Our Guiding Principles

Our Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles are: 
๑ compassion
๑ awareness
๑ reverence for the interdependent web of life.

Alongside those, we uphold universal values – such as integrity, respect, and freedom – that are gifts from cross-cultural wisdom and religious traditions including Buddhism, Christianity, earth-honoring spirituality and shamanism.


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We also draw from modern sources such as Linda Knodle’s Coming of Age curriculum, Tamara Slayton’s I Find My Star curriculum, Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication, Joanna Macy’s eco-feminism, and Rudolph Steiner’s and Maria Montessori’s views on child development and education.

Every girl and every adult student is encouraged to translate what they hear into language that fits with their own beliefs, and to feel free to explore those in circle. Girls of many faiths and no faith have found meaning and a sense of belongingness here.

Other key principles that arise from our Guiding Principles are: 

Inclusivity.  JOYW encourages mentors to welcome trans girls into their circles, but each mentor makes her own choices.

Unity.  We are all in this together.  Although we tend to focus on empowering girls and women, we welcome and support all genders in this community and we deeply believe that boys, men and all genders need understanding and support from childhood forward.

Sex, Body, and Menstrual Positivity.  We are all about ending shame and silence and promoting the understanding, celebration, and reverence for our bodies in all their amazing facets.

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