Clerk

Shoreham-by-sea, West Sussex

PHONE: 0127 345 3293‬

EMAIL: happybirthdaylina@yahoo.com

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I am a Registered Midwife, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Bowen Technique Therapist and Mindfulness Teacher.

I lived for 27 years in Australia (where I met Jane Bennett and trained in Natural Fertility Management). Now I live beside the sea, near Brighton, UK.

For over 30 years my passion has been women’s health, pregnancy, birth, parenting and relaxation skills. I have run hundreds of groups for parents-to-be, pregnant/postnatal mothers, midwives and therapists.

I have been deeply honoured to accompany many people through life’s major transitions, including death.

I feel it is vitally important, as early as possible, to impart a healthy, positive attitude to our female bodies and cycles. I have taught in Australian high school health education programs – with the aim to impart a positive attitude to childbirth.

To honour the amazing transition of menarche, it is with great joy that I welcome new generations of radiant, blossoming girls, at the Celebration for Girls Days, as they bloom into womanhood.

Anna Cole

Lewes

PHONE: 0794 376 4631

EMAIL: annacole.uk@gmail.com

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I began my professional life as a researcher, writer and lecturer. In 2000 I was awarded a PhD for research on the impact of the government policy of assimilation on Indigenous and non-Indigenous women in New South Wales, Australia. I have worked as a researcher on shared Indigenous and non-Indigenous histories with the Cultural Heritage Department, New South Wales government, and as Research Co-ordinator at Goldsmiths College, University of London on an international, interdisciplinary project on cross-cultural exchange. At Goldsmiths College, I wrote and taught their first historical anthropology module and have taught postcolonial and women’s literature at the University of Brighton. I have worked recently supervising a PhD student at Kings College, London. My background is in academic feminism but the issues affecting girls and women today are not academic. Programmes such as Celebration Day for Girls and Cool on the Inside have been honed over many years of best practice and thinking are transformative, and get to the heart of the issues affecting girls, their parents, carers and teachers today. My training as a cultural historian helps me place girl’s and women’s individual struggles with self-esteem, body image, boundaries and self-objectification within a wider socio-historical context.

I became a mother to a daughter in 2004 and a son in 2006 and was introduced shortly after to the work of Patty Wipfler, Founder and Programme Director at Hand in Hand Parenting. I have been deeply inspired and supported in my own parenting by this approach and in 2013, after a year-long certification programme, became a certified Parenting by Connection Instructor. I work now as a parent educator, researcher and writer, and give talks, teach classes and facilitate workshops for parents of young (newborn to 10 years), and pre-teen and teen children.

A vibrant red thread that runs through my personal and professional life is my understanding and appreciation of the wisdom of our bodies. With the menstrual cycle as a significant gateway, women and girls can connect to a vital source of inner knowing, and be empowered to heal our relationship with our bodies, minds and spirits. In my early 20s, having long suffered from painful periods and then an ovarian cyst I met Shushann Movsessian, author and co-creator of ‘Puberty Girl’ and ‘The Soulful Woman’, she in turn introduced me to Alexandra Pope, author and co-founder of The Red School. Through working with Alexandra I came to know of Jane Bennett’s writing, workshops and facilitation and have been grateful to introduce a new generation of young women here in the UK to their ground-breaking, co-authored book, The Pill. Are you sure it’s for you? In 2013 I trained in the UK with Jane Bennett as a facilitator of a Celebration Day for Girls and in 2016 Cool on the Inside. I am passionate about supporting authentic and positive experiences for girls and young women throughout the profound transition of the pre- and teen years – at their threshold into adulthood. I look forward to bringing these highly effective and empowering programmes to a school, community or neighbourhood near you.

For more information see: http://www.handinhandparenting.org/instructor/anna-cole/

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Victoria Dufour-Cox

Falmouth, Cornwall

PHONE: 0784 101 2740

EMAIL: dufourvictoria@hotmail.com

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I’m Victoria, based in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK. One day, I attended a Women’s Circle where I encountered the wonder of Menstrual Cycle Awareness. I followed this initiation by attending the Women’s Quest training with Alexandra Pope. During that time I explored my own menarche story and became aware of the importance and potency of this time in a girl’s life. This led me to attend the Celebration Day for Girls Facilitator Training with Jane Bennett.

Having reconnected with the nature of womanhood, my own nature, I was curious to reconnect with Nature as the container of all life. To help me in this quest I trained as a Forest School leader and am a follower of Jon Young and Looby McNamara’s work on ‘Deep Nature Connection’ and ‘Activating Cultural Emergence’.

These combined trainings are my container for running Celebration Day for Girls – being in mind and heart and with the intention for girls to create a memory that will support their life, and help create an experience where their own nature is celebrated.

Friederike Kunze

Totnes, Devon

PHONE: +44 (0) 771 401 4760

EMAIL: friedel.kunze@gmx.de

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 I was born in Dresden, a picturesque town in eastern Germany but have ever since lived in various places, including Portugal, Brazil and New Zealand, and have travelled and volunteered around the world.

Growing up I was an adventurous girl with a vivid imagination, I loved to craft, learn new things and spend time in nature. Originally I was educated in Architecture, the arts and stage design (Master Degree) in Berlin and Düsseldorf, but I changed carrer paths in 2012 to further study Elemental Yoga, Mindfullness, Meditation and other philosophies and holistic approaches in Spain, Thailand, India and Australia. As a certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Abdominal Massage Therapist my specific passion lies in movement and empowering people through the means of their own body‘s wisdom. In the last few years my project „Yogabem“ became more and more about teaching women how to practice Yoga and Meditation in tune with their monthly cycles and nature, and support themselves through self care and nourishing vegan/vegetarian food. I run creativity, cooking and movement workshops with kids and adults. Living out my passion of collecting stories, I started a blog interviewing people that inspire me – especially women. The latest project is a podcast called „Magnificent Mermaids“ that introduces „women who make things happen“. I think this is important because women‘ s stories, projects and ideas are neglected in our culture. There is a lack of positive female role models for girls which I am seeking to change.

Learning about my own cycle and the cycles in nature has showed me so much about myself, gave me strenght and acceptance of who I am and made me the person that I am now. Growing up as a girl there was a lot of confusion around my body image. In the post-socialist culture the experience of „not talking about things“ really shaped my experience as a young girl negatively – now I want to talk openly about everything. I believe an open and shameless communication can only benefit our relationships with kids, parters and ultimately everyone else. 

When running A Celebration Days for Girls I experience the immense joy of inspiring in girls a positive body image, emotional resilience and a growing self-esteem and therefore freedom of expression. I am inspired to do this work by the girls and many strong women that surrounded me near and far. I believe that creating safe spaces for women and girls holds a big potential : as we give time to touch and inspire another, to feel connected and learn together, and step by step grow stronger – individiually and as a society. 

Barbara-lee Laurent
(aka Billy)

Reading, Berkshire

PHONE: 07818519089
EMAIL: flamelilly@gmail.com

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I am originally from Zimbabwe and have lived in the UK since 2003. I was blessed with a farm childhood full of adventure, which has left me with a love of the outdoors. Two of my favourite things are sleeping under the stars and wild swimming.

I have worked with children from 2 to 18 since 2008 and have specialized in work with children with learning difficulties and disabilities. I currently work with young people in a college setting as the Senior LSA in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Centre. My love and passion has always been to help others, promoting self-love, body awareness and making things accessible to those who need a little extra help or who may learn in a different way.

I am on a loving learning journey with my menstrual cycle with the help and guidance of my yoga teacher Tessa Sanderson and The Red School’s Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer. As an extension of my greater understanding of my body and cycle and my joy in working with young people I am delighted to now be facilitating A Celebration Day for Girls for girls and their mothers from 2018. This day supports girls to have a positive, kind and nurturing experience of menarche as they confidently and proudly traverse puberty with the close support of their mothers or female carers.

Jo Macdonald

West Midlands

EMAIL: jo@jomacdonald.com

WEBSITE: www.jomacdonald.com

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I currently live in the West Midlands, UK with my Kiwi husband and 3 children – two attend a beautiful Steiner school and one is home-schooled.  As a busy mum myself I am passionate about helping mothers and daughters navigate the menstrual cycle, create balance and wellbeing in their life, and build a beautiful strong relationship with each other that will not only withstand the pressures of the teenage years but will actually flourish.

As a writer and published author my interest in women’s wellbeing and menstruation led me to interview Alexandra Pope and I was lucky enough to join her in her first year of her training course ‘The Womens Quest Apprenticeship’.  This was an amazing year-long journey which deepened my own understanding of my cycle and led to me creating my website www.jomacdonald.com.   Since then I have go on to train with Jane Bennett as a ‘Celebration Day for Girls’ facilitator, lead workshops on different aspects of the cycle, create and run a local women’s circle and continue my work as a writer exploring various areas of the menstrual journey.

Hannya Melrose

Stroud, Gloucestershire

PHONE: +44(0)777 629 1889
EMAIL: hannyamelrose@gmail.com

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I started out teaching -TEFL, Steiner and state early years education – then went on to train as a bodyworker and a psychotherapist. I have worked for fifteen years with individuals and parents with their children, facilitating healing with prenatal and birth experiences, attachment and relationship issues, sexuality and spiritual crisis.

More recently I have been focusing on self-love and empowerment for teenage girls and women in the UK and Central/ South America. I feel passionately about supporting girls and women to lead purposeful and fulfilled lives and am delighted to be offering the Celebration Day for Girls.

Louise Press

Bath, Somerest

PHONE: +44(0)1225 282338‬
EMAIL: louisepress11@gmail.com

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Charlotte Randomly

Bristol

PHONE: 0787 020 5117

EMAIL: charlotte.randomly@gmail.com

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In 2006 I began working with children and young people (stepping on to this path when I was, technically, still a ‘young person’ myself!) supporting them to reach their potential and navigate the path through adolescence. I currently work for Off the Record (Bristol), an award winning charity providing mental health services to everyone aged 11 -25. I manage a team who offer emotional and practical support to young people in crisis. In addition to that, I run an exciting peer education project called The Resilience Lab, which promotes strengths-based approaches to coping with stress to young people aged 11-18.

Growing up can be challenging and the pressures of contemporary life can gnaw at the well-being and self confidence of children and teenagers. My work is rooted in a love for encouraging young people to discover their strengths and build their resilience; nurturing them to find and use the tools to achieve the best they can in life and protect their mental and physical health.

I am an apprentice of Alexandra Pope’s Women’s Quest training. This year-long course supports women to delve deeply into the wisdom of their menstrual cycle, gently encouraging them to work with their natural rhythm rather than against it. Personally, getting in touch with this work has had huge benefits to my own well-being and it gives me great pleasure to begin sharing some of this with girls and women. I strongly believe that by inviting girls to have a more positive relationship to menstruation through A Celebration Day for Girls we give them a highly practical tool for cultivating resilience and self-care within each of them.

Elena Riu

Hackney, London

PHONE: 0781 220 8631

EMAIL: elenariu@easynet.co.uk

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I have been practicing yoga since my teens

After arriving in London I was introduced to Shadow Yoga by John Evans and completed the  Shadow Yoga Foundation course. I have continued to practice and study with Shandor Remete, Emma Balnaves , Karen Watson & Paulene Morphet

I obtained a Yoga Campus (The Life Centre) British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Training Diploma in 2007. I am also a certified Children and Teens Yoga and Mindfulness teacher and was recently fortunate to received Titch Nath Hahn’s Five Mindfulness Trainings at his retreat in France where I also led Children’s Yoga workshops.

I have taught kids classes at The Special Yoga Centre and at Yoga Home and directs the Yoga for Kids and Families activities at Santosa Yoga Camp. I have a full DBS and I am insured by Yoga Alliance.

My classes use inspiring yoga stories and myths to instil reverence and compassion and weave fun imaginative movement with mindfulness and relaxation.

In the past few years, mentored by Dr Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, I have embarked on a comprehensive training in yoga for female health and wellness and lead Yoga and Mindfulness’ Circles for females of all ages.

This year I completed a Red School Menstrual Cycle Awareness’s apprenticeship with Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer as well as gaining a certification in Mentoring Girls Circles with JOYW.

Through these life-changing learning experiences as well as my own mothering journey I realized the riches that sitting in circle with other women bring and founded Yoga Buds, Yoga Blossoms and Yoga Flowers to gift these empowering experiences to girls from a young age. These sessions are inspired by Deep Ecology and Anthroposophy principles.

Mothers for Daughters (a circle for mother’s) meet once a term and are an essential part of the girl’s circles. I also run Shakti Rising: Hackney Women’s Yoga and Mindfulness Circles.

I am a certified facilitator for Celebration Day for Girls, a comprehensive training in all things Periodsspecifically for girls aged 10-12 and their Mother’s devised by Jane Bennett. I am offering this life-affirming training both in the UK and abroad.

I have been concert pianist for many years and lecture as Professor of piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where I recently led a Pilot Study about the benefits of yoga for musicians suffering from PRA and MSD’s. The pilot study was jointly funded by Better Practice: Musical Impacts, Teaching and Learning and the Keyboard Faculty. I am currently delivering a series of Yoga and Mindfulness sessions for performance related anxiety for pianists  I also have a dance background.

I have a 10 year old daughter who loves discovering the world through yoga.

Tessa Sanderson

Caversham, Berkshire

PHONE: 0118 947 2277

EMAIL: hello@tessayoga.co.uk

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I am passionate about empowering women and girls. I started with hosting a Red Tent (a women’s circle), running workshops on Menstrual Cycle Awareness and retrospective Menarche (first bleed) ceremonies for women, but wanted to take this amazing knowledge that all women should have to the girls! So I began to talk to girls in school (both primary and secondary) and to run Celebration Days for Girls.  

I love this opportunity to support communication between mums and daughters.

I also teach yoga, specialising in Pregnancy and Mother and Baby Yoga classes. I aim to support women at different stages of their life. I support women to get to know their own body through yoga, which leads to empowering choices they make in other areas of their life.

Before I had my two daughters I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Bristol University. I have an MSc in Nutrition, Exercise and Public Health and a PhD in Medical Sociology. I also lectured to nurses, midwives and physiotherapists, so I like to keep my teaching evidenced-based.

Emily Stewart

Bristol

PHONE: 0798 971 5128

EMAIL: emilycestewart@gmail.com

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I originally trained and worked as a District nurse for 10 years. I then studied herbal medicine until my daughter was born in 2008. My focus has always been on being with people, promoting health, wellbeing and connection. Motherhood has definitely been my greatest journey yet! I am now working to set up a social enterprise offering support to girls, their parents, teachers and schools during the transitional time of menarche and beyond.

I love all that my work with girls offers. Having had significant issues with my menstrual cycle through my teens and 20s led me to look into alternative approaches. I was inspired as I explored more holistic paths and enjoyed the deepening relationship with my cycle they supported. I came to see how my lack of knowledge and understanding of my body as a young woman had contributed to my menstrual cycle problems and lack of confidence at that time. I have such a passion for being part of the change that brings a girl’s menarche and menstrual cycle back to being universally seen a positive and beautiful thing! It is a real privilege to spend time with girls at such a magical and yet often challenging time in their lives.

Running Celebration Days is something I particularly enjoy. It is the culmination of years of working with my own cycle, working with women, and my passion for supporting girls embarking on their menstrual journey. For myself, and so many women, the start of our menstrual life was not positive. A Celebration Day for Girls is one beautiful way we can ensure a positive and empowered start for our girls.

I am excited to be offering Fathers Celebrating Daughters workshops now as well, as I feel these complement the Celebration Days beautifully in providing a space for Dads to explore the changing relationship with their girls.

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