A Celebration Day for Girls

At the Celebration Day girls enjoy lively discussion, fun activities, women’s stories and gentle celebration of the magical threshold of puberty and menarche.

Celebration and positively presented information around these topics has profound impact on body image, emotional health and menstrual experiences, which in turn empowers young women in their relationship, fertility and sexuality experiences later on.

The Celebration Day for Girls is designed for girls 10 – 12 years old, or thereabouts. The day can be held for the girls of a class, a group from a particular community or girls who have no prior connection for whom the time is right.

While I don’t cover sexuality and contraception as such during the Celebration Day for Girls there is a connection of course, as menarche is a signpost at the beginning of a girl’s fertile years, and the menstrual cycle an intrinsic aspect of her female sexuality. By enabling a healthy and grounded experience of these changes we deeply nourish girls’ self-esteem and self-awareness, well before they are involved in romantic or sexual relationships. In this way we can support a physical and psychological integrity that underpins healthy decision making around relationships, sex and fertility when that time comes, as well as other life choices.

The first part of the day I spend with the girls on their own and, just before lunch, their mothers/female caregivers, join us for the rest of the day (and grandmothers who are available and wish to participate).

And, for Mums

Given the relatively short time that I can be with the girls there is an obvious limit to what I can cover of this vast, fascinating and vital subject. Much of the role of provider of information, wisdom and guidance will fall, naturally and rewardingly, to mothers and female caregivers. For this reason we meet on our own for a two hour session before the Celebration Day. This Session One of the Celebration Day is an important preparation for the day and has ongoing benefits for mothers, caregivers and daughters.

I find women of any age, from girls through to grandmothers, are always interested in hearing positive, unembarrassed information about the amazing processes of the menstrual cycle and be able to talk about their experiences in a supportive non-judgemental environment.

A Celebration Day for your daughter

Information about fees: I aim to keep fees for the Celebration Day for Girls reasonable to enable all interested families to participate. As such there is some variance depending on how far I need to travel. Generally I charge between $1000 and $1500 to run a Celebration Day. This fee is then split between families, or families and their school.

To schedule a Celebration Day: call or email me to discuss arranging a Celebration Day for your daughter’s class, friendship or community group.
The Celebration Day generally runs between 10am-4pm on a weekend day, usually Sundays. This is flexible depending on the requirements of your community. Please also feel free to contact me with your questions or concerns about the suitability of A Celebration Day for Girls for your daughter.

For more information go to www.celebrationdayforgirls.com

Since the Celebration Day Sophie has been so chatty and open asking questions about menstruation and talking about all the changes and experiences of puberty. I’m so pleased.

Caroline

Kate truly benefited from her day with you and the other girls and is now menstruating, as are at least two of the other girls. Kate says it would be wonderful for her younger sister to also have the opportunity to participate in this celebration of womanhood.

Cassandra

I just want to say how fantastic the Celebration Day was this last Sunday. Both Charlotte and I really enjoyed it and felt a real sense of sisterhood/womanhood. She hasn’t stopped talking about the vagina puppet! It’s so fantastic to have brought an openness amongst the girls which no doubt will foster future discussion.

Louise

‘Can we stay here and have a sleep over?’ ‘Yeah, this is great.’ ‘ Can we just keep doing this forever?’

Girls’ comments during the Celebration Day

Call or email me if you would like to check workshop dates, schedule a workshop, or if you would like further information, on (03) 5474 3213 or at jane@janebennett.com.au