Parent and Professional Workshops

October 12, 2014 to November 16, 2014
Parent and Professional Workshops
Ann Hollar, M.Ed.
Mindfulness 101 for Teens
Sundays from 4:00-5:15pm  »  CCFW

Registration required. Please register here by Sunday, October 5, 2014. 

Is your teen driven to distraction? Overwhelmed with keeping up socially on-line and off? Stressed about homework? Caught up in negative thinking? In this six week course we will touch on many aspects of mindfulness that will help your teen navigate these exciting and complex high school years. This course is intended for high school aged teenagers (14-19 years old). Class size will range between 10 and 20 students. 

Class Schedule

Week 1 October 12: Brain, Body, Breath - Understanding the basics

Week 2 October 19: Home Sweet Home - Creating a sense of ease within ourselves

Week 3 October 26: Driven to Distraction - Learning how to focus attention

Week 4 November 2: Making Sense of your Senses - Slowing down and noticing

Week 5 November 9: Riding the Storm - Being with, not thrown, by strong emotions

Week 6 November 16: Giving Thanks - The power of gratitude and kindness

Ann Hollar is a mindfulness instructor in Seattle. She has a M. Ed from the University of Washington, focusing her thesis on “Mindfulness in Education:  The Secular Intersection of Buddhism and Neuroscience.” She currently teaches mindfulness to students in both public and private elementary, middle and high schools. She has been trained in both the MindUp and Mindful Schools curricula and has recently completed Mindful Schools Year-Long Instructor Certification Program. Her personal integration of mindfulness is constantly being kept alive via interactions with her three tween and teenaged boys.

January 20, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Parent and Professional Workshops
Erin B. Bernau, MSW, LICSW
Listening Mothers™ 8-Week Series
Tuesday mornings, 10:00-11:30am (no class 2/17)  »  CCFW
Pricing is $150 for the series (scholarships are available)
No pre-requisites, though moms do attend the class with their baby and babies should be under six months of age at the beginning of the class.
Listening Mothers™ 8-Week Series
  • Mindful based skills to help reduce stress and encourage balance
  • An environment to discover your own inner wisdom
  • Skilled professionals & mindfully trained facilitators
  • Parent & child self-awareness with a focus on self-regulation, self-compassion and parent and child emotional development
  • Emphasis on the importance of parent/child attachment
  • Parental confidence and empowerment
  • A community of like-minded parents who aspire to be the best parents they can be and are willing to embark on the parenting journey with an open mind, curiosity and willingness to explore
Program Goals
  • Better child/parent self-awareness
  • Healthier parent/child attachment
  • Parental confidence and empowerment
  • Promotion of thoughtful, respectful, compassionate, and well-adjusted children and adults


Week 1: Introduction to the four corners of the Listening Mothers™ curriculum; self-compassion, self-regulation, secure attachment and mindfulness.

Week 2: Discuss baby's emotional development, understand your child’s unique character, explore the demands of motherhood, learn ways to cope with different temperaments.

Week 3: Discuss the concept of ‘falling in love with baby’. Learn how babies communicate and explore the importance of secure attachment.

Week 4: Discuss role models, previous relationships and family experiences, talk about emotional development and practice skills to self-regulate.

Week 5: Discuss your own family and the influence on your parenting style. We will also explore the concept of love.

Weeks 6: Discuss the impact of baby on your relationship, practice listening and understand the importance of modeling intimacy.

Weeks 7: Evaluate the concept and importance of vulnerability, intimacy and gratitude. Discuss maintaining healthy communication. We will look at how mindful based stress reduction skills help overcome hurdles in relationships.

Week 8: Discuss circle of security, separation and transition as your baby grows.

About the Instructor: 
Erin B. Bernau, MSW, LICSW

I earned my Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and have worked extensively with families over the past fourteen years. I have worked as a Child Placement Specialist at Amara Parenting and Adoption Services, as well as having done extensive work in the field of children's grief and loss through Hospice of Seattle and Evergreen Healthcare's Bereavement Services. After having my own children, I became interested in the adjustment to parenthood and am committed to supporting families as they make this transition. I completed a program in Infant Observation through COR Northwest Family Development Center. I work as a parent educator at Seattle Central College's Parent Child Center and at Lakewood Cooperative Preschool. I am also a parent coach with Grow Parenting. Having participated in Listening Mothers with my own baby, I know firsthand how helpful and illuminating this experience can be for a new mom.