Thrive for mothers

Your Urban village

Becoming a parent is possibly one of lifes most extreme transitions, a rite of passage.    How we experience this transition impacts the resilience and capacity we have access to as mothers.  When we are acknowledged as warrior mothers and offered loving kindness and  non-judgement we flourish.

At Thrive for mothers, together we will co-create a therapeutic group circle to hold the experiences and reflections of all who step in.Feeling welcomed, seen and accepted as a new mother is essential vital to our health and well being.  Thrive provides a healthy group system where you will receive the imprint of kindness, love and acceptance.  This in turn feeds your self acceptance, confidence and self esteem as a mother.

Thrive is a matriarchal model and environment where you can  witness and grow yourself as a ‘baby mother’.  It is suitable for all mothers, first time and beyond.   You will learn and practice skills to self regulate and practice extreme self care essential to needed to you as new mother.  Over 6 weeks we explore different themes, learn and practice simple mindful practices to:

  • increase awareness of reactivity and learning to pause
  • navigate change with self-awareness and compassion
  • grow capacity for noticing and welcoming all your experiences
  • be present and connected with yourself, your baby, your partner, family, community and the natural world

Jo Watson has been practicing mindfulness since her early twenties and trained as a teacher of Mindful Birth, Childbirth and Parenting with the Mindful Birth Foundation in 2014.  She facilitates groups in inner Melbourne, she has 23 years experience in the birth world, working with women and famillies.  

the thrive GROUPS & RETREATS

Weekly themes include:

  • changing identity
  • mindful parenting
  • parenting in today
  • sexuality and intimacy
  • navigating relationship
  • contentment and letting go
  • family values, rituals and creating community  
Thrive offers 6 week programs (including a half day retreat) and half day standalone retreats.  Please contact me at to register your interest for upcoming programs.

Upcoming half day retreat

Date:  December 2023 TBC

Cost: $99

Who is it for?

Half day retreats are suitable for people considering attending Thrive for Mothers for a longer group series.  You are also welcome to attend as a stand alone event, regardless of the age of your child.  We encourage participants to attend while babies are being taken care of by another care giver, to enable maximum benefit to be gained from the retreat. As we are working with vulnerable population groups, we do require participants to be Covid-19 vaccinated.

The 6 week group series is for either parent of a baby 0-7 months, generally the birthing parent attends with the baby, but not necessarily.  At Thrive we acknowledge and welcome all humans regardless of gender identity and relationship structure.  It is my wish that  every human’s personal choices, preferences and agency is upheld at all times.  I recognise that when it comes to family building, we have a long way to go in mainstream care provision to acknowledge this.  It is my hope that Thrive can be a space where all humans, feel respected, included and welcomed by all.