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A Year of Living Mindfully

The practice of mindfulness at any age is both simple and profound, and research has shown that there are many benefits of mindfulness for children. It strengthens their “attention muscle” and accesses the parts of the mind that deals with focus, decision-making, and self-regulation. It helps them to recognize their emotions and empowers them to choose their response versus quickly reacting.  It supports and enhances learning, emotional intelligence, and overall well-being across the lifespan.

Our year-long mindfulness series will incorporate practices that connect children to themselves through breath work, games, stories, movement, and art with lessons designed to provide children with a solid foundation to build their own healthy self-regulation. In each class, we’ll use art to foster understanding of mindfulness, as well as empower children to utilize art as a mindfulness practice in their daily lives. We will feature different media and techniques across the year to expose children to a wide variety of mindfulness-based art experiences and we’ll provide resources and suggestions for further integration at home.

Mindfulness is simply being fully engaged in the present moment with a mindset of kindness and curiosity, but it’s a capacity that must be tapped, developed, and deepened through practice. Our goal is that by the end of year, both you and your children will have a toolkit of resources and experiences to integrate mindfulness into your relationships, bringing more presence, equanimity, gratitude, and joy into life.

Monthly Themes

January: Intro to Mindfulness: Glitter Jars (see full description below)

February:  Mindfulness of Breath: Watercolor Resist Paintings (see full description below)

March: Mindful Listening: Painting a Song

April: The Five Senses: Aromatherapy Clay Creations

May: Mindfulness of Body: Body Tracing Self-Portraits

June: Mindfulness of Thoughts: Marble Painting

July: Mindfulness of Emotions Part 1 (Awareness): Cardboard Mood Masks

August: Mindfulness of Emotions Part 2 (Responding): Mandala Printmaking

September: Cultivating Joy: Mixed Media Collage

October: Empowered Communication: Affirmation Animals

November: Gratitude: Thankful Trees

December: Kindness: Dyed Wooden Hearts

Home Extension 

Each month we’ll provide ideas for bringing mindfulness into your home, including book suggestions, games, discussion topics, and art. We’ll provide ideas for your child to use each media on their own, as well as prompts for a collaborative art journal for you and your child to work on together. This unique experience will nurture your connection with your child as you bring more presence and creativity into your daily lives.

Registration

We will meet the first Saturday of every month from 2:00-3:00 PM or the second Thursday of every month from 1:00-2:00 PM (for homeschool families).

If registering for the year, your investment each month is $15 ($180 total), which includes all materials in class and resources for home integration plus an art journal for each child to share with your family. The drop-in rate for each class is $20, which includes all materials in class and resources for home integration with the art journal prompts.

For children ages 4-11 (with differentiation provided across the age groups)

We’d like to welcome you to observe our first class on January 5th so you can witness what the format of each class will look like.

Space is limited and registration is available now.

Art Dog (formerly Creative Wellness Studio) is located at 19570 Amber Meadow Dr #130 in Bend.


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A Year of Living Mindfully March Workshop: Mindful Listening and Painting a Song

This is the third class in our Year of Living Mindfully art + mindfulness series. Our year-long mindfulness series will incorporate practices that connect children to themselves through breath work, games, stories, movement, and art with lessons designed to provide children with a solid foundation to build their own healthy self-regulation. In each class, we’ll use art to foster understanding of mindfulness, as well as empower children to utilize art as a mindfulness practice in their daily lives. We will feature different media and techniques across the year to expose children to a wide variety of mindfulness-based art experiences and we’ll provide resources and suggestions for further integration at home.

If you didn't attend January and February's class, no problem! Hop into the series in March, when we'll be practicing using our "attention muscles" to focus on listening.

Have you ever given your full attention to a song versus passively letting it play in the background? If you have, then you know there's a big difference between mindful listening and passive listening. Mindful listening is such an important relationship-building skill, plus it truly makes life richer when we can tap into all the wonderful sounds around us. In this class, we'll practice using our "attention muscles" with games and activities meant to practice mindful listening, then we'll use our new skill to paint a song.

REGISTRATION

Saturday, March 2nd

2:00 - 3:00 PM

or

Thursday, March 14th (for homeschool families)

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Children ages 4 - 11

$20 (or save $$ if you register for the entire Year of Living Mindfully series!)

Art Dog (formerly Creative Wellness Studio) is located at 19570 Amber Meadow Dr #130 in Bend.


A Year of Living Mindfully February Workshop: Mindfulness of Breath and Watercolor Resist Paintings

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This is the second class of our Year of Living Mindfully series. In this class, we’ll explore how our breath impacts our mind and our mind impacts our breath. We’ll practice breathing techniques to help us energize, calm, and focus, then we’ll create watercolor resist paintings using only our breath to reinforce this powerful concept.

REGISTRATION

Saturday, February 2nd

2:00 - 3:00 PM

or

Thursday, February 7th (for homeschool families)

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Children ages 4 - 11

$20 (or save $$ if you register for the entire Year of Living Mindfully series!)

Art Dog (formerly Creative Wellness Studio) is located at 19570 Amber Meadow Dr #130 in Bend.


Mother Daughter Circle: Embodying the Goddess

What does it mean to become a woman? There are many voices screaming for girls and young women’s attention when it comes to this topic, from media to peers, cultural norms to taboos. How can we support girls in listening to their own inner voice and then being confident enough to express themselves creatively and verbally? How can we guide them in honoring their bodies through hormonal and physical changes? As mothers, how can we support our daughters through this sensitive transition and deepen our relationship during a time where often children grow distant?

Our goal for this series is to help facilitate open communication, reconnection, and a deeper relationship between mothers and daughters. We will combine ancient wisdom, practical advice, and fun activities designed to support girls as they reach adolescence and their mothers.

Ashley will lead the young women in goddess stories, discussion, games, movement, and art exercises designed to facilitate understanding of womanhood and how to best cultivate it in their own life. We will start by finding our voice, then express our creativity, learn to listen and follow our intuition, then finally honor our bodies.

At the same time, mothers will work to deepen their own understanding of themselves, knowing that the best way to provide love and support for their daughter is to be grounded in their own self-mastery. To support this, Shanti will facilitate exercises and discussion surrounding the weekly topic and how it relates to motherhood.

FORMAT

Each Sunday, we will meet for two hours. We will begin gathered together in circle to introduce that week’s topic. Mothers and daughters will then part ways to explore the topics. At the end of our time together, we will rejoin the two groups to share insights and reflections.

THEMES

Week 1: Finding Our Voice

Week 2: Expressing Our Creativity

Week 3: Following Our Intuition

Week 4: Honoring Our Bodies

HOME EXTENSION

To encourage integration of the weekly topics, we will provide suggested questions to answer in a shared journal at home. Our hope is that this journal allows the space for mothers and daughters to communicate openly and authentically with each other while reflecting deeper on each week’s topic.

FACILITATORS

Shanti O'Connor is a nationally certified counselor, a licensed teacher, a past life  hypnotherapist, Pranic Healer, Reiki Master, TRE (tension/trauma release exercises) provider and a postpartum specialist.

Shanti runs retreats for men and women, groups and circles for women and moms. She teaches meditation classes, chakra healing classes and spiritual exploration  classes for kids. She owns the non-profit Bend Birth Connection. She also owns and runs Rooted&Open and The Hive.

Ashley Grewe is a mother, teacher, and business owner. She is passionate about holistic education as a powerful tool to empower children to be their best, authentic selves through programs that are heart-centered and purpose-driven. The driving force behind each class is to allow children to better understand and love themselves so that they can become future advocates for humans and the planet.

As an educator, she’s worked with children in public, private, charter and holistic schools in the United States and abroad for ten years. She is a licensed Oregon Elementary Teacher, a 200-hour RYT, and has been trained to teach children yoga, mindfulness, and food education through Life Project Education, Mindful Schools, and Pure Joy Planet.

REGISTRATION

We will meet each Sunday from April 28th to May 19th from 2-4 PM at The Hive.

Cost is $80 per person for the series, sliding scale, and includes one journal per family.

Best suited for young women ages 10-15 and their mother (or mother figure).

The Hive is located at 205 NW Franklin Avenue in Bend.


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Kids Yoga Party

This class is just for the young yogis - no parents allowed! Every second Saturday of the month, drop off the children for a night of yoga, dance, mindfulness, and play designed to cultivate presence of mind, heart, and body. 

During our first hour together, we’ll introduce concepts of mindfulness in an easy-to-understand and playful way through breath work, games, meditation, stories, and art. We’ll develop children’s body awareness and self-esteem with a 30-minute yoga practice, then allow children the remainder of our time together to dance and play. 

Children should wear light, comfortable clothing and eat dinner prior to class, as it is not provided. 

Ages 4-12. Children will be split up into two age groups for the majority of our time together and taught an age-appropriate lesson.

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SchedulE

February 9th

March 9th

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Registration

Space is limited and registration is required. 

Registration is through Wild Thing Yoga's website

Cost: $20/child

Wild Thing Yoga is at 1441 SW Chandler Ave., Suite 105, Bend, Oregon. 

 
 

Private Classes and Lessons

We are honored to support our local Bend community and enjoy working with schools, sports teams, and groups of any kind. 

Rates vary by needs - please call (218) 340-3035 or email info@obsidianeducation.org to find out more.