Holistic Moms Network launching chapter on Cleveland’s East Side

The progressive underground of moms on Cleveland’s East Side is well established, and the Heights may well be the mothership. In the past, it was surprisingly difficult to gain entry to the green, holistic underground. Lately, the signs have been clearer, with cloth diapers flapping on now-legal clotheslines, workshops on edible lawns, and CSA delivery in every parking lot. Green is about to get even more mainstream.

Holistic Moms Network (HMN) is launching a new chapter on the East Side of Cleveland and will hold a kick-off Event at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights on Saturday, Feb. 16 10 a.m. to noon.

HMN is a growing, national non-profit organization with more than 100 chapters, connecting parents who are passionate about holistic health and green living. “Through monthly meetings our local chapters bring parents together in a nonjudgmental environment that honors their lifestyle and parenting choices,” said Nancy Massotto, the group’s executive director. “For parents who choose to raise their children holistically, having the support of like-minded parents is critical."  

This year marks the organization’s 10-year anniversary. A new HMN chapter launched on Cleveland’s westside in late 2012.

HMN's mission is threefold: support, education and community. There is no requisite level of crunchiness to become a member, no secret password to the underground. HMN is for everyone with an interest in mindful parenting and sustainable living.

Members play a critical role in shaping the character of each chapter. Activities may include nature walks, book clubs and playgroups. Moms-and dads-to-be, new parents, parents of older children, grandparents, single parents and same-sex parent families are all welcome. Diverse perspectives lead to richer member experiences.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, at 2747 Fairmount Blvd., has offered space for monthly meetings. The missions of both St. Paul’s and HMN align with an emphasis on green initiatives and supporting young families. Meetings will be held on the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. – noon, and will often feature an educational speaker.

Visit clevelandeast.holisticmoms.org, the group's page, the group's Facebook page, or e-mail hmnclevelandeast@gmail.com for more information.

Patti Carlyle

Patti Carlyle is a homeopath, alternative health educator and writer with a homeopathic practice in the Heights. She co-leads the Holistic Moms Network Cleveland Eastside chapter and lives in University Heights. Find her at heightsfamilyhealth.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

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