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Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care Part 2

A three-day Pikler® introductory workshop live and online via Zoom!
Faculty: Elsa Chahin, Prof. Paola Guraieb, Angyal Till, Dr. Katherine Bussey 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. Neurologist, Prof. Paola Guraieb will give insights regarding healthy neurodevelopment, and former caregiver at the Pikler®️ Institute, Mrs. Angyal  Till, will share her experiences, thus deepening our understanding and importance of this pedagogical approach.

Participants will:

  • Explore the Pikler® philosophy through lecture, video, discussion, and planned experiences, as well as how the maturation of the central nervous system influences the complexity of Play.
  • Gain an awareness of children’s immense  capabilities and how Play prepares us for the rest of our lives.
  • Identify and understand the complexity of children’s growth and development.
  • Understand the caregiver’s role in supporting and caring for young children.

Due to copyrighted material this course will not be recorded.

October 2, 9, 16 2021
5-8pm PDT (California)

Registration closed.

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Cancellation Policy

Once enrolled, your registration fee will be entitled to a 75% refund if a cancellation occurs before September 2.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Elsa Chahin at

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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, 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.

Ann Meyers

Anna Ruth Meyers

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


Prof. Paola Guraieb

Dr. Guraieb is a Medical Doctor and a specialist in Internal Medicine, Neurology and Neurophysiology. She has performed external rotations in hospitals around the world, including the Hospital Pitié-Salpêtriere in Paris; Hospital Clínicas José de San Martín in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Hospital Gregorio Marañón in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Guraieb is a fellow at the Neurology Academy of the American Austrian Foundation in Salzburg, Austria. She is a Professor at UNAM (Universidad Autónoma de México) and the Universidad Panamericana, as well as in the postgraduate courses in the area of Psychiatry at Hospital Español with over 500 students per semester. Dr. Guraieb has been a research fellow for the Carlos Slim Foundation for five consecutive years and has participated in the publication of chapters of medical books. She has been a lecturer for the annual meetings of the Mexican Academy of Neurology for five years. Dr. Guraieb is an active member of the Association of Physicians of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition "Salvador Zubirán", of the Mexican Academy of Neurology, and of the ABC Society of Physicians, all in Mexico City. Additionally, Dr. Guraieb is a member of the Scientific Research Committee of Pikler / Lóczy USA  with whom she participates giving workshops and scientific support.


Dr Katherine Bussey

Dr Katherine Bussey, is a passionate infant and toddler specialist originally from New Zealand living in Melbourne, Australia working as a Research Fellow and lecturer. She has spent the last 20 years actively learning about, and developing practice in early childhood education strongly influenced by the Pikler® approach and Magda Gerber’s Educaring Approach (RIE®). She is the chairperson for ITANA and is in the final stages of the process of becoming a Pikler® professional. Katherine mentors and provides professional learning and development for educators, engaging in inspiring critical reflection, learning and growth in infant, toddler and early childhood teams.


Mrs. Angyal Till

Angyal has been a teacher and caregiver for forty two years. Presently she is a preschool teacher and mentor with the Catholic Charities head start organization in Phoenix Arizona. She prepares disadvantaged children for school by maximizing their potential for social and emotional competence resulting in an easier transition to kindergarten. Angyal follows the Reggio Emilia philosophical approach to children aged four and five with education provided through a holistic approach by working with the family.

She worked in the Pikler House “Loczy” between 1978 and 1983 where she provided love, attention and care to promote normal physical and mental development for newborns through six years old.

While working at the Pikler house she graduated in 1982 at the Health Care and Medical Nursing School in Budapest Hungary and became a registered Hungarian General Pediatric nurse and infant caregiver.

Angyal then worked in a daycare in Gyula Hungary until 2003 when she moved to Canada.

While working as a YWCA Daycare supervisor in Regina Saskatchewan Canada from 2005 through 2011 she earned her Early Childhood Bachelor’s Degree from SIAST, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.

Angyal moved to Arizona in 2011 and has completed multiple child development trainings including children with special needs and Reggio Emilia (R.I.S.E.) REGGIO INSPIRED SPACES THAT EMPOWER.

Marcos Jassan

Marcos Jassan

Marcos Jassan is a Master Yoga Teacher who certifies teachers.

He trains students to apply Yoga to the population's needs according to their gifts, purpose, and interests with a holistic perspective that includes transformation, nutrition, and body alignment coaching.

Master Jassan is a global innovator in body alignment, an initiator in Ayurveda, and a coaching mentor, regarding Yoga principles.

He has organized academic trips and retreats for over 20 years and globally represents the benefits of  wellness.

In addition to being an architect, historian, and philosopher, with a long career dedicated to working as an activist in NGOs, regarding the topic of sustainability, Master Jassan is a supporter  of multiple communities.  His leadership style is  based on personal development and social responsibility.

His presence is a testament to his passion for Yoga and transformation.