OFFERINGS FOR KIDS
OFFERINGS FOR KIDS
Upcoming Inner Discovery Workshops
“Nurturing Retreat for Girls” ages 8-12
Saturday October 20 Noon – 4:00 pm $50
Come and celebrate our femininity! Create natural bodycare products, perfumes with pure essential oils, and hair ornaments. Includes healthy snacks, guided meditation and quiet journaling time.
“Soul Painting” kids ages 8-12
Saturday Nov. 10 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm $45
Through guided meditation, make a connection with your unique inner spirit. Explore and express your impressions through painting on canvas. Learn how to access your creative flow. Includes snack and all materials.
“Friends and Fitting In” kids ages 9-12
Saturday Nov. 24 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm $45
Circle time, fun exercises, creative journaling, snack and meditation. Find out why it is so important to be you!
The last Inner Discovery workshop ”Fun With Feelings” turned out to be a terrific day of exploring and synchronicities. We got into looking at feelings from the perspective of choosing how we respond to them when they arise. None of the kids thought that suppressing them would be a great idea nor acting them out on others or themselves even though everybody talked about how sometimes we do that in our frustration and lack of knowing what else to do in the moment. It turned out that two of the young people had recently been on a train trip and possibly even on the same train trip! So we started to look at it like being at a train station and choosing a destination. Even if your departure city is Angerville, you can choose a different destination like Peace Valley or Awesometown! Kind of silly, but we had fun with it. Just accepting where you are at the start of your journey without judging yourself- “ok, I am in the this place of sadness, fear,” etc…. already kind of puts you on a track to another place that is allowing and therefore will feel less intensely painful. One boy talked about how runaway trains are ones without conductors that get disconnected and can be dangerous. He said that with runaways, it becomes priority number 1 to stop it and reconnect it. That was a great reminder to us all that we are the conductors and we are in charge of our emotional train. We can keep ourselves on track and prevent runaway emotions through our intentions, our allowing of the feeling to be, choosing our destination no matter where we start and making it a priority to keep a loving connection with ourselves. I couldn’t have written down ideas or planned a class as well as what emerged spontaneously. I am learning to trust that when we gather, all the important ingredients for learning together are always present if we stay open.
Last weekend, I had the privilege of hosting a creative play space for a small group of pre-teens. We talked about the role of imagination in our lives and our world. Then we did a lot of fun exercises to get our imaginations fired up. As a warm up, I asked them to make an invention that would clean their rooms and not worry for the moment about the realities of physics or computer science, just let go and dream up something that you wish could exist. Here is a sampling of the ideas:
Then they had to imagine a happy day for themselves. After all, if you can’t imagine what that would look like, how you can you really create it in your life? Got everyone thinking about what actually makes them feel good versus what images they have in their minds of things that are “supposed” to make them happy. Interestingly, this group came to a conclusion that many things that are supposed to be fun and make you happy – like “stuff”, big parties, roller coasters, winning something, don’t always feel that great. The things they talked about in their imagined happy day? Play time with friends and family, expressing themselves creatively – building, writing, art and being in nature. Great wake up call for us parents right? And we can all afford those things!The next exercise was inventing something that could benefit all people. They noticed how often the thought of “that’s impossible, I shouldn’t even say that!” came up. We remembered how people told the Wright Brothers that they would never fly but eventually, through their experiments, the science and methods caught up with their imaginations. So we learned to ignore the naysaying voice for the time being. Here are a couple very cool examples of what they dreamed up: “The replicator”: a machine that materializes pure healthy food and drink so that hungry people will never go without.
“The instant transporter’: a device that lets you travel anywhere quickly with no discomfort and cleans the atmosphere while it takes you there!
Perhaps someday the science will catch up with their imaginations too! I hope so.