14 %

of girls admitted they did not know what was happening when they started their period

1 in 4

 girls did not feel they knew what to do when they started their period

'Women are the archetypal anchors for the power of the Feminine, and when we reclaim our feminine power - by restoring our ways and practices - we integrate the power of the Feminine into our lives and back onto the planet'

 ~A. Pope & S.Hugo Wurlitzer - Wild Power~

Mental health issues amongst girls are rising and girls do not feel their mental health is being taken seriously. Social media plays a significant role in girls’ lives and its connection to girls’ mental health is complex. It is both a source of social connection and support, yet also a source of anxiety, loneliness and low self-esteem.

 nature & me is a direct response to taboo and stigma that most women and girls are bind by, exposed to.

nature and me is here to create social and cultural changes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We facilitate workshop to celebrate and prepare girls about to have their first period involving parents in the process by holding mother sessions and father sessions. We are here to support parents of tweens and teens going through puberty, providing workshops, on going support via bespoke programs in or outdoors.

With each discussion, knowledge brought to the forefront we diminish the hold that taboo has.

The Period poverty movement has open the ground for further discussions; we are now ready to go further in the conversation and speaking up about our experiences of living with a menstrual cycle.

Here some stats from the 2018 UK's Plan International report:

Girls'experiences of menstruation in the UK -

this is what our girls have to say...

(find the link to the report in our resource page)

The inner cycle inhabiting our body via the menstrual cycle is nature's way to manifest within our bodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecting with the outdoors - living with the seasons

TIDE is a forest school and girls mentoring program that supports girls between 6 -11 in South Cornwall.

TIDE is a space for girls to connect to nature, community, to be curious, play, learn and to take risks in a safe and supportive environment.

In a world where youth mental health is at crisis and where there is huge disconnect from our bodies and nature we thought it would be good to create a space for girls to get together, make fire, climb trees, use tools, cook and explore in a safe and held environment.

Here are some key points explaining why it is important that we work in only girls group...

from Plan International UK report 2020:

The State of Girl's right in The UK

(find the link to the report in our resource page)

'Imagine a world where children experience the joy of being in nature before they learn of its loss.'

~ Richard Louv ~

 

48%

of girls feel embarrassed by their period with the figure

rising to 56% of 14 years old

Only 1 in 5 

girls feel confortable discussing their period with their school teachers and staff

Pressures to look a certain way remain a source of anxiety in girls' lives and this is exacerbated by the exponential number of images they are exposed to – both online and offline. In addition to this pressure, a culture of shame and silence around periods has turned menstruation into a hidden public health issue, putting girls' physical, sexual and mental health at risk

Girls do not feel safe in public and they do not feel their local areas are designed for them. They are dealing with relentless street harassment and changing their behaviour to avoid being targeted. They don’t feel they have enough spaces and leisure facilities in their local areas.

We often forget that we are nature.

Nature is not something separate from us.

So when we say that we have lost our connection with nature, we have lost our connection to ourselves.

~ Andy Goldworthy~