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.
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 9.45am – 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 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 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 important preparation for the full-day workshop and has ongoing benefits for mothers, caregivers, and daughters.
Wednesday March 10th 6.30-8.45pm
Celebration Day for Girls
Sunday March 14th 9.30 am – 4.15 pm
The Celebration Day for Girls is held in the Moon Lodge on Artemis’s land in Aldgate. This sacred space is a geodesic dome prepared especially for women’s gatherings. The address is given closer to the date once bookings have been made.
$165 per mother-daughter pair and $280 for 2 daughters with one Mother.
For more information, please visit the national page for Celebration Day for Girls.
If this date does not work for you, please contact me as I also run private groups for girls and their class friends. This is always a possibility for your daughter if this date is not suitable or you are interested in a later time.
“Dear Artemis, thank you for today. It was very moving and beautiful and has already sparked a conversation between us.” JM
“My daughter is really happy since the session. Facing the future with confidence and information has made a big difference already.”
“We loved the day and have chatted about things, my daughter said she feels more at ease and relaxed about it happening now. I have ordered some books which I am looking forward to reading with her.”
“Artemis was an exceptional facilitator who seemed to be able to connect to each girl and mother, helping to stimulate sharing, while informing and empower each of us, using age-old methods of ritual. I recommend Artemis to facilitate this fabulous, empowering, informative connecting day for all Class 5 girls each year. Artemis is passionate about girls and women’s health a qualified Doula, a massage therapist, and also facilitates women’s sacred moon circles. She is sewing a powerful seed of health and healing for our girl’s future.”
“Thank you for a wonderful day. My daughter came home and immediately put on a pad, checked for hairs, and asked more questions. She said it was one of the best days she has ever had. Thank you for your generous spirit and the wonderful course.”
“We loved the day and have chatted about things, my daughter said she feels more at ease and relaxed about it happening now.”
“Great day – highly recommend”
“Thank you, Artemis! We had a magical time. So important, healing, powerful, relevant, empowering, exciting, and important again! I look forward to doing more with you and I highly recommend others to join in. We found it such a blessing to be able to do your workshop with our classmates.”
“Julie has been much more relaxed in herself since the day and, I feel, a layer of energetic fear has peeled away. I feel relieved that all the facts are now in the open. It was helpful that this information was reaffirmed by an external person in such a gentle, celebratory way. Thank you so very much Artemis.”
“We loved it! My daughter came home feeling extremely proud of what she had learnt, she told her dad and sister all about everything at the dinner table that night. I asked her what her favourite part was? She answered “all of it”. She learnt so much and feels quite grown up now I think from the experience, she is looking forward to getting her period and has pads in her school bag in anticipation. It was such a wonderful experience for all of us Artemis, especially for those beautiful little girls who are now so much wiser on the subject of vaginas and periods. So happy it all came from you and your beautiful Moon Lodge!”
One thing I have noticed with my daughter since the weekend is an increase in her ability to ask for what she needs. She has grown in confidence, feels empowered to speak up for herself and is valuing herself more in realising her needs are as important as anyone else’s and that she deserves to have those needs met. Thank you again for such a wonderful experience. I look forward to bringing my youngest daughter in about 5 years time. What you offer is truly a gift. 🙂
The Celebration Day for Girls with Artemis was a wonderful chance for my daughter and I to slow down and acknowledge this amazing, beautiful, significant time of development and change. It was also an opportunity for us to communicate without distractions allowing an honest, deep, pure and authentic connection. It really was a very special day to share together. Since the day I feel our relationship has really grown from being one between woman and girl to being one between woman and woman… a relationship where mutual respect and honoring each other is strong.”
“I just wanted to say another big thank you for the work you do, especially your creation of the Celebration Day for Girls. My daughter was the youngest of the group who attended last year and tonight aged 11 she announced with confidence the arrival of her period. To see her take it all in her stride in a calm and very mature way is a testament to your teachings. Thank you for instilling the belief in her that having a period is natural and a change she can embrace and celebrate – as she blossoms into a beautiful young woman. “
“I have been waiting patiently for over a year since we attended Celebration Day for Girls. Early in the year I thought menarche was imminent and then as the year continued I didn’t think much about it all, despite there being obvious cycles in my daughter’s skin. Thursday evening she quietly and calmly came to me and said she thought she had her period. We shared a really lovely, close evening together and she really easily managed everything herself. An enormous thank you Artemis to contributing such a positive, secure, supportive and knowledgeable start to menarche for my daughter. Such a gift!”
For more information, please visit the national page for Celebration Day for Girls.