Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 191 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to two members of a group of mostly moms who, by building houses out of mud, have created an alternative lifestyle that’s sustainable and beneficial for everyone involved.
Our guests for this episode, Molly Murphy and Clare Kenny, are members of an organization called The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective based in British Columbia on Canada’s west coast. This all-woman group (pictured above with some of their partners) builds eco-friendly “Cob Houses” out of mud, for both customers and for each other.
They work in a patriarchy-busting, non-hierarchical manner, and get this — childcare is included in all their projects so that women can find employment opportunities that don’t come with the usual strain of finding good, affordable care for their kids.
The Mudgirls have put together a beautiful book about their work and way of life. It’s called The Mudgirls Manifesto: Handbuilt Homes, Handcrafted Lives. Clare and Molly challenge us to think differently about how work — and life — can look.
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What the authors say they hope people will get out of reading the book:
“Work together. Think more about reaching out to people in your community and to other mothers. Also, to realize that motherhood is not a liability. Motherhood is a superpower. Mothers are the most amazing multitaskers ever… I think it’s the most radical thing we do — it’s our child-care policy and I’m really proud of us for that.”
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