Maternal Journal is a time to
gather with other parents, share experiences, emotions and to be creative. As well as building new relationships, having valuable ‘me time’ and taking time to actually explore how you are really feeling
on your parenting journey.
It is for anyone experiencing the emotional and physical changes
and challenges in pregnancy, new parenthood or even years into the depths of family life first, second
or third time round.
Maternal Journal is held at
various locations in and around Bath, please enquire for
up to date details.
Each group is 4-5 weeks, which gives you enough time to really understand the tool of creative journaling, build relationships
and develop creatively.
We use different writing and visual arts techniques, and materials, to support your
All the materials you will need
are provided, including a journal. Gratefully supplied through
various funding sources.
No creative experience necessary. Art, especially when journaling, does not have to be pretty, colourful or carefully planned. It is as raw, honest and spontaneous as birth itself. It is about the process and self-expression not just the final outcome. This is key to your practice. Process over product.
Like parenthood, creativity exists in a state of revision and flow, where we are constantly adapting our rhythm. Parents are all creative.
Babes in arms always welcome. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for babies or children on the move.
Places are limited to keep the
group intimate and nurturing.
The space is always open and supportive for those commonly difficult, awkward and sometimes isolating feelings parenthood brings with it. The conversations flow where the group needs it to go.
Maternal Journal is not recommended for anyone with a history of severe mental health problems. The sessions often bring up strong feelings and emotions, which may not be safe to manage and explore in the given space.
The sessions helped me to clear my mind and express how I was feeling in a different way when I couldn’t find the words. Maternal Journal has given me a tool for life.
Despite meeting a group of strangers, I left with a group of friends whom I felt safe to be myself with.
I really enjoyed having time out from being “mummy”, having a little break from my baby, who I adore, but is hard work.
Maternal Journal was a really good chance to share my worries, hopes and fears with others who have been there and get it.
I really enjoyed being creative with no pressure in actually being any good at art.
I love looking back through my journal and seeing how far I have come as a parent, as a person and in my ability to explore my feelings.