Welcome!

I’m Alena, an award-winning Australian educator, podcaster and mama coach.

My membership, the Soul Mama Academy, connects mothers heading for burnout with empowering, holistic and energising wellbeing practices and, most importantly, with each other.

I’m on a mission to bring women together to co-create a lighter, happier and kinder way of life so that mothers don’t have to raise the next generation of humans in a haze of rushing, unrealistic ideals of perfection and always feeling ashamed for falling short of those ideals.

Let’s support each other to stop ghost-walking through our children’s lives and regenerate in the process.

In support of this mission, I appear as an advocate for the care of mothers in the media including SBS Television, The Natural Parent Magazine, Kidspot and as an Expert Panelist for the Clean+Conscious Awards.

I live near Freshwater Beach, in Sydney, though if you’ve been around a while you’ll know that my husband, our three kids, and I spent a couple of years living in Bath, England.

This pioneering site was founded in 2009 and arose from a drive to support mums and families to feel connected, live sustainably and parent soulfully. This is a place for learning how to make choices that help the planet and nurture our kids into resilient and healthy future-changers.

Pioneering Days

In the early days, there weren’t many people writing about ethical living or soulful parenting. Back then I was working, studying, lone-parenting and just beginning to understand how to create a more meaningful life for myself and my young son.

He had been born with a very low birth weight – a result of high stress levels during the pregnancy.

With this gorgeous little boy in my arms, sitting in newborn intensive care, I was determined to breastfeed and raise him in the best way possible despite feeling deeply alone and woefully unprepared. It was a steep learning curve.

Me as a first-time mother, in newborn intensive care.

When he was just three months old I ended a difficult relationship and, although heartbroken, began to face up to 12 years of addiction and its resulting fallout.

Recovery

Between recovery and my history of unhealthy, sometimes abusive relationships, I began putting myself back together piece by piece. It was a time of hope and deep gratitude for having survived trauma and adversity and come out of it relatively healthy and still capable of parenting my son.

At that time, I was yearning deeply for true connection within myself, with my son, and with family and friends, as I experienced matrescence (the developmental process of becoming a mother) but instead, I felt dangerously isolated. In the years that have passed since then, we have come a long way as a society in knowing how to support each other in our most vulnerable moments, but still, I believe we can always improve.

Not least of all, we can start with being kinder to ourselves, more positive in our narrative on the future, eating well, building healthier mindsets and becoming better custodians of our planet.

Now, let’s lift the veil and see some cool things that have been happening offline.

There is plenty to explore. Find articles on how to live a more ethical lifestyle, food, parenting and family travel

It’s an honour and a privilege to serve humanity in this way, and I am genuinely thrilled to have you here with me. I hope you enjoy the words, the pictures, the links, and most of all getting clear on what you love in your own family, and your own life and begin to embody your heartiest intentions.

I would absolutely love to hear from you so please do find me on Instagram, or join our free community group so we can connect.

With love always,

~ Alena