sandy using wood labyrinth.

It’s that time of year again.  Teachers are preparing their classrooms for their new students, parents are taking their children shopping for school supplies and back to school clothing (last years jeans have become high waters), and administrators are preparing pre-school meetings for staff and the arrival of their students.  There is excitement, anticipation, and for some, a bit of uneasiness.

Sandy denisbtrating the double labyrinth.

Is there really such a thing as a peaceable classroom?  Well, yes, there are peaceable classrooms, and  I think that there can be peaceable classrooms.  So what does it take to create such a place?  It takes a nurturing and supportive environment, teachers who are able to manage their own state-of-being, and children who, with or without adult assistance, are able to manage their state-of-being as well.

Sandy with Kripalu yoga teacher certificate.

OM, OM, OM, OM, OM, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva!  (Click the link below to hear the chant.)

Sandy’s Om chant

I can’t get this chant out of my mind.  Sudha/Carolyn Lundeen and Devarshi/Steven Hartman, my Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training teachers, taught us this chant the first two weeks of our training in April, and I kept chanting it on my way home after the completion of my trainng in June. That was three hours of chanting, and I’m still chanting it!  You might be wondering why?

The parent geese and their goslings are enjoying a sim in the fire pond near my home.

One of my favorite rituals of spring is spotting a pair of Canada geese who nest on the side of a fire pond near my home.  Every year the pair returns to raise a new brood of goslings.  For me, it has become a welcome rite of spring to pass by and see them swimming in the pond or waddling in the tall grass munching on the tender blades.  I look forward to it and wonder how many years this particular pair has been springing here.

R & R flier Pro

I’m looking forward to my workshop in Providence, RI at Momentum Fitness.  If you know anyone in the Providence area who is interested in their wellness, do pass this flyer along!

Sandy at-ease in kitchen.

Recently, I returned from my first twelve days of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training in Lenox, Massachusetts.  It was a very intense, rich and full twelve days.  The schedule went from morning sadhana (yoga practice) at 6:30 a.m. to the last class of the day from 7-9:30 p.m., a full day, indeed.  But though each day was full to overflowing, my inner world was softening, quieting, relaxing despite the intensity and fullness of my training.
First signings of my book.

Here I am in Principal Candi Fowler’s office signing my book Creating the Peaceable Classroom for each of the children and teachers at Hollis Upper Elementary School in Hollis, NH who are photographed in it. How nice is that!  I am not sure how many principals would be so generous, purchasing a book for those photographed.  I am most grateful.

On the Road Again / Back Home Again

On March 24th, 2011, posted in: Peaceable Living by

On the Road Again

My days in Florida have come to an end, and I have been “on the road again” heading home to New Hampshire.  Fortunately, the transition from warm to cold happens gradually as we drive the 1500 miles back to NH.  It’s a good thing, as the changes are dramatic:  Florida with 80˚temperatures, sunny skies, and light winds – New Hampshire with 40˚ temperatures, gray skies, and falling snow.  40˚ is a significant difference in temperature as is the change in environment.  So, taking five days including a two day visit with friends in North Carolina and two days with my daughter and husband in Rhode Island helped make the adjustment a bit easier.

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