I am not sure how many people have heard of the Holistic Moms Network, but I first found them through a link on my friend Bethanie's blog, Green and Grateful. (I am not even sure if Bethanie is a member!) It looked cool, and I discovered there is a chapter in Pittsburgh. However, I never checked it out because, well, it's in Pittsburgh. It also looked like you had to be a member.
But recently, I emailed the chapter leader, Jennifer, and heard back that anyone is welcome to attend a meeting to check out the group, then decide if they want to join. She was excited about what we're doing here in Indiana (even if we're not doing much yet, haha!) and said it sounds like we have some similar mindsets. She let me know that they are having their first chapter meeting of the year on TUESDAY, February 28th. That's THIS coming Tuesday!
The meeting is to be held at the Wilkins Community Center PlaySpace (Regent Square) at 6:30 p.m, located at 7604 Charleston Ave., Swissvale, PA, 15218. Children and spouses are welcome, and there is a play space for the kids (hence the name "PlaySpace") to use while the adults talk.
Jennifer let me know that there is a membership fee, but that it "pays for itself" with all the discounts and freebies from holistic partners. Something to keep in mind. Even if anyone from here attended, it would be a great way to connect with an established network, see what is already going on in our region, and get ideas for our group here. I would be curious to see what they are about!
[EDIT 2/24/12: Bethanie, my friend through whom I heard of this group, left a comment on our Facebook page -- she said, "We are a member of the
Centreville (Northern Virginia) chapter and we absolutely love it. We
have learned lots and gotten lots of support/ideas for our lifestyle. We
highly recommend becoming members!!! Let me know if you have any
questions about them." Just FYI!]