Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring is the Season for Family Festivities - Save the Dates!

Hi everyone. I wanted to share some workshops and activities that are happening in April!

I also wanted to share another event that I thought could be our very first Playdate For a Cause this year! Some of you may not know know but a part of my vision for FLV is to not only have our monthly gatherings with guest speakers but to also go out into our community and make a difference in the world, thus Playdates For A Cause! :o)

Several of you joined us for March's gathering with Ruth Beaglehole from the Echo Education and Parenting Center (I believe this is what she said they are now changing their name to). While perusing through their website, I discovered that they are having a festival at the end of April - which I thought would be a wonderful gathering for those interested in joining. I felt it would be a Playdate For A Cause because we are supporting an organization that believes in non-violent and conscious parenting (that's a beautiful cause to support, I feel!) :o)

So below are details for both events. Please RSVP if you will be joining either one of these gatherings or even better yet, both!

L.O.V.E. Parenting: Parent Education for Progressive Families

Many parents who have chosen an alternative, progressive parenting path, one that is deeply rooted in honoring their child, get derailed as the babies get older. Issues like sharing, siblings, social-interplay, communication, autonomy, and discipline come into view and present challenges to the most well-meaning parents. As well, a second pregnancy, the birth of a sibling, and the early years of siblinghood often create challenges that can leave parents feeling overwhelmed and at their wits end. L.O.V.E. Parenting can help! L.O.V.E. Parenting is confident that you can manifest a harmonious relationship with your children at every stage of the game. L.O.V.E. Parenting understands the challenges faced on a daily basis and addresses the uniqueness of each situation with insight and the commonalities with compassion. L.O.V.E. Parenting techniques promote effective communication with respect for the whole family. A sampling of favorites include Set The Stage, the Family Unity Speech, Need-Want-Ask, and WEL-C: Witness, Empathy, Limit, Choice. L.O.V.E. Parenting helps families to parent with love and to L.O.V.E. Parenting; Listen, Open, Value, Enjoy.

Jessica Williams created L.O.V.E. Parenting with private coaching, classes and workshops in Los Angeles and worldwide with Skype. She teaches L.O.V.E. Parenting at The Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center in West LA and at Birth & Beyond in Santa Monica. She is a featured weekly writer for Mothering Magazine’s “All Things Mothering” online blog. Her birth and nursing articles are being published in The Mother Magazine, UK and The Complete Mother, USA. She is a contributor for the Nurture Center, CA. She has presented multiple workshops for the pediatric practice of Dr. Jay Gordon, Santa Monica. Jessica Williams lives in her native Los Angeles with her husband and their three children. 

“I am so excited I could dance on the ceiling. Truly amazing woman and I love her parenting take and her advice. Jessica is such a pure person with valuable information and the skill to articulate it.” Carrie-Anne Moss, Actress & Mother of three
Many, many thanks, Jessica. All you have shared has helped tremendously. So insightful and generous. I love what we are doing and I’m so grateful.” Lisa Bonet, Actress & Mother of three
Jessica is one of the most grounded, inspirational women that I have had the pleasure of knowing. I have always been impressed by her calm and inspired way of parenting. I highly recommend sitting down with her to chat if you’re struggling with any kind of parenting issue or even just need some support or encouragement for the road you’re on.” Kristen Hundley, Founder of West Los Angeles Attachment Parenting

WHAT TIME: 5PM-7PM; Potluck dinner afterwards

1) Pen and Paper,
2) Something healthy and yummy to share for the potluck
3) Your OWN dishware and utensils to stay green AND
4) $$ for the childcare services (the amount TBD when the final count of families RSVP) and in case you would like to purchase
The L.O.V.E. Parenting CD: Techniques, Visualization & Affirmations, please bring $20, as well.

PLEASE NOTE: If you could please RSVP if you will be using the childcare services. It is highly recommended so that the parents can fully focus on the presentation and get the abundant information given to us for free. I would need to know how many children and their ages. If you do decide not to use the service and will be bringing your child and they start to get a little noisy, then we will ask you to please go into the children's room with them. We ask that you do not leave your child there without your supervision, out of respect for the parents that have already paid for this service. Thank you.

WHERE: The Yogi Tree Studio ~ 4475 Vineland Ave - Toluca Lake, CA 91602

SATURDAY 4/30/11
Peace Through a Child’s Eyes

The Echo Center offers each year the Festival of Childhood: Peace through a Child’s Eyes, which is an open-air street festival that is free for everyone. It is always held in conjunction with the Day of the Child and National Child Abuse Prevention. For one whole day the block is filled with music, laughter and color as children and families visit community booths and take part in arts and health activities. All activities are free!!

WHERE: At the Echo Center - 1226 N. Alvarado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

Saturday, March 26, 2011

More Lifeschooling Resources - Living and Learning with Preschoolers

I wanted to share some more wonderful resources in regards to homeschooling.  Some of you were present at (or perhaps some of you read about) our past gathering we had with a panel of inspiring homeschooling and unschooling guest speakers that the Family Love Village had back in November

I had listed a plethora of resources on there but I wanted to share a few more with anyone who is interested.  Simply because I love offering resources that helps support FLV's heart principles and the information Dalmacio and I just received last night, I feel is definitely within alignment with our conscious parenting values.

Dalmacio and I joined a teleconference called Living and Learning with Preschoolers and we listened to the first teleconference last night!  The host, Diane Flynn Keith (founder of Home Fires - The Journal of Home Schooling) had a guest speaker, Karen Taylor (the director of Cedar Life Academy, a Private School Satellite Program (PSP) for homeschoolers in California).  The information in just this first call was uplifting and relieving.  And it felt really good to know that alot of what was shared in this first call is pretty much all the things we (we meaning Dalmacio, Andrik's nanny, Cindy and I) are creating with Andrik.

As a matter of fact, the way I found out about this teleconference was because one of the guest speakers on the panel of FLV's homeschooling gathering, Michelle Barone is one of the guest speakers for this conference, as well!  Thank you Michelle for paying it forward!  :o)

I'm excited for the next sessions and can't wait to learn more tools on life schooling.  For those parents who want to join, it is not too late to register for this teleconference.  The sessions get taped and you have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience!  For the cost of the teleconference and the insightful information and wisdom given, I feel is very well worth it!

To get a brief idea of what the Living and Learning Preschoolers teleconference has to offer, below is what the program includes:

Six One-Hour Sessions as Follows:

1. How & Why You Should Teach Your Preschooler At Home

2. Playful Activities to Nurture Your Young Child's Mind, Body, & Spirit

3. Parenting Preschoolers: Development, Discipline, & Family Dynamics

4. Raising Smarter Preschoolers: A Father's Perspective

5. Food Fights: Meals, Nutrition, & Picky Eaters

6. A Home Preschool Curriculum: Fun and Playful Ways to Learn and Grow

And here are a few more wonderful resources on homeschooling:

1) An Introduction to Homeschooling

2) Director of State Homeschooling Organizations Throughout the US

3) Resources for Homeschooling Gifted and Talented Children

4) Carschooling - An Alternative Approach to Homeschooling

5) The Best of ClickSchooling - How To Use the Web To Get a World-Class Education

6) And then don't forget all the resources  from the actual Living and Learning With Preschoolers teleconference of all the guest speakers listed on the panel.

So I hope this helps you and your family with further options and resources.  Here's to all of us creating a life of continuous pro-active learning and loving with our children!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Emergency Preparedness by Alegre Ramos

Just in case you are wondering if you missed out on an FLV gathering, you haven't.  I am posting this because Dalmacio and I attended an Emergency Preparedness workshop presented by one of our fellow villagers Alegre Ramos (owner of Green and Greener - an eco-friendly store located in Studio City, CA) for another group we are a part of called Holistic Moms Network (HMN) and felt it was such an important topic that I felt I needed to share (especially after the tragic occurrences in Japan). 

I am soo grateful that Alegre did this presentation because I actually was planning to have another friend, Aaron do this presentation for the Family Love Village this year but he had moved away last year.  So when I heard Alegre was doing this presentation I approached her to see if she'd be willing to do a presentation for our village, as well and am very excited to announce that she will be coming to us in the next few months!

For the time being, here are my extensive notes on this very important topic.  And yes this is going to be a novel (lol) and I will not apologize this time for the lengthyness of this post (like I normally do) because, well... I feel you and your family could benefit from all the information listed in this post.  So here goes:


STAGE 1: PLAN AND TRAIN - Estimated cost is around $100 and takes about 30 hours. 

Part of planning is sitting down and creating a plan.  This can consist of getting your important documents (i.e. driver's license, ID, birth certificate, SSN #, etc ) and making copies of it.  Copies to go in 1) each To-Go kit, 2) a fireproof safe outside the house (actually it's best to keep the originals in this fireproof safe), and 3) 3 flash drives - one in your To-Go Kit, one to a trusted family member, and one at the office.  You can also fax yourself a copy to your email address, as well.  Videotape and photograph all of your belongings of important and valuable items so you can show the insurance.  A good note is videotaping the date on a newspaper to show proof of the date that you are videotaping.  Fax yourself your bank statements, a copy of your mortgage, insurance paperwork, your pet's chip ID, etc.  It's also a good idea to have recent photographs with your pet so that you can show proof that your pet belongs to you.  It's also important to have recent photographs of family so you can identify them.

Create and type a wallet sized emergency plan.  Make copies and laminate them.  Each To-Go Kit should have a laminated emergency plan card!  (The "To Go" kits will be described in detail under Stage 2 below)

Here's an example of a wallet sized emergency plan:

Grab flashlight/lightstick and shoes under bed. Duck/cover under solid piece of furniture AWAY from glass or in interior hallway.  DO NOT switch on lights until you are sure there is no gas leak.  If you smell gas, shut it off. Turn off water to house to keep it clean and potable and turn off electrical breakers (individual first then main.) Water heater good source of drinking water. Stay where you are if it’s safe, you may want to go to nearby park (nothing to fall on you) but call each other or out of town contact so that someone knows you are safe. If you can’t get a hold of anyone and not safe where you are, head to [designated location]. Leave a note under your door mat saying where you’ve gone. If you are passing by [location on the way], stop there & leave a note in “message drop” saying day/time, where you are going, your condition, and anything else important. Message drop locations: My house: Potted orange tree to the right of hose in front of house, Your house: Pot under living room window.

If we can’t reach each other, out of town calls may still be possible, once safe check in with: 1st [out of town contact] 646.322.XXXX (cell), 212.412.XXX (work land) 2nd [out of town contact], 636.346.XXX (cell) or 317.276.XXX (work land).  

Our phone numbers and networks:
Dalmacio & Vivi Verizon: 818.333.XXX and 310.259.XXX, land
818.708.XXX | Linda/Michael: AT&T 818.634.XXX,
818.634.XXX/818.635.XXX, land 818.776.XXX | Bob: AT&T
213.447.XXXX | Davon: Sprint 213.926.XXX | Eddie: land

Remember: 911 for emergencies
-Same network cell phones more likely to work with each other
-If cell phones don’t work for calls, texting may still work
-Landlines have their own electricity source

Other important aspects of planning for an emergency is making a disaster plan with 1-3 other families.  There is peace of mind in numbers.  It's always good to have other people that have your back and vice versa.  Part of planning with a group, it should be decided who's house is the best location to store supplies and in the event of an emergency should all go to this location.  Once you have decided who's house that everyone should try to go to, it's a good idea for everyone to help pitch in with the supplies.

Other examples that are part of planning is safe guarding doors and putting child-proof latches on the top cupboards so that your glassware doesn't fall down.  If you don't already have one, get a landline that plugs into an electrical source in case your cell phone doesn't work.

Get your community organized.  See if your neighborhood is open to organizing an emergency plan together.  Google map the streets in your neighborhood.  Find out the ages of children and elderly.  Find out who has what skills in your neighborhood (i.e. your neighbor 3 houses down is a fireman, etc).  And find out where the gas meter is for each of your neighbors on either side of your house.

I. Steps to Creating a Plan:

1. Pick your SAFE ZONE inside the house.  The safest place is under heavy furniture but if that furniture is surrounded by windows, then that wouldn't be a good place to pick as your safe zone.  Another good option is interior hallways where there are no pictures or glass within the vicinity.  This is a good place to pick because normally you don't have to worry about doors swinging open.  During an earthquake, even in a hallway that doesn't have anything breakable, it is still wise to duck and cover.  NOTE: Majority of injuries occur due to flying objects!

2. Make sure to have your "To Go" kits near the Safe Zone. 

3. Prepare a bag for "Under Your Bed" supplies. This consist of: 1) a pair of tennis shoes, 2) hard hat, 3) crankable LED flashlight, 4) glow sticks, 5) whistle, 6) mask, and 7) goggles. If it's in the middle of the night and it's during an emergency, grab these supplies and go to your Safe Zone. I also put both my cats' carriers next to the "Under Your Bed" supplies in our open closet. Since our bed lies on a Japanese tatami mat close to the floor, we don't have the option to put these supplies under the bed. And since our closet doesn't have a door on it (which is probably a good thing), we have the supplies on a rack close to the floor in the closet.

4. Do NOT turn your lights on due to sparks.

5. Know where your gas meter is ahead of time.  That way if you smell gas after an earthquake, you will know to go to your gas and turn it off.  To turn off your gas valve, turn the valve clockwise and the knob should be horizontal.  It is also a good idea to know ahead of time where your neighbors' gas meters are at in case you need to shut their gas off.  There is a handy gas shut-off tool with no moving parts that you can tie to your gas meter (unlike a wrench with moving parts it won’t rust and be inoperable so it’s perfect to just leave out at your gas meter “just in case.”). If your gas meter doesn't have an auto shut off, it's advisable to get one.  When Alegre's neighborhood did their planning, one neighbor called around and many companies were willing to give a discount for doing multiple houses at once.  Also, when you go on vacation remind your neighbors that if something happens while you are away to turn off your gas/water/electrical for you.

6. It's also a good idea to turn off your water because whatever is in your water heater is good drinkable water.  It's also good to know how to turn off your electrical, as well.

7. Once earthquake is over and it is safe to go outside, grab your "To Go" Kits. 

II. Training  - Training is also an important part of Stage 1.  You can check to see if your local fire department offers training for emergency preparedness.  This is FREE to the public.  You can also go to and download certificate programs there and learn more information on getting certified.

1. It's important to know that during an emergency, it can take up to about 3-5 days for emergency services to get to you and your loved ones.  So it's best to be prepared and take it into your own hands during this time by following the 4 stages of preparation.  It's suggested to prepare for at least 4-5 weeks worth of supplies.

STAGE 2: CREATING "TO GO" KITS - Estimated cost is $300 and takes about 6 hours

I. Home To-Go Kit:

Pack the following items in a large and sturdy backpack:

  1. Laminated wallet sized card with your typed Emergency Plan. 
  2. Leather  gloves (to get glass out of the way)
  3. Medical latex gloves
  4. Crankable flashlight
  5. Glowsticks
  6. Wrench
  7. WD 40 lube
  8.  Matches
  9.  Shovel
  10. Crowbar
    11. Map of your area (identify parks, fire depts and safe places to go)
    12. Female hygiene
    13. Food (energy bars, dehydrated foods, nuts except for oily nuts like walnuts, chocolate - make sure it's a shelf life of at least 5 years)
    14. Water (change every 6 months)
    15. Pen and paper to leave notes
    16.  Antibacterial
    17. Masks & goggles
    18. Small bills
    19. Carabiner
    20. Whistles
    21. Plastic bags for sanitation
    22. Clothes (for warm weather and cold weather)
    23. Hat
    24. Shoes
    25. First aid kit
    26. Copy of important documents (paper and/or flashdrive)

    NOTE: The top 4 most important items on this list are: water, hat, shoes and first aid kit in case you have to walk far and it is hot).

    II. Work To-Go Kit:

    1. All of the above PLUS the following:
    2. Flash drive with copies of important documents at the office
    3. Need to create a separate wallet card Emergency Plan for your office

    III. Car To-Go Kit:

    1. Everything that is listed in the Home To-Go Kit PLUS the following:
    2. If you have a baby or toddler, an extra baby carrier
    3. A favorite toy that your child won't miss, books, crayons and paper for your child (I thought of this one since it may help to keep your child occupied after an emergency or to have things that help to calm them down, such as a favorite toy or book).
    4. Leash for your pet
    5. Harness for your pet
    6. Formula for your baby
    7. Eco-friendly baby wipes
    8. Eco-friendly diapers
    9. Knife and/or box cutters (My hubby Dalmacio is a firm believer in box cutter/utility knives and loves this brand.)
    10. Binoculars
    11. Water filter on top of Kleen Kanteen bottle water
    12. Toiletries
    13. Rubber tubing/surgical tubing
    14. Mosquito control
    15. Compass
    16. Crank radio or solar radio
    17. Check books
    18. Head lamps
    19. Emergency Response Kit
    20. Dog kit (saddle bag) - you can get one that has everything needed for pets
    21. Booties for your dog - in case they have to walk on glass
    22. Clothes for your pet in case it is cold
    23. "Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants" Book
    24. "US Army Survival Manual"
    25. Lamp light
    26. Batteries (Home Depot has batteries that have a shelf life of 15 years).  It's best to keep in the original packaging, standing upright!
    27. Hydrogen Peroxide
    28. Coffee filters - this is helpful when deciphering and filtering water to make into drinkable water
    29. Thermal blankets
    30. Emergency sleeping bags
    31. Tube tents
NOTE: The above To-Go lists AND the Emergency Plan are examples of what Alegre and her family created for what was important to them (I added a few things that I felt were important to my family). These lists can be modified to fit what you and your family feel is valid and important.

STAGE 3: MAJOR HOME SUPPLIES: Estimated cost is $1000. This is storage for water and food.

  1. Rule for water: 1 gallon per person per day.  For 1 month, you may want to have up to 100 gallons.  You can get ring barrels (55 gallons each).  If it's a plastic container, make sure it is NOT sitting on the concrete because chemicals can leach into the container.  So it's highly suggested to put the ring barrels on top of cardboard.  Since long-term survival is all about water, it's a great idea to have a way to filter the water, as well as have purification tablets on hand.  Boil/filter/purify…whatever you have to do to have fresh water!  You can get these at camping stores.  Here’s a long info page on emergency water storage that is a good resource to review.
  2. Store home supplies in a trash can that has wheels outside so that you can roll offsite.
  3. Examples of food to store: dehydrated foods, nuts (avoid oily nuts like walnuts), beans, rice.
  4. For pets: canned food.  We do our best not to have dry kibble because kibble is not good for our cats to eat but in this case of an emergency, it doesn't hurt to have a bag of grain-free dry kibble, as well.
  5. Tent & sleeping bags
  6. Old cast iron skillets
  7. Stainless steel utensils
  8. Cardboard boxes and aluminum.  You can cook food as a solar cooker this way.
  9. Portable solar panels, such as Silicon Solar
  10. Keep bikes accessible and part of preparedness
STAGE 4: MAJOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS - Estimated cost can vary depending on what improvements you feel you need to do for your home.

  1. Get your windows tempered.
  2. Bolt foundation and visible studs
  3. Secure top heavy furniture (especially if taller than wide)
  4. Secure electronics
  5. Secure water heater (move it outside if you can)
  6. Secure cabinets
  7. Get fire extinguishers
  8. Remove chemicals from the house and make sure to bring to a safe center for disposal!
Phew...You made it to this point!  Congratulations!  I know there's alot of information here to digest but it's soo worth reading through all of it.  And just so you don't get too overwhelmed, you don't have to do all of the 4 stages at once.  Alegre stated that if you at least begin with Stage 1 ("Plan and Train") and Stage 2 ("Create your To Go Kits"), this could take a few years to do.  So do what you can but start NOW!

And just to continue with my tradition of posting references, I wanted to share more information.  Remember how I mentioned in the beginning of this post that my friend Aaron was going to be a guest speaker for the Family Love Village but moved away?  Well good news, a mutual friend of ours sent me a link to a post that Aaron put on his blog.  Not only was there one but there are two posts on his blog, Transitional Forces that I feel are great resources.  So please check out: Shaken Up and Earthquakes and Whistles.

Other great resources are:

  1. True Readiness: A wonderful website that offers emergency kits and other survival needs.  And they are local (Woodland Hills, CA).  And the best part is the customer service is amazing!
  2. Quake Kare: Another website that carries a variety of Emergency Kits that provides some of the items listed in the To-Go kits. The company is a local company too.  They are located in Moopark, CA.
  3. SOS Survival Products - Another emergency store located in Van Nuys, CA.
  4. Gluten Free & Vegan Survival Foods: I did a search and found this company that sells gluten free and vegan survival foods which is important for Andrik and myself since he is allergic to wheat/gluten, dairy, corn, eggs, and cashews.  Although I haven't yet figured out how to get to the actual option to review the foods they sell.  I may have to call them to find out. Actually I would just skip to items 7 & 8 below for sites that are easier to access for their organic and allergy free items.
  5. Earthquake Country: a great reference for earthquakes
  6. Linda Pruett- If you live in the San Fernando Valley, ask to be part of her email list. She sends out important information in regards to emergencies. Her email is
  7. Organic Survivalist Site  - "A Resource Website For Emergency Preparedness & Survivalism From a Holistic Perspective" - the tagline says it all!  Sooo glad I found this site!  :o)  I absolutely LOVE this site!  One of the posts on this site that I'm truly grateful for is: Water Purification & Storage - Healthy Ways to Store Water. 
  8. Also check out this other post from Organic Survivalist Site: Hemp and its EP Benefits
  9. Storable Organics - This site has organic food in bulk, such as quinoa (which is one of the best EP proteins out there for vegans/vegetarians) and organic brown rice.
  10. Allergy Free Foods - this one is really awesome with good prices for 25lb and 50lb bags of bulk foods that also have organic choices!
  11. Essential Living Foods - Amazing site for organic superfoods
  12. If you live in Los Angeles and want very reasonably priced water barrels, call John at 661-505-7032.  I discovered him on Craigslist and he delivered 3 of them to us at $25 each.  I can't recall if they are BPA-free or not so you may want to ask when you talk to him.
Phew...Ok I feel a whole LOT better now that I've shared all of this insightful information that can better prepare all of us!  Sending you and your loved ones much loving energy as you create your emergency preparedness!  And if there is an emergency that we do end up experiencing, may we all feel reassured at least just a little bit, knowing that we are more prepared than we were before!

I would like to end this post with a loving and affirmative prayer towards the souls that are being affected by natural disasters throughout the world.

I set the loving intention that all the souls being affected by natural disasters are healing - whether it's for physical, emotional and/or spiritual healing. Knowing that they are not alone, that there are people here to help them - whether it's actually being physically there to lend a hand or through donations or through prayers - we as loving beings are continuing to keep the vibrations high and envisioning global healing NOW. Knowing that as aware beings, we are setting the intention to continue leading and role modeling conscious and eco-holistic living. By being conscious, by being eco-friendly and by living a more holistic lifestyle, we are setting the pathway for this global healing to continue through us role modeling and creating this healing in our own backyards, our own homes, as well. I am ever-so-grateful for the families that have joined the Family Love Village and for my fellow readers on this blog who are continuing to join us on this conscious journey for it is within this space where change occurs. Just by supporting and having the willingness to actually "be the change we wish to see in the world", we are making a difference...we are a creating the conscious shift on a vibrational level. And I thank each and everyone of you for being on this playing field of conscious BEINGness for yourself, for your families, for Mama Gaia, for the animal kingdom, for ALL living things. And with this deep gratitude, I release this prayer towards all living kind to experience this shift with us. I release it into the winds, into the oceans, into the embers and into the earth - knowing that we are ALL one with each other, one with animals, one with creatures, one with the planet, one with life. And so it is...Aho, Aum and Amen.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mark Your Calendars for Saturday 3/19/11 with Ruth Beaglehole!

Introduction to Nonviolent Parenting: An Empathy-Based Approach to Raising Children.

Every parent and every child has experienced deep feelings of frustration and anger. You are not alone! Raising children can be very challenging!

In this gathering, we will be introduced to a philosophy of parenting based on:

• Exploring ourselves and our children through a lens of empathy and understanding.

• Teaching emotional intelligence by learning a language of feelings and needs.

• Setting respectful, clear boundaries.

• Exploring strategies and tools that will help you successfully create the parenting relationship you want with your child.

• Discussion on two paradigms of parenting (conditional and nonviolent), attachments and brain development

Ruth Beaglehole MA. is the founder and Executive Director of the Echo Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting parents and teachers to break the cycle of early family violence by learning the philosophy of nonviolent parenting. She has spent her life considering the needs of children, seeking support and nurturing for children as full human beings, using the principles of respect, healing and connection. Ruth's professional journey parallels her personal journey and has given her the empathy, courage and dedication that has fueled her groundbreaking work; creating a new paradigm of unconditional parenting that is the soul of The Echo Center.

She has been a preschool/parent educator for over 50 years. She is the author of "Mama, Listen! Raising a Child Without Violence – A Handbook for Teen Parents." She co – authored the Echo Center's Nonviolent Parenting Curriculum, co-author of "School Readiness Learning Module" of the North East Los Angles School Readiness Center and the It Takes a Community Curriculum (ITC) for the Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles. She is an Early Childhood trainer in nonviolent child-raising and ITC for parents and professionals and an active member of the leadership group of Magnolia Place Initiative, supporting the implementation of ITC and Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors.

WHEN: SATURDAY 3/19/2011

WHAT TIME: Presentation from 5pm-7pm and potluck afterwards.

WHERE: The Yogi Tree ~ 4475 Vineland Ave ~ Toluca Lake, CA 91602 ~ 818-760-0112


1. Something yummy to share for our potluck

2. Your own family's dishware & utensils (to continue to stay "green")

3. $$ for childcare services (if you will be needing this service)

**PLEASE NOTE: If you could please RSVP if you will be using the childcare services. It is highly recommended so that the parents can fully focus on the presentation and get the abundant information given to us for free. I would need to know how many children and their ages. If you do decide not to use the service and will be bringing your child and they start to get a little noisy, then we will ask you to please go into the children's room with them. We ask that you do not leave your child there without your supervision, out of respect for the parents that have already paid for this service. Thank you.