Binderful: A Megaphone for women
You are in for a treat. Welcome to Binderful. Here, we show up for good. Magic happens when women come together.
We’re a community of women who know deep down that there’s more to life than performing for Instagram. Our contributors know that we can make an enormous impact when we start where we are, use what we have, and do what we can. We’re here to support you in doing just that through classes that intersect personal growth and professional development on topics like creativity, leadership, homemaking, anatomy, and living your best life. Just kidding, Oprah can teach you how to live your best life.
Binderful is a space where you can access affordable classes whenever you want. Our classes are on demand, seven days long, and $17 each. When you purchase one of our classes, you will never have to remember a password. You will never have to log on to Facebook. The emails are yours to keep forever. If one is particularly interesting, forward it to a friend! You can make yourself a Binderful of classes by printing them out and putting them in your old Trapper Keeper.
WHy WE CAME TOGETHER
We’d all been doing our own thing on our own little islands for a good bit, taking each others’ classes online, going to each others’ retreats, organizing our communities, getting married, getting divorced, raising babies, building our careers, making homes, all the while being inspired by each others’ own special magic. Circling with other women is one of life’s greatest joys and sources of power, so we decided to create a place right on the internet where women can come together and learn from each other. A place that encourages women to show up for good, knowing that they have the collective strength of a whole lot of sisters supporting them.
“Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing. Whether it's sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.” - Phylicia Rashad
A few years ago, when the idea for this online gathering place of good ideas was incubating, a number of the contributors were making online classes on their own. Merrick Weaver (our CEO and cofounder alongside her husband Jesse) would print out the hard copies the classes she was taking from Amy Bowers and Stephanie Masland and Beth Berry and put them in an old binder. With dividers even! The binder was the container that held all the life-changing ideas that she was gathering from a growing cadre of powerful women. Amy & Merrick were brainstorming names for this fledging venture one afternoon, and Amy threw out Binderful after a freestyling a list of words like grateful, wonderful, delightful, graceful, fruitful, masterful, skillful, spoonful, BINDERFUL! And thus, our name was born.
Jesse was able to translate Merrick’s vision (inspired by the Trapper Keepers and Lisa Frank sensibilities of her youth) in the design of our website & logo. So go get yourself a binder, buy some of our classes, and fill it up!
our Constable of contributors
Amy Bowers (Mama Scout)
April (Axé) Charmaine
Beth Berry (Revolution from Home)
Heather Davies Bernard
Stephanie Perkinson Masland