has been an outdoor and early childhood educator since 2000. She runs the Oakland PEECE Project for children, youth, and families in the Bay Area, and is a former director of Esalen Institute’s Gazebo Park School. Joanna is inspired by Reggio Emilia, permaculture, and No Child Left Inside.
This Mother's Day weekend, celebrate and nourish yourself and your family. Esalen is a magical place for adults and children alike. Together with the Gazebo School teachers, we will create a community of families focused on fun, laughter, renewal, and friendship. This will be a memorable weekend of exploration, connection, creative expression, and play. We will build on the group's interests and offer opportunities for families to work and play together and apart.
Celebrate summer in the land of rejuvenation with a unique collaboration between the world-renowned Banana Slug String Band and Esalen’s Gazebo Park School environmental education teachers. We will use music, theater, puppetry, poetry, arts, and games to deepen our connection to this magical earth. The program will culminate in a performance by the budding children stars and the Banana Slug String Band.