Mama Bear Lodge

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We are honored to welcome all of you dear ones to the Mama Bear Lodge. We hold this space with the intentions of support, care, collaboration and building community. Spirit Weavers acknowledges the act of mothering is not isolated to one who identifies feminine or as a mother. Neither is it isolated within the gender binary. The act of mothering shines across a great expanse of diversity. This space is, above all else, a safe space of inclusion and acceptance. All who give care to a babe(s) are welcome to gather within this space. We also extend our invitation to all who want to be in community with and support of those who attend the gathering with a babe(s). 

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MAMA BEAR LODGE

The Lodge is in a large yurt, shaded by beautiful trees, centrally located to the main gathering grounds and the hearth fire. Inside you will find a safe haven with blankets, pillows, safe toys, and other amenities for mamas, caregivers and babes under the age of 3. We honor the process and needs of mothers with young children and the lodge is safe container to ground, find care, someone to share your story with, or a moment’s rest. This space is available outside of classes. Classes held in this space are in the realms of Mothering and Birthing; babe-friendly for them to attend with you. When a class is held in the Lodge there is an alternate communal Tent space available in the Mama Bear Camp.

MAMA BEAR CAMP

Camp is located closest to the main gathering grounds. These grounds are reserved for expecting mamas, mamas and caregivers with babe(s). There is a central communal Tent to host mamas, caregivers and babes at anytime of the day and night. This space was created with the intention of communal gathering where mamas and caregivers can wind down in the company of others. With questionable weather conditions, this space also offers shelter from the storm in community. No classes are held here, mamas and caregivers have full access at all times. This tent will also offer blankets, pillows, toys, and other amenities for mamas, caregivers, and babes under the age of 3. 

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We are blessed to hold this gathering under the cedars among the Illinois River shores where we are living in tune with mother nature. Camping is the primary source of shelter during the gathering.  There are options for renting tents or yurts individually or shared, which provides ease for mamas traveling solo. These spaces are limited and we encourage you to book these accommodations after purchasing your ticket. We acknowledge the diverse challenges of traveling with a babe to camp in the forest. We are here to support you while navigating this experience. 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 coordinate camping with another attendee or inviting a family member along to share in the experience. Breakfast and Dinner are lovingly prepared with local and organic ingredients. All meals are served and eaten outside. Lunch is not provided. Lunch can be purchased from the food vendor at the gathering. You can bring your own food or collaborate on meals as well.

Everyone’s journey is unique. The facilities available at the gathering, may go above and beyond what you are accustomed to. They may, on the other hand, feel primitive to some. In light of this we would encourage you to familiarize yourself with the facilities available at Cedar Bloom. The Spirit Weavers Village

We are always learning and transforming to enhance the way we support our mamas and caregivers. Every year we receive the question of whether or not you should bring your little babe(s) to the gathering? This question must be answered individually. We hold you in our hearts and understand the need or desire to bring your children to the gathering. We wish to offer a clear picture of what to expect and what we can offer to mamas and caregivers for you to base the decision of bringing your babe(s).

As a mama you know the amount of care and attention you provide your babe(s) and more often than not we tend to lose our self-care practice and other connections to ourselves. If you are receiving the call to ground and reconnect with yourself, voice, body, spirit, and soul then we suggest that you attend without your babe(s) to indulge in complete presence allowing true transformation to manifest. If you do not have circumstances that make it possible for you to come without your babe(s), the Mama Bear Lodge is here to hold space for you all along your journey through the gathering. 

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Connecting Before Gathering

 The 2020 Spirit Weavers Gathering Mama Bear Lodge Facebook page is a platform for you to introduce yourselves and reach out with questions as you prepare. Connect with other attendees with babe(s) to plan and coordinate before the gathering. Detailed information about what to expect and how to prepare for the gathering will be available here as well. We acknowledge not everyone uses this platform and wish for you to reach us via swgmamabearlodge@gmail.com for more information or support. We will also share these informative posts via Instagram @heatherlives & @mcweenya

 

Sharing love with all,

Ali & Heather

Co-Facilitators

Mama Bear Lodge

Spirit Weavers Gathering

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Mama Bear Lodge Leads

Ali McWeeny

Ali is a babe wearing, breastfeeding, mouth-to-breast self-expressing, adaptive athlete, powerlifter, coach, creator, artist, reusing, minimalist, sexually fluid, feral, barefoot, aware and present being. Passion for natural movement and holistic health has diverted Ali from the formal education platform to organic, raw, radical and wild discovery. Conscious and feral m(other)/mentor to Dakota Emerson (3) and River Run Wild (1). Traveling from Central Washington to serve as a co-facilitator, they hold space for all caregivers and beings in the Mama Bear Lodge and Camp. Ali is passionate in providing an inclusive, open, safe space for all beings to ground, connect, weave, nourish and sprout new ideas through and beyond each other.

Heather Musser

Heather lives with her partner Alex and littles in western Washington close to the Olympic Peninsula. Together they reside on the land of the Twana Skokomish people. They inhabit the land with reverence and gratitude for the past and future generations of Skokomish people who lead the way in stewardship of the land. Heather is a full time at home guide and mama to Joaquin 7 and EverFree 3. She is passionate about health and wellness and loves to inspire mamas to care for themselves first. She is a cannabis and psilocybin friendly mama. After leaving an isolating religious cult Heather has been on a path of awakening and self discovery. Unwinding and unlearning biased conditioning, weaving and living her own personal truth. She and her partner have recently stepped into the practice of ethical non-monogamy. 

As co-facilitator of Mama Bear Lodge and Camp, Heather is looking forward to connecting with, supporting and being mutually inspired by mothers from all walks of life. Recognizing that the ability to “mother” spans across a wide spectrum of identity her intention for Mama Bear Lodge and Camp is to provide an inclusive and safe platform of support. A container which empowers all those who participate to be uplifted, accepted, and heard. Inviting this space of co-creation to amplify our innate ability to “mother” across all spectrums of love, life, gender and sexuality.