A Mother/Daughter Workshop: An Initiation Into the Conscious Feminine:
A six-week class for women and girls ages 9 -14
How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you, a place for you to go to be with your mother, with your sisters and the aunts, with your grandmothers, and the great-and great-great grandmothers, a place of women to go, to be, to return to, as woman
How might your life be different?
-Judith Duerk, Circle of Stones
Throughout history, rites-of-passage and initiation rituals have served to assist individuals’ transitions between developmental stages. Although the function and value of these experiences has been documented universally, we currently suffer from the absence of these necessary psychological rites. We must resolve to change this cultural void.
As our daughters develop and grow, they are called to leave childhood and enter adolescence. Challenging biological, emotional, and psychological changes will occur. Without support and attention to this call for a new identity, a young woman can become lost, confused, and may attempt to self-initiate in unconscious and harmful ways.
Sitting in a circle of women while guiding and honoring the passage from childhood to adolescence can be a profound experience for a female, laying a strong and sustainable foundation for conscious femininity and self-esteem. Through ritual, journaling, discussion, goddess mythology, exploration of lunar/menstrual cycles, and fun, we can offer our daughters an experience of conscious femininity that we may have wished for ourselves – one of value, respect, and joy.
The 2018 workshop begins on Friday, January 12th, at 7p.m. in downtown Vancouver, WA. Cost is $150 per person for six, two-hour sessions, payable at registration. For more information contact Therese Brooks, MA, LMHCA, at 360-909-9637, or visit
Image: Persephone and Demeter in Dialogue, terracotta Aegean art from Myrina on Lemnos; ca. 100 BCE, British Museum