Weaving connections for mothers, babies and communities that creates a ripple of change.
Our group leader training which started February 24th is sold out. Our next training will be offered this fall 2018 and we expect to fill up quickly email [email protected] to be notified when enrollment opens.
"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 sisterhood". ~Jenyng Wu, Windsor CA
Mothering Arts Community Catalysts (AKA group leaders)
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, perspective options, practices, resources, recipes, songs, support and most of all, community.
The leadership 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.
Our diverse group of leaders and wise community mentors understand the unique culture and needs of her own community and location, which creates an individual and relevant experience. 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, 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.
The group leader, 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.
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.
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 you the catalyst in your community for mothers and babies?
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 leader of warmth and nurturing in your community, Mothering Arts will show you how.
Our next group leader training begins in fall 2018. We offer our training twice a year, our February training sold out quickly, email [email protected] to be notified 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 leader 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 leading circles
- One week self paced online training course
- Exclusive group leader website content
- Educational videos and articles
- Access to our private online community of other group leaders
- One year listing on our beautiful website, we will announce your group to our mailing list and Facebook community
- Personal support from Mothering Arts Creatress, Kerry Ingram, during the duration of the course and beyond
Tell me more!
In this self-paced course you will learn how to create a supportive gathering for mamas and babies in your own community. Our step-by step approach and online training offer the tools you'll need as you create a local gathering that nurtures mothers and babies. You will be connected to group leaders from all over the country, sharing new inspiration and support. Each day of the training, new content is released, you decide when you can spend 1.5-2 hours each day participating...perfect for a mom's schedule.
"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 woman who wishes to inspire a community of friendship 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 self~care during the postpartum year.
- Thoughtful and relevant articles about supporting parents.
- Practical and clear steps on how to start a circle 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.
- Online support from Mothering Arts creator, Kerry Ingram, during the entire course and one week thereafter. Kerry is a trained and experienced Waldorf and Lifeways teacher and mother. She proudly serves on the board of trustees of LifeWays North America, is a certified foster parent and leads a postpartum circle in Sebastopol, CA for the last five and a half years.
"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 an hour each day, you choose the time of day that works best for you.
- Our online training is a one week self-paced 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 certificate of completion and an invitation to our online community and membership.
- 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.
"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
"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