Welcome to Mindfully making it
“The most precious inheritance that parents can give their children is their own happiness.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfully making it is a mindfulness and craft platform for parents and their children. Specialising in baby and toddler classes and well-being events for mothers. After struggling with first time motherhood I was inspired to set up a group with a difference. My passion is to help parents connect with themselves and their children whilst getting creative and meeting other parents. My retreats and events for mothers are all about helping mothers find a safe space they can open up, meet other mums and have a sacred space just for them. I love what I do and feel so grateful that my experience of birth trauma and postnatal mental health lead me to starting this business enabling me to help others.
My classes and services
Suitable from birth and non moving babies
Suitable from newborns until they are confidently moving around. These classes offer a calm place to connect with other parents and your babies. You will create adorable keep sakes and start to explore the world of sensory development with homemade sensory crafts/toys. Each class starts with a mindfulness exercise and an opportunity to share how your week has been or get any advice you may need. The classes are very relaxed, open and welcoming. Not creative? Do not worry, I am always on hand to help you and have become a hand/foot print pro. I also make you a hot drink and will have snacks on hand. These classes are unique and special and lots of my customers have said they wish every new mother could experience them.
Suitable for all aged children
These classes are normally at the weekend or holidays and are a mixture of all ages, ideal for groups of friends with different aged babies or people with babies and toddlers/pre-schoolers. I adapt the session to suit the ages of the littles who are booked in and hen I have older siblings attending I can pitch the mindfulness at them as well as the adults which is always really lovely.
Suitable for all Mothers
And mothers need nurturing as much as their children. Sadly in our modern and fast paced society this can be difficult to achieve and even worst, it isn't the societal norm.
Mindfully making it retreats aim to provide mothers with some much needed nurturing. Whether you are weeks or years into your parenting journey. Beautiful, calm spaces and relaxing activities aimed at helping YOU reconnect to YOU.
I will be hosting a limited number of retreats across the year, along with smaller evening and occasional weekend sessions.
Suitable for little ones on the move
The follow on class from babies is mindful minis. Aimed at babies that are confidently on the move or around 12-18 months. I is similar to babies but adapted to suit those busy little beings that want to move and explore. These sessions will focus more on creating messy play/artwork and mark making. We still start each session with the mindfulness and though I am not a music/movement group I may add some in if it's required to keep the littles engaged. These sessions are fantastic for fostering a love of creativity in your growing human. Plus it's perfect if you don't want to get messy at home. I still make you a drink and have snacks on hand for you and for your children get a little snack too.
Craft & Connect
Suitable for all mothers
A relaxed, inclusive and welcoming group for parents at Kookies Crafts in Woolston on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 7.45pm - 9.30pm, only £7.50 per person. Parenting can be really lonely and leave us wondering who we are and what we enjoy. These sessions aim to give you a space to come and socialise, connect with other local parents, have a cuppa and do something for you. You can bring along any craft or project you want or I will provide some mindful colouring sheets for anyone who doesn't bring a craft with them. Each session will start with a guided meditation and there will be organic herbal teas and soft drinks available throughout. Please note these sessions are for adults only.
Suitable for all Mothers
Mothers sharing circles are a beautiful mixture of calm, connection and creation. Each circle starts with a guided meditation and is followed by a sharing circle and ends with a simple craft. There will be organic herbal teas, normal tea and coffee and nourishing snacks available throughout.
A sharing circle is a sacred space for you to feel seen, heard and witnessed. A safe space to share without fear of judgement or anyone trying to 'fix you'. It is simply about being heard.
Each circle has a maximum of 5 mothers to allow everyone the chance to share and connect.
I love mindfully making it. The sessions are calm, and feel like a safe space regardless of how you feel. There is space to talk, reflect or just be silent, and being guided through crafts with a baby is so lovely. In a world of overwhelming baby classes full of singing, signing, patronising 'tips' and a pressure to do so much, I wish every new mum could experience mindfully making it.