Facilitators of Celebration Day for Girls
Janoel and Jac are both experienced facilitators who enjoy offering a warm introduction to menstruation and the transition to womanhood for mothers or female carers and their girls aged 9 to 12.
My calling is to educate and inspire others; I have worked in TAFE, university and community organisations as a facilitator, trainer and event organiser for over 20 years. I came to puberty and well-being education through women’s circle work for more than 12 years. This led to holding a safe and engaging space for individuals and groups honouring significant life stages.
With a great man, Robin Darch, I offer puberty and well-being education in schools for boys and girls, giving them reassuringly practical and positive information about how their body will change and why it's great to love and respect it.
As well as holding Celebration Day for Girls and Fathers Celebrating Daughters Workshops, I am also responsible for an annual adventure. A very special group of women and I have created a Mother and Daughter Coming of Age retreat run in Bali each year during the July school holidays. It's exciting and so fulfilling to work with mothers and daughters as they develop greater understanding and celebration of their cycle and sense of self.
I am passionate about creating meaningful programs for people to deepen their connection to themselves, their community and their environment, and become vibrant women in the process! I am on the journey of raising a son and daughter with my partner of 18 years in Melbourne’s north. I am a foodie, reader and storyteller, committed to practicing yoga and sweating my prayers weekly in 5Rhythms dance.
My qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Monash), Graduate Certificate in Training Management, Advanced Diploma in Hospitality, Certificate IV TAE in Training and Assessment and Steiner Teacher Training. I also have a Working with Children Check card.
Investing in time for yourself and your daughter is one of the greatest gifts you can offer. I look forward to joining with you in celebration.
I am the author of Cycling to Grandma's House, beautifully illustrated by Erin-Claire Barrow, a story about a young girl learning of the many ways that different cultures celebrate menarche - a girl's first period. It is a warm introduction to menstruation that has been received with enthusiasm both in Australia and overseas.
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.