The gorgeous Esalen gardens are home base for this weekend of play, creativity, and celebration. Get ready for a unique experience for you and your child, including mindfulness practices through connection to nature and expressive, musical, and sensory awareness games. We will spend time together as a group with music, mindfulness, and welcoming play, and time in breakout groups where the parents and children have their own experiences. For the child, we pay special attention to what is emergent and noble, and seek to celebrate the burgeoning soulfulness of the child.
Activities include respectful plant harvesting and making magical creations in the Esalen Garden, creative art, engaging light-hearted dharma games, hiking along the Creek, and playing at Gazebo School Park (for children up to six years old). Special experiential sessions for parents will use embodied mindfulness to support self-care, and guided practices that support coming home to oneself. Families are invited to journey through a magical space that brings together the wild Esalen coast and the creativity that emerges when a group comes together.
The concurrent Esalen Midsummer Festival will be the main event on Saturday afternoon, with live music for the entire Esalen community between 2 and 7pm. Parents in this workshop may enjoy child-free time from 3:30 to 5pm, or stay with the workshop during that time.
This workshop is open to children ages 4-13 (although children on the younger end need to be comfortable being on their own, or have a caregiver who can be with them during all sessions). Children of other ages may be admitted with permission of the leader. Special pricing applies to this workshop.
Recommended reading: Louv, Last Child in the Woods.
($8 materials fee per person will be added to the workshop cost)