I am a highly experienced cross-cultural facilitator. In 2019, I collaborated with Dr. Sara Parker, John Moores University, Liverpool, on the British Academy-funded project, ‘Dignity Without Danger’: Collaboratively Analysing Stigma and Taboos to Develop Innovative Strategies to Address Menstrual Exclusion in Nepal’, to facilitate clay body mapping workshops to initiate dialogue on menstruation and menstrual stigma for educators, researchers and activists. This work was funded by Global Action Nepal.
I designed the new Clay Embodiment Research Method (CERM), which incorporated clay body mapping and photography, for my PhD research in Nepal. This involved co-facilitating seven participatory clay body mapping workshops which were ‘themed’ around the reproductive bodies of women and men and enabled trafficked women in Nepal to talk about their reproductive health knowledge. Photography of the women’s clay work was then used to expand on these conversations in a group interview. This research had educative benefits for the trafficked women and girls from Asha Nepal and Centre for Awareness and Promotion Nepal (CAP Nepal) who took part in the research. These outcomes are reported here. In Nepal, the CERM is known as ‘mato ko khel’ (play with clay) which was a term that was coined by some Nepalese women from Asha Nepal who participated in clay workshops while I was doing fieldwork in Nepal.
Prior to my PhD, I facilitated creative arts therapy workshops for women with reproductive health issues, such as endometriosis, ovarian cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome, women undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and more in collaboration with councils, hospitals, women’s health organisations, and medical and allied health professionals in Melbourne. I have also collaborated with an Australian not-for-profit organisation to co-facilitate art therapy and women’s reproductive health training with sex-trafficked women in Nepal. This provided the inspiration for my PhD research and the design of the CERM.
I am also part of a creative network doing work on menstruation issues in Nepal. This short video was released on Dignified Menstruation Day 2020 in Nepal by Sophie Maliphant, a UK graphic designer, and the “Dignity Without Danger” team:
I am available for the facilitation of clay body mapping workshops for reproductive health education and training of the CERM. I can travel within Australia and internationally. I can also design culturally appropriate reproductive health education programs, co-facilitate programs with local organisers, and work with interpreters. Please contact me here.