The Mother Nature Project

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About The Mother Nature Project

While researching and developing the Cultural Emergence toolkit, Looby was also a partner in the Mother Nature project. There has been an emergence and co-creation between the two. It has been an intertwined process of working collaboratively as a group and developing both Cultural Emergence principles and empowering principles for mothers.

Motherhood is a time of growth, challenges, wonder and transformation. This particular time globally is making it even more challenging to be a mother. One must navigate the huge cultural and global shifts happening, while supporting our children who may be off school and at home. The hope is that these Mother Nature principles that have been developed from collective wisdom can be a nourishing support during these extraordinary times.

Mother Nature Project Partners

The Mother Nature project is a partnership between 4 European organisations:
Pandora association - Hungary, Paradiso Ritrovato - Italy, Preplet - Slovenia, Casa del Cuculo - Italy plus The Permaculture Association - UK, The project is funded by grants from the European Union through the Erasmus + programme. Working on the project for the Permaculture Association are Looby since it started in 2018 and Emma Gorbutt who joined her in 2021.

Mother Nature Project 1 2017-2020

"Empowering Mothers in their personal transformation" . During the 1st project the group created tools to empower and support mothers and has produced a beautiful and inspirational Guidebook and Card Deck. The project was Co-Funded by European Union Erasmus+ Fund. 

Mother Nature Project 2 2021-2023

"Empowering mothers as agents of change toward environmental sustainability in a digital era" This 2nd project is also funded by the Erasmus. Mothers are increasingly aware of the looming climate crisis and are fearful of the world for their children. This project aims to create and share learning tools, including digital tools and resources to support mothers in becoming agents of change in their families and communities: in being proactive with strategies to initiate thinking, behavioural and cultural changes in tackling climate change.

Disclaimer: Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Latest news from Mother Nature Project

Developed in Project 2
Mother Nature Project 2 2021-2023
We are pleased to announce that we have funding from Erasmus for our second project 
Building upon the success of the card deck, guidebook and courses developed in the 1st Mother Nature Project we will now be focusing on the following outputs
*Online course Leading Mother Nature Circles starts January 2023 - click here to find out more
*Mother Nature Podcast series  - click here to find out more
*Mothers As Natural Leaders Book - coming in 2023
*Card Deck for Leadership & Nature Connection - coming in 2023
* In person  Courses - next one in 2023

FREE Leading Mother Nature Circles Course

Online - Winter Course Starts 30th January 2023
Online - Spring Course Starts 1st March
Developed in Project 2
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Online - Winter Course Starts 30th January 2023
Online - Spring Course Starts 1st March

This FREE online course course is designed to enable anyone to lead Mother Nature Circles with the Mother Nature Cards.

A combination of pre recorded videos from the Mother Nature Team, activities to do in a course handout, connection space plus 3 live Calls with Looby Macnamara and Emma Gorbutt.

Mothers As Natural Leaders Course

22nd - 23rd April 2023 - In Person
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2023 dates 

22nd - 23rd April 2023  - Facilitated by Looby and Emma, at Applewood Permaculture Centre. 

This NEW course guides women through a nourishing reflective process. We explore what leadership means to us as mothers; leadership of ourselves, our families, in our community and in the wider world. 

We will look at how to maintain the balance of our responsibilities whilst being available as change makers on a small and large scale. We will also explore how nature connection and self care can nurture us in our roles as mothers and leaders. 

Mother Nature Podcast

Developed in Project 2
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The Mother Nature Podcasts was  launched earlier this year and features our very own Looby Macnamara!

Season 2 has now started and is relaese On Wednesday every other week.  Looby and Guests will navigate you through the transformative journey of motherhood.

Click here find out more about the podcast

Keep In Touch


If you want to connect with other mothers using the Mother Nature card deck, guide book and keep up to date with what we have coming up you can join our Facebook group.

The Mother Nature Project also has a regular newsletter keeping you up updated on the Podcast and the rest of the project

Mother Nature Guide Book

Developed in Project 1

This collection of 42 principles will nourish and empower you on your journey through motherhood. They are affirmations helping you to be present, aware and reflective. This guidebook can be daily inspiration, support in difficult moments and a tool for bonding with other women. The aim is to use these principles to emerge regenerative cultures as mothers, where you value your gifts, reframe challenges and connect with nature and other mothers.

To support you in understanding and embodying the principles, each card is accompanied by a beautiful image, inspiring text, reflective questions and activity. They are elixirs, a-ha moments, distillations of the joys, struggles, challenges and learnings. The principles were evolved from a co-creative process involving the first hand experience and collective wisdom of the Mother Nature team and hundreds of mothers across Europe.

Included is guidance for running Mother Nature circles, to enable you to create your own circle of support and connection with other women. This guidebook is in gratitude for mothers everywhere as creators, teachers, nurturers and leaders. May the power of the Mother Nature principles guide you on your path.

β€œI received my marvellous mother’s guidebook today. Thank you! It seems this magical universe is sending me just what I need when I need it. πŸ™πŸ» The page I opened to read and reflect on today was just perfect πŸ‘ŒπŸ» Wanted to send so much gratitude to you and all the wonderfully creative and wise women who crafted, conspired and collaborated so that I could receive such benefit and blessing today. ” 


Mother Nature Card Deck

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Developed in Project 1

Motherhood is a time of joy, challenges, growth and transformation. The Mother Nature cards will guide, nourish and empower you.

Filled with heartwarming, enchanting, powerful images to engage your intuition and innate wisdom. They are combined with 42 concise, relevant principles and affirmations that have been harvested from the collective intelligence and experience of many mothers. See a sample of the cards here