Hostess(es) with the Mostest
We’ve heard it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes an immense amount of time to find your motherhood tribe. Founders Liz Franco and Danielle Kelley had set out on their quest to find their niche community that they knew existed in the abyss of the internet and on social media, but nothing that felt readily accessible to them, when they craved it the most.
With over a dozen planning sessions, 2 am "lightbulb" moments, onset carpal tunnel from excessive texting, and a whole lot of mutual, "we've got this" pep talks, Liz and Danielle had formed the inception of something immeasurably valuable for mothers who crave fresh air and inspiration. Their organic mission statement soon followed:
To cultivate a community rooted in empowerment for mothers who are passionate about creating.
We give you, MTHR Collective: The Retreat.
Liz is a WAHM new mama, residing in Northern California with her handsome partner Joel and their adorable son, Walker Hudson. A wearer of many hats (literally), Liz is a glass half-full (of coffee or wine) kind of girl. When she's not pushing a stroller she's pushing pixels for her freelance graphic design clients, dabbles in marketing and is a part-time Stylist for Stitch Fix. Pinot Noir and a bubble bath are her love language.
Danielle is a Bay Area based photographer, specializing in both lifestyle and wedding photography. Danielle took up photography somewhere around 10 years ago, when she spontaneously bought her first SLR camera and booked a flight to Cambodia on the same day, desperate for adventure and much needed perspective. When she's not writing about herself in the third person, she is probably having a pizza eating contest with her husband, while rocking her baby girl, Eisley, and a three day old top knot.
What is MTHR?
MTHR Collective is designed for mothers who have an unwavering passion to create, and who have been looking for the right space to share, collaborate, inspire/be inspired by others, with the end goal that we all leave feeling both creatively re-centered and majorly supported. Our retreat will include everything from yoga, guided meditation through the redwoods, DIY Shibori bar, Braid Bar, a speaker panel along with informal campfire conversations, authentic head shots, a pop-up market for attendees to showcase/sell their craft or product, hosted happy hours, farm-to-table dinners and much more.
Rather than a "teacher versus student" outline, we are striving to create a relaxed environment where there are no experts or foolproof solutions to the many (million?) challenges of being a mother + a creator. MTHR Collective is not selling an agenda or even an idea, but instead providing a comfortable platform to connect on our various commonalities, share our stories, and ease our (identity) fears, with the, "we're all just doing our best" mantra in mind.