Sabrina Mudie

Sabrina Mudie

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Buxted, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Buxted, East Sussex

I am not currently offering Girls Journeying Together groups, please return to the map to find another group facilitator.

In my Girls Journeying Together groups I offer the girls the opportunity to explore important issues about growing up in a friendly, safe and nurturing environment. They are encouraged to be themselves, have fun and ask lots of questions so they can start the journey into womanhood feeling that they have some of the tools needed to handle the challenges they may encounter along the way.

The transition into adulthood can be tricky and Girls Journeying Together groups are a great way of giving girls the chance to discuss and reflect on issues before they experience them. They are encouraged to develop resilience and become well equipped to navigate this period of their lives. The groups are practical, creative and often funny! Over the course of the year, the girls develop a solid foundation from which they can start the transition into womanhood as strong, kind and self-assured young women.

My own daughter belongs to a Girls Journeying Together group and I’ve been so impressed by her experience and the way in which a wide range of important issues have been explored with sensitivity. I also benefitted from the support for the mothers that runs alongside the girls’ group. As a result, I decided to train as a facilitator so that more girls and their families can gain from this experience.

A bit about me: I love spending time with family and friends, travelling, reggae and am a wannabe baker. I am also a BACP accredited psychodynamic counsellor and have been working with young people in schools since 2003. I have a lot of experience of supporting teenagers with a wide variety of issues.

Please get in touch if you’d like more information about my groups or me.

Sophy Griffiths

Sophy Griffiths

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

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

Rites for girls offers a unique journey for preteens — Girls Journeying Together groups meet monthly, offering open, nurturing warmth, where girls can be themselves just as they are, growing up at their own pace. We encourage questions, sharing and open, honest communication, where they can be curious, share their fears, desires and dreams. It is such a privilege to be a guide and mentor for girls through this time of change.

In this fast paced society with high pressures on our children this work is invaluable. The girls deepen their sense of belonging, not just to the girls group but also to the wider community of women around them. I wish I had had this opportunity when I was their age.

As the mother of a pre-teen girl myself, I understand some of the challenges in staying connected to our daughters during this transitional time. When Kim gave her talk “Parenting girls safely through their teens” in my local area, I felt compelled to get involved.

My innate playfulness and light touch found a home in performance and circus for many years. These days I teach Pilates, running classes and retreats. I now run Girls Journeying together groups to help make girls lives a bit kinder, safer and more supported.

Felicia Perks

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Felicia Perks

Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Eastbourne, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Eastbourne, Sussex

I am looking forward to working alongside your daughter in a group to enable her to have a positive experience with puberty, transitions and friendships. I will provide a friendly, safe, inclusive space, giving the girls reassurance in this transition as well as the opportunity to ask questions. In Girls Journeying Together I offer a range of fun activities which help the girls to truly find their own unique understanding of themselves, as well as the world around them, whilst being able to be who they are, exactly as they are.

I have worked with families and children for over 30 years which has given me the pleasure of watching each person flourish and blossom and taught me a lot about myself too.

I am in my middle years with two grown children and one granddaughter who brings me immense pleasure. I enjoy being outdoors, reading, meditation and laughter yoga, as well as volunteering in my local community for several charities.

If your daughter would like to journey with me, sign up for my free taster session and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to ask any further questions.

Sophie Beaupain

Sophie Beaupain

Accredited Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: London, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Wimbledon, London

It is a great honour for me to run a Girls Journeying Together group for girls in our local community. Empowering girls to stand strong within themselves and recognise their inner beauty, is a dream and passion of mine.

I offer a warm and open space to the girls I meet. The group work is a mixture of being interactive, collaborative and learning while exploring topics together on the journey. My promise is that it will be an honest, fun and down-to-earth time for the girls. I value the unique qualities of all the girls I meet and look forward to supporting them on their journey.

In terms of my background, I’m a mother myself, married with two young children and also an auntie to three nieces and a nephew. Based in Wimbledon, I’ve been a full-time mother since 2013 and my prior career is in the financial industry. I joined the Rites for Girls training programme in November 2017 because of an inner desire to help girls prepare for what lies ahead.

For any young girls reading this with their mother and wondering whether to join a group, please come along to a taster session and find out more about it. It’s hard to get a full flavour of what it is about until you’ve experienced a taster session. In the meantime, the videos on this website are helpful to watch and I hope to meet you sometime soon.

Anya Broughton

Anya Broughton

Accredited Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Norwich, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Norwich

Girls need a strong community of women around them. I offer a safe and supportive space within our home to enable the girls to explore the changes that the transition to womanhood brings and to enable them to harness their own personal power with the support of their own sisterhood. The groups will be full of fun, exploration, warmth and care.

Having a mentor to guide me would have made such a difference to so many aspects of my life and my own difficult experience of the journey into womanhood has given me the passion to make it a positive and enriching experience for girls. Girls Group is the perfect place for the girls to explore and practice self belief, self care, kindness, self awareness and self acceptance.

I deeply value the community of women that I have in my life. Being in circle with other women has allowed a space for me to explore and voice who I am and to also witness this with other women within a safe and nurturing space. To be seen and heard has enabled some of the most powerful transformation within me.

I live in Norwich with my husband and our daughter. Before becoming a mother I had a career as a producer working for a production company delivering live corporate events throughout the world. I gave this up as it was exhausting and was impacting too much on my life and then I decided to start a family…which is exhausting and impacts on my life…but in an infinitely better way!

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Sara Newton

Sara Newton

Accredited Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Lewes, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Laughton

My name is Sara and I live on a farm with my family and dog. I offer a fun and safe space where girls can find out more about growing up.

I have worked with young people throughout my career and love being in their company, however we live in a time when girls particularly deserve more support.

Having a daughter has deepened my understanding of a girl’s place in the world — how important it is to give them a voice and encourage them to be proud of who they are. Running Girls Journeying Together groups makes me feel excited about ‘walking alongside’ girls of the future, enabling them to find a true sense of identity.

Your daughter will carry the journey she makes in Girls Journeying Together for the rest of her life and make important, long-lasting friendships along the way.

My passion for creativity and people led me to run youth art projects for 20 years; now I teach deaf children and offer 1-1 Learning Mentor support in schools.

I look forward to meeting you and your daughter at a free taster session. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at sara@ritesforgirls.co.uk

Jessica Shaw

Jessica Shaw

Accredited Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Winchester, UK
Girls Journeying Together groups: Winchester

My name is Jess, I have three daughters and I am one of three daughters. I am passionate about the work of Rites for Girls. I believe every girl has the right to experience a safe and nurturing transition to womanhood. Through girls journeying together groups, girls and their mothers will go on a journey which will equip the girls with a firm foundation from which they will be able to navigate the years ahead of them. They will feel empowered to make decisions that are right for them, as they begin a journey towards discovery and acceptance of themselves. Ready to face a world of conflicting messages telling them who they should be.

Before I started a family I worked as a corporate fundraiser for a deaf charity and a young persons homeless charity. I then became a secondary school history teacher. I decided not to return to teaching after I had my first daughter. When the opportunity to become a girls journeying together facilitator came up, I jumped at the chance. I look forward to taking the journey with you.

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Rhiannon Silver-Gilmore

Rhiannon Silver

Accredited Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: York
Girls Journeying Together groups: York

I am passionate about the work of Rites for Girls and believe that girls thrive as they make the transition from girl to woman if they have the guidance of a strong female community around them.

The groups I facilitate are the beginnings of helping girls emerge into adulthood as strong, sure, capable young women and I am honoured and very excited to offer this to girls aged 10-12 in Yorkshire.

Our journey is fun, creative and heartfelt. Together the girls practice being true to themselves, learn about puberty, share their hopes and fears and begin to understand what it is to be with themselves – liking what they see. Lifelong connections are formed and over the year mothers make their own parallel journey together, gaining support and creating a close circle of women that the girls feel around them during their journey. This is such a powerful experience to give our girls and I absolutely love being a part of it.

Before starting a family, I worked as an artist, gallery curator and artists’ professional development facilitator. I specialised in working with emerging artists, providing practical support and guidance but also helping them to begin to see and believe in themselves as professional artists. It was with this work that I first found my love of supporting people in transition and when, after a period of full-time mothering, I heard of the opportunity to train as a Rites for Girls facilitator I jumped at the chance. I offer Girls Journeying Together groups from my home in York, which I share with my husband and our daughter and a cat.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about Girls Journeying Together.

Karen Abi-Karam

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Karen Abi-Karam

Accredited Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Forest Row, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Forest Row, East Sussex

I offer the girls in my Girls Journeying Together groups a safe, nurturing and fun environment where they feel they can be themselves without judgement or expectation. I promise to make space for them to explore their feelings and values…and to ask as many questions as they need to.

I am drawn to supporting girls through puberty in acknowledgement that it can be an overwhelming time of great change that deserves to be recognised for all the joy, anticipation and uncertainty it brings.

Through my own training and personal development, I have benefited from many years as part of and facilitating groups; I am delighted to bring this powerful opportunity to girls at such a critical time in their lives.

Over the last 17 years I have been working with people as they experience major milestones in their lives. Alongside my role as a Girls Journeying Together Facilitator, I am a Holistic Therapist, Birth Doula, Independent Celebrant and Milestone Mentor.

I am an active and hands-on auntie to nine children, from toddlers to teens; I live in Forest Row, East Sussex with my husband and Buddy, a cuddlesome tabby cat.

Sarah Blagg

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Sarah Blagg

Accredited Girls Journeying Together Facilitator

Town: Sheffield, England
Girls Journeying Together groups: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

I am passionate about helping girls to develop a healthy, vibrant relationship with their own unique body, heart, mind and creative spirit. I believe it is vital to learn to trust oneself and feel able to dream outside of the box. I hope to inspire girls to follow their dreams.

Girls Journeying Together groups can empower girls to feel well informed, supported and nourished by each other at this time of transition in their lives while having fun together! I offer down to earth guidance, information, wisdom and support. Girls Journeying Together groups provide a space where each girl can be herself as she is and as she is becoming. Learning in a friendship circle based on mutual respect and trust helps to nurture a sense of self-confidence which is so beneficial for life.

I love the creative art forms. I am a 5Rhythms Dance Teacher, Open Floor Movement Teacher, Yoga Teacher, Artist and mother of two girls. I am Canadian, married to a Brit and living in the UK since 2005. I have degrees in both Art Education Specialization and Sculpture/Installation. I speak English and French. I love this planet Earth, nature and am a great believer in making positive change for the next generations. I offer Girls Journeying Together Groups in our home in Sheffield in a lovely space with a garden.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or sign up to my free taster session.