Pathways into Womanhood

A contemporary, community based Rite of Passage for girls into womanhood which takes the form of a 5 day residential programme for girls aged 12-15 years and their mothers or a close mentor in a beautiful bush setting.

The benefits of participation in this programme include: increased self esteem and confidence, healthy acceptance of body, healthy peer relationships, stronger more supportive mother daughter relationship, greater self awareness, more confident communication, more respectful communication with peers and family and a deeper understanding of what it means to make the transition from girl to healthy woman psychology.

A girl’s body changes as she enters puberty but the body changes are not necessarily synchronized with emotional maturity. This can leave a girl vulnerable to try to emulate “popular” body image messages and can leave her disconnected from her natural, healthy body cycles and rhythms.

The shift from girl psychology to healthy woman psychology is one that requires support and guidance. The differences are fundamental and a Rite of Passage provides a foundation for this transition.

Our girls can battle with daily anxiety with their peers and the deep desire to belong and be accepted for who they are. They can show this by trying to dress or act like everyone else and let go of passions and interests that once gave them much pleasure.

On the Pathways into Womanhood a strong and authentic community is formed where the girls are accepted for who they are and their gifts and intrinsic qualities shine through. The girls may arrive as strangers they leave with a community of strong, authentic and trusted friends that have supported each other to succeed.

The girls face challenges and together with the support of a diverse group of women who brought them to the PIW programme, guided by masterful leaders you are able to celebrate and witness her transition from girl to young woman.

Leave the day to day behind and invest the time to support her with this most important transition.

The Difference between Girl and Woman Psychology

The shift from girl to healthy woman psychology does not magically happen because she has started to menstruate or her body starts to change shape. The difference between the two is profound and a significant safe event is required supported by older women for this to happen. Without such an event there is a risk that girl psychology will persist well into adult years.

Contemporary Girl Psychology
Looks to peer group for acceptance
Ruled by emotions
No responsibility for actions
Sees other girls/women as competition
Body image drives identity
Relies heavily on male approval
Healthy Woman Psychology
Looks to self for acceptance
Owns emotions
Full responsibility for actions
Sees other women as support
Self acceptance drives identity
Seeks equal respectful relationships with men

A Rite of Passage provides a bridge for the transition from girl to woman.

If you would like to express your interest in attending a Pathways into Womanhood program or have any questions contact the Pathways office on 1300 850 766 or email:
admin@pathwaysfoundation.org.au.

Testimonials:

From the Young Women
I feel this experience has benefited me in so many ways. I have so much more understanding about being a woman. It was sooo great to be able to express my feelings knowing I wasn’t judged… Ashlea

WOW !!!! Thank you is not enough. All you leaders are amazing. Beautiful women and I can’t thank you enough. I’ll treasure the memories… Young Woman

During this outstanding program I learnt so much about everything there is to be known about becoming a young woman and bonding with some amazing girls. It was worth the whole world and I will take every little bit home with me! All in all a fantastic experience I will have my whole life. Zoe L

From the Mothers
As a psychologist I see the tremendous potential this programme has to impact positively on young women and their families. I highly recommend it, not only for those whose daughters are struggling but also for those who would like to deepen and extend their daughter’s journey.
……………….Eliza Bram, M.A.P.S.

I urge you if something is missing, for you, if something eludes you in your life. This ‘Pathways into Womanhood’ program will show you, gift you with the very source of that longing. Odile

I would really highly recommend the ‘Pathways into Womanhood’ program to any mother and daughter. It lovingly and supportedly brought the so called (“not openly spoken about”) functions and body parts into fully and up close acceptance and a love of all. Alexandra

Creating and holding of a truly healing space by the leaders was magnificent. Rachael B

The ‘Pathways into Womanhood’ camp has brought me into a greater awareness of spending special time with my daughter. I was also reminded of the extravagant beauty, courage and strength women possess. C.Tough

I am so appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to spend time with my daughter and learn from the experiences of so many other inspiring women, young women and girls. I feel better equipped to now help my daughter realize her own potential and embrace life’s challenges. Sue-Anne

What an absolute blessing this program is ( Pathways into Womanhood) teaching young women about what it is to be a woman, about Woman in a womb- like container that can hold all that unfolds within that space. Thank you for clarifying my mothering for me: listen to your heart and to your belly- protect the fire within.
Jennifer – Yoga Teacher

I found the program immensely beneficial to myself and my daughter- and our relationship. The process enabled me to drop the barriers and layers that have been put in place over the years. I was able to respond honestly and openly, feeling supported by the very special group of women and young women assembled. I’ve learnt to relate to young women more closely and confidently, and in doing so feel a huge confidence in the women of our future. Meryn

As a mother and grandmother I learned so much about being female. I only wish I could have experienced this 40 years ago. Kaye

…taking time out to be with each other at the Pathways program has strengthened and deepened my relationship with my daughter and myself. Respect & acceptance for each other as mother and daughter, women and individuals has predominantly increased since the program…..she is more solid in herself resulting in much needed raised self-esteem…she is more at peace and confident with where she is in her life……………… Debbie