Lorienne Oshen Vos
Oh boy! Or rather “Oh girl!” My daughter is now 16. Some six years ago, talking about sex with her was a truly terrifying thought. I had no idea where or how to begin, yet I knew what young children were being exposed to online and in the playground, and that I had to find a way to offer an alternative. Working with Kate, helped me step through my fears and step up into being the safe, go-to place for my daughter. Often times now this amazingly wise 16-year old teaches me about navigating uncomfortable conversations and emotions and when I wonder how she does it, she simply replies, “Mom, I learnt from the best.” And that’s why I’m here. I have personally witnessed the transformation in my relationship with my daughter and I know it’s possible to move from fear to open connection that has empowered her to cultivate her ability to be self-directed, self-governed and self-boundaried. This is priceless beyond measure.
Sarah Ping Nie Jones
Surviving childhood sexual trauma has been my path to a deeply liberating, embodied, sensual and joyful life. Empowering kids, tweens and teens to understand and learn to trust their bodies, boundaries, and emotions, is not only important work, but fulfilling and immensely fun! Along the way, we as adults have so much to learn as we walk alongside, and support, the next generation in reaching their full potential to blossom in this life, and in light of the world they are stepping into. In this and in all my work as a facilitator, my goal is to connect people to each other, beyond their fears and awkwardness, and into a space of liberation and delight!
Some things I learnt at school. But most of the truly important and wonderful things I learnt the hard way; even the unnecessarily painful way.
Lessons of trusting my instinct, of learning to listen to all the signals from my own, very smart body and mind. Lessons in boundaries - finding the words and vocabulary to make saying NO and even YES easier. These hard-won gems are the ones I am most committed to sharing so that generations behind me don’t have to stumble upon these insights in an ad hoc way, or worse - only after situations where they would be crucial.
So, I’m on mission to share the tools and gifts of connection (to self and others) and
of impeccably authentic communication. We start this journey by going upstream - and cultivating electric self-awareness, radical self-responsibility and a healthy dollop of self-love. I don’t know about you but THIS is the kind of curriculum that makes me get out of bed!