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Breakout Session – Saturday 10:00 – 11:15am

Transforming Ourselves for the Children


What we think, what we do and how we act in the classroom deeply affects the children. Our actions significantly contribute to children’s self-esteem, confidence and interactions. In this workshop, we will focus on the importance of continuing our process of transformation indefinitely so we can more clearly see the Spirit of Love within each child and effectively meet their needs. A variety of activities to further this process will be shared.


Parent Session – Saturday 2:45 – 3:45pm

Montessori Parenting: Unveiling the Authentic Self


Dr. Maria Montessori recognized the connection between nurturing the Spirit of the children and their ability to enthusiastically learn while unveiling their Authentic Self. During this workshop, parents will better understand how their children learn and what they might do in their homes to further support their children’s natural development.


Keynote – Sunday 8:45 – 9:45am

The Heart of Peace

Love is the most powerful energy in the universe and is our key to living in Peace. At this point in history, it is imperative that we consciously choose to walk in Love and let go Fear. In addition to seeing the pure Love in children it is up to us as adults to see the pure light of Love within ourselves. The more we do this, the more peace we experience within ourselves and others.



Breakout Session – Sunday 1:35 – 2:45

Activities to Nurture Peaceful Living Skills in Young Children

We often ask children to be “nice”, be “kind” and “love” one another. This is good advice; however, these words are not very concrete for the young child. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn concrete peace activities that will help children recognize their Love Light (or Spirit of Love) within themselves and others. Once having this awareness, they feel better about who they are and will be more respectful of others. This results in a more peaceful classroom!