Moon and Thunder Monthly Mother and Daughter Events!
Sunday, October 29 - 5:00-6:30
Autumn, Our Light in the Dark
Seasons help guide us. As daylight tapers, darkness allows for an opportunity to draw inward. We find ways to warm ourselves with comfy clothing and food. Come and learn to kindle and sustain your inner glow. Mothers and daughters take part in peaceful, guided meditation, craft an autumn glass lantern, sip warm cider, and enjoy pears and cider donuts from Solebury Orchards. (Wear comfy clothing!)
Sunday, November 26 - 5:00-6:30
Grace and Goodness
Grace. What is it and how much do we have? Let’s explore Grace and Goodness during the month when we recognize gratitude the most. Mothers and daughters learn gentle touch with hand and foot massage, using naturally scented oil to take home. We also become alchemists and concoct bath salts using organic herbs, flowers and essential oils to pamper during the winter months.
Saturday, December 9 - 5:30--7:00
Come together and celebrate your heart. Our heart gives to those we love, breaks in times of sadness, and holds compassion to help those we do not know. Our event begins with a heart meditation and leads into giving our attention to what we need, in order to give to others. In the season of giving, we shine a light on our hearts. You will taste and learn about the benefits of herbal, medicinal teas and blend your own mix of rose hips, hibiscus, and mint to give as a gift to yourself and someone you love.
Sunday, January 21 - 5:00-6:30
Newness, Warmth and Wise
We are born with wisdom. Like a muscle, unless we use it, it lingers. Let’s tap into our wise places, to the warmth of our spirits and celebrate the New Year! Parties tend to help us relax and this special Mother and Daughter event invites you to bring a small, delish-dish to share in celebration of the newness of you in the new year. You will also begin a gratitude chalk board. (A small one for you to keep, to sketch daily thanks!)
Sunday, February 25 - 5:00-6:30
Care, Sew and Rest
Come and make a pillow to rest your head as you dream-up ideas for spring! We will keep warm indoors during February’s deep cold. Learning the benefits of Shavasana for a truly relaxed state, you will learn to cover and comfort yourself during the asana. Caring for yourself continues, while you stitch, stuff and embellish a pillow to take home to add to your bed for wellbeing. Warm tea and scones make the belly happy as you tap your imagination!
Sunday, March 11 - 5:00-6:30
Cool Earth, Seeds and Taking Root
March - the season of hard ground and crunchy leaves. March is a reminder to let-go of impatience, while we wait to plant seeds and play outdoors. Patience is more than a virtue. It’s one of the most difficult things to learn. Especially in a world where everything we want to know and learn is at the tip of our fingertips at all times. Let’s rewind into patience. Breathe into the brown tones. Root, so you can sprout with a clear mind and healthy heart when the warmth of the sun returns. Painting to music, planting seeds, you will leave with a reminder of color and what is to come.
Sunday, April 29, 5:00-7:00
Rise and Shine - Fire and Earth
Let’s rise and honor the fire from the sun as we say goodbye to April and welcome May! So much is happening in the forest that I have to run our last event in the forest (until we meet again in September!). We will hike and welcome the green! We will cook over a fire and honor foods from the earth to remind us of the importance of planting, harvesting and nourishing ourselves. This 2-hour event invites your woodsy spirit and inner cook to celebrate and observe in your dedication to self-care. (Marshmallows? You never know what the faeries have in mind! :-)
Single events are $17.50 + $5 supplies fee per person. The total for mother and daughter is $45. More than one child + $12. These are limited space events. You must register. Payment is due at time of registration, or up to 2 weeks prior to event date. Cancelation up to one-week prior, you may use the fee towards a future event.
Registration for Mother and Daughter Events is Open. You must register in advance for Mother and Daughter events. It's important to have an accurate headcount for supplies and materials needed. Space is lovingly limited. Thank you!
Indigo Nature Arts and Wellness
Indigo Nature Arts has integrated holistic wellness practices into our program that positively supports the child’s physical and emotional health. Our mission is to offer opportunities for the development of practical, self-care skills by incorporating Yoga Calm for Children, a certified wellness program established by Lynea and Jim Gillen. Classes and workshops are for children of all ages.
Indigo Nature Arts and Wellness for Teens
We are creating a space for children and teens to gather with one another to experience the five Yoga Calm Principals - Stillness, Listening, Grounding, Strength and Community. Yoga Calm guides young people in learning breath-work, meditation, communication and various yoga postures.
Indigo Nature Arts and Wellness offers a complete and diverse wellness program that includes painting, handwork, journaling, fundamental of healing herbs knowledge, and awareness of the effects of technology.
The five Yoga Calm Principles Stillness, Listening, Grounding, Strength and Community are explored during the duration of the program.
Stillness - Basic breath-work to still the body and nervous system, quiet the mind and leads to self-awareness, compassion, self-control and self-regulation skills.
Listening – Creates the ability to tune in and hear what the body, heart and mind are saying. Listening also allows the child to take what they are experiencing and seek help if needed. It decreases the chances of self-destructive behavior.
Grounding - Helps to connect with the earth and to be physically present in the body. Working with balance yoga poses helps to develop a sense of competence and security. The building blocks for emotional growth and social health.
Strength – Physical strength, and movement develops capability and confidence. Mental strength is used for positive self-talk and respecting boundaries. Emotional strength is also developed, helping with the ability to feel and identify emotions without harming oneself or another.
Community – Productive sharing of thoughts and ideas among adolescents is not to be taken for granted. The ability to find what is good in another and express it clearly is what creates community. Stillness and listening are valuable tools and put to use.
Programs are guided by Kim Soles, the owner of Indigo Nature Arts. Kim has been offering artistic and nature-based classes, workshops and summer camps for children of all ages for the past sixteen years. She is dedicated to merging interactive well-being practices with the arts. Kim creates space where adolescents embrace their unique spirit, as she recognizes and motivates the need for developing - balance - within our technology-based world. “Emerging practice at a young age will help the growing child shield and empower as they navigate the changes and bumpy issues they may face in the middle-grades and high school.”
Early Childhood Years - Ages 4-6
Basic yoga poses and breath-work are offered for the youngest children. This helps children adapt to stillness, quiet the mind, and leads to calmer nervous systems. Mid-class, a transition is made to brush, watercolor and paper as we interpret the daily pose through color and shapes. Stories and imagery used in the class relate to seasons, nature, and animals.
Middle-grade Years - Ages 10-12
A heart-centered approach is used to help develop mental and physical balance and support. Adolescents are guided in journaling, drawing, whole-foods education and essential medicinal herbal knowledge, all relating to seasonal shifts. Encouragement for constructive discussion among peers offers opportunities for creating community.
Working Within Your School
Workshops are offered to schools and institutions, as well as private classes and workshops. Indigo Nature Arts and Wellness Program can be held in the classroom, gymnasium or auditorium.
Our program is focused on working with children in Pre-K, Kindergarten, adolescents and teens.
Pre-K and Kindergarten children will learn self-care routines that they will carry with them throughout their grade-school years. Having this individual toolkit helps them as they grow and develop, as they sometimes face unease and restlessness due to basic life transitions. Media and technology influences reduce the use of the six senses. Our program provides opportunities to use all of the senses and establishes balance in the child’s life. The program is gentle and playful and offered with a creative painting component.
Adolescent Children between the ages of 10-12 are preparing mentally and physically for the high-school years. They are unaware of the changes ahead. They may also demonstrate anxiety and unease along with anticipation and excitement. Rollercoaster emotions and changes in the physical body can be eased with yoga postures and breath-work.
Indigo Nature Art’s and Wellness for children 4-6 years-old
Bodhi and Brush
The meaning of Bodhi is “awakening”. Young children are eager to awaken to breath. They are curious and enthusiastic to learn yoga poses. Given the young child’s attention span and the necessity to move and express, Bodhi and Brush incorporates wellness principals with painting. This 8-week workshop creates a welcoming routine and rhythm along with a weekly pose. Storytelling, verses and imagery influence watercolor painting. 60-minute class, 6 weeks, $130 + $10 materials fee.
Indigo Nature Art’s and Wellness for Girls
Moon and Thunder
Workshop For girls 10-12 years-old
Stillness, Listening, Grounding, Strength and Community are integrated each week. The program is developed to offer opportunities for attaining self-care, mindfulness and well-being practices. Yoga postures, breath-work, journaling, nutritional awareness, balancing technology, and medicinal herb exploration meets the growing female and her individual needs. 60-minute class, 8 weeks, $175 + $10 materials fee. - Workshop facilitated by Kim Soles, owner of Indigo Nature Arts.
Moon and Thunder for 13-15 year old girls coming soon!
Indigo Nature Art’s and Wellness For children 7-11 years old - Class Space and Times TBD
Yoga Calm’s Five Principals - Stillness, Listening, Grounding, Strength and Community are offered in a weekly class. Kids find a place to calm, breathe, energize and gain skills in finding ways to manage feelings, communicate with one another and find strength and balance in their daily lives. 60-minute class. 8 weeks, $125. Drop-in fee $20.
School Workshops – For Children up to Grade-Eight
Indigo Nature Arts and Wellness offers 45-minute, bi/weekly lessons in schools. Classes offer five valuable principals - Stillness, Listening, Grounding, Strength and Community. Kids find a place to calm, breathe, energize and gain skills in finding ways to manage feelings, communicate with one another and find strength and balance in their daily lives.
Weekly In-School Visits, 45 minutes, $5 per-child – minimum enrollment 10 children.
After-school Programming at Your School - 75-minute class, 8 weeks, $130 + $10 materials fee. After-school programming includes painting related to yoga poses, seasonal awareness and storytelling imagery.
Bodhi and Brush – 60-minute class Bi/weekly or monthly at your school, $7 per-child – minimum enrollment 10 children.
Parents, Guardians, Grandparents! Indigo Nature Arts and Wellness Monthly - Free!
Gather, Snack + Share - Come and consider how you can be part of your loved one’s self-care program. Bring a snack to share. Seasonal, non-alcoholic drinks provided. (Monthly, date TBD)