Crystal Errington-Deamer

Crystal Errington-Deamer

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Frome, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Frome, Somerset

The transition from girl to woman is a time full of possibility and beauty, it is also a time of challenges and change. Girls face so many pressures and expectations; about how to look, the way to act, the kind of women to become.

In Girls Journeying Together groups we work to provide the girls with the tools they need to move through their teens towards womanhood authentically and as their whole selves. I hold a safe space where they can start to untangle the messages they are being given about what it means to be a young woman, a space to begin to figure out who they want to become, ask big questions and have fun! Girls Journeying Together group is a place to grow friendships that can tolerate differences, support each other through both good and bad times and to view each other as allies not competition. We explore the changes their minds and bodies will be going through so they can be ready for what lies ahead.

I love working with children and teens and am passionate about making positive change for the next generation. As a mother of two girls I have seen firsthand the potential of this work and these circles of support. It is a privilege to hold space for girls during this transformative time offering practical guidance, information and support.

I look forward to welcoming you and your daughter to our circle.

Laura Johnstone

Laura Johnstone

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Lewes, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Chiddlingly, East Sussex

I feel a deep responsibility to honour our girls during their journey from childhood to womanhood and I offer a space in which the transition into their teenage years can be supported and rightfully acknowledged. Being a mother of two daughters and an auntie to seven nieces, I am aware of the many challenges and pressures girls face today.  Whose own path through adolescence wasn’t without its wobbles?! We can harness the power of women uniting to bring support, ease and joy as our girls navigate their personal journey.

I offer a friendly space for preteen girls to meet, be themselves, celebrate who they are, and explore all that comes with growing up. We gather once a month, over a year, giving your daughter a sense of what a monthly cycle feels like. She can explore what she is curious about, talk of her dreams, share any unsettling feelings about growing up, all whilst building life-long relationships with accepting friends. I invite mothers to journey too, meeting at the same time as your daughters, running in parallel to our girls group and supporting a deeper connection between you and your daughter as you continue to grow together.

I love playing with wood and natural crafts and enjoy swimming in the sea throughout the seasons. I have a background in sculpture and worked for years as a production designer in a buzzing and creative environment. I cherish time alone in my pottery studio just like I used to value journaling as a teen. I appreciate the energy of young people and have enjoyed crafting clay projects together at home and in my local community and school.

I warmly welcome you and your daughter to a free taster session to get a good feel for what Girls Journeying Together is all about. Click the Free Taster Button to find out more.

Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Horsham, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Partridge Green, West Sussex

Girls Journeying Together groups should be an essential part of growing up for all girls!

In my girls’ groups, I offer a safe and supported place where girls can relax and be themselves without fear of criticism and judgement. Where they can ask all the questions that they really want to know the answers to, and yet may not dare ask! Pre-teen girls naturally begin to look beyond the family home for support and guidance growing up, which is wonderful if the outside influences aren’t harmful. Girls Journeying Together encourages positive and helpful information and feedback, where an open-minded and curious outlook is cultured, and they begin to learn about and believe in the wonderful uniqueness of being themselves and no one else.  Girls Journeying Together offers girls an opportunity to be supported at a time when they might feel a bit lost, insecure about the changes to their body and their relationships with others. Many say they make friends for life!


I live in a village in West Sussex with my husband, our two daughters and our two crazy, yet loveable, cocker spaniels. Being a mum of two girls, I feel like we are literally girls journeying together, making merry mistakes along the way and learning from them as best we can. My time as a facilitator has increased my capacity to meet them where they are on this important journey and to discover the path ahead together. 

I love to walk, especially by the sea, and my goal in life is to own my own beach hut one day! I enjoy reading and finding new books and authors who reawaken my passion for learning and connection. I am also very at home with a cup of tea in my hand, meeting up with close friends and family and sharing what is important in our lives.

I have been a teacher for many years, latterly specialising in teaching English to Years 5 and 6. My pastoral relationships and connections with the children has made me keenly aware of the challenges that girls aged 10-12 can face and how vulnerable they can be without a support network that they can rely on. I am also a qualified Girls’ Net mentor with Rites for Girls and it has been a real privilege to hold that safe space for the girls to connect with each other.

Please do contact me for a chat if you would like to know more about my taster sessions. I would love to talk to you more about my Girls Journeying Together groups.

Maggie Rivron

Maggie Rivron

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Hereford, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Lugwardine, Herefordshire

I live in Herefordshire with my husband, my young daughter, 18 alpacas and 2 cats, having moved from London where I was a primary school teacher for 10 years. Although my beautiful alpaca farm is an ideal setting for my four-year-old now, what about later? I wondered how I could help prepare her for the world women now live in? I became aware of Kim McCabe’s work with pre-teen girls in a book by world-renowned child psychologist Steve Biddulph called Raising Girls in the 21st Century. This is a great book by the way, I really recommend it! In it, he raves about the work that Rites for Girls does with girls at a time when they are battling against so much judgement and pressure to be something other than themselves. I saw this in the girls I taught. So, I looked Rites for Girls up and now I’m running groups myself!

My groups provide a safe space where girls can truly value themselves and become confident in their uniqueness. We talk about the changes that they will experience in their pre-teen years and beyond. We have monthly get-togethers where they can feel heard and valued, exploring different topics in open and honest conversation. I encourage the girls to question and discuss topics in a relaxed environment, at their own pace, whilst being supported by me and most importantly each other.

Mothers, during these sessions I invite you to form a circle of your own, to support each other and build a group of women that your daughters can turn to in later years. You will be discussing similar topics to your daughter, which will not only deepen your connection to her but shows her that you are invested in this journey too.

I’m passionate about celebrating the journey of becoming a young woman. Women are amazing! Let’s celebrate ourselves and our differences!
It would be a privilege to support your daughter in this way. If this interests you both, then please book a free taster session to help you decide whether it is something you would like to continue.

Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Thanet, England
Girls Journeying Together groups:  Broadstairs, South East Kent

There are endless ways to be a girl and I offer a gentle, non-pressured space where your daughter can flourish, love the fact that she is a marvellous one-off and, by making positive connections in the group, feel increasingly at ease to express her true self. Questions are encouraged too!

With fun group activities and friendly pair work, I guide the girls through:

  • Valuing the unique girl they are and not needing to change themselves to fit in
  • Sticking with the stuff they love – as it brings sense of self and calmness
  • Coping with big feelings and self-caring through them, as well as thinking about who they can trust to talk to
  • Enjoying healthy and safe relationships and being guided by their own values
  • Feeling comfortable and confident about periods and their changing bodies

I spent my early career editing national children’s magazines for 8-12 year olds, and writing the features for teen magazines that highlighted mental health issues. I became a freelance journalist to focus on challenging sex stereotypes and sexualisation. I like to write to help girls and women feel less alone in their experiences. One of my most meaningful and enjoyable roles has been running confidence-building workshops in a refuge. This supported my own confidence to model what a woman can be – so important in a world where teenage girls are feeling less comfortable to speak out and are losing their playfulness to self-consciousness, or body image pressure. I came to this work as I care deeply about girls feeling free of limiting stereotypes or cultural expectations of what it means to be a girl or a woman. My sensitivity and empathy are my strengths, encouraging girls to trust in their true selves and feel safe to fully express themselves. Girls Journeying Together group is a wonderful opportunity for girls aged 10-12 to feel confident being a girl, equipping them with a life-lasting sense of self, as well as resilience for when things change or get choppy. I love that this unique work also supports a deeper connection between mothers and daughters.

I live with my partner and two boys, a pre-teen and teen, and, of course, advocate for smashing stereotypes that hold boys back, too. I hope I have been one of those people who is honest about parenting – I never shouted before I had kids! All kids are growing humans, with their own pace, glorious quirks and areas that need extra loving. I also run a shorter, online programme from Rites for Girls called Girls’ Net. Everytime I finish a session, I feel so glad I got to spend time in the company of girls and give them a boost. Please do get in touch with any questions you may have about Girls Journeying Together by clicking the Free Taster Session button.

Sophia Hermens

Sophia Hermens

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: St. Albans, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: St. Albans, Hertfordshire

The world has changed in so many ways since I was a teen.  Technology has brought huge benefit but also places enormous pressure on our young people.  Girls have so many obstacles to navigate as they cross the bridge into young womanhood, balancing often-fragile self-esteem with the demands of school, family and peer group.  There is so much that is still not talked about openly.

It is a privilege to have the opportunity to create a regular safe space for girls to feel their big feelings and have important, hard conversations, while knowing they are securely held in a supportive, caring environment.  Each girl is appreciated as an individual and accepted just as she is.  Girls Journeying Together groups allow each girl to explore her inner world, to learn, to grow in confidence and to believe in herself.  It is my wish that every girl is given the chance to deepen her sense of self, a sense of belonging, to feel part of a wider community of women and I would love to support your daughter in this way.

At the same time, the warm support and community of a Girls Journeying Together group will give you the chance to journey alongside your daughter, to experience yourself the benefits of being held and seen by a circle of women and to gain an even deeper understanding of the issues facing your girl.

I live in St Albans with my partner and two children, a girl and a boy, and have been a full-time mum since my daughter was born in 2014.  I have worked as an employment lawyer, an educational fundraiser (for a university, an international school and Jamie Oliver!) and I am now training as a psychotherapist.  I love yoga, reading and languages and am passionate about authentic connection and honest, open conversation.

If your intuition tells you that joining Girls Journeying Together might help your daughter, then please do get in touch to find out more.

Charlotte Sarre

Charlotte Sarre

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Southeast London, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Peckham, London

Welcome and thank you for your interest in a Girls Journeying Together group for your daughter!
Our daughters’ teen years can seem challenging to say the least, especially in an ever-changing world full of pressures, comparison and expectations. Lots of girls are struggling with low self-esteem and find it hard to express their authentic self because of the unrealistic standards and airbrushed ‘ideals’ they are exposed to on a daily basis.
Sounds familiar? Worried about this too? You’re not alone, the journey into adulthood can feel like a tough time for many girls and their parents. In addition to the support from their family, I believe girls need more female role models who can offer advice and guidance – real women who can mirror what it’s like to follow your dreams and how to be unapologetically yourself, ‘flaws’ included. As a Rites for Girls Facilitator, I hope I can be one of these women for your daughter.

In my Girls Journeying Together group, I hold a relaxing and inclusive space for girls to explore who they really are and gain understanding of what lies ahead. With humour and empathy, I mentor and guide the girls through topics like dealing with peer pressure and social media, defining beauty and power, learning to love your changing body and navigating puberty in general. My goal is to make girls feel more confident in themselves, celebrate their uniqueness, form healthy friendships and relationships and feel excited and prepared for their future. Growing up may have its challenges but it can and should be fun too!
At the same time, the girls’ mums make a parallel journey alongside their daughters, meeting to support one another and create the close-knit female safety net their daughters can fall back on through the teen years.

I’m a Girls Journeying Together Facilitator and Girls’ Net Mentor based in South East London and mum to a daughter. I’m Belgian but moved to the UK for my work as a veterinary surgeon. After becoming a mother, my priorities in life changed and I’ve been on a journey of self-development and retraining to carry out more meaningful work and give back to my community. I’m happy when I can be outside, feet in the dirt, read a book or sit in circle connecting with other women.

A safe and enjoyable journey into womanhood might sound like mission impossible to some
but I encourage you to take the first step, a step towards making growing up for girls easier, safer and better supported. I couldn’t be more excited to join you and your daughter on this journey!

Please get in touch if you would like to know more, have any other questions or would like to join me for a taster session!

Catherine Bishop

Catherine Bishop

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Brighton, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Brighton and Hove, East Sussex

I offer a nurturing space for girls explore what it means to them to be growing up. Becoming a teenager and feeling more grown up can be exciting but there can be worries too. Our girls are under so much pressure to be a certain way to fit in. In Girls Journeying Together Group girls receive support through the group, learn about puberty and to trust the deepest part of themselves. It is a space to have fun, share hopes and fears, build new friendships, dream into the future, grow in confidence in who they are becoming, and learn they belong exactly as they are.

I love working with young people. I have been a primary and secondary school teacher and psychotherapeutic counsellor. Alongside my work I enjoy being creative, dance, singing, cinema, reading and cycling about town. I have seen girls struggling with difficult feelings about themselves and their world, and finding ways of managing that were not always for their long-term good. Girls Journeying Together groups give girls the chance to be who they truly are, to be curious and ask questions about things they might otherwise keep to themselves, find confidence in their intuition and navigate the transition towards womanhood in a positive, informed and supported way.

Honouring this rite of passage is a tradition lost in our culture. Girls Journeying Together Groups help girls acknowledge and celebrate it, so they are empowered to bring their unique gifts to the world. I would have loved to have had something like this when I was becoming a young woman.

We meet once a month for a year, so girls get to know what monthly feels like.

Through talking, games and shared activities, your daughter will practice:

  • feeling comfortable in her changing body
  • trusting her feelings and learning how to manage them in helpful ways
  • becoming familiar with her cycle
  • being and having good friends – being kind and strong
  • becoming confident in choosing the kind of relationships she wants
  • trusting and valuing her feminine wisdom
  • celebrating her uniqueness and feeling good about herself just as she is

The preteen and teenage years are often a time when daughters seem to need you less, but in fact this is the time when they need you to step in more, in a different way. I invite mothers to journey with their daughters and with the support of other mothers in the group, to deepen the relationship with their girls.

I’d like to invite you to a taster session with your daughter, so she can discover if this is something she would like to do. You can contact me by clicking the Book Free Taster button to find out more.

Annamaria Papini

Annamaria Papini

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: South West London, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Kingston upon Thames, London

My name is Annamaria and I am passionate about empowering people to fulfil their potential.

I am a mum, a life coach, and a trainer, with experience of working with children young and old through scouts and forest schools, in Italy and the UK. 

My calling is to accompany people journeying toward a different phase in their life and to support them to deepen their knowledge about themselves, recognise their strengths, and thrive in the process. 

When I was a girl, I had strong female role models around me, but I lacked that additional support, knowledge, and openness that would have helped with all my doubts, ideas, and fears, and to ease the process of becoming the self-aware woman that I am now.

To girls participating to my group, I offer a group where we cover the questions I asked myself and those that I didn’t know I needed growing up, with open-mindedness, and a multicultural awareness. We will work together through discussions, exercises, and fun activities to explore what growing up means for each girl.

I will cheer for each girl’s unique journey, stimulate their minds, challenge their preconceptions, and accompany them in their discovery of themselves, with care and kindness.

I look forward to hearing from you and your daughter. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have!

Warm wishes,
Annamaria

Helena Løvendal-Duffell

Helena Løvendal-Duffell

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: London, England and Toulouse, France

Born in Denmark 1958, in private practice since 1988. After graduating as a psychotherapist and group facilitator, I was faculty member at The Institute of Psychosynthesis in London between 1990-96, have offered workshops for women since 1993 and in 1996, co-founded The Centre For Gender Psychology. The umbrella organization, Creative Couple Work, was founded in 2000 to offer specialist, post-graduate diploma training in Relationship Therapy & Coaching.

Helena offers specialist training and supervision for professionals in the field of relationships, sex and gender relations in UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Mexico. Amongst the first qualified sexual grounding therapists®, I am a senior trainer and was appointed Head of Education SGT International in May 2013.

A senior psychotherapist, teacher and trainer of other professionals, my unique approach evolved over many years out of my own personal development work and professional training with leading teachers from around the world, spanning the fields of: Psychoanalysis, Depth Psychology, Family Therapy & Systems Theory, Body- Psychotherapy, Integral approaches, Sexual Grounding Therapy®, Post-Jungian thought, Yoga, Tantric teachings, Indigenous teachings and Native American Shamanism. More recently I have been inspired by the new developments within Interpersonal Neurobiology and Neuroscience.
I am passionate about re-connecting men and women to their natural power and beauty and their innate potentials for living wholehearted and passionate lives, enjoying loving and deeply fulfilling lives and relationships. When not in London or working abroad, I live close to nature in the deep south of France, learning how to grow plants and vegetables and live a sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle, while enjoying family, friends and animals and time alone to write.

My first book “Sex, Love and the Dangers of Intimacy – a Guide to Passionate Relationships when The ‘Honeymoon’ is over”, co-authored with my husband, was published by HarperCollins in 2002, re-published in 2010 by Lone Arrow Press and translated into several languages.

I am currently working on the follow-up book that will explore the connection between love and sex and men and women’s masculine and feminine qualities- and what happens emotionally, psychologically and spiritually when men and women fall in love and how we can embrace these life force energies to develop our full human potentials.