Ongoing Free Public Program Online:

I Ching: Mothering Change

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.

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Fiscal Sponsorship:

We have recently begun serving as fiscal sponsor to expand our ability to support the wellbeing of families and communities everywhere.

Poetry Pollinators on the Santa Fe River

This is a new eco-poetry public art installation project by Santa Fe poet Laureate Elizabeth Jacobson and Julie Chase-Daniel, poet-activist and founder of In the Family Way.  Wild pollinator bees are solitary creatures with no hive, no honey, and no queen, which has allowed communities nationwide to champion their preservation through the placement of nesting boxes that have come to be known as “bee hotels.” Poetry Pollinators on the Santa Fe River will establish several artist-made bee hotels, commissioned through a juried selection process and placed along the river pathway as open space gathering spots for quiet personal contemplation as well as poetry readings, educational workshops, and public events & celebrations. Each bee house will integrate a panel for project information and present one poem that will be changed out seasonally, at the solstices & equinoxes. With the support of the City of Santa Fe River Commission and Parks and Recreation Department, the Santa Fe Watershed Association, and representatives from the Santa Fe County Commission and the Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department, our first installation will be in the SFWA Rain Garden on West Alameda, along the river path by the Bicentennial Park. All we need now is the funding~ Let us know if you want to help!


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Support and Feed: Covid-19 Crisis Response

This worthy new initiative quickly sprang into being through the efforts of a tireless group of volunteers and the vision of Maggie Baird, actress, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter. Support and Feed synergizes volunteers, partnerships, funding, and other resources to purchase meals from plant-based restaurants and deliver them to people disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Operating in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia, they are effectively reaching vulnerable, distressed, and marginalized and/or BIPOC communities through partnerships with vetted organizations such as homeless and women’s shelters, family and children’s programs, food banks, senior centers, LGBTQ programs, and community centers.  By supporting the small business community and all who contribute to it, from the farmers to the restaurant staff, Support and Feed puts nutritious, plant-based meals on the table for individuals and communities struggling with food scarcity and nutrition deserts. They are increasingly committed to using their platform to raise awareness and educate the public at large about the importance of a plant-based diet to attack the climate crisis & support the health of people and the planet. The S&F team is on-track to facilitate delivery of 45,000 meals with donations received so far, and carry their message forward through virtual events, social media campaigns, and strategic partnerships, sponsorships and stakeholder relationships to expand knowledge, reach new communities, and track outcomes and achievements.

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We are committed to a whole systems perspective and multidisciplinary approach, spanning the arts, humanities, myth, ritual & archetypal psychology, environmentalism, education, and food, wellness, and social services.

Past Projects & Events:

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.

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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.

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