The Healing Power of Holding

(I wrote this ages ago for the Inner bonding website, and just realized I never posted it here. It is still just as essential, so I share it with all of you in the hopes you will find your ways to the mothering and fathering you always deserved. )

Today as I held a member […]

Autumn Equinox- reflections and ideas for families

These past few weeks my daughter and son have been co-creating a nature ‘school’ with me that we have been sharing with some beautiful families. It has been so fun dreaming up crafts, activities, stories, games, and sharing songs. I’m always amazed at the creativity that pours out of all of us as we contemplate […]

Living Free

For years now, we have known that my son’s middle school years would be a time to do something different. My husband with his PhD in Education and my experience as a school social worker and counselor, led us both to feel the pressure cooker of intense peer dynamics is a social experiment resulting in […]

Reclaiming Wholeness- an essay on my personal journey

 

Recently I wrote this autobiographical essay on the power nature connection and conscious mothering have had in my life, and why I do what I do…

I recall very few moments of my young life, except those steeped in what is wild. After the madness of my mother’s descent into mental illness, I was […]

All Good Things are Possible

This night felt like a movie.

We were at City Hall for a City council meeting where our neighborhood showed up in full force, wearing red shirts, to protestrezoning for a high density complex that would bring more traffic into our neighborhood. In the weeks leading up to this, I marveled at the fact that […]

Understanding your Prickliness

This past Saturday, I was meandering silently through Oak Canyon, a local nature reserve, at the beginning of my Conscious Mothering retreat. As I walked, opening to what Spirit had to teach me, I found myself standing, unable to move, captivated by the cacti; by their rooted presence, strength, tenacity, and natural self-protection.

This is […]

Welcoming Autumn with Our Children (Autumnal Equinox)

A day early, my dear friend Erin and I took our children to the beach to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox. Over the years we have come together as kindred spirits in our love of nature and the rhythms it helps us keep in life and our hearts.

So after much delighted wave diving and frolicking, […]

Preserving the Authentic Essence

I originally posted this many moons ago at www.innerbonding.com and thought I’d share it here… inspired by a conversation with a

their essence shines so bright :)

mama at the mini retreat this Saturday….this issue is timeless….

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A few months ago, I attended an amazing dance workshop led by Vinn Marti, focused on […]

Conscious Parenting: Preserving a Natural Pace

Our family is blessed to have vacationed in Maui many times over the years. Every time we arrive and I feel the warm winds blow, I take a deep breath and feel my body melt with relief: here is a place that moves at my pace. In Maui, my efforts to slow down are not […]

The Bigger Picture: Keeping our Children Close

I am really enjoying my re-read of Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate’s book, Hold Onto Your Kids. In this book, they describe how children’s excessive attachment to peers sabotages their development. What our children really need, they say, is a strong attachment to their parents and other positive adults who can provide the invaluable support […]

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