Good vibes at the Girl to Woman Festival

A festival participant enjoys having her hair done.
A festival participant enjoys having her hair done.

From the joy of singing, the art of make-up and hair, and the perils of social media, the girls at the Girl to Woman Festival were guided by their elders into a world of womanly wisdom…

Around 300 people turned out to enjoy the third annual Girltowoman Festival in Lennox Head, NSW on Sunday 22nd January. Festival-goers who joined the local community came from from as far as Tenterfield, Darwin, Melbourne, Canberra, Gold Coast and Brisbane. The festival was a heartfelt and inspirational day which is only set to expand in years to come.

As a first timer to the festival commented – “It was amazing to see all the young girls and people come together and have so much fun. This needs to happen more everywhere.”

The Girl To Woman Festival organisers endeavour every year to put on a Festival that is engaging, inspiring and educational – and 2017 didn’t fall short of the mark. Popular workshops included the Video Making workshop, the Singing and Expression workshop and as usual the Perfumed Body Cream making workshops were booked out. The Impact of Media and Social Media talk for parents was also very well received, with parents requesting follow up discussions and support.

Girl to Woman volunteers with participant Abigail...

Girl to Woman volunteers with participant Abigail…

As G2W Festival Host and main sponsor, Natalie Benhayon says – “Our Festival is about empowering young girls and women as they transition through to womanhood. They’re exposed to a lot through platforms like Instagram, Fashion Magazines and Music clips, but the more we build confidence in their own expression and natural beauty, the less they need to follow what’s ‘out there’.”

With the theme ‘Whose Role Model Are You?’ participants in the opening community forum were invited to reflect on the power we each have as role models. One participant shared that she works with teenage girls and has found that when we support them to speak up, rather than be bystanders of bullying, they can have a great influence on their peers.

In a conversation that went to new depths with each new contribution, father of two and G2W presenter Michael Benhayon agreed that when we confirm young people in their natural knowing of what is right and wrong, it doesn’t matter if it is happening online or offline, as they are empowered to act from this knowing and lead a different way. “To be a leader doesn’t mean you have to have followers, to be a leader means that you are willing to stand for what is true,” he said.

The ‘Beauty and Nurture Hub’ was our busy central meeting and connecting point throughout the day; hair braiding and styling, nail painting, face painting, makeup, hair garlands and bracelet beading by community elders were amongst the choices available, with every girl encouraged to express and explore her own style.

Girls came from as far away as Tenterfield to take part in the Festival...

Girls came from as far away as Tenterfield to take part in the Festival…

The Belle General pop-up café contributed to by the Belle Central and Nourish Bulk Health Organic was also a great hit with amazing café quality food at family friendly prices.

The Girl to Woman Festival will look to hold ongoing events within the year up until our next festival in 2018, these will be published on our website and advertised on our social media sites.

Check out the photos from the Girl to Woman Festival 2017 on our social media sites also: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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