Karin Lucia Gisler and Karim Kaufman are offering a 1-day coming of age program for year 5 & 6 kids at primary schools that is focusing on puberty and emotional changes and how to deal with them in an age appropriate way.
During Puberty our children are going through big physical, emotional and hormonal changes. This can be an overwhelming and challenging time for them. We would like to bring awareness to what is happening during this time and create a sense of excitement and celebration. What we experience during puberty can have a big impact on us and on how we transition into the next stage of life (adulthood).
The day program involves activities with boys and girls together, games, sharing of stories and then opportunities for the boys and girls to break off separately to do different exercises before coming back together at the end of the day. This a fun and experiential program.
Some main topics that will be covered include:
Understanding the changes during Puberty
Emotional 1st Aid ideas
Bringing awareness to natures cycles and how they affect us
Conversation about what it means to become a young adult
With the girls separately we will also explore:
Explanation of the hormonal, energetic and emotional changes throughout the menstruation cycle
Talk about menstruation and how we feel about becoming a woman
Self-care during period and our menstrual cycle
Information on menstrual supply
Importance of friend support
In my experience as a mentor for girls, I have seen the many benefits of appropriate information and the positive impact this has had on the girls, such as:
Self care awareness
confidence in becoming a woman
self acceptance, sense of belonging and acceptance of others
improvement of health and well-being by honouring our cycles
A big part of the program is trying to give the children and understanding that it is normal and perfectly ok for these changes to be occurring. We aim to give them a frame of reference and to identify supports for themselves during this time. * * * * * *
Karin Lucia Gisler is the creator of a 6-weeks program of ‘Coming of Age Circles’ for girls which she offers in Mullumbimby. She completed an international training led by Katherine Krueger (Journey of Young Women) that prepares women to become mentors for girls and to facilitate girl circles. This training offers an abundance of material, ideas and inspiration for a holistic Coming of Age education. Karin Is also a graduate student of the School of Shamanic Womancraft, a year long educational program cultivating a deep personal and spiritual connection with the Earth and the Divine Feminine.
Karim Kaufman is a local Youth Worker who has over ten ears experience working with young people assisting them to make this transition to young adulthood. Running boy’s groups, parenting and Rites of passage camps as well as being a local youth worker in the shire.