Untold Stories of Motherhood: Workshops for Women

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So many of the real moments of motherhood remain unspoken. It can be hard to share personal experiences or sometimes even make sense of them when all around us everyone else seems to know already what it means to be a mother…and that whatever it is, that ideal of motherhood, it just isn’t us, doesn’t seem to fit us or our experience.

In this workshop series, we will be holding a safe space for the untold stories of motherhood – a space for women to share what it really feels like to be a mother – the good, the bad and the ugly! – and what it is like to experience motherhood outside these rules and expectations.

These circles will be a confidential, creative, and dynamic healing space for making sense of our own personal experiences when they fall outside the ‘norm’ of what it is to be a mother…and to expand our own definitions and ideas about what it means ‘to be a mother’.

There will be three circles happening in March, in honour of International Women’s Day, and in honour of the stories of mothers.

These workshops are a creative healing space for working with personal stories and experiences of motherhood. There is no pressure to speak or to tell any more than you feel you want to share - these workshops are about coming together with an intention for understanding and healing…and beginning to connect with and work with our personal stories in a new way.

These workshops are free, and open to any woman who has a story to share.

Spaces are limited, though, so advance booking (again free!) is a must. Click through on the event links for more info and to book. 

14 March 2014. Untold Stories of Motherhood: Caesarean Birth

In this circle, we will be holding space for those women who have had babies born by Caesarean section and what this means to us as women and as mothers.

Women for whom Caesarean birth has been an integral part of their experience of motherhood will find a place where they can come together, to sit in silence, to share those parts of their stories that need to be held and acknowledged. To witness how birthing by Caesarean shapes us as women and as mothers.

22 March 2014. Untold Stories of Motherhood: Loss

In this circle, we will be holding space for motherhood as an experience of loss – loss in it’s widest and most inclusive sense – the loss of a child, the loss of dreams, the loss of self.

Women for whom loss has been an integral part of their experience of motherhood will find a place where they can come together, to sit in silence, to share those parts of their stories that need to be held and acknowledged, that are in some cases perhaps ready to be released, to be witnessed.

23 March 2014. Untold Stories of Motherhood: The Wounds of Motherhood

The painful legacy of the wounded mother is all around us, in what people say to us about our children, in the stories we tell ourselves about who we are as women and as mothers. We hold the wounds of motherhood deep within our bodies and our selves.

And when we begin to think about becoming a mother – or actually do become a mother – suddenly this all focuses on us. No longer just the daughter of the wounded mother, we inherit that place. The wounding of our own mothers, of our partners, of ourselves as daughters take on new and very personal meaning…and we are caught at the centre of it all.

The wounds of motherhood come through in our experiences of birth, and our experiences of caring for, feeding and nurturing our children…it can make mothering feel hard, perhaps make being a ‘good’ (or even ‘good enough’) mother feel near to impossible at times.

This circle is for any woman who recognises these wounds of motherhood. It is about beginning to find ourselves within this space…to begin to bring healing to our own experiences, and to celebrate the ways we are reclaiming ourselves and finding strength together.

Again, these workshops are a creative healing space for working with personal stories and experiences of motherhood. There is no pressure to speak or to tell any more than you feel you want to share – these workshops are about coming together with an intention for understanding and healing…and beginning to connect with and work with our personal stories in a new way.

How to Book: 

Click through the event links above to book in or find out more. You can also contact me with any questions.

All women will be held in a place of confidentiality and acceptance.

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