From the grassroots beginnings
of a circle of women,
with children in tow,
gathered around the kitchen table....
Wise Women Gathering Place is an independent non-profit organization that provides Native American culturally-specific services to any person harmed by violence. We serve:
women |:| men |:| gender neutral |:| youth |:| adults |:| elders
Wise Women Gathering Place provides services to persons harmed by:
Promote Peace, Respect & Belonging through skill-building, sharing of resources, and caring support for our community
A vibrant community grounded in Peace, Respect, and Belonging.
We strive to protect and preserve wholeness and integrity.
We believe that everyone has their own best interest at heart.
We believe that everyone has the right to informed choice.
Our Ultimate Goal is...
A community of individuals & families who possess motivation, knowledge, resources and skills to peacefully co-inhabit their environment, each having the individual sense of safety, opportunity, fulfillment, & belonging, and each fully committed to sustaining these values for every person, for all time.
A circle of women gathered weekly for meetings for years with their children in tow, mostly at Alice Skenandore's house. Around the kitchen table, they studied midwifery and childbirth related issues unless one of the women had a problem to work through. In these instances, the group helped resolve the challenge, or just listened and offered support.
Over the years, many people have called on Alice seeking wisdom about home birthing, other information, and just to talk. Alice has also spoken and shared her knowledge at many conferences and public venues. A representative from the Ford Foundation was present at one of these events and invited Alice to New York and talk about midwifery and home birth to a group there. The women were so interested, some came to Alice's room after the talk and watched videos for hours. Some said that it changed their lives.
Alice and Wise Women Gathering Place believe that women are supposed to know what birth is like. Fear from not knowing is dangerous. The Ford Foundation gave Wise Women Gathering Place a grant to get started. They supported the organization for four years with an annual grant which provided resources for with training, materials, a site and everything necessary to continue to create awareness in our community.
As Alice continued with her group meetings, conversations evolved to talking about relationships. The women really discussed how they had made mistakes and poorly judged things. These mistakes and misjudgments left problems to deal with that were really difficult. Out of these discussions developed a curriculum called Discovery Dating. It is a deck of cards and a workbook that helps a person to learn character discernment based on observed behaviors.
Wise Women Gathering Place has trained countless other organizations through Discovery Dating Facilitators' training. The organization also believes in empowerment through skill building, and thus offers several other training programs on consensus building, parenting, and grandparenting.
In 2010, Wise Women Gathering Place participated in the Native American Center for Excellence (NACE) Service to Science Academy in Denver, CO. We worked with qualified evaluators to improve our prevention programming. Hear the tale along with a brief history of Wise Women Gathering Place.