Welcoming our Daughters at the Threshold of Womanhood,
Welcoming Ourselves - Day Retreats

 2nd July 2017
24th September 2017.

A warm welcome to join me and Samsara Tanner for day workshops to share with your daughter. These days are a taster of the work of the "Welcoming our Daughters" courses and retreats and offer time to explore the themes of mothering and daughtering.
The days are relaxed, fun and responsive to the needs of the group.

They are designed for 9 to 12 year olds and mothers. However older or younger girls are welcome if you as a mother feel it is appropriate for your child.

10 am - 4pm. Brighton venue, lovely vegetarian lunch, tea and cakes included. £90 per mother daughter pair. Bursaries available.

We will weave together together circle, education, community and ceremony.
Our intention is to support natural, whole and authentic feminine expression in our girls and ourselves. For more information on the themes included in our work please read on......

As our girls approach their initiation into womanhood, how can we best hold and nourish them and ourselves at this transitional time? How can we foster the knowing in our daughters that it is magnificent and good to be a woman and fully live that in our own lives?

In all earth based traditional cultures, girls and boys were held through their initiations by elders as they grew up. Our culture has mostly lost this soul based practice which orientated and channeled life force in a healthy way and enabled young people to have positive and life affirming experiences as they transitioned into young adulthood. How can we once again claim our potential to hold this space for the young people in our lives?

This process is about finding our own ways to support our young girls that are meaningful and appropriate for them. It is about tending to ourselves as women so we can bring more resources and self-awareness to our lives and to our children. This is about recognising and honouring the feminine journey as it is expressed through them and in us.

As we embody being true to ourselves and welcoming our own stories more fully, we nourish acceptance and trust in their unique journeys. We are all part of a culture that has aspects that may worry us concerning the pressures on young women at this time. By working with being authentic in ourselves and comfortable with all of who we are, our children absorb a healthy sense of what being a woman is about. This is something they can integrate and source their lives from.

As we bring more awareness to the wounds and stories of our youth we lessen the likelihood that painful things will be energised in us as our children mature. Our wounds can be our openings for healing. When we are held with love in those wounded places we have an experience which means we can hold something for our children because we have been held. This supports the healing of intergenerational wounds which may have been passed down for many generations. In a supportive environment, we can explore how to stay attentive to the unconscious and often powerful forces that can impact on what we pass down to our children.

We will examine our own transitions and our rites of passage as women. How were we met at the gates of our births, our first bleeding, our childbirths? How have these experiences influenced us, and the patterns that play out in our lives? How might these stories block or stand in the way of our ability to support our daughters in their own process of transitioning into women? How can we know ourselves more deeply and understand how our wounds have served us?

We will educate ourselves about the menstrual cycle as a path to self-mastery and knowledge, so we can bring that gift to our children.

With love and blessings, Jill and Samsara.
To be Human
is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
What urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape awaits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?

(David Whyte)