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Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care

A three-day Pikler® introductory workshop live and online via Zoom!

Faculty: Elsa Chahin and Anna Ruth Myers 

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 9-hour, online, 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 9- hour workshop will use a variety of experiential activities, video, 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.

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.
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Three Sundays, August 16, 23, 30, 2020
2:00 pm–5:00 pm PDT

$150 (Early bird rate before August 8)
$175 (Regular rate after August 9)





Special Instructions

When registering for more than one individual please provide name and email address of additional registrants in the "NOTE TO SELLER" section on your PayPal purchase.

Once registered, you will receive Zoom link.

Cancellation Policy

Once enrolled, your registration fee will be entitled to a 75% refund if a cancellation occurs before August 16.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Elsa Chahin at info@pikler.org

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Anna Ruth Myers

Anna Ruth Myers is an infant development specialist with over 15 years of experience supporting families and young children.  A Pikler® Pedagogue candidate and RIE® Associate, her work is guided by the profound insights of Emmi Pikler. As a certified doula, childbirth and lactation educator, she has worked with hospitals and birth centers to advocate for respectful infant care from birth. Anna Ruth also holds diplomas in both Montessori and Waldorf education and has completed 2 study groups at Reggio Emilia.

Anna Ruth is the founder of The Nurtured Child, an early parenting program based on the peaceful and respectful approaches to infant care and education developed by Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber. For more information visit thenurturedchild.com.

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Elsa Chahin

Elsa Chahin is an in-demand speaker, writer, teacher, lactation educator, and infant-toddler consultant, and is one of only two Pikler® certified and accredited trainers of the Pikler® Pedagogy in North America. In addition, Chahin has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at over 100 national and international conferences and seminars on the topic of caring for babies with respect. She recently co-authored the book, In Loving Hands: How the Rights for Young Children Living in Children’s Homes Offer Hope and Happiness In Today’s World, with Anna Tardos, Dr. Pikler’s daughter. Chahin, who has been mentored by Ute Strub since 2004 and named as her successor, is a working group leader for World Forum Foundation™, a RIE® Associate, PITC Trainer and a UCLA Certified Lactation Educator. Chahin, a rare leader who not only brings passion and commitment to her work, but also a deep knowledge coupled with both insight and generosity, has practiced yoga, meditation and mindfulness for over 20 years. Above all, she is a joyous mom.