In the Family Way is dedicated to helping families thrive
by encouraging greater creativity and compassion during
transitions from birth to end of life.

The natural transitions we experience in our family life are often as challenging as they are rewarding – whether we are embracing the birth of a new baby, adolescent turbulence, divorce, loss, our own aging process or caring for our elders. Engaging in creative projects together, we invite a process of personal transformation that allows us to re-discover our own capacity for trust and kindness during these pivotal periods.

In the Family Way offers programs, events and publications that foster creativity, personal reflection and mutual support during times of change. The wellbeing of our larger communities grows out of the health and happiness of our families. We help increase community health by cultivating a positive experience of growth and change within the heart of family life, the living root of our larger community.

Our mission is simple and we invite you to join us:
Together, we can engage the transformative power of our creativity
to shape ourselves, our families and our world.


I Ching: Mothering Change


We are delighted to announce the launch of I Ching: Mothering Change, a free online divination program developed especially for In the Family Way in collaboration with Stephen Karcher, Ph.D, leading I Ching scholar and diviner. Click here to go to Mothering Change.

Mothering Change is a way of consulting the I Ching that draws you into conversation with the timeless voices of mother and father in order to embrace family transitions as sacred rites of passage. It offers a practical resource for cultivating creativity and compassion during times of change, connecting us with the ongoing process of the real, or the Dao, in family life. In a world weary of approaching change through heroic striving, Mothering Change expands our capacity to nurture the mutual process of becoming in ourselves, our families, and in the family of the earth that holds us all.

Thanks to those who made I Ching: Mothering Change possible:
Stephen Karcher, for his collaboration in this unique adaptation of his work.
Canton Becker, for the website development.
Christine Cortina, for the print design.
The Ventura County Community Foundation, and the Frank and Julie Papen Memorial Fund, for the financial support that made this project possible.


The Torso Project


This long term collaborative art project, organized by Julie & Matthew Chase-Daniel, invites pregnant women to create a living legacy of the mystery, magic, and relationship to nature that the pregnant form represents for all of us.

A program of In the Family Way, the Torso Project empowers and supports women, men and children during the life changes evoked by pregnancy and birth. For participants, and through the wilderness placements and public exhibitions, this project compels a new way of experiencing the way we all live as a family of the earth – a new embrace of the raw force of nature and the face of the future as we meet it in the smile of every newborn child. Go to Current Programs.