TRANSITION TO WOMANHOOD - Mother Daughter workshop
A Celebration Day for Girls is a one-day workshop for 10-12 years old girls with their mother or female carer. This carefully crafted workshop was designed by Jane Bennett to support girls and mothers at this special threshold in both their lives, and to provide an affirming, grounded and connected celebration of the journey to womanhood.
At the Celebration Day girls enjoy lively discussion, fun activities, women’s stories and gentle celebration of the magical threshold of puberty and menarche.
During the Day girls are warmly invited into the time-honoured, nurturing connection and support women have long shared with each other. Many participants report that their mother-daughter relationship is enriched and enlivened as the doors of communication in this key area of female experience and development are opened wide.
The first part of the day is spent with girls on their own (typically 10am – 1pm) and, just before lunch, the mothers/female carers join in for the remainder of the day (and grandmothers who are available and wish to participate), finishing at about 4pm.
Much of the role of provider of information, wisdom and guidance falls, naturally and rewardingly, to mothers and female carers. For this reason we meet on our own (mothers and facilitator) for a two-hour session before the Celebration Day. This is an important preparation for the Day and allows time for adult conversation and storytelling. During this session mothers commonly receive ideas and support for their unfolding mother-daughter relationship as they journey the adolescent years together. Many women also discover rich and intriguing doorways into a new experience of their own cyclic journey.
WHERE DID IT BEGIN?
In the year 2000 Jane Bennett was asked by her local school to run a ‘fun, celebratory and holistic’ workshop about puberty and menstruation for their senior primary girls and their mothers, based on her years of work with Natural Fertility Management. This was the first of many Celebration Days for Girls, which has now been attended by several thousand mothers and daughters and continues to enjoy growing popularity.
In 2012 Jane began training experienced facilitators, with a passion for working with women and girls, to run A Celebration Day for Girls in their own right and in their own communities. A Celebration Day for Girls is now available in the France, UK, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United States as well as Australia.