"When a child is born, so is a mother."~Osho
At the beginning of every Mothering Arts class I ask mothers three questions:
- What is your greatest joy?
- What is your biggest challenge?
- What do you wish to gain out of this experience?
As you can imagine, the answers for the first question are rooted in love and gratitude, a thread that weaves mothers together. The second question is when we speak of the imperfect feelings of motherhood; the depletion, the struggles, the heart ache, the pain and vulnerabilities. The third question, has surprisingly elicited one answer for hundreds of women. What brings most mothers to our class is the yearning for community.
Like many of you reading this, you have read the countless articles online about why parents need support, why we need the village and how parents can thrive when they feel supported by others....so I won't add to the obvious. Mothering Arts offers a clear and inspiring plan which leaves you feeling confident to create your own local postpartum nurturing group. The best part about it, is that you can make it as unique as you are and meets the needs of your specific community.
Our Mothering Arts group leader training is looking for people who believe that a strong community is one of the most valuable assets to new parents. The model that we use is inter-generational, asking elders to be a part of our class, we invite members of the community to share their wisdom and give a real in-person connection to the parents in our class. We offer an experience of nurturing to new parents, so that they can then give that experience to their own child(ren).
The women in our local group have stayed in touch long after they leave our class. They celebrate birthdays and holidays together, they share meals and prepare meals together, they share clothes and gear that no longer fit and best of all, they support one another when times are tough. It all starts by creating space for this kind of community to blossom, that's why we need more leaders like you!
If you have ever wondered how to support parents in the tender postpartum year but didn't know where to begin, this course is for you. Join our one week online group leader training, we begin February 24th and say yes to Community!
Mothering Arts was the most impactful thing I've done as a new mama - I felt nourished and cared for as a mama by Kerry's yummy nutritious treats and tender, caring acts. She fed me goodies when my hands were full of baby, made sure I stayed hydrated by filling my cup with amazing herbal teas, brought in inspirational speakers to share baby whispering techniques, self care ideas and much more. I found deep connection with my little one through her delightful finger games and songs and made deep friendships with other mamas.
Two and a half years later, I still meet regularly with more than a handful of the mamas I met in that group and we regularly have each other over for dinner or tea. They are my community of support when I get sick and more than one of them has brought me chicken soup or oranges when I needed it. Our little ones play together often, ask about each other and learn from each other. I couldn't have dreamed up a better village for my first year of motherhood. ~KM
Imagine a circle of mothers and babies in your community.
... being cared for and appreciated by other women.
... cultivating your unique art of mothering.
... creating a network of support and friendship.
... learning the secrets of self-care from the wise women in your community.
... in the midst of a joyful gathering with your babies.
This is Mothering Arts. A place to Connect.
With yourself, with your baby and with your community.
Learn how to create a class that will support mothers on her unique path of mothering, for mothering is truly an art. Our one week online course and accompanying E-Handbook will offer both inspiration and practical tools for you to feel confident creating a supportive community in your town.