Projects

I Ching: Mothering Change
www.motheringchange.com

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Launched in 2011, we are delighted to offer I Ching: Mothering Change, a free online divination program developed especially for In the Family Way in collaboration with leading I Ching scholar and diviner Stephen Karcher, Ph.D.

Since it was first recorded nearly three thousand years ago, the I Ching has been in continuous use and has evolved under the influence of the prevailing political climate and worldview of scholars who have produced countless interpretations, commentaries and translations over time. It provides images and messages that have persisted over thousands of years of use, allowing other ways of knowing to rise to our awareness.

Adapted by Julie Chase-Daniel, these images are brought together in Mothering Change to evoke the presence of Spirit Helpers and summon the timeless voices of Mother and Father to help us become who we are meant to be as individuals, families and communities.

 

The Torso Project
The Torso Project

This long term collaborative art project, organized by Julie & Matthew Chase-Daniel from 2007-2010, was an invitation for pregnant women to create a living legacy of the mystery, magic, and relationship to nature that the pregnant form represents. The goal of the Torso Project is to empower and support women, men and children during the life changes evoked by pregnancy and birth. Life-cast torsos of women at full-term were created in editions of three. One was given back to the woman from whom it was cast. The second was placed in the wilderness near the location of the birth and left as an offering to the natural world. The third was held by the artists for exhibition of the entire group of torso sculptures. For participants, and through the wilderness placements and public exhibitions, this project invites a new way of experiencing the way we all live as a family of the earth.

 

 The Muse in the House: An evening to celebrate In the Family Way

 

 

Meditative Song Group

Led by vocalist Annette Cantor from 2007-2009, this meditative song group met in a series of four weekly classes dedicated to the celebration of spirit through song for people whose families are reforming after divorce, loss, or other life changes. Accompanied by the tambura, participants were invited to sing and relax into the still point that is the source of our creativity and emerge profoundly refreshed and centered in mind and body.

 

 Pottery for Parents and Children

Weekly pottery classes for children (five and up) and their adult companions were offered as a six-week series facilitated by Julie and Matthew Chase-Daniel in 2007. Participants learned a variety of hand-building techniques through working on a set of cups and bowls for daily use. Classes offered parents and children a chance to connect and have fun amid the challenges of daily life.

 

Journal Project for Tweens and Teens

In this empowering program, led by photographer Anne Hayunga from 2007-2008, young girls learned how to blend text and photographs they created themselves into journals to capture the questions and revelations of their age. Journal groups met in a series of 4 weekly classes dedicated to fostering creative self-expression through photography, writing, and drawing.