The MAMA Circle

 

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“Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired,
for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality
especially while you struggle to keep your own”

-Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons

The birth of a mother can be more intense than childbirth.
Often when you emerge from the haze that is life with a newborn, you are left searching.
You might feel like you lost a bit of yourself in early motherhood.
And now, in amongst endless nappies and laundry, you are trying to find yourself.

Your life might appear full but you sense that something is missing.  Meaningful connections are lacking.
Even if you are surrounded by friends, you might feel lonely.  Like you are the only mother experiencing these emotions.
You intuitively recognise that sharing would make your journey easier.  But who to confide in?  And where to start?

If this sounds like you, join us at The MAMA Circle.
The MAMA Circle is a women’s circle for new mamas.

In traditional cultures, women’s circles don’t have to be organised, scheduled.  They are simply a part of life.  Women come together to prepare food, to look after children, to tell stories.  The feminine way of connecting and learning, through communication of shared experience, is encompassed in everyday activities.
Even our grandmothers realised the importance of women coming together.  Sewing circles, social committees, and women’s clubs gave women opportunity to participate in community.
But life has changed.
Despite its name, feminism has resulted in a more masculine way of being.  Now if we have a problem, instead of turning to a woman we respect, we are likely to ask an expert, ask Google, or post our question on an online chat board.  We might get an answer but it isn’t from someone who knows us personally, we miss out on learning through sharing, we don’t receive ongoing support as we make inevitable mistakes, there is no encouragement as we grow.

The MAMA Circle is an opportunity to share how we are doing, to openly discuss our feelings, to simply be with other women…other mothers.
Life has a way of appearing very polished.  You see other mothers at the cafe, at work, on Instagram, and you imagine their lives are perfect.  Because of this perception, we have become uncomfortable sharing anything unexpected, anything challenging, anything real.

The goal of The MAMA Circle is to truly connect.  To ask with interest, to speak honestly, to listen with empathy.
We will talk about identity, relationships with ourselves, relationships with our partners, relationships with our friends, returning to work, staying home, nurturing your postpartum body, sex, deciding whether to add to your family.  Sharing is always a choice.
You will walk away from the circle feeling connected, emotionally lighter, and empowered by the collective energy of the group.
You will show up in your relationships in a more present and whole way.
You will feel focused on what you want to bring into your life.  And as a result you will be amazed at how opportunities present themselves and how goals are realised.

The format of the monthly circles may vary but the intention is always to allow women to connect and share in a meaningful way.
Depending on the energy and needs of the group, The MAMA Circle will involve different activities.

  • guided group meditations
  • focused topic conversation
  • intention setting
  • releasing rituals
  • restorative yoga
  • ample time to discuss whatever the group brings up that month
  • guest speakers and other learning experiences

Held at 1:00pm on the first Sunday of every month, starting Sunday 5 March, at the Brisbane MAMA Centre.
$40.00 per session.
Led by Caitlin Dyer, MAMA’s hypnobirthing practitioner and a certified postpartum doula.
Recommended for mothers of babies of all ages (including pregnant mamas), but we prefer to keep it mamas only so please make arrangements for your little one to bond with a loved one.

 

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  • Stephanie

    This is such an incredible idea, I do wish something like this was around when I had my first baby. The MAMA Circle will be an absolute blessing for new mums, well done!

  • What a beautiful initiative – such a shame that I’m not in Brisbane.