It Takes A Village®
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Welcome to The Village
Established in 2015, The Village is dedicated to helping individuals build and establish their community through our GATHER THE VILLAGE events, magazine, online community, and Podcast. Founded by Krystal Festerly, coincidentally the same day as the birth of her second daughter Maxine. Krystal passionately believes that honest conversation and story telling are the building blocks to creating a long lasting and meaningful community.
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Gather The Village
There’s is power in community. Our #GatherTheVillage events are created to help you find your village, literally! We skip past what so often stops us from finding the community we need to thrive, leaving you with honest conversation and touching storytelling. These events are anything but on the surface, they are deep, and meaningful and will leave you feeling seen and heard.
Lets have an honest conversation and talk like we use to…
"My Village! Saturdays’ Gathering was awesome! A group of women from different walks of life and backgrounds united around a table with such a strong bond, a bond of Motherhood. I am so grateful to all the women who came from all over the UK and London and made the evening a success. The food was fabulous and the company was even better. It was so nice to hear your stories of pregnancy, motherhood and life! Honestly, it was too short and I'm already looking forward to the next one. Thank you @thevillagemagazine for this awesome platform and for the opportunity to host and bond with fellow mothers all over the globe."
Gather Your Village?
COME FOR THE FOOD
COME TO BE HEARD
BUT MOST OF ALL…
COME AS YOU ARE
The Village Magazine
The Village Magazine celebrates life in all of its facets; it’s a unique magazine that shares the beautiful and honest truth about life, motherhood, parenting, and everything in-between. You’ll find no highly photoshopped images portraying unrealistic expectations. We do not overly use ads that further promote the ‘keeping up with the jones mentality’. What you will find is a carefully curated magazine that leaves you feeling joyful, inspired, and not so alone in the world. Our goal here is to bridge the gaps between us, and bring back The Village.
A Look Inside The Magazine
The older I get, the more I realize how little I know about life, it’s struggles, the continued self-discovery, and the lessons they’re never ending. We often think that whatever we are going through in life is unique to us, and we forget that there’s nothing in this world that hasn’t been done before, and equally there is nothing we cannot triumph over. We want the stories in The Village to leave you feeling a little less alone in this life, that’s why we share real and relatable content with you in mind.
There is nothing quite like sitting down with someone and having the best conversation ever. The simple act of listening to one another, laughing, learning, crying, relating, it’s in these seemingly simple moments that we grow, they have ability to stick with us for a lifetime. I feel like we’ve lost that along the way, especially with those outside of our immediate circle. That’s why I dedicate my time to make sure that The Village will leave you feeling whole again.
The Art of Living
Living life to the fullest is so incredibly important, the day to day can quickly become mundane if we don’t choose to truly live in each moment. Whether that’s taking a deep breath and slowing down to enjoy the scenery, or baking a cake, or going on an adventure, or taking the time for yourself. The Village Magazine is filled with thoughtful recipes, just as if a dear friend came over and handed you a recipe, declaring, “you gotta try this!”; along with tips & tricks to make your life easier.
The Village is You
I love sharing stories and all types of amazing content from people just like you from all over the world. Do you have a story you’d like to tell? Is there a recipe you’d love to share? Is there a poem you’ve written? Would you like to share with this beautiful community that we have so lovingly built over the years? Follow the links below to submit your writing, photography, recipes, D.I.Y’s and more. We are always looking for new content and would absolutely love to share yours.
I am so excited to announce that this year we are introducing a podcast into The Villages line-up. If you have ever been to a Gather The Village dinner you will know just how moving it is to sit down at a table full of women and listen to each one of them open up and share deep personal stories with you. For years people have asked me to share the Intentional Dinner conversations online, I wished I could bring this experience to the entire Village community, but I didn’t know how without taking away from the intimacy of our dinners; until now, introducing the Gather The Village Podcast.
We believe that honesty is brave, and that sharing your story has the ability to change lives. Listen as stories of trials and triumph are shared. Learn how one can move from uncertainty and chaos into a place of victory growth. Gain understanding on the lesson that set them free from tribulation, and how the journey helped shape a more peaceful perspective on life. Peace in a time peril is priceless, like nothing else, our YouTube channel will leave you feeling lifted and inspired.