Mana Kids - Newsletter September 2018

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the last day of summer.  The Autumnal Equinox, official start of fall is tomorrow! We are very excited to share upcoming events, enrollment information Fall 2018, and insights.

Events in September

Nature Walk Connecting Families with Young Children - Engaging, Mindful & Fun Play Outdoors

Cost: FREE

Age group: 2-5 yrs old

When: Sunday, September 30th 

9:30-11:30am

Where: Holly Park in Bernal Heights, San Francisco

The intention for this free outdoor gathering is to connect with other friendly, fun, and caring families in our community. We'll use our time together to embrace the beauty of nature, honor children's curiosity to learn, and practice mindfulness. 3 spots remaining! RSVP to link below or email embracemana@gmail.com

Sign up Information Fall 2018

We are thrilled to announce the toddler Roots program is officially launching next week.The 10-week session begins on Tuesday, September 25th at Glen Park Canyon and Thursday, September 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at McLaren Park. Our classes meets weekly on Tuesday's & Thursday's through Nov. 29th.

Ages 2-4| Weekly on Thursday | September 27 - November 29

9:30-11:30am | 10 week program | All-weather | Accompaniment of adult

Class details: 

Children (ages 2 to 4) with adult participation will learn basic concepts about nature in hands-on classes that encourage and celebrate natural curiosity! The classes focus on social emotional development because we truly value self-discovery, mindfulness (embracing the present moment), connection to community, and appreciation for the world. 

Our weekly gatherings include circle time, local plants, animals, crafts using natural resources, storytelling, snack time, and child-led nature walks. 

Every session is unique because it focuses on the season and brings awareness to the elements around us.

Insights on the Mana Kids Journey

Highlights

  • The logo is done! The design captures so many elements of program. The petals represent number of chakras, the heart represents the power of love holding center, the color scheme was inspired by colors of a sunflower.The colors also represent earth, growth, sunrays, water, and sky. I used a vision board to gather inspiration.

  • I interviewed with Park and Recreation SF! It's a slow process but one step closer to teaching an outdoor program for toddlers at Glen Park, SF.

  • This week I completed the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at SF Zen Center with my husband! 

  • I signed up to become a volunteer to facilitate mindfulness to SFUSD TK-5th. 

The Mana Kids website is complete check it out and let me know if you have any feedback or advice. 

Challenges 

Mindfulness:

Many of us are hearing the buzz word, but what does it really mean? How can we lead by example?

  • Mindfulness is the practice of remembering. By remembering to be aware we are living in present moment not in the past or the future but now. Some people go all their lives not realizing they are acting unconsciously.

  • Pay attention to people, especially loved ones. Set boundaries with phone usage. i.e. What message are we sending to our loved ones when we are using phone while they talk?

  • Slow down and tune into body and senses. 

  • Step outside with your child what do you feel? What direction is the wind coming from? Is there moisture in the air? What do the cloud formations look like today? What sounds do you hear?

I'm grateful for all the time & energy you've spent supporting this cause & journey! 

Hugs & Love & Light - Erika

Mana Kids Newsletter - August 2018

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the last few weeks left of summer. We are very excited to share some updates on upcoming events, enrollment information Fall 2018, and insights on this journey of creating program.

Events in August

Nature Walk Connecting Families with Young Children - Engaging, Mindful & Fun Play Outdoors

Cost: FREE

Age group: 2-5 yrs old

When: Sunday, August 26th 9:30-11:30am

Where: Fort Funston, SF

San Francisco, CA 94132

The intention for this free outdoor gathering is to connect with other friendly, fun, and caring families in our community. We'll use our time together to embrace the beauty of nature, honor children's curiosity to learn, and practice mindfulness.

Only 4 spots remaining! RSVP to link below or email 

Sign up Information Fall 2018

The first class we are offering begins Tuesday, September 25th at Glen Canyon Park, SF. We intentionally chose this date because it lines up with the beginning of Fall. The Autumnal Equinox is Sunday, September 23. Please note the September Newsletter will provide link to sign up. Be one of the first seven to sign up for a discount, and you'll be recognized as the founding core students.

Class details: 

Children (ages 2 to 4) and their adult will learn basic concepts about nature in hands-on classes that encourage and celebrate natural curiosity! The classes focus on social emotional development because we truly value self-discovery, mindfulness (embracing the present moment), connection to community, and appreciation for the world. Our weekly gatherings include circle time, local plants, animals, crafts using natural resources, storytelling, snack time, and nature walks.

Ages 2-4| Tuesday |9:30-11:30am | September 25 - November 27

Glen Park Canyon, SF

10 week program | All-weather | Accompaniment of adult

Highlights

The logo and website are nearly done! We can't wait to share final version next month we've been working closely with an artist to create a brand that truly reflects the soul of the program.

Established relationship with SF Park and Recreation. The ECE director is interested in creating an outdoor nature walk program and they're requesting a class name and description. 

Joined Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at SF Zen Center and will be infusing learnings in curriculum.

Challenges

Self Care:

Many of us have a hard time making time for ourselves with so many commitments and things to do. 

The exercises below help me remember to fill my vessel, because one cannot give from an empty space:

Slow down & be present. Let go of thoughts to be somewhere or get something done.

Listen to guided meditation even if its just 5 minutes.

Move body, stretch, find flow.

Say three different things I'm thankful for everyday.



1st Newsletter - June 2018

I hope you've had a wonderful summer so far! I'm very excited to share the first monthly newsletter from Mana Kids LLC. The intention for this newsletter is to provide information to the community on upcoming events, and insights on my journey in creating an outdoor nature program.

These past few months I've been busy working with a career coach to help me build a program that aligns with my purpose in life. A couple of questions that continue to stick with me when I have feelings of doubt:

1.    In an ideal world where money is not a factor what would you do or be?

2.    Who would you spend it with?

3.    What does the environment look and feel like?

The answer remains the same, " I would spend my days outdoors, connecting children and families to each other, the community, and all life on this planet. The environment would feel playful, intentional, respectful, and resourceful using materials found in nature."

Highlights

Officially filed Mana Kids LLC:

  • The meaning of the Polynesian word Mana: "positive energy" or "the life force and spirit that surrounds us."

Established Vision for Mana Kids:

  • We see a more peaceful and caring world, where children feel safe and empowered to trust in themselves and live more joyfully.

Challenges

Time Management:

  • Many of us have a hard time balancing family life, career, relationships, personal development, and leisure. 

The questions below help me practice living with intention:

  • Why am I doing this?
  • What is the purpose?
  • Does this decision align with who I am?"

I'm grateful for all the time & energy you've spent supporting this cause & journey! 

Source: June-2018-Newsletter