All good things are wild, and free.
Henry David Thoreau
Photo by Ellen Tynan

Festival of Conscious Parenting, Santa Rosa, CA, June 21, 2014

Akids_play_grassuthentic connection with nature is key to our development as full human beings and our time in nature expands our awareness and our sense of well-being from childhood through old age. For children, time in nature lays the foundations for their growth, their sense of belonging in the world, and a sense of joy and wonder at life itself. As Richard Louv, the author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle says, “When a child is out in nature, all the senses get activated. He is immersed in something bigger than himself, rather than focusing narrowly on one thing, such as a computer screen. He’s seeing, hearing, touching, even tasting. Out in nature, a child’s brain has the chance to rejuvenate…” “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).”

In this session you will learn techniques to engage your child’s and your own pure awareness in nature: tapping into ancient spiritual practices that have brought humans into a heightened sense of their place in the web of the world and of the sacred all around us. You will learn ways to awaken the senses, engage attention and re-connect with a sense of wonder in the natural world. This sense of wonder is natural in children, but with too little engagement with earth and wood, sun and wind it can become dulled and sluggish. Come connect and engage! Come wake up your senses! And learn to help your child do the same!

Register for the Festival and find out more here.

June 21, 2014 - June 21, 2014