Mama Bear Lodge

MAMA BEAR LODGE

We are happy to welcome back the Mama’s to the Mama Bear Lodge. We created this space with the intention of support and care. However, we are always learning about the best way to hold up our mamas and every year without fail we face the question from several mama’s of weather they should bring their little babes to the gathering or not. While this question must be answered individually it is our hope that by addressing what we can offer to the mama’s out there, we can create a clear picture for you to base the decision of bringing your babe .

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The lodge was created with the intention of holding a physical space for mama’s and babies centered around self care, support, and community. We honor the process and needs of mothers with young children and the lodge was created to give mama’s an opportunity to ground down, find care, someone to share your story with, or a moment’s rest. Within the lodge we provide books, toys, basic care items (such as balms & wipes). There are pillows for resting or to help aide in feeding and this space is meant to be a gathering place for the mamas and any aunties. This year the lodge will be centrally located and we will have no classes within the lodge.

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LIVING ON THE LAND

We are blessed to hold the gathering among the Illinois River shores where we are living in tune with mother nature for this gathering. There are options for renting tents or yurts which provide ease for mamas traveling solo. We ask that you book these accommodations as soon as possible after purchasing your ticket as they are limited. Camping is the primary source of shelter during the gathering. Traveling with a babe alone to the woods is a challenge that we acknowledge and will do everything to help you navigate this experience, but ask that you take this into account as you consider bringing a young child to the gathering. If you are traveling from far away with a young baby, or this is your first time camping, it may be optimal for self care to try and coordinate camping with another mama/ attendee or inviting a family member along to share in the experience. All meals are served and eaten outside and with a pre-made menu. Lunch will not be provided but can be bought at the gathering or you can bring your own food to cook.  I would also encourage you to reach out to other women to collaborate on meals as well.

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SELF CARE

As many of us are mothers, grandmothers, aunties within our own paths there is a great respect among us for the mothers who honor us with their presence at Spirit Weavers. We hold you in our hearts and understand fully the need or desire to bring your children to the gathering. Every year I am asked by mama’s if they should bring their child to the gathering and though I am honored with this question, I can not answer it for you. Every mother’s journey is different and your needs, desires, and vision for the gathering are a part of your path. I encourage you to envision what you want to take away from this gathering and hold that in your heart when making a decision about bringing a young child. Our vision is that the gathering become a place for self care, and though it can be very difficult to give that to ourselves as mothers, we lovingly encourage you to hold that in your vision for the experience of the gathering.

Something to note from previous Mothers’ experiences

If you are a Mama who really just wants to be at the gathering, even if that means spending a lot of time with your child in Mama Bear Camp, with no expectations around your experience, or how many or which classes you will be able to attend, perfect! In the past, some women who have brought children ages 1-3 have found themselves challenged if they are coming to take classes or really drop in because they have had to leave classes early to tend to their child’s needs. Though you are welcome to bring your littles to the Skillshare classes we have also found that many women are not able to finish their classes or be fully present with their young child there. We ask that you please tune in deeply about bringing your toddler to the gathering if they fall between the ages of 1 and 3. Thank you for understanding and for really taking the time to come to your own clarity around this.

Please feel free to reach out to Mamabearlodge@spiritweaversgathering.com for more information or support at any time.

Mama Bear Lodge Leads

Alison McWeeny

Ali is a functional adaptive movement coach with her B.S. and M.S. in Health Education, Physical Education and Coaching. She has coached and taught Health and Physical Education at the middle, high and university level. Having a passion for natural movement and holistic health, she recently diverted from the formal education platform for her own self-discovery to reclaim her life. Being a survivor of sexual, physical and emotional abuse she is passionate about the ability to overcome challenge and struggle. Ali is a conscious and wild Mama who welcomed a newborn this Fall 2018 and her oldest is 2, Dakota, with her partner Noah and 3 dogs. Traveling from Central Washington to serve in the Mama Bear Community as a co-facilitator, she will hold space in the Mama Bear Lodge and Mama Bear Camp. Ali is eager to assist in providing an inclusive, open, safe space for like-minded Mamas and their babes to connect, ground, and sprout new ideas through each other.

Heather Musser

Heather is a birth doula and married mother of two. She lives with her small family in Western WA close to the Olympic Peninsula.  After leaving a religiously isolating community a couple of years ago she has been on a path of self discovery. Learning and living her own personal truth. As a doula her focus is on lifting women up, amplifying their innate ability and providing a platform of support which invites them to be empowered in their pregnancy, birth and postpartum time. Heather is a full time at home mama, her oldest Joaquin is 6 and her youngest EverFree is 1.5.  Heather is passionate about health and wellness and loves inspiring mamas to care for themselves first. As co-facilitator of Mama Bears Lodge Heather is looking forward to connecting with, supporting and being mutually inspired by mothers from all walks of life.