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Joanna Claassen

Joanna Claassen

Joanna Claassen
has been an outdoor and early childhood educator since 2000. She runs Early Ecology, an outdoor educational program for children and families in the Bay Area, and is a former director of Esalen Institute’s Gazebo Park School. Joanna is inspired by the natural world, human kindness, and the power of play.

Mother's Day Family Workshop

May 08 - 10, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
with Joanna Claassen & Sean Brennan

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.

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Celebrating Fatherhood

Jun 19 - 21, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Joanna Claassen & Sean Brennan

Inspired by Big Sur's wild nature and the heartfelt path of fatherhood, this family workshop will be a weekend of laughter, exploration, and connection. There will be stories around the campfire, games, discussion, and time for all to be nourished by Esalen's healing land and waters. We will use Esalen's Gazebo Park School, designed for children to climb, bike, garden, make music, dance, and care for farm animals, as well as the art barn and Esalen's extraordinary and expansive grounds.

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Music and Nature Family Workshop

Aug 02 - 07, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Joanna Claassen & Banana Slug String Band

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.

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