“It is absolutely essential that before we think, before we so much as begin to set our thinking in motion, we experience the condition of wonder.”
—Rudolf Steiner

** Please note that we have consolidated our campuses. Our sessions will be held at our Hillegass campus.

Parent-Child Classes with Bonnie Romanow

Monday Mothering Circle 1-3pm
8 sessions
April 22 – June 17, 2019
No classes on May 27
Session: $200

Monday Sweet Pea class at 3:30-5pm for the younger toddlers
(age ranges flexible)

8 sessions
April 15 – June 10, 2019
No classes on May 27
Session: $200

(If our classes are marked as ‘FULL’ – you can sign up to be on the waitlist by emailing parent-child@berkeleyrose.org)

FULL – Friday Sweet Pea class from 9:30-11am for the older toddlers
(age ranges flexible)

8 sessions
April 12 – June 14, 2019
No classes May 3 and May 31
Session: $200

(If our classes are marked as ‘FULL’ – you can sign up to be on the waitlist by emailing parent-child@berkeleyrose.org)

For further information please contact: info@berkeleyrose.org.

For committed families for whom our pricing is prohibitive please speak with us about financial options.

Sweet Pea Toddler Classes Description

These classes offer toddlers a nurturing environment in which to play and explore, and parents a place to connect, find a supportive group, discuss and share child development and parenting issues, and learn about Waldorf education.

During each class we will nourish the sensory experiences of the young child and their caregiver through a rhythmic flow of free, unstructured play time for the child, and observation/simple craft activities for the adult. Children will explore in an atmosphere that supports imaginative play, healthy movement, and imitation. Bonnie works with parents to explore themes related to child development and establish healthy family rhythms. Classes include a circle time with nursery or seasonal rhymes, songs, gross and fine motor activities, imaginative play and exploration, quiet observation, and guided discussion.

Mothering Circle Description

A Mothering Circle is a place where mothers, children, and wise women can come together with the intention to embrace sisterhood, support, and self-care. All mothers are welcome, as well as babies one year old and younger.

Over the course of our time together, we will get to know each other and immerse ourselves in topics that are balanced between caring for ourselves, our children, our homes, and our families.

What you can expect from our circle:

  • Time to take care of YOU
  • An opening meditation
  • Personal check-in, shares, and journal writing
  • Receiving wisdom from practitioners on a variety of topics
  • Social time to connect with other mamas
  • The feeling of being nurtured and honored

In addition to Belle and Bonnie, there will be several visiting Wise Women discussing topics such as:

    • Nourishing meals for new mothers and babies – a nutritionist or chef
    • Nurturing your family’s health – an herbalist or naturopath
    • The importance of warmth for our babies – a naturopath, nurse, or child development expert
    • Food preservation as a social art – a farmer, a chef, or anyone who loves to can foods.
    • Celebrating the season – a Waldorf teacher, a community leader
    • Stress relief in nature – a therapist, a gardener, or an outdoor educator
    • Singing through the season – a music teacher or musician
    • Creating an seasonal craft – a handwork enthusiast or teacher
    • Caring for your postpartum body – a midwife, a physical therapist, or a body worker
    • A simple yoga practice – a yoga teacher

Instructor Bonnie Romanow

When working as a preschool director and teacher in Waldorf schools in the Chicago area, Bonnie pioneered the development of parent-child classes for families of very young children. Her passion for supporting families through these classes has led her to continue them over the past 25 years in various settings. Parent education and support has always been at the heart of her work.

Bonnie is a Jane Nelsen-certified parent educator and a certified Waldorf early education teacher. She currently serves as an early childhood mental health consultant in Marin County, supporting parents and professionals in meeting the emotional needs of young children (ages birth-6 years). Her work with parents and their children under three years of age led her to complete the Touchpoints certification and the RIE® Foundations course. She is also a certified Triple P parenting program teacher. Currently she does various workshops in all areas related to the developmental needs and issues that arise for parents of young children including discipline and guidance, building resiliency, play and learning, toileting, mindful parenting and more.  She has done extensive work with both adoptive families and birth parents.  Besides workshops and parent/infant, parent/tot groups, Bonnie does individual parent coaching and consultations.