Celebration Day For GirlsTM

The day a girl gets her first period is possibly her most important rite of passage. She will never go back to being a child again. She is now fertile and needs to be respected amongst society as a growing woman. In the west, we do not know what to do to prepare a girl for this time. We do not talk about periods, or the conversation is reserved for a special day at school when a teacher comes and talks about reproduction and growing bodies. Unfortunately, the subject is very taboo.

Celebration Day for Girls is a beautiful way of breaking through this entrenched taboo topic and bringing a sense of excitement, belonging, appreciation and wonder to being a woman and having a menstrual cycle.


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About the Celebration

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.

Throughout the course of the day we engage the girls in gentle creative activities, stories and information relating to their unfolding experience into womanhood. Our focus is on creating a strong sense of mutual sharing and support around menstruation.

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.


For Mothers

DSC05065Much 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 motherdaughter 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 and have an opportunity to explore their own personal experience of puberty and menarche and its relationship to the parenting of their daughter through this time.

This session of the Celebration Day for Girls program is an important preparation for the full day workshop and has ongoing benefits for mothers, caregivers and daughters.


Upcoming workshops:


Mothers Session

Wednesday 5th October 6.45-8.45pm

 Celebration Day for Girls

Sunday 9th October

9.45am – 4pm



There are two venues.  The mothers session is held at the Antakarana Healing Centre in Aldgate, and the Celebration Day on the Sunday will either be in my home 5 mins away, or at the Aldgate Oval and Hall also in Aldgate.  This will depend on the numbers for the day.

Mothers Session Venue:
Antakarana Healing Centre
3 Theodore Lane
Aldgate 5154
Celebration Day Venue:
(address given upon registration)
Aldgate 5154


$140 per mother – daughter pair.

For more information, please visit the national page for Celebration Day for Girls.

For more information, please visit the national page for Celebration Day for Girls.