Two single mamas and four small children have joined forces in San Diego, California. Together, they are co-creating a regenerative community lifestyle that models interdependence, authenticity, mindfulness, and stewardship.
The Mama Bear Sanctuary is the first brick-and-mortar location to be sponsored by RWI. This simple family home was built in the 1970's and remodeled four years ago. It features an open floor plan, with total visibility between the large fenced backyard and the indoor common areas.
The first major project underway is a Waldorf-inspired, nature-based co-op homeschool program for children ages 2-5.
"Lack of embodied education is part of what makes growing up hard these days," explains Gina. "Kids are stuffed into boxes and taught to add and subtract before they've made sense of their own emotions, or shown where their food comes from. They're missing a basic connection with self-care, environmental awareness, and intergenerational community."
The key ingredient to creating this type of learning environment? Adults who practice regenerative living themselves. Adults who model healthy emotional regulation, and respect for all life. Adults who see and honor children as intelligent, creative, sovereign beings. Adults who are committed to learning, growing, and evolving.
In addition to building their backyard homeschool, the mama bears plan to host a variety of healthy community events, including (and unlimited to):
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