We begin with Mother Culture.
If mothers are not fed in their hearts and souls, if they are not centered settled in at least some aspects of their selves as persons and as mothers (and if children are born persons then mothers are surely persons also!), if the community does not seek to provide a safety, encouragement and growth (room to fail and encouragement to get up and try again) to mothers then the community cannot model love and relationship for the children.
Most of us were not raised with the tools of habit, of willpower, or taught a language with which to know and describe our inmost selves. Mother Culture asks us to first learn these things ourselves and then to pass them to the children as they have opportunity to see that our feet are set in a “large room”.
What do Mother Culture Meetings look like?
We meet twice a month either virtually or in person. This gives us 24 meetings a year and we ask that people commit to attend half of them in order to foster the relationships upon which our community depends. Some meetings are virtual only, some a mix of both, and some in person as we seek to do what is prudent in the present instability.
Once a quarter we hold a mini retreat on and evening or for part of a Saturday. These meetings are held in person if at all possible and include a meal, speaker, break out discussions, fellowship and prayer. The location will most likely be in Western Massachusetts but may vary each quarter to ease the burden of traveling.
We combine fellowship and learning and commit to staying in touch with one another via email, Facebook, and Instagram, and by writing a note (yes, snail mail!) to one other mother once a month.
Each Quarter’s meetings revolve around a theme:
The Themes for the next four Quarters are:
- June, July, August – “Children are born persons” (Charlotte Mason’s First Principle) , ” You are Seen, dear Mother.”
- September, October, November- “Education is an Atmosphere” “You are Known, dear Mother”
- December, January, February- “Education is a Discipline” ” You are loved, dear Mother”
- March, April, May- “Education is a Life- ” ” You are Equipped, dear Mother”
For each quarter there will be a packet of readings and a Mother’s Journal. Register here (registration is free at this point there may be a small fee to cover costs of any materials if needed)