Parent-Child Classes

“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

All classes are held at our Cedar campus in North Berkeley at 2138 Cedar Street.
2018 Spring Session dates are below.  To register for all classes please click HERE. 

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

Parent-Child Classes with Bonnie Romanow

2018 Spring Session:

  • Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am for toddlers 11 months to turning 3 years
    Class dates: 4/11-6/20 (No class 5/2)
    $300/session. Sliding scale available.
  • Thursdays 3:30-5:00
    for children born October 2016 – April 2017
    Class dates: 5/17-6/21
    $180/session. Sliding scale available.
  • Mothering Circle – Thursdays 11am-12:30pm for mothers
    with Isabelle Boesch. Babies a year and under are welcome.
    Class dates: 4/12-6/21 (No class 5/3)
    $300/full session. Sliding scale available.

Register HERE. 

2018 Summer Session:

  • Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am for toddlers 11 months to turning 3 years
    Class dates: 7/11-8/8
    $150/session. Sliding scale available.
  • Thursdays 3:30-5:00
    for children born October 2016 – April 2017
    Class dates: 7/12-8/9
    $150/session. Sliding scale available.
  • Mothering Circle – Thursdays 11am-12:30pm for mothers
    with Isabelle Boesch. Babies a year and under are welcome.
    Class dates: 7/12-8/9

Register HERE. 

Introductory class – $10. For an introductory class, please fill out the registration form for the specific class & type “Introductory class” in the “Notes” field.

Cancellation Policy:  If the teacher cancels a class and cannot offer a make-up class, please contact maya@berkeleyrose.org or call (510)859-7679 ext 107 for a refund.

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 his/her 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 establishing 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 and RIE® certifications. 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 adoptive families and birth parents as well.  Besides workshops and parent/infant, parent/tot groups, Bonnie does individual parent coaching and consultations.

To register for all classes please click HERE.

RIE®️ Parent Infant Guidance™️ Classes

with Christina Vlinder

There’s a new class for newborns on Wednesdays 1:30-3:00!

All of Christina’s classes are full, except the new class for newborns. Please fill out the registration form here to be placed on the waitlist. Due to the nature of parenting young children, there is a good chance that a spot will open up. For more information email maya@berkeleyrose.org or call (510)859-7679 ext. 107.

2018 Spring Session:

$300/session. Sliding scale available.

  • Mondays 10:00-11:30am for children born April 2017 to August 2017. (Waitlist)
    Class dates: 4/2-6/11 (No class 4/30)
  • Mondays 1:30-3:00 for newborns born September 2017 – January 2018.
    (Waitlist)
    Class dates: 4/2-6/11 (No class 4/30)
  • Mondays 3:30-5:00pm for children born February 2016 to July 2016.
    (Waitlist)
    Class dates: 4/2-6/11 (No class 4/30)
  • Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am for children born March 2016 to September 2016.
    (Waitlist)
    Class dates: 4/3-6/12 (No class 5/1)
  • New class for newborns! For children born January 2018 to April 2018.
    Wednesdays 1:30-3:00
    Class dates: 4/4-6/13 (No class 5/2)
    Register here.
  • Fridays 10:00-11:30am for children born September 2016 to March 2017.
    (Waitlist)
    Class dates: 4/5-6/15 (No class 4/27)

Register HERE. 

2018 Summer Session:

$300/session. Sliding scale available.

  • Mondays 10:00-11:30am for children born April 2017 to August 2017. (Waitlist)
    Class dates: 6/18-8/27 (No class 8/13)
  • Mondays 1:30-3:00 for newborns born September 2017 – January 2018.
    (Waitlist)
    Class dates: 6/18-8/27 (No class 8/13)
  • Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am for children born March 2016 to September 2016.
    (Waitlist)
    Class dates: 6/19-8/28 (No class 8/14)
  • New class for newborns! For children born January 2018 to April 2018.
    Wednesdays 1:30-3:00
    Class dates: 6/20-8/29 (No class 8/15)
    Register here.
  • Fridays 10:00-11:30am for children born September 2016 to March 2017.
    (Waitlist)
    Class dates: 6/22-8/31 (No class 8/17)

Register HERE. 

To arrange for a free trial class before enrolling in a full session, please email maya@berkeleyrose.org or call (510)859-7679 ext 107.

Cancellation Policy:  If the teacher cancels a class and cannot offer a make-up class, please contact maya@berkeleyrose.org or call (510)859-7679 ext 107 for a refund.

Learn respectful and mindful parenting guided by Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach (also known as RIE®). This class is a combination of discussion and sensitive observation of your baby at play. The pace is determined by the parent’s interests and the children’s needs as you grow together throughout the first two years of the infant’s life.  For more information about the class, click here.

Topics commonly covered in guidance classes with young babies include:

  • establishing sleep routines
  • gentle holding, diapering, and bathing
  • establishing communication patterns
  • natural progression of motor skills
  • ideal environments for independent play
  • consistent and respectful limits

Our parent-infant classes are designed to support a family from birth to 2 years of age. This class is ongoing until the children approach age 2. The class is divided into seasonal sessions. Many families stay for the entire 2 year span, which allows the children to thrive and form relationships with each other. It is also fine to attend for just one session.

Instructor Christina Vlinder

Christina Vlinder became an RIE® Associate and joined the RIE® Alliance in 2017. She has been studying Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach since 2011, and she has worked as a caregiver for babies and young children since 1999. Christina is a founding member of the Bay Area Infant Toddler Network. She teaches RIE® Parent Infant Guidance™ classes for infants and toddlers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she also offers the Before Baby™ course, consulting, workshops, and nanny training. Christina uses her knowledge of the Educaring® Approach and experience working with children to offer support that nurtures parents and infants alike.

To register for all classes please click HERE.