Joanna Claassen Ferraro
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 School Park. Joanna is inspired by the natural world, human kindness, and the power of play.
This Mother's Day weekend, celebrate and nourish yourself and your family. Esalen is a magical place for adults and children alike. 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. Esalen will be our playground in which to garden, make music, dance, relax, connect, reflect, and create.
“With so much to get to, it’s easy to get caught up in all the doing,” say Joanna and Vinny. “Let’s spend some time just being. Over the weekend there will be stories, games for the whole family, crafts for the kids, and time for everyone to be nourished by Esalen's healing land and waters. Saturday afternoon, we will offer a children's program, during which adults will be free to book a massage, enjoy some solitude, or spend time with one another. We will also explore the inner life with some mindful reflection on the path of fatherhood.