heARTful blessing: Creatively honoring the journey into motherhood by offering blessing ceremonies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
If you are about to become a mother or if you want to honor an expectant mother, you’re in the right place.
When a baby is born, so is a mom. In modern western culture, we traditionally celebrate the baby with a shower, but have you ever felt like something went missing among all the pink and blue onesies and sweet animal hooded towels? When I was becoming a mom, I certainly did. Now, as a mother, artist, healer, and art therapist, I am passionate about facilitating artful, sacred rituals in community to mark the rite of passage into motherhood. You will come away with warm memories and a few artful objects, steeped in the positive energy of your circle, to bless the birth place or baby’s room. I officiate custom blessing ceremonies for women becoming mothers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
What is a blessing ceremony?
A blessing ceremony is a gathering of loved ones for the purpose of honoring the mother-to-be by acknowledging the rite of passage that birthing and mothering brings, surrounding the momma with an empowering circle of support during this profound milestone.
Blessing ceremonies are modeled after the traditional “blessingway ceremonies” of the Navajo, which are held for pregnant women and men preparing to leave for war. In the Navajo tradition, this signifies the community coming together in support of a person making a significant life transition. In the 70s, American midwives adapted this ceremony into the modern mother’s blessings many expectant women celebrate today. Out of respect for the Navajo culture, the modern ceremony is often referred to as a mother blessing, belly blessing, baby blessing, birthing way, or alternative baby shower. It is a time to gather in support of the mother-to-be to offer wisdom, nurturing, tokens, and blessings as she ushers in a new life.
If you’re wondering whether a blessing ceremony would fit for your pre-baby celebrations, check out the “love is in the details” page. If you’d like to learn more about my background and devotion to this practice, visit the about jen section of this site. I look forward to connecting with you.