Holistic Moms Chapter Celebrates Five Years of Natural Parenting Community
Mar 06, 2014 05:18AM
On March 20, the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of Holistic Moms Network is celebrating five years, with an anniversary party. Visitors and members can enjoy a night of networking, socializing and a mini holistic living expo with past speakers. The event will include family yoga with Lil Omm and live music by singer-songwriter Marsha Goodman-Wood. Attendees can enjoy snacks, enter to win raffle items, and bid on silent auction items from local health and wellness service providers. Refreshments and auction/raffle donation items are being accepted.
When this chapter of Holistic Moms Network launched in January 2009, it joined a network of 100 chapters across the country, of families looking for support for their natural lifestyle choices. Coming on the scene a little over a year after, the Northern Virginia (Fairfax-area) chapter became the first Holistic Moms outpost in the D.C. Metro area. The Arlington/Alexandria chapter quickly grew and has held a publicly accessible meeting on the third Thursday of every month.
Most evening meetings feature speakers presenting on topics that relate in some way to health and wellness or to parenting. Recent popular topics include postpartum healing, meal planning, natural approaches to fertility and holistic on a budget. The group also has social meetings where parents relish the opportunity to have their children enjoy healthy potluck dishes and a supportive community.
In addition to monthly meetings, which are open to first-time visitors and members, the Arlington/Alexandria chapter also offers occasional daytime meetings and Moms Nights Out, sometimes just for fun and sometimes for hands-on experiments, such as making homemade cleaning supplies, fermenting beverages and juicing. Playgroups, mother-blessings and a chapter email community are some of the other perks of membership, along with the benefits offered by the national non-profit organization, which started in 2003 in New Jersey, when one mom wanted to try to “find her tribe.”
The anniversary event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., at Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King Street in Alexandria.