July 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Yesterday was the second ever Mother-Daughter Circle Training and Beth and I spent a fabulous, powerful day with 15 women from California and Nevada from all different backgrounds who work with girls in many different settings.  Originally, the Mother-Daughter training was designed to be a half day training, but after feedback from the first training, we were encouraged to expand the training to one-full day.  I just read all the evaluations from the training and several participants commented that they would still like the training to be longer.  Hmm..…a real testimony to the importance and significance of mother-daughter relationships.

We spent the better half of the morning focusing on “Mother-Daughter Storytelling” – having participants first explore their own mother-daughter relationships in preparation for facilitating.   Cumulative feedback on this piece reflected that it was time well spent.    Even participants who are not mothers themselves said “It helped me empathize for what mothers and daughter might go through.”    Another said “It was very profound; it expanded my compassion and insight into the relationship with my mother.”   And another woman affirmed that by saying, “The exercises were very valuable and I think it’s important to acknowledge your own stuff before you intend to help others.”  Well said.

After that, we took a journey through each unit of the 8-Week Mother-Daughter Activity Guide, stopping here and there to experience and explore the exercises, review the content, role-play communication skills, and participate in some of the games and creative activities.  For a link to the themes in this guide, see

Beth and I are very excited to see how well women are responding to doing this work and we look forward to feedback from the groups.  Can you imagine a world where mothers and daughter can come together in a safe space and explore their relationship, work on communication skills, make commitments, honor each other, be accountable for their actions, have fun, get creative together, and really build and deepen trust?

That’s what we’re hoping for.  Getting to the “Heart of the Matter.”  And it seems we’re off to a good start.

–  Giovanna Taormina, Executive Director of The Girls Circle Association


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