Hi folks, I haven't posted on here in a while, and wanted to let you know about this.
The next monthly meeting of the West Jersey/Philadelphia Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network is coming up!
Meeting Topic: How to Have Happy Kids, with Tools You Can Find Around the House!
with Guest Speaker: Amy Childs
Tuesday, May 3 2011
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Amy Childs thinks that the point of life is to be happy, which she defines as “being connected to and directed by our inner selves.” She also thinks that human beings are born knowing how to be happy, but that most of us have this ability squashed out of us by the time we’re grown. It then doesn’t surprise her much when she glances through the newspaper and is reminded (once again) that our planet is utterly insane, as it is being run by tragically unhappy grown-ups. Today’s workshop will be about creating happy lives, and a happier world for our children. Amy asks:
How do we as parents and caregivers foster (or at least not hinder) our children’s true brilliance?
What can we do to heal our own damaged ability to find true happiness?
How can we learn to trust children while learning to trust ourselves?
Amy Childs is a Happiness Consultant, working with clients to uncover their inner selves and to live lives that are more fun for everyone. Her three children (now 18, 20 and 23) have been directing their own education for the past 10 years, and have chosen a variety of things for themselves including public, private, cyber and alternative schooling, college and unschooling. She has a podcast called “Parenting With Trust” which can be found at www.whateveramen.com, she leads free conference calls for parents (see www.unschoolingsupport.com) and you can read more about Amy’s work (and play – barely a difference!) at www.amychilds.com.
We welcome all area moms and dads - and expecting parents too! - with an interest in natural health, mindful parenting, and green living to visit our monthly meetings once before committing to membership. Our goal is to develop a nurturing, supportive and respectful community of holistic parents. Every meeting begins with full introductions and we always leave lots of time at the end, for Q&A, discussion, and socializing. Children are always welcome; please bring their favorite books, crafts, or quiet toys (no electronic or battery toys, please).
Holistic Moms Network is a membership-based organization as a well as a national non-profit organization. If you’d like to attend all our monthly meetings and participate in all the wonderful member activities we are planning (playgroup, food group, mom's night out, herbal medicine-making, etc.), visit our website www.holisticmoms.org to join now (it’s tax-deductible!). Or just bring your checkbook to the meeting and I can help you sign up on the spot! You can check out the membership benefits here:http://www.holisticmoms.org/category/connect/membership/membership-benefits/.
I’m interested, but I’m not “holistic” enough to join Holistic Moms Network.
-Our members come from all walks of life – our mission is community, education, and support. In other words, there is no test!
I’d like to join, but I can’t make it to the meetings.
-We have many members who join just for the active, supportive online community; we also have a monthly park day and a monthly gathering just to discuss nutrition and healing with food.
Isn’t your group just for families with babies?
-It’s true that we have lots of little ones in our community, but we also have older kids, teens, and grown children, and we always welcome more!
Save the dates for our next monthly meetings:
Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. **A WEDNESDAY meeting!**
One Family's Story of Homesteading in the Suburbs
On Wednesday night, June 8 we will be joined by Megan Fraser and her family. The Frasers enjoyed having a front page article in the Sunday Inquirer then fielded calls from 92.5 XTU Philadelphia's country station, the Nightly News with Brian Williamson and the Nate Berkus Show. Why? They actually grow some of their own food! Megan has always been growing some vegetables but it was a move in 2001 to a large suburban lot (2 acres) that really started her thinking about the best way to spend her time and how to use their property. Inspired by Barbara Kingsolver's fictional "Prodigal Summer" and the memoir "This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader" byJoan Dye Gussow she planted fruit trees, blueberry bushes and expanded the garden. Then she added chickens and ducks for eggs, slug control and to eat kitchen scraps. Things took a serious turn when she ordered the "meat" chickens. In 2009 they raised two pigs for the freezer and will do it again this year. Her husband and twin daughters took on beekeeping duties last season. Finally, angora bunnies for their fiber and contribution to the compost pile help round out the homestead.
As a stay-at home-mom with three school-aged children, Megan is passionate about food: where it comes from, how it is grown, what it tastes like, and the best and easiest ways to eat it. She believes our relationship with food is both complex (issues like migrant workers, pollution, affordability of healthy food) and simple (like Michael Pollan says, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.") but that everyone can benefit from a honest conversation about it. As Pollan says, we vote with our forks three times a day.Megan also steals away in her spare moments to spin fiber into yarn, knit and take long walks with her herding dog -- who has been asking for some sheep of his own.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 ,6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Decluttering, Destressed, Delighted – open discussion
Are you interested in simplifying your life and living with less clutter? Join us for an open discussion about the challenging process of decluttering and find some of the delightful open space that awaits.
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