a conversation series.
a collective of stories.
a deep listening experience.
a more complete narrative.
In the Fall of 2017, we gathered as an intentional community to co-create a series of in-depth conversations on mothering.
This project is the result of that collective process.
IN THAT SPACE, WE CAME TOGETHER TO ASK...
What does it mean, at this moment in our global story and for each of us individually, to mother, care-give, and nurture ourselves? Our families? Our communities? Our dreams? Our planet?
What are some of the lived stories of mothers and caregivers? What are their psychic shadows, bodily traumas, and real everyday struggles? What are the daily joys, moments of celebration, and soul-stirring gifts?
What parts of us don't fit into any conventional or idolized images of motherhood? How can we, as mothers and caregivers, express a genuine, whole-self existence in the context of the current dominant oppressive social order?
What can Mother Earth, our bodies, our children teach us about mothering? What does it mean to connect with and carry on the legacy of our ancestors? How do we responsibly and effectively attend to the challenges of these and future generations? Beyond the biological acts of mothering, what else implies motherhood?
What is the psychic heritage of the Wild Mother archetype? What stories and myths connect us to the holistic wisdom of the Great Mother? How does the experience of motherhood catalyze transformation, healing, and insight?
In what ways do environment, space, biology, race, gender, class, culture (and other intersectional forms of identity and critical analysis) inform the experience of mothering? How do the identities we carry inform our mothering journey?
Can we mother without needing to define ourselves as such? How do identity and experience inform one another? Is motherhood at all performative, a socially constructed, culturally projected phenomena?
WHAT YOU RECEIVE...
FOURTEEN RECORDED CALLS
↠ 28 hours of video and audio recordings of live, unfiltered, real talk on topics such as:
mothering the self, the other
the initiatory transformation of motherhood
creativity, artistry, and expression
romantic love, marriage, and relationships
money, entrepreneurship, and capitalism
spirituality, religion, and the divine mother
community, sisterhood, and friendship
the physical body and holistic health
beauty, body image, and sensuality
the menstrual cycle and the rhythmic nature of the feminine
instinctual pregnancy, midwifery, and childbirth
plant medicine, herbalism, and earth care
re-wilding motherhood and parenting with soul
ancestral wisdom and epigenetics
ancestral trauma and attending to the mother wound
adoption and step-motherhood
"alternative" paradigms on motherhood
gender identity and queer motherhood
social identity, race, and privilege
activism and the politics of motherhood
conscious caregiving and care receiving
connecting to and learning from the earth mother
social isolation and the loss of 'the village'
depression, anxiety, and mental health
shadow work and the great mother goddesses
reproductive grief and sexual trauma
dis-ease, death, and dying
miscarriage and infant loss
disabiilty, infertility, and abortion
the choice (or lack thereof) to give birth to children
the choice (or lack thereof) to not
+ TWO ADDITIONAL BONUS CALLS
THE WORK OF WILD MOTHER IS...
↠ Designed and facilitated as an in-depth process to help you unravel, explore, and re-imagine your stories and your place within the greater unfolding mythos of motherhood.
↠ An invitation to establish a relationship to your own experience of motherhood and your own innate mothering instincts—including the range of physical, psychospiritual, sociocultural, intersectional, and ecological aspects of self that embody a sense of fierce compassion, deep love, justice, and stewardship.
↠ A summons to fully inhabit this being human: embodying your life with deep presence, bridging the worlds of the sacred and the profane, rooting down to embody the bones of who we are, and rising up to meet what crosses this pathless path of life.
↠ An opportunity to gaze at the nature of your own experience, to shift paradigms and perceptions, to dialogue with your wild truth.
↠ A pathway to engage with a collective of voices exploring what it means to mother and be mothered at this time on Earth.
THE FEATURED GUESTS
Melinda Alexander is a Los Angeles native, divorced, single mama who shares about her journey to #getfree through the lens of feminism, body positivity, buddhism, self love, and self discovery. She has a feminist healing and art space in Los Angeles where she hosts workshops for women, does one on one work with women trying to get free, and has two ongoing online groups—Get Naked Get Free around identity/body image/feminism and They Get Better When You Do about healthy perspectives on self love and relationships. She is currently writing a book sharing the progression of her healing/rediscovery journey based on her popular #writehanded Instagram musings.
Camille has a passion for igniting change in peoples lives globally. She was raised in an alternative household focused on healthy eating, spirituality, and unconventional schooling. Drawing from her creative upbringing, Camille enjoys crafting up just about anything from herbal salves, scarves, hats, jewelry, or busting out new websites for fun.
She resides on an off grid property in Midcoast Maine with her partner Frank, and children Wilder and Sunny. She draws inspiration from being in nature, playing with her boys, taste testing delightful creations from her hubby, doing yoga, and playing music with her band.
Terri Henry is an eco-wellness mentor and founder of ‘Live Your Nature’ – creating nature-based experiences that support a vibrant state of health and satisfy our innate need to be in connection with the Earth. She unashamedly talks to trees, kisses flowers and dances naked in the moonlight.
Terri is also the wild mama of two children who were blissfully birthed to Earth in 2008 & 2009 and is a local advocate for peaceful, empowered birth. She breastfed both children until they were 3 ½ years (during which time they tandem nursed due to their close age), wore her babies everywhere, co-slept for 7 years and, in general, explored a myriad of lifeways that many of us "modern-but-ancient" mothers instinctively use as we seek to remember the ways of the ancestral tribe amidst a culture of nuclear family isolation.
Most importantly, her parenting mission is to raise children who, no matter what path they choose in life, will always have a profound connection and love for the natural world. Her family is on a never-ending journey of rewilding – aiming to live an ecologically harmonious life, be a regenerative presence on the planet, learning traditional bushcraft skills and building community.
On a personal level Terri feels that being a Mother is a deep dive into spiritual growth, self- awareness and questioning assumptions which, at any given moment, ranges between frustratingly stressful to a priceless high of elevated joy and all shades of the emotional rainbow in between.
April Graham hails from North Eastern Oregon in the remote Blue Mountain range where time stands still. Her family has lived in this area for 6+ generations as well as being indigenous to the land. Her focuses lay heavily on whole plant based healing following the wise woman tradition of safe simple herbs that bring safe simple health, tackling blood line traumas and the hurts of our current existence with brutal story medicine. She is the mother of two strong willed children ages 10 and nearing 14 at the age of just 32. A cancer survivor, attempted murder survivor, forced motherhood survivor and beyond. Her motto is "I heal you now you heal me" and this is how she finds strength in her pains.
JOANNE AMEYA COHEN
Joanne Ameya is shifting the current paradigms in Women's Emotional Health and Feminine Leadership through her background as a Certified Women’s Herbalist and Flower Essence Therapist, Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner, Women’s Wisdom Guide, and Shamanic Practitioner. She is the Founder and Creatress of the Woman Rising School for Earth Wisdom and Moon Mysteries. This School aims to support women to leave behind their wounds, hurts, and trauma by embodying their Essence, guided by the Earth, Sun, and Moon. Each woman who enters our School (aka Temple) doors is encouraged to courageously reclaim her natural rhythms as her Soul calls her home to her Truth, Wisdom, Power, and Beauty. Please visit www.joanneameyacohen.com to read through all of her programs, retreats, and pilgrimages that are online or in person.
Agnes Ito. Mama, Creative, Bruja, Love Revolutionary, Wild Woman. She is here to serve.
She’s a “recovering undercover over-lover,” bulimic / anorexic, people pleaser, soul seller, self-hater, single mother victim thinker, fear slave ― who has come out on the flip side and is able to help women who are deeply struggling, to come home to themselves.
I want to hold space, converse, add a little magic and celebrate your homecoming.
Chloe Parsons is a professional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, a Level 1 MovNat Certified Trainer, and a blissed-out mother of two. After disembarking from a career as a high school English teacher, she decided to re-focus her gifts for writing, researching, and teaching into the work she feels most passionate about: women’s wellness. Working with clients, Chloe offers a foundational and holistic approach to nutrient-dense whole food nutrition and natural movement, and she teaches women to fill and build themselves up rather than whittle themselves down. She enjoys cutting through BS and offering up cheeky social commentary on social media as Wholly Chloe, where you’ll often see her foraging wild plants, cold plunging in icy rivers, whipping up delicious foods, traveling with her family, and processing the stark humilities of motherhood.
Abby Clark is a MovNat Team Instructor who teaches certifications and workshops in the U.S. with a focus on empowering women through MovNat’s natural movement fitness system.
She has spent over 10 years in the fitness industry with a background in functional fitness (kettlebells), yoga, and body building. But it was through natural movement where she discovered her deeper purpose for fitness and teaching it to others, especially women.
Abby lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband, son and fur baby, Kona.
Marysia Miernowska is an herbalist, witch, biodynamic gardener and Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner trained in the Wise Woman Tradition of Healing. She is the director of the California branch of The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education where she holds ceremony & teaches herbal medicine, plant shamanism and Earth magick. A multilingual and multicultural devotee of Mother Earth, Marysia has traveled extensively, learning different regenerative ways of tending to the Earth and sharing regenerative Earth medicine. She has a background as a community organizer and activist, keeps her feet rooted by designing and tending to medicinal and sacred gardens using permaculture and biodynamic practices. Marysia formulates herbal medicine and makes sacred plant botanicals under the label Flora Sagrada. She lives in Topanga, CA. with her daughter Flora, partner Tomas & cat Cosmos. She shares her passions with her students & community, in the gardens she tends and in her writing. You can follow Marysia on instagram @thegaiaschoolofhealingca, by visiting website: www.thegreenwoman.com And on facebook by liking The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education California Branch.
SARAH DURHAM WILSON
Sarah Durham Wilson is a writer & teacher who has been on the path of the Goddess for seven years, since her own dissent from Patriarchy in 2010. Before her Saturn Return, she was a rock n roll party girl, who worked at several magazines in New York City & LA, including Rolling Stone & Interview magazines. She has helped thousands of women through their Witch Awakenings, onto the Priestess Path, & now as they journey from archetypal Maiden to archetypal Mother.
The Makings of Mama is a social media exploration and reflection of motherhood rising. Asahi Bosu, a wife and mother of three beautiful babies, uses the platform to connect with other mothers and to inspire them to feel powerful in their flawed humanity and divine feminine. Asahi believes in the evolution of motherhood, and that it is a constant process of growing and becoming. Within the context of community she invites women and mothers to view an example of positive black love imagery and narratives. Asahi created @themakingsofmama as her on attempt at deeper self love and self care by connecting to her pre motherhood self, and merging her former interests and creative passions and pursuits at the intersection of WOMAN and MOTHER. She is a post partum depression warrior who believes in the process of healing through community, self awareness, and health care (however it may manifest through each individual's personal choice).
A MESSAGE FROM THE CREATOR & HOST OF WILD MOTHER
I am Rachael Alaia, the founder of Wild Soul Wellness and your guide within the container of WILD MOTHER.
I consider myself a seeker, bridger of worlds, community builder, and inquisitive weaver of mythos. I am called to be in service to the new story of humankind and I am a guardian of spaces where you can show up as your whole self.
I am not here to present this program as a self-mastery course, a way to fix yourself, or even heal from anything. I’m not interested in telling you how to live your life or deliver the formula to be a wild woman, a good mother, a whole human being, whatever. I do not know what's best for you given your own uniqueness that you bring to the table—only you do.
What I am driven to share with you is an invitation to create a brave space to gaze into the nature of things, to question deeply with me.
This work that may ask us to make waves, to humble ourselves, to get brutally honest, to dive into our shadow, our well-worn stories. But it's also joyful work, loving work, for it allows us to create space for all our parts.
During my career as a speaker, educator, facilitator, and guide serving people worldwide, I have seen firsthand the transformative and healing power of telling story (and if you want a more detailed glance of my understanding of storytelling as mythopoetic soul work, read this guest blog post).
That is really the primary focus of this project: personal story-telling and receiving embodied as a kind of witnessing, listening, listening, weaving, sharing, remembering, imagining. This will be an opportunity to engage in soul-centered work that’s willing to dive down, inquire deeply, and unravel, as well as rise up, speak out, and take up space.
As creator of WILD MOTHER, I am passionate about fostering a platform to share real stories, from real people, who are showing up, stirring the pot, and having the conversations that are needing to be had.
In whatever form you arrive on this journey, welcome. And, I believe, that is precisely what is needed: you showing up, imperfect and unedited, just as you are.
I acknowledge the privilege I possess to do this work. I share it humbly and with great honor.
I look forward to being of service and sharing this space with you.
PRAISE FOR RACHAEL'S WORK
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR WILD MOTHER SUPPORT TEAM
I am Sharona Lautoe, woman on the rise, a new and single mother to Luna, author and soulguide to women awakening to their truth around the world.
The mother energy in me has been present from a young age. A true nurturer and safe haven for lost souls. Although for many years I shared this energy in an unhealthy way. Which caused me to fall into 2 burnouts and a dark night of the soul before the age of 30.
I have been doing deep and ongoing work on healing the maiden and the mother within me. Work of a lifetime I am privileged to do for myself and with others.
The pregnancy and birth of my daughter have blessed me with rising into my truth as a woman. The dying of the Maiden in me and the birth of the Mother supported me to be raw and unapologetic in my truth and led me to leave the relationship I was trying to keep alive long past its dead. A story I am living today, as it is still fresh.
I believe that when we truly allow the Mother within us to step forward and share from an authentic place, we can start healing the wounds that both men and women have suffered because of the oppression of the Mother.
I look forward to join you on this journey deep into the dark womb of the Wild Mother and I am open to exploring the shadows, be a compassionate witness to the fuck ups, be schooled on my own blind spots, feel uncomfortable in the unknown and hold sacred space for what comes up for each of us.
Humbled to be on this journey with you.
AKA YOU'VE GOT QUESTIONS
How does WILD MOTHER work, exactly?
The live gatherings for WILD MOTHER begin on August 22nd, and run every Tuesday evening at 5pm North American Pacific Time/8pm North American Eastern. To calculate for your local time-zone, visit timeanddate.com. The details to access these live calls will be emailed to you and posted on both the private membership page and Facebook group. The recordings of these gatherings will be sent out and posted within 24-hours of our live call. The series will run weekly until November 21, 2017.
All live calls will include 60-minutes of dialogue and story weaving between Rachael Alaia, the creator of WILD MOTHER, and a new featured guest each week. Some calls will be broadcast using video and some using audio, depending on the tech accessibility of our guests. And because they are live, there's really no telling in advance what might make itself known in that space.
These calls will also include 30-minutes for open council. This is a safe space for sharing and listening, a sacred space to express your truths, your deep inquiries, your personal mythos, a brave space to give voice to your questions, your fears, your joys, your heartbreaks, your celebrations... whatever is up for you.
Upon enrollment, you will be invited to join a secret Facebook group. As more join this community, they too will be added to this group. Additionally, once you've enrolled once in WILD MOTHER, you will have access to this group for the lifetime of the space.
Finally, you'll be given the password to a private membership site, which will be your portal space for accessing all the relevant info and gifts you'll have access to as a member.
How much time is required to participate in WILD MOTHER?
The time necessary for WILD MOTHER depends on how much of yourself you would like to invest and how deeply you wish to participate. Our live gatherings are one-and-a-half hours in duration, once a week for fourteen weeks. You have the option to connect live, if the timing works for you, or access the recordings of these calls at a time when most convenient for you. Fully engaging with WILD MOTHER will likely require around two to three hours per week for three lunar cycles.
I won't be able to make the calls live.
No worries—All the calls will be recorded to listen in and/or view at your leisure. If you want to interact by submitting a question for the live call, you may do so ahead of time by messaging or emailing Rachael.
How much does it cost to enroll?
I know this work is has incredible value. And, its accessibility is also essential. That is why I am offering this experience on a four-tier sliding-scale, with a "pay-it-forward" model.
The sliding scale costs to enroll in this first round of WILD MOTHER are $99, $199, $299, and $399 USD.
How does this sliding scale, "pay-it-forward" model work?
You choose a price point that responsibly reflects your current economic reality, financial privilege, and level of need. Please refer to The Sliding Scale: A Tool For Economic Justice for a thoughtful and thorough explanation on the sliding scale model. As Alexis states, a sliding scale policy is one based deeply on trust. I trust that you will assess yourself and your economic realities honestly, thoughtfully, and with integrity.
The "pay-it-forward" aspect means that anytime you (or anyone else) pays above the middle price point (ie. pays $299 or $399), a contribution is made to a "pay-it-forward" grant fund. This fund makes it possible for individuals to participate in this work that would not otherwise be able to, given their financial need.
Applications for the grant fund are found here.
I am really interested in enrolling, but my current financial situation prevents me from doing so.
Financial assistance to enroll in WILD MOTHER is provided via partial scholarship using the "pay-it-forward" grant fund. If you want to engage wholeheartedly in this work, I do not want money to be the only reason you're prevented from doing so.
To apply for the WILD MOTHER grant fund, please click here.
I want to enroll, but WILD MOTHER has already begun.
No worries... WILD MOTHER is offered on open enrollment, so you can join our community at any time. While you may have missed the opportunity to attend all or some of the live calls, they are all recorded to access and download at your leisure.
I do not identify as a mother.
You don't need to be a mother to participate in this experience. This space is accessible to those kind and curious wild souls wholeheartedly invested in this conversation. For that reason, WILD MOTHER is not limited or exclusive to "mothers" only.
What will I need to have to participate in this offering?
GOOD TO HAVE
↠ A journal to record your journey: your dreams, stories, musings, questions, processes
GREAT TO HAVE
↠ A computer or other personal electronic device with a camera, speakers, and microphone
↠ An stable internet connection that supports video and audio streaming and/or downloading
*if this is unavailable to you, you can access the live calls by cell phone or landline
↠ An active Facebook account
↠ An open and curious heart <3