20 Aug Victoria
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 creating resources 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 program 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, The Pill: Are You Sure It’s For You? (2008) with Alexandra Pope and Woman Wise Conversation Cards with Andrew Lines. I have also created the Fathers Celebrating Daughters and Cool on the Inside workshops and train facilitators to run these programs.
Regional: South West Coast
PHONE: 0417 168 070
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.
Melbourne: Outer East
PHONE: 0438 802 379
As a women’s health Physiotherapist and Ante-Natal Educator of 30 years I know the connection between positive outlook and positive outcome. Instilling in girls a sense of normalcy about their changing bodies, this beautiful workshop aims to create just such positivity along with essential, engagingly-presented factual information.
We want to awaken in our daughters their innate curiosity about that which takes place within their bodies. We seek to affirm their special uniqueness even within their collective experience as menstrually cycling young women.
The peer group forum and fun activities of a Celebration Day for Girls permit easy discussion and enhanced comfort around topics that are still, sadly in this day and age, largely spoken of in hushed tones and behind closed doors.
It is time for a societal paradigm shift and time to establish and promote a more contemporary menstrual culture. We help to build agency and autonomy in girls when they are body literate and one important aspect of this is understanding the amazing intricacy of their menstrual cycle. I strongly believe that a positively experienced menarche will also contribute to a deeper, richer experience of future thresholds such as pregnancy, birthing and mothering and beyond to menopause. Research increasingly supports this.
Let us give our girls a memorable rite of passage and honour her transition from girlhood to womanhood. Let her shine with confident anticipation. And what a special opportunity to spin threads in the mother-daughter bond.
I am sometimes referred to as “the period lady” and in that capacity I very much look forward to supporting you and your daughter at this precious time.
I also facilitate the companion workshop Fathers Celebrating Daughters.
Melbourne: Outer East
PHONE: 0422 535 889
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.
PHONE: 0403 166 589
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.
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.
Melbourne: North East
PH: 0432 107 835
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
Regional: Central & Northern Victoria
PHONE: 0412 443 674
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.
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.
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.
Regional: Central Victoria
PHONE: 0499 015 975
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.
Melbourne: Inner East
PHONE: 0410 106 879
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.
Regional: South West Coast
PHONE: 0420 932 751
“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.
Regional: Central & Western Victoria
PHONE: 0430 450 967
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.
Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula
PHONE: 0439 814 216
As a youth worker and art therapist I have worked with young people for the past 25 years in a variety of settings including local government, education, not for profit and juvenile justice. After many years of sharing young people’s journey’s with them, I have come to realise that honouring and marking the significant milestones for our young people is vitally important in them growing up to be healthy, well rounded adults who have a sense of belonging and connectedness to both themselves and their community.
I have recently come to understand Rites of Passages on a deeper level and believe they are a vital missing link for our young people today and have since become passionate about creating spaces and opportunities for these moments to be marked, this resulted in me co – founding Meraki Circles. I am excited to be able to offer Celebration Days to our younger girls, in the hope that I can be a part of creating space for girls to explore puberty in a healthy way, ultimately feeling more confident about their bodies and what is about to take place.
I am blessed to share my life with a beautiful life partner and three amazing children and live on the Mornington Peninsula. We are a part of a faith community, enjoy being outdoors, discovering new places and family movie nights!
My formal qualifications are Bachelor of Youth Work, Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy, Level 1 and 2 Rites of Passage Institute, MPower Girls Facilitator, Seasons Grief and Loss Facilitator and Mental Health First Aid Trainer. I have a Working with Children’s Check and First Aid in Education settings.
Melbourne: Inner West
PHONE: 0401 946 325, 9689 5369
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.
Melbourne: Outer South East
PHONE: 0457 336 787
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.
Regional: Noojee & Gippsland
PHONE: 0400 592 422
Being a mother to three beautifully-natured home-learners and wife to an amazing man, I have surely been trusted intuitively for a most humbling and rewarding occupation.
All my life I have been very passionate about promoting a harmonious relationship firstly and consciously with oneself; encouraging family bonding; nurturing a balanced life; embracing diversity in cultures and ethnics; and holistic connection through meditation to attain a content, kind and compassionate state of being.
I left my career as an account and management advisor for foreign companies when I fell pregnant with my second child (first daughter). Since 2007 I have operated a home-based business producing beautiful personal care products and qualified as a master of Reiki. I also run workshops on how to make tofu and tempe, Batik, and HYO (heal your own) workshops on Ayurvedic methods. I volunteered teaching Indonesian language and culture at local schools and visiting the elderly in a residential care home when I lived in Gippsland, Victoria over several years.
My family and I now live in Tasmania and I am so much looking forward to offering Celebration Day for Girls here, as well as returning to Gippsland regularly for this purpose. I am so grateful to be part of the Celebration Day for Girls community, to help create positive experiences for girls with their first menarche, and I treasure the honour of carrying on this well-established work created by Jane Bennett.
Melbourne: Inner West
PHONE: 0438 232 361
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.
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.
Melbourne: Outer East
PHONE: 0490 202 882
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.
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.
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.
Regional: Western Victoria
PHONE: 0419 303 856
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.
Outer Melbourne: North East
PHONE: 0433 337 161
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
Outer Melbourne: North East
PHONE: 0414 258 490
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 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.