Our Self Discovery Workshops
Through participation in our Self Discovery Classes, children will gain an understanding of their true selves and develop the tools and courage to express their unique genius on the planet. The following modules make up our Self Discovery Series.
- Brain Based Learning
- Self-Regulating Strategies
- Chakra Study
- Intuitive Processing/Learning
- Biography Study/Application
- Social/Emotional Learning
Brain Based Learning
In this module, the children will learn about the Limbic System, which appears to be primarily responsible for our emotional life and has a lot to do with the formation of memories. Specifically, they will study the amygdala, the prefrontal cortex, the hippocampus, their functions in relation to one another, and how they affect mood, learning, behavior, and attention. They will learn how the amygdala gets “hijacked”, about real versus perceived threats, and gain strategies to become mindful, self-sooth, and practice non-reaction.
By learning to manage stress response, the sympathetic nervous system will be calmer and children will spend less time in fight, flight, or freeze mode, resulting in a decrease in adrenal fatigue and a healthier nervous system overall. In addition they will participate in brain based challenges to support the connection between the right and left hemispheres.
As society evolves, we spend less and less time communing with nature. Native American Cultures recognized the importance of ecological systems and understood the interconnectedness of the natural world. This was evidenced by their relationship with the land. Some people spend very little time in nature, if any at all. This, along with a high use of electronics, overwhelming feelings, and becoming anxious are just a few examples of how a person can become ungrounded, or unable to stay present. Grounding is a technique that helps a person regulate themselves and stay in the present moment.
In this module, we teach children how to use the natural grounding elements of water, earth, fire, wood, and metal to reconnect with nature, and therefore, with themselves. The techniques we share can be used virtually anywhere and anytime to help children recover from stressful situations, reorient to the here and now, and regain mental focus.
Within the body exist a series of minor and major energy centers called chakras. The word chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel” or “disk”. In this module, children learn about each of the seven major chakras, their distinct characteristics and how they relate to the endocrine glands and to a unique aspect of our being. They will learn techniques to balance their chakras so that energy flows in a harmonious way, promoting physical, mental, and emotional health and balance.
This module teaches children about the 7 Intuitive Pathways, how to determine which pathway is their dominant one, and how to access their intuitive gifts through their primary and secondary pathways. In addition, children learn how to understand and regulate the intuitive information they receive so that they can use their intuition to access their unique genius potential and minimize any negative affects from information overload.
The 7 Intuitive Pathways
- Kinesthetic – feeling sense
- Auditory – hearing sense
- Mental – thinking/knowing sense
- Visual – seeing sense
- Spiritual – connection to source
- Taste – tasting sense
- Smell – smelling sense
In this module, children learn about some of the geniuses of our world and how they, at least in part, used their intuitive gifts to make significant contributions to the planet. The biographies of Albert Einstein, Luther Burbank, Michael Jordan, J.K. Rowlings, and Doreen Virtue are studied, to name a few. Through the creation of projects, the children are then guided to examine the possibilities of how they can use their intuitive gifts to make a contribution to society.
Social Emotional Learning
The goal of this module is to teach children communication skills that will encourage them to develop their natural leadership abilities and assist them in enhancing their personal relationships. The lessons are designed to build emotional, social, and communication skills that are critical to leadership of both self and others. Each module begins with activating prior knowledge and building background for the particular skill. The activities then move from developing deeper knowledge of the skill, to role-playing with scenarios, to triad discussion groups of real life situations. Finally, the culminating activity for each module is a “Taking It To The Streets” component where students are asked to apply the skill outside of the classroom and write about their experiences in a Reflection Journal.
Each workshop is 2 ½ hours in length. They all begin with the children choosing a particular quality to ponder, reflect on, and cultivate throughout the class. From these qualities, affirmations are formed for the focus of their yoga practice. Next, the children participate in a yoga set that incorporates energy exercises with a specific focus. Each child also chooses a yoga pose to share with the group. Imagery is incorporated through guided visualizations at the end of each set to encourage positive thoughts and feelings, and to reinforce skills previously taught. Following the yoga set, the content of each workshop is learned. Each workshop incorporates elements of creative expression either through art, music, dance, drama, or games, as well as attention paid to self-care. Finally, to build community, the children voluntarily share their quality and reflection, as well as how they feel they demonstrated the quality throughout their time together at the end of the session.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
– Albert Einstein
Intuition is a natural gift that all people posses. It has not always been recognized, encouraged, or developed in our society. Unfortunately, it has often been placed in the category of strange or otherworldly and explained away by the rational mind. Just like any other muscle, if unused, it will atrophy.At HLS, we’d like to turn the conversation of intuition into everyday household language. After all, many of our proclaimed geniuses’ contributions to the world would not have been possible without the use of their intuitive faculties.
Every person has the ability to gain insight from within. We all have intuitive capabilities. Take for example the experience of knowing instantly whether interaction with a particular person is safe or not. Most people have met someone and had an immediate feeling of wanting to get to know the person better or avoiding them like the plague. Where does this instant knowing come from, and how does one explain it? The answer is intuition.
According to Webster’s Dictionary intuition is:
- direct perception of truth, fact, etc.. independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
- a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
- a keen and quick insight.
- the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.
Our intuitive gifts can help guide us through life through feelings we get, direct knowing, images, sounds, smells, even tastes. In order to develop intuition, all you have to do is connect to yourself and tap into your natural abilities. Developing intuition is like building a muscle. If you want to get bigger biceps, you go to a gym and do curls several times a week. The bigger you want your biceps the more you need to work them. Intuition development is no different. The more you practice, the better you get.