It’s been awhile…
Forgive my long absence. I imagine you all believed I had dropped away and given up. In fact, I did need to drop away for a bit.
There have been a few changes and a few hiccups in the road.
The changes… actually exciting news.
I have teamed up with Hilltop Preschool to create an educator mentorship program, which has picked up much quicker than anticipated. I also hadn’t realized the demands this would place on my time in the early part of the school year. I have been working with the teachers at Hilltop and also with Oku, a homeschooling vendor in Fountain Valley, CA that hired all new teachers for the year. It has been busy but exciting helping them to define their combined intentions and support them in creating their vision as a project and relationship based school.
While I had fully intended to ease up for the winter months, I did not realize the winter would come to me so quickly. In September and October on top of settling into my new home, my schedule was happily quite full but changes in the weather and the long hours had a greater impact on my body and my autoimmune disorder than expected. I had to work quickly to make adjustments in my schedule and demands and so the website work was simply let go.
For the same reasons, the in person Fireside Chats were also put aside.
The body says “NO” to living out of sync with the seasons
and what that means today is a slower pace physically, more rest and more reflection. Thus far, I am quite excited by my own growth and learning during this time. Lots of new discoveries to share.
In the meantime, I am still here and taking it a step at a time as I discover what to prioritize and how. Doing the moment to moment work of being a Family Spirit Keeper and staying in step with the flow and changing demands of family, healing, growth, learning and work.
For now, I will continue to mentor and build workshops with Hilltop, I have a few spots available for coaching and will continue to add to the Exploring Family Living online workshops with occasional in person Firesides as time permits. So stay up to date by subscribing to the website or following Family Spirit Keepers on FB.
Also, in the meantime:
I have two upcoming events:
The Four Chairs in Relationship and Problem Solving With Children
Family Spirit Keeper Fireside Chat on February 2, 2019 – 11 – 12:30pm in Fountain Valley spots are limited to 10 participants and this workshop will be followed up with further development and understanding on the Exploring Family Learning Fireside on February 19th
Communicating and problem solving, whether with children or in adult relationships, is all about connection. When I connect with your needs or the needs of others, life is richer and easier but doing it – really doing it, is quite simply challenging! Often our perspective is cluttered with stories and wounds and finding our way to clear communication and empathy can seem impossible. When we are facilitating between children, sometimes even more so! Most of us know that we need to pause and breathe but what else? What is possible in the pause that can shift the conversation from blame and shame to connection, possibility and solution for all? The answer is in these four perspectives.
By combining my years of experience with training parents and children in the facilitation of problem solving and the work of Peggy Smith, Certified NVC trainer, I have created a short powerful introductory tool that can be the beginning of a wonderful shift towards greater connection with yourself, your children and all those you live in relationship with.
The Four Chairs
Family Spirit Keeper Exploring Family Learning Fireside
Creating Connection through listening – observations vs evaluations – February 19, 2019 7-9pm in Fountain Valley, CA spots are limited to 10 participants.
Evaluation – it is a knee jerk response. We experience what we believe and therefore we communicate as if our experience is absolute. But it’s not. Our experience is a combination of what happened and all the baggage we brought into that moment. A critical skill for more compassionate communication, connection and empathy is becoming more familiar with observation and observational language. Developing an observer consciousness can help us in several ways.
- It helps us to communicate without judgement and assumption
- It helps us to see ourselves more compassionately
- It helps us sift through years of baggage and release old wounds by making us aware of subconscious stories that create anxiety and limiting beliefs.
IF you have taken the Four Chairs workshop, you probably have become aware of how difficult it is to shift into empathy or compassion for others.
Exploring Family Learning
Cultivating your observer and observer language is a great starting point.
You can still take advantage of the rich supportive homeschooling course, The Summer of Becoming. It is available online only for just $150 PLUS you get 2 months free of Exploring Family Learning online, including all previous offerings!