Week Five feat. Rachael Alaia

 

Rachael's bio reads:

I am a mother, teacher, artist, and guide. I am a seer, a seeker, a storyteller, and an alchemist. I am passionate about creating spaces that are inclusive, authentic, just, and honor the realness of what it means to be human, spaces that honor all parts of you and your experience. A connector of people, words, and ideas, I like to ask deep questions and live into the answers. I tend to be a bit of a curveballer and an agitator, stirring things up along the edges. And I am a forever student of life.

I am currently living and growing roots in the place of my birth in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, alongside my partner Alberto and our son. We run a beachside surf shop and water sports eco-tourism business, and are passionate about connecting people to the healing power of Mother Earth. We are currently working towards our dream of establishing an environmental education center where we live locally. 

I am also the founder of Wild Soul Wellness, a platform created in service to all those yearning to express a genuine, wholehearted, and soulful existence within the context of the current dominant patriarchal, supremacist, consumer-driven social order; As an educator and mentor, I engage my students in empowerment work to dismantle oppressive systems in service of a new human story of personal and collective liberation. I teach and facilitate transformational group work, via workshops, gatherings, and retreats, both in online spaces and in-person. I'm the host of a podcast, "Feral Intercourse: Conversations with Wild Women," and mama bear to an online conversation series and virtual community, WILD MOTHER.

My ever evolving body of work is informed by intersectional feminism, archetypal psychology, earth wisdom, expressive arts therapy, yoga, somatics, deep ecology, storytelling, astrology, mythology, shadow work, witchcraft, motherhood, and sacred activism. I offer this work in honor of my teachers, my ancestors, and my son. And I share it with an acknowledgement of my able bodied-ness, my privilege, and my humble place as a human walking this Earth during these trying times. 

I hold a M.A. in Environmental Education, with a specific focus of study on communications, grassroots advocacy, holistic community wellness, and ecological philosophy. I am a highly-trained yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer, and a have been a personal practitioner of yoga since I was fourteen years old. I have lived out and studied intently embodiment and the creative arts as a therapeutic method for trauma since I was a young girl. I've spent my life studying shamanism, education, divination, and dreamwork. I've spent some serious time exploring the worlds of the seen and the unseen, the realms of science and spirit, the dynamics of the Earth and of the human body.

All of these, and more, influence how I show up in service. Thank you for being here with me.

 

In this call, we discuss:

» Sisterhood and spiritual bypassing
» The need for spaces that honor our rage, grief, and despair
» Maidenhood and the role of the childless mothers in a community
» The role of the nuclear-family experiment in perpetuating silence, oppression, and social isolation
» Modern transient, travel-based lifestyles and their effect on community, sisterhood, and mothering
» The averted gaze, calling out and calling in, and learning to "be with the trouble"
» White supremacist, oppressive capitalistic structures leaking into our sacred spaces
» Integrity, accountability, and shared responsibility
» Maidenhood guilt and alienation
» Mothering as a learned skill
» Self care and community care
» How patriarchal authoritarian structures appear in our relationships, friendships, and sisterhoods
» The invisibility of certain groups or individuals in a community
» A sense of urgency and attending to things slowly

 

This call's handy list of resources:

Books
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Spiritual Bypassing by Robert Agustus Masters

Podcast
On Being with Krista Tippet: "Radical Hope is Our Best Weapon" with Junot Díaz
 

Articles
White Ladies Finding Themselves Sisterhoods
Can we please stop ignoring Childism?

Other
A Call to Sacred Activism Free Tele-Call, Rising Rooted with Rachael Rice: How to Address the Problem of Exclusion and Appropriation in Spiritual Entrepreneurship

Week Four feat. Camille Giglio

 

Camille's bio reads:

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.

 

In this call, we discuss:

» Camille's philosophies of experiential learning, homesteading, and "whole life" unschooling
» The evolution of partnership and motherhood and the role of expectations
» "Offhand" parenting, allowing for failure, and the idea of fragility
» Miscarriage, pregnancy loss, and reproductive grief
» Herbs as allies and herbs as poisons
» Shame, traumatic birth, and womb healing
» Spirituality and the quest for truth
» Practices that allow us to attend to the dark winters of the soul
» Earth healing, sun medicine, and yoni sunbathing
» Tapping into ancestral and indigenous wisdom of pregnancy and child rearing
» Creativity, unschooling, and the need to honor our many sides

 

This call's handy list of resources:

Books
Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life
Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World
The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

Herbs
Motherwort
St. John's Wort
Rose

You are responsible for your own health choices regarding all herbal indications and interactions. Consult with a professional for personal use. 

Week Three feat. Marybeth Bonfligio

Marybeth's bio reads:

“I am a writer and creative human who believes that art saves. Self expression is hope and connection is health. I believe writing is a powerful and profound forms of art. I don’t believe in rules around creation. My joy and purpose is in holding space for others to write and express themselves, to practice liberation and connection to community. I have also spent the last decade diving deeply into ancestral work; storytelling, culture reclaiming, and honoring the history before immigration/assimilation. I do believe that if we desire to connect with our past blood, we can do better in the present, we can learn to reform, celebrate, and do better for our children and the children to come. When we are connected, we are more benevolent, healthier humans. I have learned so much about creation, passion, love, anger, trauma, and injustice by digging deep into my own histories. 

I have an *almost* MFA from Antioch University in creative non-fiction / writing for social change, but got pregnant - and considering it almost impossible for a pregnant women/mother to finish grad school, I dropped out one semester short to have my first daughter. BUT. Becoming a mother transformed my writing and my life, it is one of my most beloved belongings, to be here for them, to belong to them, to be a part in their story. On this journey I became a copywriter, a midwife, yoga teacher, herbalist, screenplay writer, writing teacher, + tarot reader/intuitive coach/ guide. I teach workshops online and in-person. 

I am currently writing a book with the working title :: Blood + Belonging, which is inspired by my magical and deeply complex Sicilian ancestry, my pilgrimage to ancestral land, the connection between spirit and food and the trading-in of culture, connection + relations for whiteness, capitalism + The American Dream.

I live in the pacific northwest, on stolen land of the Chinookan people. I love and cherish this bio-region and spend as much time as I can outside with my three wild and fierce daughters, my partner and a really big dog.

 

In this call, we discuss:

» Ancestral impoverishment, re-mything, and epigenetics
» Belonging and not-belonging, "taken by longing"
» Grief, rage, and falling apart together
» Ancestry and identity
» Divination, tarot, and pre-language symbols
» The focus of hyper individualism of western culture and it's affects on motherhood
» Connection to the land and how it informs our relationship to ancestry
» Nourishment and mothering ourselves
» Writing, etymology, and the alphabet
» Sexuality and motherhood
» Rape culture and mothering 

 

This call's handy list of resources:

Books
The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess by Leonard Shlain
Storycatcher by Christina Baldwin
The Primal Wound by Nancy Newton Verrier

What to Remember When Waking by David Whyte

Teachers
Nirmala Nataraj

Week Two feat. Alexandra Pumayruna

Alexandra's bio reads:

Daughter of Pachamama, sister to All, intuitive primal Mother.

Since freebirthing my son deep in the forest, I’ve become passionate about supporting & empowering women in the journey of transitioning from maiden to mother.

I believe that a mother’s primal intuition is one of the most powerful forces on the planet, and I love supporting women in reconnecting with this ancient & innate feminine wisdom.

Other passions of mine include rewilding, sacred sisterhood, holistic health, spirituality, primitive earth skills, off-grid living, permaculture / regenerative organic gardening, plant medicines, writing, songweaving, seedkeeping, and of course conscious mothering ❤️

I currently live in the forest of Nevada City, CA with my partner, our son, two wolfdogs and cat, where I hold women’s circles and offer loving presence & supportive services as a birth+postpartum doula, childbirth educator, breastfeeding counselor and wombyn’s empowerment mentor.

 

In this call, we discuss:

» Instinctual childbirth, free birthing, and the power of claiming our birth experience
» Overconfidence and naiveté 
» The maiden to mother transition
» The Continuum Concept and Connection Parenting
» Motherhood as a spiritual practice
» Trying to be in control and trusting ourselves
» Mothering and privilege
» Sisterhood and conflict
» Mothering as shadow work

 

This call's handy list of resources:

Books
The Continuum Concept
Connection Parenting
Mastery of Love

Week One feat. Melinda Alexander

 

Melinda's bio reads:

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.

 

In this call, we discuss:

» Our expectations versus our realities
» The solitude of motherhood and the work of investing in community
» Complexities of mothering in the age of social media
» Healing alongside, and for, our children
» Holding the many paradoxes of mothering and embracing a both/and perspective
» Mirroring and modeling
» Interdependence and imparting emotional skills
» Sacrifice, self-care, and mothering the self
» Determining our needs and creating a network of support to help us fulfill those needs
» Mothering highly sensitive beings (ourselves included)
» The role of compassion in mothering the self and others

 

This call's handy list of resources:

Honest Motherhood podcast? — waiting on that link
Highly Sensitive Child
The Prophet by Khalil Ghibran 
@andrearoussos