Kindred Media serves as a gathering place for families to explore and share their experiences of writing a new story of childhood, motherhood, fatherhood and the ever changing and evolving adventure of being fully human. Kindred means to be ‘of kin’ or ‘of clan’…the recognition that we all belong to this big human family. To treat someone as kin, as kindred, means we treat them with a particular familial warmth and generous responsibility.
Kindred Media courageously explores social, political, spiritual, global and environmental issues. Kindred also recognizes the inherent importance and worth of our shared custodianship of the future of our world through our children, not only as parents but also as members of the human community. We support the task of conscious parenting through considering the needs of children and parents within a world that is rapidly changing. Understanding that there are immense forces through which we direct our lives and make our own choices for ourselves and our children, Kindred respects each parent’s unique journey and the choices made along the way. We understand that there is no formula for meeting each person’s individual challenges and therefore trust each parent’s innate ability to know and intuit what is right for their child, for themselves and their families.
How Kindred Began
In 2002, Kelly Wendorf (formerly known as Kali Wendorf) began publishing a natural parenting and sustainable living magazine called byronchild in Australia. Four years later, due to its success and positive endorsements, byronchild relaunched as Kindred magazine. In 2009, Kindred stopped publishing as a print magazine, and moved to an exclusively online format.
Today, Kindred Media is proud to archive hundreds of the magazine’s timeless articles as well as host an ongoing cyberspace gathering and revolutionary party. Kindred’s former US Contributing Editor, Lisa Reagan, and her national nonprofit, Families for Conscious Living (FCL), are carrying forward Kindred’s vision of connecting our human family around the internet campfire to fashion our new story by owning our authorship/authority of our human adventure in a complex and evolving world.
Kindred Magazine’s mission is clear: to bring more visibility to the leaders in all areas of conscious living/parenting by presenting them here in our web pages, audio and video interviews, and sometimes, by bringing them and their piece of the New Story to local communities – as we did with Robin Grille on the Parenting for a Peaceful World Tour. Robin’s message of the social evolution of parenting is a crucial piece for all parents and professionals. Kindred was proud to sponsor and collaborate with our sister nonprofits to bring Robin to seven US cities. Look for more videos from Robin and the tour in 2014.
Kindred readers are thoughtfully exploring the disintegration of the Old Story, the emergence of a New Story and the space we, as Cultural Creatives, now occupy between these stories. Kindred readers trust our belief that the human reach for wholeness as individuals and in community is always happening, even if we can’t find that story shouted from the 24 hour droning of CNN and mainstream media – which is why Kindred and its nonprofit, alternative media mission exists!