Some of you have already been a part of the Tao-Girl workshops;
some have not... and, so, for those of you who are excited to
learn more, here's some information.
A Workshop for Girls - Ages 11 to 17
Let me start by reminding you a bit about me: my
name is CJ Golden and I am the author of the book, TAO OF THE
DEFIANT WOMAN and TAO-GIRLS RULE!
wrote TAO OF THE DEFIANT WOMAN to help women (myself
included) because as we go through life we find that all
things change: our friends and family, our bodies, our
health and the world around us. Those are the times when we
are going along as if everything is just great and then,
wham, something happens that turns our worlds upside down.
book I share a belief of mine that follows an ancient
Chinese way of thinking. It’s called TAO (pronounced DOW)
and it teaches us we need to accept changes that happen in
our lives. And then I talk about being defiant or
dynamic - that's the part that makes us strong.
Many of the TAO AND
DEFIANT WOMEN I met have daughters about your age. These
women asked me to write a new book – one for girls ages 11 –
I titled your book TAO-GIRLS RULE!
because, well, you do RULE when you live your lives as
You can learn more about TAO-GIRLS on
the: Are YOU a Tao-Girl? page .
So far, I
have met with many groups of girls and am finding you are
all going through some pretty difficult changes in your
lives – just like we moms and grandmothers did when we were
younger. In some ways your lives are similar to ours
when we were your age, but also very different.
During a workshop, when you, your friends and I meet, we will
talk about the lives of Tao-Girls and see how being confident,
balanced and bold helps to keep us strong and happy.
We do this by sharing our stories...learning from each other,
playing games and having fun.
When we’re together you will learn about me and my work and I,
in turn, will learn more about you. There is much you can teach
me about the challenges you face in your lives and how you deal
I have many workshops coming up
with Tao-Girls around the country. It would be fun to meet
you and your friends, too. There are even times when I've
met with girls and the adults in their lives (mom, grandmother,
aunt, etc.) and we've done workshops together. They
were really very interesting workshops and and everyone had a
The photo above shows me
with a group of kids and adults at a workshop at TBICO in
Connecticut. Proof that we really do have fun!
I'm pleased that many folks have sent me
very fine comments about my workshops and seminars and am
proud to share some of their words here with you:
CEO Girls Inc SWCT, Connecticut
"It was a
joy to see you at work with our girls. Expect that we will
want you to come back in the summer. The place will
be packed. What we do for the saving and motivation of
the woman child …we do for the healing of this tortured
world. I am grateful …to be sharing this planet with
you. Many profound thanks for sharing your gift for
healing and revealing what it truly means to be a girl."
Melanie S. Wills-Tavares,
Director of Diversity Initiatives, Girl Scouts of
So many staff members have commented on what
a FABulous retreat it was!
I cannot thank you enough for sharing with
Once again, I cannot thank you enough for
inspiring our team (and our families) and supporting our
work with girls."
Doris, Troop #74364
"Just wanted to let u know how much
I truly enjoyed Saturday's Girl Scout Thank You Day.
I felt lucky to have to only commute to
It was so nice to have an event close by for a
I enjoyed speaker CJ immensely and bought 2
books of hers that day.
and Tao Girl class were fabulous.
I want to thank you so much for such an
informative, educational and all around enjoyable day.
Your hard work was truly appreciated!"
I found her to be a good speaker and her
speech was very relevant to our day, I took Jr. Training and
laughed about how relevant what she said was.
Blue Hills SU - Works
with Juniors, Cadette's, Seniors
CJ was a perfect speaker on the thoughts of many
volunteers,' How can I help?'
She empowered me to think, 'How can I help
more? It's ok if I think
differently from others.'
Thank you for sharing CJ with us!"
CJ was very impressive. An interesting and dynamic
woman, she was a terrific choice for the keynote speaker. I
was [skeptical] after reading her bio but was more than
impressed with her presentation and outlook on life.
If you’re interested, or have any questions about the
workshops, please email me at
I am so looking forward to hearing from you!