The Mothering Arts Facilitator Training
Nurturing Community in the Postpartum Year
I believe that when a mother feels acknowledged, resourced and a sense of belonging, her health and well-being can truly flourish.
I don't just believe it, I know it.
After nearly 20 years of working with families, a strong sense of community is a powerful remedy for healing, bonding and belonging in the postpartum year. This is what the Mothering Arts Facilitator training is all about.
Here at Mothering Arts, we are devoted to uplifting the postpartum journey. We do this by supporting you to create multi-generational, in-person heart to heart gatherings. Parents don't need another online group, they need each other.
Do you believe that the postpartum year is a special time when mothers and babies need to feel supported and nurtured? We do too!
Mothering Arts is a soft, smartly designed, supportive place to land in a tender time. It’s a wellspring of ideas, games, mindset shifts, simple daily practices, resources, nourishing recipes, songs, support and most of all, gathering community.
Our training will inspire you to facilitate a local multi-generational gathering for elders, mothers and babies in the postpartum year. The word facilitator means, one who makes easy. You will learn a successful and sustainable format to simply plug in and make it your own.
The facilitator training is born out of years of early childhood education, traditional mothering practices, postpartum nurturing techniques as well as physiological evidence-based practices devoted to the well-being of the mother and child.
I help women create multi-generational supportive gatherings for mothers and babies in the postpartum year without re-inventing the wheel.
What I want for you is to feel confident, resourced and inspired to create a multi-generational nurturing group for the sake of supporting the HUGE transition into parenthood. After six years of facilitating our in person groups, I continuously witness the deep relationships and reciprocity that ripples into our community.
For nearly two decades I have provided nurturing support to families as an educator, a postpartum doula and as a mother (bio and foster). I've had the delight of teaching in a Waldorf Kindergarten, a LifeWays home-based playgarden, nurturing new mothers in their homes as well as facilitating a mother and baby class for the last 6 years. You can read more about my education and experience here.
The Mothering Arts facilitator training is the fruit of many years of education, research and practical experience to help folks who feel called to work with parents and babies by building supportive in-person communities. Hundreds of women from all over the world have taken our training and shared what they have learned in their respective communities to support families and build connections.
The facilitator, will acknowledge, affirm and make space for patience and self-compassion. The process of becoming a mother takes time. Sleep deprivation, increasingly demanding and toxic culture and outside influences can make depression/anxiety and depletion seem inevitable in early mothering. This represents the great unraveling of humanity on the most intimate level.
The antidote is to re~weave heart connections among peers who are in the same tender time of life alongside community elders.
Our diverse group of facilitators and wise community mentors understand the unique culture and needs of her own community and location, which creates an individual and relevant experience. You know the needs and culture of your community best, our training will support you to let your gifts shine as you weave connections at your gathering.
Lastly the teachable moments that arise from the experience of the mothers in the midst of transformation and their babies guide our groups. (from whom, all the best learning comes when their primary caretakers are supported and nourished enough to tap into the infinite knowing of the newborn)
As we grow a baby, we grow a family, a mother is born when her child arrives.
The woman who gathers a circle of mothers is devoted to mothering wellness, infant happiness, inter-generational community building and above all, holds the space.
The word facilitation means to make easy, a facilitator is one who casts the circle, weaves collective wisdom from the participants, inspires harmony through song and gentle bonding games, opens the doors for authentic conversation and shares relevant ideas or themes into the space. Lastly, she nurtures the space with acknowledgement and love, which lets the magic happen organically.
Time spent with other mothers is invaluable. From the raucous and raunchy to the mundane, we own our experience and form our identity through speaking our truths and hearing our community reflect back what they hear.
We need to be seen and heard to exist.
Do you yearn to create a warm and nurturing place for the postpartum time to be honored?
Are you in tune with the unique flavor and needs of your own community?
Do you feel inspired to join a growing group of women dedicated to changing our culture’s expectation of early mothering?
Become a tender of warmth and nurturing in your community, Mothering Arts will show you how to create and sustain your own local group of families.
Our next facilitator training begins in October 13th 2018. We offer our training only a few times each year, our last training sold out in one week. Email [email protected] to join our list of interest and receive notification when enrollment opens.
A step-by-step online training and handbook to nurture mothers and babies in your community. You will feel confident and inspired to create your unique class that speaks to the culture and needs of your town.
Through our handbook and one week online training you will learn how to connect new mothers in a local supportive circle, share valuable parent and child education, and cultivate collective wisdom that inspires each woman's unique art of mothering.
You believe in nurturing new mothers, honoring it's sacredness and you are ready to be part of the change in how we see the postpartum year. The Mothering Arts facilitator training will fill your heart with enthusiasm and fresh hope, while also offering a clear and simple method of forming a local group. After the training ends you will continue to feel supported by the group of over 100 graduates from all around the world, transforming our shared values into her unique community offering.
You will receive:
- Comprehensive E-handbook for nurturing groups
- One week online training course
- Exclusive group facilitator content
- Educational videos and articles
- 4 intensive webinars (described below) to leave you feeling confident and clear.
- Access to our private online community of other facilitators
- One year listing on our beautiful website, we will announce your community group to our mailing list and social media
- Personal support from Mothering Arts Creatress, Kerry Ingram, during the duration of the course and beyond
How does the course work?
- In this one week live course you will learn how to create a supportive gathering for mamas and babies in your own community. Participation during training week is required.
- Each day of the training, new content is released via a link to the course sent directly to your inbox. You decide each day when you can spend 1.5-2 hours each day participating by reading articles, watching videos, writing responses to questions and reading the replies from others.
- Two days before the course begins, you will receive the digital Mothering Arts Handbook which you are welcome to print or keep as an e-file (or both). The Handbook is a great tool for the foundation pieces like why this work is important, basics of setting up your class, supplies, where to find participants, recipes, songs and games. We will read through this as a group through the week as a small part of our work together and you can return to it any time.
- I'll will be along side you the entire week, answering questions and full present for each participant in real time.
- At the end of the one week live training, you will have access to four intensive classes that can be watched at any time to further prepare you for successfully creating and sustaining a local group.
- Upon completion, you will also have access to over 100 ideas from past participants of ideas for topics, conversations, journal prompts, songs, games and recipes to share with your group...a treasure box to last years!
- Lastly, you can connect with other facilitators in our secret Facebook group to share relevant articles, ask questions and encourage each other's success.
Our four self-paced intensive webinars dive deeper into topics that keep our offering sustainable for you and your participants.
- Sustaining Community: Real life tools and resources to share with your group on how to stay connected and truly build community. We can help facilitate strong connections by offering resources like freezer stocking parties, swaps and care-shares for parents to grow together.
- Preparing for your class: How to get clear on your intention for the group, how exactly you want your class to be structured, gathering helpful resources for parents and designing the space.
- Organization: How to streamline the process of outreach, enrollment, continued contact and planning ahead for your next season. I have learned so much in the last 6 years, and want to make this as easy as possible for you without re-inventing the wheel.
- Facilitator Care: If you are nurturing the nurturers, how do you nurture yourself? In this webinar, we will get clear how how much you want to be available after contact hours and in what way, how to weave in best practices for your own care during your week, how to reach out for extra support, having a back up plan in place and making time for your own inner work.
"I loved the training. I just wish it could go on and on. I am looking forward to continuing to connect afterwards." ~Brooke-Sidney Harbour
This training is for any person who wishes to inspire a community of support and nurturing for mothers and babies in their first year postpartum. The Mothering Arts training weaves a tapestry of collective wisdom of mothers, babies, local wise women and grandmothers in a playful and caring circle. A job that will fill your heart!
The online training and handbook include:
- The importance of a strong community during the postpartum year.
- Thoughtful and relevant articles about supporting parents, self-care and rest.
- Practical and clear steps on how to start a class in your community.
- Songs and games that build connection for mamas and babies.
- Nourishing recipes for postpartum mothers.
- An invitation-only online forum for group leaders to share valuable information.
- Ideas and support for community outreach and promotion.
- 4 intensive webinars to access anytime deepening your understanding as a facilitator.
- Online support from Mothering Arts creator, Kerry Ingram, during the entire course and one week thereafter.You can read more about Kerry here.
This training is for:
- Birth workers who wish to offer continued care and community building
- Postpartum doulas who feel called to work in the lens of community
- Organizations who want to offer an inter-generational model of gathering
- Educators who are ready to include nurturing mothers alongside of nurturing babies
- Waldorf and LifeWays caregivers and educators ready to nurture the nurturer using familiar values and methods in a new way.
- Mothers and Grandmothers who know the value of feeling supported in the postpartum year.
- Mothers inching her way back to work doing something that she loves.
- Community builders who believe inter-generational gatherings that nourish families.
This training is NOT for:
- Someone who wants to offer this as an online class. This is for real life in-person gatherings.
- Someone who has very strong ideas on what is "the best" way to raise a baby.
- Someone who can not devote requested time each day during the training week.
"The Mothering Arts training is exactly what I needed to fan the flames of my desires! It's given me the insight and direction to help bring what's in my heart to fruition. Being supported in the desire of holding a sacred space for Mothers and babies in their first year together. Embracing vulnerability, creating a circle of warmth, nourishing their bellies and their souls. Kerry, thank you for this gift"! ~Meghan
- Where? Wherever you feel you can be focused on your computer for about one-two hours each day, you choose the time of day that works best for you.
- Our online training is a one week live course course to accompany our handbook which will be e-mailed to you before we begin. Plan on devoting sixty to ninety minutes each day (though it may not take you nearly that long) during the training at any time that fits into your rhythm. Many of you are busy mamas!
- Participation on the closed online forum is required and valuable for sharing our unique ideas. It enhances the training exponentially!
- Upon completion you will receive a mark of completion and an invitation to our online community resources.
- Is Mothering Arts a franchise?, NO. Mothering Arts is the name of this particular online training and my personal business. It is not a franchise, we pride ourselves on uplifting sovereignty and individualism, we trust that each leader knows her community best. Our training will give you a well stocked tools chest to gather, nurture and weave support.
- Will you share ways to reach out and reach my community? Yes, we have great practical ideas to support you to make connections.
- Will you talk about how you model your business? Yes, though many leaders have their own way of offering their group, I am happy to share my own journey and some great resources and additional support to create a solid foundation.
"The Mothering Arts training is an empowering model of honoring and connecting mothers, that allows me to frame my own mamas' circles through a feminist lens, rooted in the deep knowing of women's experiences, the diverse ways we become mothers, and filled with beauty, thoughtful insights, authentic experience, practical tools and a reverence for warmth, joy and love. I can't wait to put it all in to practice!"
Marlene Pray, MEd Passageway and Rites of Passage Facilitator, Social Justice & Sexuality Educator Doylestown, PA
The Mothering Arts model feels like a much needed balm for a culture that places undue
value on individualism and consumerism that can leave new mothers feeling
isolated and overwhelmed. Drawing on the wisdom of other women in the community and creating a intergenerational circle for women and children to gather, share, and create feels essential in creating true community. I have so appreciated this training and it's offerings. I am completely inspired to bring what I have learned here into my own community and now I feel confident that I have the tools to do so successfully!
~ Sonja Barclay, Portland, OR
"Mothering Arts online training has been a journey of the heart. It has reflected and inspired what it means to be a mother. It has created the space for each of us to find our strengths and our joys. Most importantly it has lead the way for us to share and provide space for all mothers to be nurtured and connected to who they are within the community that surrounds them. It is clear that this is the work of true passion and love created by Kerry, she has beautifully and artfully created a seamless journey to take us through. The timing, spacing, and ease of the training felt fluid. I could not have asked for a better, more thorough, or more inspirational training. The connections and resources are ones that will only continue to grow from here". ~Josie Kowalewski, Santa Rosa
"Kerry does such a wonderful job of creating a space, and demystifying the experience of creating a Mothering Arts circle in your community. This training is presented in a community centered approach, so you are not only learning from Kerry, but also from your fellow trainees. It is a very comprehensive training, and Kerry is quite approachable and generous! I strongly recommend this training if you are interested in creating a sacred space for new mamas in your community. "~Brooke Larsen, Mendocino
The Mothering Arts training has been a dream come true. The guidance to create a circle for mothers has always been in my heart, but I didn't know how to bring it all together. This is exactly what I needed. Thank you Kerry for all the dedication you have given to mothers. ~Isabelle Boesch, Oakland CA
"While most mama/baby programs focus on the infant and young child, Mothering Arts beautifully weaves the needs of the mother as well as the baby in a unique program that allows women to nurture the mama and nourish each other as a community". ~Jenyng Wu, Windsor CA
"I am so grateful for the training to become a group leader. The course is full of wonderful ideas and shared wisdom. The lessons open you up to discover what is inside of yourself and how to use those discoveries and the curriculum of the Mothering Arts program to create a joyous circle in your community."
~Adriana Livingston, Sonoma
"The Mothering Arts training is thorough. From it’s aesthetics to abstract thinking of heart, purpose and vision, to the nuts and bolts of “how to create a circle,” no detail was spared. Kerry’s years of experience as a group leader along with her experience as a Waldorf early childhood educator, as well as having been a new mama herself, she brings knowledge and insight to one of motherhood’s most challenging times, the postpartum. While most mama/baby programs focus on the infant and young child, MA beautifully weaves the needs of the mother as well as the baby in a unique program that allows women to nurture the mama and nourish each other". ~Jenyng Wu, Windsor
Wherever we are in our life's cycles, there is always more to share, to learn. Mothering Arts is an example of how to gather woman in a time when they most need it, after giving birth. The format is simple, well presented and offers space for the participants to blend their knowledge and questions. The online course is an example of creating a woman's circle, inviting us to now do this in our own communities, face to face, heart to heart. After the course we will stay connected to continue our sharings and inspirations. As it takes a village to raise a child, we cannot have too many gatherings of the new villages and find new ways to support and care for one another. Kerry's offering of Mothering Arts is professional, beautiful and formatted to start anyone off to reach out and start sharing. ~Margo Running, Canada
I can't remember how I found Mothering Arts and Kerry, but I am so glad I did. I know that the Universe connected me to her for a reason. The Mothering Arts training has been such a gift to me. I have dreamed of being part of a circle of women who I can learn from, and now I have the tools to do so, thanks to Kerry. Kerry has been such a kind, caring, helpful, and gentle person. This training is so wonderful, and I believe every one can benefit from it. Thank you for all your hard work and for putting this together, Kerry. ~Marie Tan Keyes, Windsor, CA
Kerry, you've created such a beautiful offering to the world. I say the world because I believe that the entire world and planet benefit when we take care of mothers and children. It's taking care of the human race. I'm very excited to work with you on this vision. I hope my circle will honor your beautiful work!~ Brooke Sidney Harbour, Los Angeles, CA
After taking this Mothering Arts online course, I felt a stronger sense of being. This past week has really got me to dig down deep within myself and really project my thoughts and feelings. I learned a lot about myself as well as learning what and how to have a circle of my own. The woman I have "met" are wonderful and inspiring, Kerry's vision is beautiful and I'm glad to have taken this course. It's been a long time coming in this society that women should support women, and it's happening. This course very much protects the art of mothering in all of it's stages.~ Liat Trujillo, Albuquerque, NM
Mothering Arts is devoted to uplift and inspire parents to celebrate their unique art of mothering. When we share and witness our one of a kind gifts, true community and connection blossoms which ripples into our family, our community and the world. Through our daily lives, we express a shared experience, the dynamic experience of mothering. Each mother is an artist and life itself is her canvas.
Are a community weaver who is ready to gather mothers and babies?