This is the website of NYC (and beyond) events related to the spirituality of motherhood.


Maternal Spirituality at the New York Public Library


Facilitator: Aurélie Athan, Ph.D.

Date: Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Reading: Motherhood as Opportunity to Learn Spiritual Values: Experiences and Insights of New Mothers by Aurélie Athan & Lisa Miller

Description: Spiritual awakening has been described in major life transitions (e.g., illness)—so why the strange neglect when it comes to women becoming mothers?This study examines the potential for spiritual awareness and personal transformation through motherhood.


425 Ave. of the Americas (6th Ave @ 10th Street)
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 212-243-4334

This program is organized by Khorai. Khorai is proud to partner with the New York Public Library to bring psychological literacy to the general public through small, informal classes. To learn more about this and other classes, or to attend a Khorai Group, visit here to register or download our detailed flyer to print here.

Conference Information

Spirituality & Motherhood (MOM) Conference


Sponsored by Museum of Motherhood (MOM)

Organized by Aurélie Athan, PhD

This 1-day conference on April 2, 2012 aims to highlight the largely unacknowledged spiritual dimensions of motherhood. Presenters will share their personal and professional insights into the spiritual life of mothers and the growth-producing potential of parenting. Topics will include welcoming fertility and conscious conception(s), somatic movement and healing sound, ritual and rites of passage, heart-centered and inward-turning contemplation, as well as the call to motherhood and matrescence as transcendent journey, among others. Together we will re-imagine pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering as an initiation into a new way of being— an opportunity for spiritual awakening where children are also empowered as true catalysts of transformation. Experiential exercises, lectures, discussion groups, and lunch are included in this intimate yet groundbreaking all-day intensive on a unique subject. Please come and make history with us!

Who: Presenters (Full descriptions here)

Aurelie Athan, PhD
Marin Bach-Antonson
Buffy Bernhardt, LMSW
Jerilyn Brownstein, MSW
Lisa Miller, PhD
Lisa Rafel
Meg Richichi, MS, LAc
Ellynne Skove, LCAT, BC-DTR, RPP, NCC
Elizabeth Visceglia, MD

When: Monday, April 2nd 2012, 8:30am-6:30pm, Lunch included. If able, please consider staying for the entirety of the conference as it has been designed to be a full-day workshop, divided into morning and afternoon halves.

Where: MOM Museum, 401 East 84th Street (1st Ave) Lower Level (Map)

How: $30 advanced ticket/$40 same day [Student: $15 advance/$20 same day]

image Tip: Select Special Programs $30 or General Donation $15 and/or donate more as proceeds go to the Museum of Motherhood)


Call for Presentations (CFP)

Call for Presentations (CFP)
Spirituality & Motherhood
April 2, 2012
New York City, USA
Deadline for Submissions: Extended: February 20th

This 1-day conference aims to highlight the transformative and spiritual dimensions of motherhood. Although spiritual awakening has been described in major life changes (e.g., religious conversion, death, illness, immigration, etc.) there has been a ‘strange neglect’ of spiritual experiencing in the extra-ordinary life transition known as motherhood. Motherhood can be seen as encompassing joy and pain, costs and rewards— an ordeal and an opportunity. Mothers themselves have described “becoming a mother” as a dramatic reorientation in how they come to see the self, others, the world, and even God. Viewed through the lens of spirituality, the daily and even paradoxical experiences of mothering can initiate profound healing and evolution of consciousness in women who answer the call to motherhood.

This conference will focus on the largely unacknowledged spiritual life of mothers and the growth-producing potential of parenting. We welcome submissions from a variety of disciplines ranging from academic theorists, front-line practitioners, artists, performers, and spiritual healers who work with mothers using this perspective. Examples include, but are not limited to: infertility/conception, adoption/fostering, sacred rituals/rites of passage, postpartum depression/trauma, ecstatic birth/intuitive visions, unconditional love/bonding, contemplative/heart-centered practices. We hope to create a space to re-imagine pregnancy, birth and parenting as a spiritual act or awakening and to in-turn empower children as true catalysts of transformation.

We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, community agencies, service providers, journalists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical, and comparative work is encouraged. We encourage a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines, workshops, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts, film, music, audio and other formats.

Spirituality and Motherhood artwork submissions. If you would like to submit original artwork around the theme of spirituality and motherhood. Please send us a link by clicking on “ask me anything” and we will upload it and share with others!