Inner Beauty – Inner Strength
14th Annual Girls Conference
A day of fun, fitness, health, and empowerment for girls grades 6 – 8.
Friday March 16, 2007
8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
51 Mechanic St.
Schedule of Events
7:30 – 8:00 Registration, bagels and juice.
8:00 – 8:10 Welcome
8:10 – 8:45 Keynote: Are you a puppet of mass media marketing or a self-confident trendsetter? Do you safely conform, or does your individuality shine through? Frugal Suzy’s and Cottage Consignment will show us how to avoid buying an image and instead express our unique inner selves.
8:45 – 10:00 Session 1
10:00 – 11:15 Session 2
11:15 - 12:15 Lunch with Karaoke
12:15 – 1:30 Session 3
1:30 – 2:00 Closing
Girls Self-Defense: Feeling weak and defenseless? Practicing martial arts is a unique way to strengthen both your body and your mind. You can improve your agility, balance and grace. Develop a positive self worth and learn to defend yourself. Join Nancy, a second-degree black belt, and see for yourself! - Nancy Ault
Health and Harmony at Your Fingertips: Stressed out? Often stresses of today’s world push our health into other states. With Jin Shin Jyutsu we have, right at our fingertips, the ability to bring ourselves back to balance and harmony. We’ll learn different flows to help let go of stress and ones that help specific conditions you might like treated. It’s both fun and easy to do. –Dee Webster, works as a Homeopath and includes Jin Shin Jyutsu and herbs in her treatment.
Your Inner Voice-Coach or Critic? Carrying around a critical voice in your head? How we think about and talk to ourselves can really affect how we feel. In this workshop, learn how to use the power of your thoughts to transform your inner critic into a helpful and supportive coach. – Elizabeth Boetsch, PhD. & Jennifer Walker, LCSW.
The Purpose of Anger: Are you angry a lot? Anger is just one of many emotions we experience; it is normal. We will look at how we experience anger in ourselves and discover the surprising messages it brings. We will “own” our anger and identify the feelings that build up to anger. –Jean Forest RN, MA
Vinyasa Slow Yoga: Time to slow down? Come join in a hatha based yoga practice where we will be using meditation, breath work, and asanas to quiet your mind. – Denyse Robinson
Egg On Your Face: It’s not about “perfection” but rather misconception. Many of us have this idea of the “perfect” body that we should aspire to. The truth is we ARE ALL perfect and should focus on taking care of the body we have. In this workshop, learn to love your body and how to take care of it using natural products, such as egg, honey, and yogurt. - Natasha Irving & Christina Venditti, Mainely Girls, AmeriCorps Members
Five Rhythms Creative Dance: Do you love to dance? Come join us for a fun exploration of the five rhythms. Five very different ways of dancing and moving your body, without learning any steps! We will be using stories, imagery, and our imagination as we dance alone and together to music from all over the world. No dance experience necessary. – Anna Witholt-Abaldo
Boys and Boyfriends: Is there a boy in the picture? Is he just a friend? Does he like you? How can you tell? Learn how to handle the pressures, competition, and conflicts of dealing with and having boy friends and boyfriends.
The Purpose of Anger: See description under session 1.
Health and Harmony at Your Fingertips: See description under session 1.
Five Rhythms Creative Dance: See description in session 1.
Loving and Living in the Body You Have: Our bodies are the vehicles in which we explore this life, and as such, they are all enormously precious and powerful. Explore issues, myths, and misconceptions we girls and women hold in our bodies and discover some truths about the gifts our bodies are, just as they are. – Helena Melone, founder of Datura Dance in Montville.
The New Cool? 4 Addictive, Dangerous Behaviors that Girls are Doing …NOW! (6th & 7th graders): Do you know someone who cuts? Smokes? Drinks? Gets high? Are you doing any of these things to fit in or feel popular? Join Kate for an honest, open discussion about these behaviors that are often misunderstood. There will be loads of information, tips on how to get help or help a friend, and an opportunity to ask questions in a safe and non-judgmental environment! - Kate Donovan Cohen, LCSW
When Myspace Isn’t Just Your Space: The internet is a communications tool but is often misused. Online programs such as Instant Messenger and Myspace have given kids an alternate playground for bullying and harassing one another. In this workshop learn how to keep yourself safe and still have fun while surfing the web. – Detective Inez Dudley
The Who, What, When, and Why’s of Eating Disorders: How do we avoid them? How do we help those who have them? A presentation and discussion about anorexia and bulimia. – Mary Orear, Director, Mainely Girls
What’s Inside? Mixed media workshop including printmaking, drawing, collage, and painting of “Inner Self Portraits”, expressing what is in your heart, on your mind, in your dreams and more.
- Cathy Melio, Education Director at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art
What Makes a Healthy Friendship? Are you having friendship issues? Working individually and in small groups we will use various arts; drama, music, movement, and visual arts to prompt conversation and thought about friendship. – Lindsay Pinchbeck
Staying True to You: Keeping Personal Power in the Face of Sex, Drugs, and Other Teenage Challenges (7th & 8th graders): What do you do when you feel yourself losing your personal power? What happens when your friends lose their personal power? Through creative exercises and discussion we will explore issues including: alcohol, drugs, sex, suicide, cutting and other forms of self-injury. – Amy Carpenter, LCSW and Casey Heard, LCPC-C from Midcoast Integrated Health Collaborative
Belly Dancing: Learn some of the essential moves of the inwardly- strengthening and timeless art of belly dance. Using locks, drops, shimmies and graceful arm and hand movements this workshop explores power and personal space. –Helena Melone
“Flirting or Hurting?” This great video explains the difference between fun and harassment and provides you with tools you can use to defend yourself and your friends from bullying and harassment. – Mary Orear
Fun, Funky Jewelry!: Using Camden artist Penny Gentle’s beautiful hand-made glass beads, and other materials, we’ll create cool bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and pins, and have lots of fun getting funky. –Cathy Melio
Soothing Stress Relief: Mellow Out! We will discuss the importance of a balanced lifestyle that allows ample time for school, friends, family, and personal downtime. We will learn basic massage, including hand and foot massage that can help manage stress. We will also do some gentle stretching and meditative breathing exercises. –Willow Hall
Egg On Your Face! : See description in session 1.
WHITE on WHITE: Children’s book writer, E.B. White (Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, Trumpet of the Swan) used dreams, letters – and what he couldn’t do – to find success. His granddaughter, Martha White, leads an open discussion on journal-keeping, diaries, letter writing, and other forms of personal goal setting.