Get in touch with your light hearted side!
Enjoy sharing insights in small groups
Recent research suggests that relaxation, emotional flexibility and empathic open mindedness are helpful ways of balancing the brain and staying healthy.
- Do you want to lighten up and feel more positive about life?
- Do you want to have fun making changes in your life that you have always wanted?
- Is your group in need of a creative brainstorm about its creative ideas?
- Do you want support with play and learning support for your children?
Adapting to change can be deeply rewarding, and only involves three takes:
- take a step back to reflect and review
- take a renewed vision of where you want to do
- take a willingness to be open to opportunity
As in the wisdom traditions of old, the cycle of the seasons gives a perfect eight stage process for making you dreams come true in your life. The winter is where we incubate our seed vision for our heart’s desire; spring is when we pour our attention onto the sprouting seed; Easter is when we affirm our gifts and talents in the face of obstacles (usually the Inner Critic); May is the time to get support and form a ‘dream team’ of friends who share our dream themes; summer is when we protect and make boundaries for our plan of action and support; autumn is when we start acting out our vision and getting immersed in creative reverie; winter is a time of reflection and celebration, acknowledging the new insight and seed vision for the coming year.
Now is the time to find a way of living from our hearts, using Creative Journal and Expressive Arts such as collage, rhythm, mandala and sound to empower our deeper values. Watch this space for dates.
‘Playful Pictures’ – a new flip-book and pdf to introduce CHILD DIRECTED LEARNING links and examples, images and quotes, activities and curious facts.
You can now download links, pdfs and videos of what child directed learning can involve on my CPD page. The outcomes for ‘high visual’ learners who flourish with drawing, drama, IT and music, but who find classrooms to boring, noisy and distracting. Case Histories and examples show what can be done.
With puppets, character building, story games and imaginative flexibility, parents are learning how to be COMPLEMENTARY EDUCATORS. Children love all things visual, the skills of talking and writing are difficult, so put the two together….. you have success, and a child with natural joy of learning.
We will use both handed Creative Journal and rhythm to explore the process of playful story and reflective listening.
PLAYFUL LEARNING – Monday 16th October, 7-9pm at The Rose and Crown Clinic, 6 South Street, South Molton EX36 4AA.
Here are some seed ideas for poetry in the landscape: Newsletter 2013
Also see my blog on Creating Sacred Space: http://charlotte-cottage.blogspot.com.
NEW VIDEO – SPRING INTO ACTION this new year – we all need inspiring and encouraging to follow our OBSESSIONS AND PASSIONS for what is beautiful and satisfying in our lives. Make fresh changes to your New Year resolution, by visiting my EVENTS page.
….And watch this video about this year’s first Visioning(R) workshop – CLICK HERE
LIVING OUR HEART’S DESIRE: Go to my new page on EMBODIMENT – ‘Whatever you dream, begin it now’ – Visioning and Matwork, bring your intuition to engage with with your body and a passion to succeed, bring commitment to act.
CLIA provides Expressive Arts activities for parents to learn to play and enjoy joining in with their children. Here are some helpful hints and creative journal prompts that are easy to use to reflect on what it’s like being a parent without judgement. Find another parent friend and do the exercises together with a cup of tea, you could have lots to share with each other.
Creative Journal: The following is adapted with gratitude from ‘Creative Journal for Children’ by Lucia Capacchione. Chose a topic and write a journal prompt on the top of a page, e.g. ‘I draw what I like doing, I write about what I draw’. Children love exploring their feelings and thoughts with pictures and a few words.
CJ for Children prompts
‘Being a Parent’ activities: With special thanks to Jackie Sokolov, the founder of Parent Network, for permission to reprint material contained in the following activitiy sheets, adapted from their Parent Training Manual:
Reflective listening to yourself
Saying what we feel
Visualise what you want
The following journal activities are adapted with gratitude from ‘Creative Journal for Parents’ by Lucia Capacchione.
How I was Raised wksheet
Peace and Quiet
When I was your age
Play Team members and their journals.
Go to Natural Spirituality for more about expressing Nature’s gift of reverie, peace, playfulness and connectedness in ancient woodland. Dates for events this year: June 23 Wistman’s Wood Dwarf Oakland; August 26th Kingley Vale Yew Woodland.
TAKE A LOOK AT NEW GALLERY PICTURES
Pictures of many types of Creative Journal Expressive Arts and Vision(R) collage activities used in CLIA coaching for adults, children and groups: CLICK HERE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: My thanks to Michael and Helen Loxton who kindly provided photos of Wistman’s Wood dwarf oaks, taken in June 2011, and CaptainKaranga for photos of Home Education artwork.