You're settling into being a mom but you still have questions, yearn for community, and want to talk to another adult during the day! This group was created especially for moms who are home with their little one(s) and/or working part-time outside of the home to connect and create the village that is so essential during this time in our lives.
Mamas Circle - Babies & Toddlers is a weekly group to deepen your connection with other moms as we discuss our evolving identities, changing relationships, and the challenges of modern day mothering. There will be time to talk about the challenges you are facing or questions you have each week, as well as a guided conversation about motherhood.
Late spring session: May 14 - June 18
Tuesdays 10:15-11:45am at UP in Silver Spring, MD with Elizabeth
Investment: $150 for 6 weeks
Summer session: June 27 - August 22
Thursdays 10:00-11:30am at Joan's home with Joan
NOTE: We will meet Wednesday, July 3 instead of Thursday, July 4 from 10:00-11:30am. All other meetings will be Thursdays.
Investment: $200 for 9 weeks
Have questions? Read the Mamas Circle FAQ.
Join us at Joan Schaefer's Home
Joan's home is close to Van Ness in the Forest Hills Neighborhood near 30th St NW and Albemarle St NW. The exact address will be shared with mamas upon registration.
Joan's home has ample parking and meetings take place in a beautiful light-filled play room. Joan provides toys, a changing area, and a variety of seating options for moms and kids!
No topic is sacred within the confines of Mamas Circle. This is a circle of intimacy, support, humor and honesty. And I have relied on these other new mothers to help me see things in the right light, to find answers to things like an incessant diaper rash, and to keep moving forward through the haze of the first few months. I’m happy just to be in the same room with these women, their babies and our fellow mom and guide, Elizabeth.
It was a wonderful experience; thank you for facilitating Elizabeth! Your depth of knowledge and pragmatic philosophy were super helpful for me too. Even as a second time mom, I have some of the same challenges where I could use a new perspective, but also many new ones to navigate and sort out.
My daughter just turned one and I am still in touch with several moms and babies from Mamas Circle. I liked it so well that I did a second session of it, and it was a super helpful way to commiserate with and learn from other women, make friends, and become confident in my own parenting, such that I could give advice to other new moms. It was also an excellent way to get out of the house in the early weeks.
I always wanted to join a group after I had baby so that I could meet other moms going through the same thing. My sister always told me to have a supportive network because you can't do it alone. I love Mamas Circle! It is just what I was looking for: a safe, kind, and supportive group to get me through the first couple of months of being a new mom. I look forward to seeing Elizabeth and all the moms and babies every week!
Silver Spring, MD
I love Mamas Circle. It allowed me to stay in touch with my wonderful friends from prenatal yoga, meet their new babies, share birth stories, and see them become moms at the same time as me. I felt safe and comfortable sharing the joy and the craziness of being a mother. So many doubts, so many questions... Mamas Circle is the place to find answers and feel better about ourselves.
Silver Spring, MD