Welcome to the Northern Virginia chapter of the Holistic Moms Network. Our purpose is to generate national awareness, education, and support for holistic parenting and to provide a nurturing, open-minded, and respectful community for parents to share these ideals. There is no checklist or litmus test of "holistic enough." HMN welcomes anyone who is interested in holistic health, natural parenting and/or green living.Please take a moment to browse the posts and learn a little more about us. As always, feel free to contact co-leaders, Alexa & Laurie, at HMNofNOVA@gmail.com with any questions or for more information. _______________________________________________ Find out more (click each link): *Chapter Website *National Website
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*Scholarships are available to those in financial need.*
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We welcome all people, both parents and non-parents, of all races, national origins, colors, creeds, religions, sexes, ages, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. We are a warm and inclusive group, and welcome you to join us wherever you are on the holistic path in an environment that does not judge. Come as you are!
Please join us for our Holistic Living Month Open House this Tuesday, Oct 8, 6:30-8:30pm at Fairfax Church of Christ. Enjoy a lively night of connecting and sharing with one another. Bring your passion, your personal experiences and recommendations, and if you would like to, a labeled "special diet" treat to share.https://www.facebook.com/events/594629750555171/
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We are so lucky to have famous food bloggers, Paleo Parents, as a local resource for whole food eating! A HUGE thank you to them for donating a copy of their upcoming book, _Beyond Bacon_, to our Holistic Moms Network: Northern Virginia Chapter lending library. There is sure to be a long waiting list for this one!
(If you don't want to wait--you can just order your own copy!) :)
MOMs Market in Herndon donates refreshments to us *every month* for our monthly meeting. We are so grateful for their generosity. It allows us to provide healthy, delicious, fresh food for all our members and guests. Next time you visit the store, please thank them!
**HMN is not affiliated with this church or any church/religion, but gratefully acknowledge their donation of meeting space to our group. Thank you, FXCC!!
Upcoming Monthly Meetings
Dec 2013 Meeting - Dec 10 "Annual Winter Potluck and Social" Come to one of the best meals of the season. Please bring a labeled dish to share. Make something from one of the HMN cookbooks, a family favorite, or something that is specific to your dietary needs. Eat, connect and be merry!
Jan 2014 Meeting - Jan 14 "Identity Theft and Your Family" Please join chapter member Anu Chadha as she shares her knowledge about identity theft and how it affects our children. Leave with some ideas about what can we do as parents to help protect our families.
Feb 2014 Meeting - Feb 11 "Couples and Attachment: the Basics of Our Bond with Our Partner " Please join local family counselor, Diane M. Hoekstra, Ph.D., as she shares her extensive experience. She will help us navigate the challenges in couples’ relationships. Time to make a little time for you and your partner, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Mar 2014 Meeting - Mar 11 "Family Financial Planning" Please join chapter member Jenevieve Lenz as she she shares some of the many possibilities for college and retirement planning. Leave with some clear ideas to help your family plan for your financial future.
Apr 2014 Meeting - Apr 8 "Early Childhood Montessori " We welcome certified infant/toddler Montessori directress Heather Love. She will share with us the Montessori philosophy as well as examples of things that can be done at home with your children. Leave with some great ideas for activities and DIY materials for fun hands-on sensory-based activities that promote independent learning.
May 2014 - May 13 "The Connected Family: a Conscious Discipline presentation" Please join Mandy Lloyd, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor and mom of two children as she speaks about the Conscious Discipline method. The session will include information about the brain that will reframe children's behavior so parents respond with helpful strategies instead of reacting emotionally when children push our buttons. We will also look at how routines and rituals are essential components for the healthy development of all family members. Get some great information and leave with helpful tips and tricks to use at home.
Jun 2014 Meeting - Jun 10 "Acupuncture for Everyone” Please join Dr. John Reed as he explains how and why acupuncture works in the body. Come and benefit from his knowledge from extensive experience in alternative medicine. Leave with some ideas of treatments that can be done at home using acupressure points.
Jul 2014 Meeting - Jul 8 "Essential Oils for the Whole Family" Please join a panel of chapter members as they share their experiences using essential oils. Discover ways that essential oils can help to balance hormones and PMS symptoms. Learn about basic applications for general physical and emotional health in kids and adults. Leave with an idea of how to create your own family "medicine cabinet" of essential oils." A meeting not to be missed!
Aug 2014 Meeting - Aug 12 "The Case Against GMOs” We will screen the film, Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives, and follow with an open discussion. The film includes evidence pointing to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the possible problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn. Information presented will be from Jeffrey M. Smith, author of the world’s bestselling book on GMOs, Seeds of Deception, and leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices. Engage in an in-depth discussion with other chapter members and leave with your own non-GMO shopping guide! **Please note, this meeting ends at 9pm instead of 8:30 to allow for time to watch the entire film.**
Oct 2014 Meeting - Oct 14 "Holistic Living Month Open House and Chapter Anniversary Celebration" Please join us for a lively night of connecting and sharing with one another. Bring your passion, your personal experiences and recommendations, and if you would like to, a labeled "special diet" treat to share.
Nov 2014 Meeting - Nov 11 "Building an Herbal Medicine Chest" We welcome master herbalist Holly Poole-Kavana. Discover herbs that can be helpful for many common health concerns in kids and adults. Be inspired to create your own herbal medicine chest for your family.
Dec 2014 Meeting - Dec 9 "Annual Winter Potluck and Social" Come to one of the best meals of the season. Please bring a labeled dish to share. Make something from one of the HMN cookbooks, a family favorite, or something that is specific to your dietary needs. Eat, connect and be merry!
Upcoming Activities and Special Events
"Weekly Playgroup" Every Wednesday from 9:30-12:30 at a local park or members home. All ages playgroup. We play in or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring snacks and lunch and spend time with like minded families!
"Monthly Journal Club" Come and discuss a short article or blog post with your HMN friends. We gather at a member's home on the second Monday of each month. Babes in arms only, please.
"Moms' Night Out" Generally once a month evening outing for moms to connect with other moms without the distractions of child care. We often gather at local restaurants to share a great meal.
2013: Jan - Help Yourself with Homeopathy~Andrea Kraft Feb - Organization for Natural Parents~Chapter members Mar - Addressing Sensory Needs~Laurie Cunningham Apr - Secrets of the Fitness Industry~Rob Graveline
May - Homebrewing~HMN Daddies
Jun - Hair Cuts at Home~Heather Pelczar
July - Reiki~Stephanie Kraft
Aug - Fermented Vegetables~Jennifer McLaughlin
Sept - Tantrums, Whining and Backtalk~Dr. Rene
Oct - Holistic Living Month Open House
Nov - Living Beyond Autoimmune Disease~Robin Shirley
2012: Jan - Gentle Sleep Solutions~Michelle Winters Feb - Simplicity Parenting Mar - Paleo for the Whole Family~Paleo Parents Apr - How to Build a Healthy Immune System for Your Family~ Dr Gennaro May -Canning 101~Bethanie and Alexa Jun - Lyme Disease: A Holistic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment Jul - Intimacy and Parenthood~Dr Ruthie Aug - Low Allergen & Whole Foods Baking Sept - Food and Mood Oct - Holistic Living Month Open House Nov -Increasing Your Mobility Dec - Annual Winter Potluck and Social
Oct - Holistic Living Month Open House
Nov - Finances for the Green Mom
Dec - Annual Winter Potluck and Social
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Greeter : - Greet members and perspective members at the beginning of meeting and events - Help people to sign in and get any materials needed for the meeting - Make sure attendees know where facilities are located- Qualifications: good interpersonal skills – outgoing personality Commitment: 6 months Location: attend meetings – little at home tasks Purpose: make meetings and events welcoming to new and current members.
Food and Snack Coordinator: - Determine the amount of food/snacks needed at meetings or event - Ask members to bring food/snacks to meetings - Make sure to provide guidelines for healthful food as well as variety - Remind those who have volunteered to provide snacks a week in advance - Thank and recognize the members bringing food and snacks during the meeting Qualifications: organized, good interpersonal skills Location: attend meetings, some coordinating from home Purpose: make meetings enjoyable by providing healthy snack/food options for members
Membership Coordinator: - Maintain a database of current members - Maintain file with meeting sign-in sheets - Send e-mail reminders or E-Vites about meetings and events - Communication to meeting visitors, and potential members - Be sure all new members are signed up to local e-mail loop Qualifications: Basic computer skills, organization Commitment: Six months Location: Attend meetings, most tasks done at home Purpose: You are the "it" person of membership. You keep the chapter going and growing!
Speaker Coordinator: - Maintain file of potential and past speakers - Contact speakers to schedule a speaking engagement - Send confirmation letter with date, time, and directions - Call one week prior to meeting date to remind and see if speaker needs supplies, AV equipment, copies, etc. - Have a back-up plan in case speaker doesn't make it to meeting - Send thank-you letter to speaker after the event Qualifications: Basic computer skills, personable, organized Commitment: Six months Location: Attend meetings, most tasks done at home Purpose: Your job is to coordinate speakers that our members are interested in hearing. Without great speakers and information, our chapter has no purpose.
Donations Coordinator: - Maintain file of potential and past donors - Contact donors to provide donations for appropriate events and meetings - Send out donation request letters - Send out thank you letters to donors Qualifications: basic computer skills, personable, organized Commitment: 6 months Location: attend meetings, most tasks done at home Purpose: your job is to add excitement to events by procuring donations for members to win in door prizes, raffles, contests
Secretary: - Take notes at meetings - Send e-mail to members who couldn't come of the content of the meeting, and post on the e-mail loop - Provide copy of chapter business notes to Chapter Leader for follow-through Qualifications: Basic computer skills Commitment: Six months Location: Attend meetings, some home tasks Purpose: Assist chapter in follow-through of plans and keep contact with members who couldn't attend meetings. You maintain a sense of community
Playgroup Coordinator: - Develop a database of interested families, their children’s ages and locations - Create groups of children based on age and location for potential playgroups - Disseminate playgroup rules and guidelines - Maintain point of contact with each playgroup for new members - Maintain database of playgroup participants, days, times and locations Qualifications: basic computer skills, personable, organized Commitment: six months Location: Attend meetings, some home tasks Purpose: Add fun and sociability for caregivers and children
Lending Library Coordinator: - Develop a database of available materials and maintain an updated list in the files - Keep track of materials checked out to members - Send reminders to members with materials due Qualifications: basic computer skills, personable, organized Commitment: six months Location: Attend meetings, some home tasks Purpose: Help to educate members through resources we can share
Moms Night Out Coordinator: - Schedule exciting events for an evening out each month - Send e-mail reminders or E-Vites about meetings and events Qualifications: basic computer skills, personable, organized Commitment: six months Location: Attend meetings, Moms Night Out events - some home tasks Purpose: Provide opportunities for moms to get together without their children to enjoy each other’s company and make new connections.
Other: - Let us know if there are other ideas for volunteer positions that we have not thought of! - Any skills you have to offer are always appreciated