3-day Pikler® Introductory Workshop, October 18-20, 2017, Los Angeles, CA

Photo courtesy David Vigliotti, Little Learners Lodge

Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care

Class Overview
Children move, explore, wonder, play and learn with their whole being, their minds, bodies and hearts. Adults can support this learning with a careful and caring approach that understands and respects the importance of children’s movement, thinking and feeling. This introductory workshop will explore the philosophy of Dr. Emmi Pikler, which advocates a peaceful and respectful approach to caring for babies and toddlers. Research from the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary suggests that young children thrive when they are seen as participants in their own care and initiators of their own explorations and play. We will explore how careful and attentive physical care facilitates a child’s sense of competence. Participants will deepen their knowledge about infant-toddler care and education in order to provide peaceful and respectful care to babies and toddlers. This 3-day workshop will use a variety of experiential activities, as well as discussion and lecture. It is open to everyone who is interested in increasing their knowledge of how to care for infants and toddlers at home or in center care.

Read their biographies the faculty for our three-day Intro to the Pikler® Pedagogy
Elsa Chahin, Beverly Kovach, MN and Susan Patrick PhD.

Participants will:

  • Explore the Pikler® philosophy through lecture, video, discussion, and planned experiences.
  • Identify and understand the complexity of children’s growth and development.
  • Gain an awareness of children’s immense capabilities.
  • Understand the caregiver’s role in supporting and caring for young children through lecture, video, discussion, and planned experiences.

$300 after September 1, 2017 (Does not include food or lodging)
*Open to all, no previous experience required.  

Registration information:

Time and location information:
October 18-20, 2017, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus

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Testimonial from workshop in Tulsa, OK
“When I awoke the Friday morning after the Pikler® 3-day Intro in my home in Little Rock, I was overwhelmed with feedback from the Pikler® training in Tulsa!  When I had arrived at the International Infant and Toddler Conference, I was wanting to learn something about the Pikler® pedagogy. Little did I know that I would have the awesome opportunity to experience it first hand through a scholarship to your training.  Not only did I learn so much through the “exercises;” but also, I had my philosophy about caring for infants and toddlers radically changed!  I had taught about giving respectful and gentle care to infants and toddlers; but through the training and the experience of being the child, I truly learned what the terms “respectful and gentle care” really meant.  Now it is my time to “pay it forward” by sharing in the professional development classes that I teach and by discussing the Pikler® pedagogy when doing technical assistance.

One of the great aspects of the training was personally getting to know each of the trainers. Each of you reached out to make my travel arrangements, my registration, and my learning needs met in a personal way.  It is easy to feel a little nervous when around people who are well versed in the subject matter, but your team made each of us feel “safe” and comfortable so that we were free to learn.  The experience of sharing with people from so many locations, experiences and job descriptions gave such useful insight into how Pikler® can be applied.

Again, let me say how grateful I am to have had such a unique learning experience. I look forward to reading my Pikler® books and following Pikler® USA.”

Becky Henderson
Project Specialist, A-State Childhood Services