Offerings for Children and Teens
Children are the Future
Children are our hope for the world. My greatest and most important role in life is as mother: I teach my own children about mindfulness, developing their intuition and working with their feelings in healthy ways.
I offer mindfulness workshops for children that are centered on nurturing their natural curiosity and openness. (It’s actually much easier for kids to practice mindfulness than it is for adults!)
The workshops are short and are focused on:
playing interactive games
practicing silly breath exercises
doing art/science projects
relaxing to guided meditations with peaceful imagery
My Background with Kids
In my previous 15-year career in social services, I worked mostly in programs for youth and teens.
I taught youth in a variety of settings, including:
running a Spanish Club for 1st and 2nd graders
teaching English as a Second Language to teens
supporting kindergarteners as a Ed Tech
helping teens experiencing homelessness with education/employment
managing an after-school program
And of course I have two young children of my own!
I have offered mindfulness workshops in the past at the Friends School of Portland in collaboration with Wild Carrot Herbs and the West End Studio Collective. I also offer workshops at public schools, such as at Falmouth Elementary School in Maine.
Sample Workshop Format
A typical workshop with kids lasts for 20-45 minutes and looks something like this:
Short introduction of me and each other
A short breathing game
A mindfulness activity
Sharing/drawing a picture about the experience
Many children on Earth these days are gifted, sensitive, gentle souls who are here to help heal. These children operate and think differently than many adults, and do not often fit into our traditional, bureaucratic systems.
Instead of believing that there is “something wrong” with the child, why not help them adapt in small ways, and learn more about how to support them and enhance their gifts?
I work with children and teens doing hypnotherapy (very effective for children!) and guidance sessions focused on alleviating anxiety, depression or other emotional difficulties. Some parents find that their children who seem to be extremely sensitive just need some tools and support to manage their gifts, their energy and how they interact with others.