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Love Your Menses is excited to host the 2nd Annual Menstrual Wellness Retreat in Nairobi, Kenya during the Summer of 2023. A select number of Boston area girls ages 13-15 and their mothers/female guardians will be able to join us as we participate in wellness, educational, and cultural activities with our sisters in Kenya.

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About The Retreat

AN INTERGENERATIONAL WELLNESS RETREAT, PERIOD.

It is well known that cultural stigmas and lack of menstrual education can cause fear and shame for girls beginning their menstrual journey at menarche (occurrence of the first period). Furthermore, there are intergenerational households where parents and older relatives dealt with period stigma and experienced reproductive health conditions in silence. We understand how difficult it can be for parents/guardians to have conversations about reproductive health and support their daughter if they were never given the opportunity to understand & embrace their own menstrual flow. Through a two-generation (2Gen) approach, we are prioritizing the social and emotional wellbeing of parents and children so they can thrive.

We envision a world where talking about menstruation will no longer be taboo!

 

Love Your Menses’ Menstrual Wellness Retreat is a safe and healing space for girls and their mothers/guardians to rest, engage in meaningful dialogue about reproductive health, share period stories, build sisterhood, prioritize their wellness, and get access to the resources they need to

 flow through life, unapologetically! 

This retreat will feature:

Menstrual Health Workshops
Wellness

Local cultural activities

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Sister Circles
Youth and Adult Guest Speakers
& MUCH MORE! 

Applications open in October 2022!

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Theme

Menstruation is more than monthly bleeding. It is truly a mind and body experience that requires much understanding, embracing, and loving - just like a girl's relationship with her mother or female caregiver. 

 

The theme for this year's retreat is Understanding, Embracing, and Loving.

A girl's relationship with her mother or female caregiver is one of the most powerful bonds that can affect future relationships. We understand not every relationship is perfect; however, with proper understanding (of oneself and others), embracing (of one's own experiences), and love (for oneself and others), relationships can be healthy and fulfilling.

 

At the end of our retreat, it is our hope adolescents and adults will have a better understanding of themselves and their relationships, embrace experiences that make them unique, and be committed to loving themselves and others. 

Our Impact in Kenya

Under the leadership of our Program Manager, James Githari, we partner with Africomm Development Centre in Kenya on a Keep A Girl In School (KAGIS) initiative to reduce period inequities in rural areas affected by climate change. We have supported over 200 girls and women with menstrual health education, free menstrual product distribution, and social support. We are looking forward to continuing our work to respond to the needs of the community and invite girls and women from the USA to build sisterhood with our Kenyan community.

Make a Contribution

Reproductive health injustices, trauma, and other factors have had a significant impact on adolescents' and adults' mental health. Our menstrual wellness retreat creates an intergenerational space for individuals to prioritize their mental health, reproductive health, and social wellness.

 

The value of this retreat is $2,050 per person which includes lodging, food, activities, giveaway items, and transportation. Our hope is to fully cover the cost for 22 girls and women to join us for this educational, joyful, and cultural experience. Your financial contribution will help support girls and women from the Greater Boston area experiencing financial hardship who would like to attend the retreat. 

Contact Us

For any questions about the Menstrual Wellness Retreat in Kenya, please contact Fatoumata Konate at fkonate@loveyourmenses.com.