Back to Her Roots Motherhood Project

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. ~ Rumi

Join a community of mothers who are committed to honoring and integrating the wonders of nature into their parenting and lives. Our intention is to reconnect mothers with the natural world and to support them in building an ecological identity which speaks to both the practical and mystical aspects of motherhood. Join us in building your confidence in nature, strengthening your relationship with your children through the discovery of the natural world, and in finding a sense of belonging that honors your authentic self.

As it is our purpose to build an intentional community through this project, we ask that participants commit to the entire program. We will meet for ten sessions over the Spring and Summer, 2018, working with the rhythms of nature to: Reconnect with the land – Restore our energy through nature – Hone our intuition and personal gifts – Create art, work with our hands – Explore ritual and ceremony – Reflect on our vital role as mothers.

We will also partake in meaningful projects throughout the course including drum-making, building nest boxes, sustainable farming, native plant foraging, storytelling in the oral tradition, primitive fire skills, and more. Our curriculum is both focused and emergent, allowing for the opportunity to explore each other’s interests and curiosities as we deepen in our work together. This is transformational work rooted in the principles of ecotherapy, women’s empowerment, and parent-child mental health.

We strive to provide a program that best supports mothers. If you are in need of childcare, we are happy to recommend resources. Babes in arms (children ages 0-6 months) are always welcome.

Facilitators:
~ Alli Kinnear, MA, Parenting and Empowerment Coach
~ Megan Pyle, MA, Child Development Specialist
~ Sarah Schumacher, MSc, Nature Mentor and Parent-Child Mental Health Specialist

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Description, Dates, and Location of Classes

Walk the Land
March 24th, 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm
Lake Sawyer Park

Practicing Silence
March 31st, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm
Lake Sawyer Park


Learn the Names; Honorable Harvest
April 20th, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm
Lake Wilderness Arboretum, Maple Valley, WA
Fee: $45.00

Indigenous herbalists say to pay attention when plants come to you; they’re bringing you something you need to learn. Join us as we become more familiar with the plants living all around us (including the weeds in our own backyards) that bring health, healing, and happiness. We will forage for spring edibles and make an herbal tea together, as well as reflect on the deeper meaning plants have for us as mothers. Tea and organic snacks provided.

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Learn the Names; What Bird Language Teaches Us
April 28th, 2018, 9:30am-12:00pm
Lake Wilderness Arboretum
Fee: $55.00

To awaken to bird song is to awaken to ourselves. All too often, we are too busy and too hurried to notice the robin greeting us in the morning, or to the Anna’s hummingbird, dancing to invigorate. We’ll spend a morning together honoring the birds by hand-crafting a nesting box to take home and share with our children. We’ll use our hands and hearts to tenderly build and nurture mothers of another species, while reflecting on our vital role in creating a sanctuary of home for our families. Tea and organic snacks provided.

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A Mother’s Intuition and Water
May 12th, 2018, 9:30-12:00pm
Cedar River Watershed, North Bend, WA.
Fee: $55.00

Mothers have a natural bond with water because we are both bearers of life. Just as the river carries resources to our cities and homes, we have nourished our babies and brought them into the world through water. It is both our responsibility and promise to protect the water, and can do so with mindfulness and through the honing of our intuition. Join us for a morning of exploration at the Cedar River Watershed. We’ll spend time hiking to the source and at the water’s edge of Rattlesnake Lake. Tea and organic snacks provided.

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A Mother’s Intuition and The Birth of A Drum
May 18th, 2018, 6:00-9:00pm
Landsburg’s Reach, Ravensdale, WA.
Fee: $100, includes all drum materials

In this morning workshop, we invite you to participate in making a 12” hand drum (perfect to keep as your own creation or to gift to your child.) During our time together we will learn about the four directions and nature’s cycle, as well as how to call on our own intuition and gifts through drumming, song, and guided meditation. We will also take a walk in the woods to harvest wood for crafting our own mallets. All kit materials are locally and ethically sourced. We look forward to sharing this special spring morning with you!

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Exploring New Perspectives; Working the Dirt
June 2nd, 2018, 9:30-12:00pm
The Mason Jar Farm, Enumclaw, WA.
Fee: $55.00

Together we will explore what it means to give and receive as we participate in a stewardship project on a woman-owned and operated CSA farm. Soil is good for us – it boosts our moods, keeps us active, and provides for us a canvas for tapping into our creative selves. Learn the basics of permaculture and discover how it might align with your own goals and values as a parent. Your garden, just the same as your children, no matter how big or small, will always love you back. Today will be a day dedicated to stewardship!

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June 15th, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm – Coming Soon!
July 28th, 2018, 9:30-12:00pm – Coming Soon!
August 11th, 2018, 9:30am-4:30pm – Coming Soon!


Program Cost:

The total cost for the Back to Her Roots Motherhood Project is $546.00; paid in full, or two installments of $273.00. Sliding scale is available on a limited basis. Participants may also register for classes separately.

Registration:

Our circle size is limited to 10 participants, after which we will open registration for our wait list. For information or additional questions, please contact Sarah Schumacher.