Hands, Heart, Head *trial SESSION‘Gentle Baby & Toddler Play Session’ @ Shakti Wellness Studio, Belfast [1 June]

Hands, Heart, Head *trial SESSION‘Gentle Baby & Toddler Play Session’


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Shakti Wellness Studio
20 Stranmillis Road, BT9 5AA Belfast
Hands, Heart, Head ‘Gentle Baby & Toddler Play Session’ (crawlers — 3 years old) — We will run this group every other week
23rd March — 10.30am
Basic principles:
Inspired by Waldorf education, this gentle play group aims to bring some simple play time into our child/children’s life by following a nourishing rhythm. With this in mind, our aim is to provide a supportive environment for parents and carers of young children and a nurturing time for the children themselves by following Waldorf songs and finger play, free play, movement activities and story time; suitable from birth to three.
Our aims:…
We know that parents of young children can often feel exhausted and isolated and, although there is an enormous amount of information and advice out there about what to do and what not to do, sometimes it only makes parents worry or feel guilty if they are not stimulating and interacting with their children all the time. In contrast, our Parent and Child Groups offer a place to just relax, have a cup of tea, perhaps make something and talk with other parents while your children play with each other. Nothing more will be demanded of you!
Each session lasts about one hour and a half and has a gentle but clear rhythm. Rhythm is natural and nourishing for young children and helps them feel secure and happy, so each session consciously has the same basic form. There are times when we move about freely and find our own space, and times when we all come together. All sessions include periods of free play, led by the children themselves with minimal adult involvement (we request to avoid letting children free run — babies may be crawling around), which is so important for children’s healthy development (unless it’s necessary to prevent your child from getting hurt or to preserve the room).
There are also more structured and social activities, such as games and singing, snack time, seasonal crafts for the adults and, of course ‘tidy-up time’. During these times, we welcome and encourage parents to participate with hands and voices. When they are small, children learn about the world through imitating what the people around them are doing rather than by being told what to do, so we do not expect you to compel your children to join in with structured activities, but if you do so yourself, they will usually follow. If not, at this age, it doesn’t really matter.
City children are constantly surrounded by noise and busy activity and they need a break from it even more than their parents do. We try as much as possible to provide a quiet, peaceful place where the children can get lost in their play, where they can experience joy in simple wooden toys, soft dolls and gentle colours. Because our own lives are so full of technology, strong images, background music and constant chatter, these things have become normal for us and we are able to block them out when we need to. Small children can’t do this and, as parents, we sometimes have to work hard to create a simple environment for our children. When you come into the Parent and Child room we hope you will find that much of the hard work has been done for you and all you have to do is switch off your mobile (please!). As always when we are around children, we also need to be mindful of our topics of conversation and the language and tone of voice we use. Although they won’t understand what we say most of the time, they will pick up our mood and feelings.
**Each parent is invited to participate on our child/children craft projects- we will be creating bean bags, puppets, seasonal crafts and so on. Material list will be provided before hand — mostly will be recycled items from your child / home.
**Please contact Sara for further details in case you feel interested to join our sessions.*We have some requirements that it important to be discussed before booking your place on our sessions.
Thursdays 10.30-12pm
£5 per session
***pre booking necessary- please don’t just drop in without receiving our availability confirmation
*group age — crawlers up to 3 yrs old accompanied by an adult
*snacks — we kindly ask you to consider bringing a snack option such as fruit or juice (no meat products are allowed in the Studio)
*toys — we request that only toys without loud music or noises be brought into our sacred yoga space for the class duration. All electronic devices, such as phone/iPads/tablets should be switched off for class — many thanks for your understanding
**We would kindly ask, due to the sensitive nature of our class, that if you suspect your child to be presenting any symptoms eg: flu, cold etc. That you refrain from attending on that particular day.
*Contact details
[email protected]
**Sara is mum of Isabella, 18 months. She is the owner of Shakti Wellness Studio; she has finished her Kindergarten/class teacher training in Waldorf education in 2012. Sara is also a Yoga & dance teacher, nutrition therapist and women’s health coach, among other things. Isabella is the core reason why Sara wants to run this gentle play sessions, to offer her daughn ter gentle time with other children in a gentle, friendly, welcoming and peaceful atmosphere.
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