“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

Parent Child

FULL – Monday Sweet Pea class at 3:30-5pm – for toddlers up to 3 years old

Class: $300
12 sessions: Sep 16th, 23rd, 30th, Oct 14th, 21st, 28th, Nov 4th, 11th, 18th, Dec 2nd, 9th & 16th, 2019. No classes on Oct 7th & Nov 25th.

FULL – Wednesday Sweet Pea class from 3:30-5pm – for toddlers up to 3 years old

Class: $300
12 sessions: Sep 18th, 25th, Oct 2nd, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Nov 6th, 13th, 20th, Dec 4th, 11th & 18th, 2019. No classes on Oct 9th & Nov 27th.

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

For any further information please contact: parent-child@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

Session #1 – Monday class at 12pm-2pm – for any expecting or new mothers, with baby in arms (up to 12 months old)

Class: $150
6 sessions: Sep 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Oct 7th, 21st. No classes on Oct 14th.

Session #2 – Monday class at 12pm-2pm – for any expecting or new mothers, with baby in arms (up to 12 months old)

Class: $150
6 sessions: Oct 28th, Nov 4th, 18th, Dec 2nd, 9th & 16th, 2019. No classes on Nov 11th & Nov 25th.

Mothering Circle Description

Our Mothering Circle is for pregnant mamas and mamas with babies in their first year postpartum. Whether this is your first baby or your sixth, we welcome you to join our circle where we hold space for you and support you in building a community. Mamas, babies, and wise women come together with the intention of embracing a gentle postpartum time. This is a safe circle where nurturing can truly be experienced by each mother and baby; where you can be open and vulnerable to share questions, tears, laughter, and fears. This is a place for learning, inspiration, and appreciation of you. Our emphasis is on building a community. We foster connection, and provide valuable education brought by caring Wise Women with expertise and life experience.


  • Time for yourself, for self-care
  • An opening lap game and a closing lullaby that you will want to sing at home with your baby
  • Tea, water, and an organic snack
  • Wisdom from practitioners on a variety of topics
  • 24/7 access to our private online group
  • Social time to connect with other mamas
  • Time for your questions and concerns


From time to time, we will have a visit from a wise woman; a local practitioner from the community who will share her knowledge, offering a much-needed resource during the postpartum period and beyond, such as:

  • Nourishing meals for new mothers and babies
  • Nurturing the connection between parents and baby (and siblings)
  • Celebrating the seasons
  • Stress relief in nature
  • Navigating your changing relationship to your partner
  • How to create healthy home rhythms
  • Maintain your self care as a mother

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.

Instructor Isabelle Boech

Bio to follow