Blessingways are woman centred celebrations. Beautiful circles held as an alternative to or an extension of the traditional baby shower, focusing on surrounding, celebrating and honouring the mother to be as she goes through the creative process of bringing new life into this world.
The intention is to bring people together in community to offer gifts of the spirit to the mother to be in contrast to traditional baby showers were the unborn baby is showered in gifts. The common thread among Blessingways is the use of ritual to celebrate and acknowledge the momentous impact of bringing a new baby into the world. Family & friends offer their love and support for the woman undertaking a major life transition to become a mother.
Blessingways are a sacred ritual of the ‘Dine’ Navajo people. When using the term Blessingway to describe this evolving ceremonial concept, let us remember to respectfully acknowledge & appreciate it’s sacred Dine heritage as our source of inspiration.
These ceremonies are usually held in the last trimester of pregnancy and each blessingway can be tailored to the wishes and energy of the mother to be! Organised through a friend, family member or the expectant mother. Blessingways can be held at the mum to be’s home, a family/ friend’s place, or in a private place in nature.
Ceremonies are normally 2-3 hours in length and involve rituals to welcome all into circle, a platform to share stories and bestow wisdom to the mother to be, unique blessings for mum and bub, delicious healthy food to share & always a safe space for all. A platform for joy, tears and laughter. A gathering to remember.
Contact Alana via contact page if you would like to host a Beautiful Blessingway & we will be happy to work with you, a family member or friend to design & tailor make your special celebration.