“our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world but to change ourselves”.
– Mahatma Gandhi
8 October – 3 December 2019
△Do you feel undervalued or resentful in your role as a parent? Frustrated more often than you would like?
△Do you struggle to set boundaries in your relationships because you have mum guilt?
△ Do you get stuck doing busy work and desire more presence with your kids?
△ Do you feel alone and isolated as a parent?
△ Do you want to contribute to social issues without burning out or adding to your already overwhelming work load?
If you answered yes to a couple of these, hooray. You’ve found your way to the perfect place.
Parenting with purpose is an eight week immersion crafted to help you find fulfilment, value and purpose in your family life, without burning out.
When I first became a mum, I had already quit my career, tree changed and massively slowed down to bring more intentionality in my life. And still, the shift in identity that I underwent, the intensity of the emotion and the expectations I had on myself were immense.
My career had been one where I was validated. I had a strong sense within it that I was contributing to something greater.
And now here I was, stuck at home with a chest bursting with emotion and a crying baby. Desperately isolated. So tired. And anxious to get back to a time when I felt like what I was doing mattered.
I felt like there was a split within me. I felt like I had no time to do what I had always done – try and make a difference in the world. I internalised the story that motherhood needed to be a guilt-ridden, value-less, isolated proposition – void of purpose. And that I simply had to get through it, and then get back to my day job of creating social change.
Over the past four years, with some amazing mentors, I have reclaimed my sense of purpose. I have come to value what I do in my family life beyond any other ‘job’ or work that I do in the world. I have found my parenting life as a beautiful vehicle not only for my own personal growth (which, in itself is social change), but for my contribution and legacy as well.
And now, I want to share with you how being a socially conscious parent can help you not only find more purpose in what you do, but it can also help you discover more presence and pleasure along the way too.
I want you to know that what you’re doing as a mama, is creating social change.
△ Because you are already working on yourself. And when you empower yourself, you are contributing to a generation of women creating new norms within and outside the home.
△ Because you are creating a new way of relating to your kids – one that is based on kindness and listening and compassion – and that these qualities – once embodied, will change the world.
△ Because you are an energetic being that is always, always, causing an effect in the people and environment around you. It is your birthright, and once mastered, your greatest magic power.
The question is then, why do you not feel like what you are doing is enough?
I think as socially conscious parents we need to change the game. We need to move beyond the culture of doing more (the ‘and’) culture. A culture where we feel guilty for not showing up more fully as social leaders or earth stewards. A culture where we try and be and do more things.
Toward a culture that intrinsically understands that in this season of life, resourcing ourselves as parents is truly enough. We need to move toward an inner sense of sufficiency, of enough-ness, so that we can create the inter-generational change that is necessary to build a kinder, more sustainable and equitable earth. A ‘within’ culture. A culture where we can find purpose across our whole lives, and where we can understand the opportunities for social change inherent in them all.
My approach, therefore, in this immersion is threefold.
First, I want to help you feel nourished. By settling your system and learning why you’ve been operating in scarcity, you will be able to reprogram old stories around self sacrifice, martyrdom and burn out.
Second, I want to help you feel valued. I’m going to show you the true value of motherhood – as well as you as a woman – that is notably absent in our modern day take on parenting. This will translate into your ability to be present with your kids, and your capacity to lean into joy and pleasure as much as you lean into hard work.
Last, I want to help you feel purposeful. Parenting IS social change and the more you come to understand this pathway to change, the more you feel comfortable resourcing yourselves for the long game. I’m going to help you let go of the comparisonitis and come to truly know and honour yourself as the woman and parent you are.
I want to give you permission to follow your intuitive nudges, to set loving boundaries, to nourish yourself as deeply as you nourish your kids and to define social leadership in whatever way feels good for you.
My wholehearted belief is that conscious parents have the capacity to change the world… without burning out. To contribute to a groundswell of social consciousness, compassion, humanity, inclusivity and sustainability for generations to come.
But it starts here, close in. It starts with our own empowerment. It starts with liberating ourselves of the stories that we’ve internalised from our culture about motherhood, parenting and leadership.
Every week you’ll receive an email with the week’s audio content and journalling prompts.
△ Week 1 – this week’s masterclass will introduce the wisdom of cycles and how to apply it in motherhood. We’ll start by exploring the autumn/fall essence of slowing down and learn why it’s important for both our internal wellbeing, the nervous systems of our kids and the world more broadly (yes, learning to care for our nervous systems is a simple way to combat the climate emergency). I’ll share simple, somatic practices to work with down-regulating our sympathetic nervous systems and introduce the ecology of motherhood as a concept.
△ Week 2 – this week’s audio is a guest mentor with Brooke McCalary – author and podcaster. In this Brooke shares her wisdom on slowing down as social change, her own path through postnatal depression and the world that she thinks it’s possible to create if mothers are genuinely resourced. We’ll also explore the boundaries audio with guest mentor and therapist Nicole Perry. Nicole shares with us how to move through mum guilt and a mind-blowing way to think about boundaries that feels nourishing, rather than scary.
△ Week 3 – in week three, we’ll work with the energy of winter – of leaning in, listening and restoring. I’ll share a perspective of nourishment that cuts through the ‘our needs versus their needs’ binary and offer some lines of enquiry that helps us see the power in this part of our inner and outer cycles. I’ll also share an opportunity to get clear on what success means for you as a mother, and an invitation to let go of and clear the rest through ritual.
△ Week 4 – Marion Rose, PHD, is a mothering mentor with decades of experience working with self compassion for mothers. This week, I share the chat with Marion that changed my whole inner dialogue and allowed me to show up for my kids and myself on a new level. She shares her vision for the world if we can truly become channels for unconditional love – not only for our own kids but for the planet too.
△Week 6 – week six offers two more guest mentor audios. First, with Amy-Taylor Kabbaz on re-imagining the village. This chat is real and pragmatic and cuts through the fantasy or idealised version of the village, instead focusing us firmly on what is meaningful for us and letting go of the need to be everything else. Second, this week offers a chat with Sugandha Chapman about the realities of juggling roles, raising inclusive families and how to channel the creative spark in meaningful ways.
△ Week 7 – the summer masterclass is full of celebration and fun. I share my own definition of leadership – and why we’re already leading on a bigger level and offer an opportunity for us to celebrate our own gifts and uniqueness as women and parents.
This isn’t your typical parenting course. It’s an incredible sacred, safe space that’s been created and crafted to non-judgementally, compassionately enable you to transform your relationship to yourself as a parent. In it I’ll weave coaching, ritual, magic, connection, circle, yogic philosophy and holistic wellness practices – to support you as an individual to find a pathway to purpose that works best for you and your family.
△ 4 x pre-recorded training audios (podcast-style)
△ 6 x guest mentor interview audios (podcast-style)
△ 8 (weekly emails) with journal prompts
△ email support
△ 2 x one-one coaching call with me (VIP only)
△ a listening partner assigned from the cohort (optional)
△access to the School for Sacred Social Leaders monthly circles
At the completion of the program you’ll feel:
△present with your kids
△ optimistic about the future and inspired about your unique role in it
△ valued as a parent and person.
In the school, we believe in creating pathways for social change at all levels. That’s why we’ll be donating $25 of your investment and $50 per guest mentor to PANDA to help them raise awareness and offer support for perinatal anxiety and depression.
The finer details…
I get it, you’re busy! Doing another online program just feels like more work. As a teacher and facilitator, I encourage you first and foremost to work intuitively and sustainably. It’s less about ticking the boxes, and more about diving deeper and honouring your own process. You’ll get the most out of the course if you can commit at least an hour a week to the course content, but if some weeks that doesn’t happen, then doing what you can is perfect too. The last thing we need is to pile on more expectation and shame when we can’t show up and life gets in the way.
That been said, if you do this course until completion, you will find that you have more space, better boundaries and a greater capacity to prioritise your own learning than before. It’s a worthwhile investment, then, to mark the Q&A calls in your diary or have a dedicated time every week to work through the content – and to hold this space as sacred!
Not sure if this program is for you? Got questions? Book a 15 minute call to chat and see if we are a good fit!
A scholarship of 20% is available for a womxn who may, due to exclusion, marginalisation or other circumstance, be unable to pay the full investment. To apply, send me an email – email@example.com – and let me know why you’d love to be involved and what the scholarship would enable you to do. Please note that this space is inclusive and encourages radical self responsibility and owernship of privilege among participants. Sexism, racism or any other form of exclusion or marginalisation will not be tolerated.
Cancellation policy: A non-refundable deposit of at least $250 is required to secure your place. For monthly payment plans, should you withdraw before the start of the program, you will receive a refund of any payments minus the deposit. If you withdraw after the start of the program, your subscription will be ceased but no refunds will be offered of fees paid. For full payment, if you withdraw before the completion of the program, you will receive a refund of any fees paid minus the deposit. If you withdraw after the beginning of the program, you will receive a refund based on number of weeks left in the program.
I would so love to welcome you to this activation – this sacred healing space and this heart-centred group of like minded parents.