Our guiding principles are a cohesive set of beliefs, grounded in effective practice, that govern actions, shapes our attitude and intentions for the work we do in delivering quality sessions to the girls upon or/and through puberty. Our guiding principles offer a foundation upon which we build our programs and sessions, collaboration. They provide us with a system of checks and balance. They assist us in responding to situation or issues that may occur within a group dynamic.
Our guiding principles are:
Compassion: The ability to sense the suffering of others and myself + desire to alleviate the suffering not as a rescuer but by sending prayers toward the healing. Corner stone of self-esteem and worth.
Awareness: Of emotions, of suffering, of our needs, of the connection to Mother Earth.
Gratitude: supports and deepens our relationship with ourselves, each others and all living things. Act as a reminder with all things going well on Earth.
Reverence for the interdependent and cyclical web of life: Connected through our beliefs, non harming, no shaming, no blaming, we are part of one whole
Our aims with our Girls Circles
Develop a sense of connection and belonging with the Women in their lives and the world. Discover how different cultures respond to menstruation and puberty differently.
Develop a positive body image of themselves that can support our girls throughout their lives.
Have a sound understanding of their body and emotions - the cyclical nature of life.
Increase confidence in a group setting
Finding their voice.
Our objectives within a Girls' Circles are:
Learn about the changes occurring during puberty
Learning in depth about the menstrual cycle: physically, emotionally and socially.
Apply attention and effort in creativity via different medium to support our learning objectives
Practise storytelling in listening and sharing
Experience sharing in a circle within a strong and safe container. Feeling heard and understand the principles of deep listening.
Experience what it feels like to be part of a non-judgmental, non-directive and inclusive space.
Victoria Dufour-Cox is a menstrual cycle awareness educator and facilitator for girls and women as well as a Forest School leader. Mother of one. Victoria has trained with Alexandra Pope via the Women's Quest apprenticeship in 2017 and is Journey Of Young Women certified Girls program facilitator. Victoria's work is rooted in her inquiry in her own awareness of her menstrual cycle and the positive effect this awareness has on how she interacts with life as well as her love for our natural environment.
Victoria is passionate about girls receiving support and knowledge allowing them an educated choice and an empowered start on their journey to adulthood. With this work, Victoria is stepping up as a mentor for her community.