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Sat, 22 Jun


Tāmaki Makaurau

Ancestral Storytelling Through Motherhood

Facilitated by Rachel Liebert and Holli McEntegart

Ancestral Storytelling Through Motherhood
Ancestral Storytelling Through Motherhood

Time & Location

22 Jun 2024, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tāmaki Makaurau, 240 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland 2019, New Zealand

About The Event

We know that the more people share their stories and connect with others in a similar life phase, the more supported and less alone they feel, but as a society, we don’t really tell our postpartum stories. We center birth stories as worth sharing but generally those end with the baby arriving (or not). But what happens next?

Do we even think to ask our family's their postpartum stories?

What about our ancestors' stories? Are we able to listen?

During this workshop we will share and discuss the stories of our ancestors as they traveled along the pregnancy, birth and child raising continuum.

This workshop is in collaboration with The Tīpuna Project: a participatory action research project to creatively experiment with the decolonial possibilities of ancestral mahi - from healing for Māori to accountability for Pākehā. The Tīpuna Project is co-lead by Teah Carlson (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Waikato-Tainui) and Rachel Liebert (Ngāti Pākehā)

Everyone is asked to bring something along that grounds them (an object, a thought, a ritual) to share with the group.

Inhabit is open to all people, it is a space of non judgmental support in the form of conversation, education, snacks and laughter. We acknowledge that at least 20% of all new mothers suffer from postpartum depression and/or anxiety. We hold a space that is both educational and nurturing as we discuss the highs and lows of new parenthood. Sometimes just being able to process what we are going through with others that are experiencing the same is just what we need.

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