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Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care Part 3

Faculty: Agnes Szanto-Feder, Phd. and Elsa Chahin


Inspired by Dr. Emmi Pikler’s groundbreaking Pedagogical Approach, we invite you to a 4-day (three-hours per day) course with Dr. Agnes Szanto-Feder. She was not only a true Pikler baby but also had an ongoing relationship with Dr. Pikler. She will be sharing the importance of freedom of movement, observation, and providing a safe space that advocates autonomy for an infant through her years of experience and devotion to the Piklerian philosophy.

Dr. Szanto-Feder found that the balance of the infant in their self-initiated gross motor development and balance in their nurturing and caring relationship with their caregivers are key ways in which the infant can reach their true potential and autonomy.

In this course, we will have the opportunity to learn from the expertise and wisdom of our Pikler® Experts, Dr. Agnes Szanto-Feder, and President of Pikler/Lóczy USA, Elsa Chahin. They will be showing how you can best implement a space where you can respectfully promote the gross motor development of infants and young children. Internationally Accredited by the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service.

Course Overview:

Day 1 – Characteristics of Psychomotor Development in Infancy

Day 2 – The Well-Being of Infants in their community: Expertise and Attitude of the Caregiver

Day 3 – Observation as a Working Tool

Day 4 – Autonomy and Competence

In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn:

  • How to protect the child’s health and ensure a healthy development.
  • The importance of a safe and caring relationship between the child and their caregiver.
  • How freedom of movement plays a role in a child’s physical and mental development.
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If you have previously taken ‘Part 3’ and would like to re-take the course for certification please contact The registration fee is only $50.

Pikler® Intro courses are an introduction and do not count toward Pikler® Professional Certification

We are happy to announce that this course will be translated from Hungarian to English by Alex Kajtar.
Due to copyrighted material, this course will not be recorded.

Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023
8:00 am – 11:00 am California time

(please notice daylight savings time and check your Time Zone for accuracy)

$325 Early Bird (When paid before September 15)
$375 Regular Price (When paid after September 16)

Register more than one participant

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Once registered, you will receive Zoom link.

Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation occurs between August 31 to September 30, you will receive 50% refund. If your cancellation occurs before August 30, you will be entitled to a 75% refund.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Elsa Chahin at

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Agnes Szanto-Feder, PhD.

Agnes Szanto-Feder, Phd. Agi, as she is lovingly called, had very early contact with Dr. Emmi Pikler, since Dr. Pikler was her pediatrician when she was born. Her relationship with Dr. Pikler continued throughout her life, with even Dr. Pikler guiding Agi in her career path and being a mother figure to her. Agi has authored several books translated to six languages. Her book: “Moving with pleasure from the beginning”, is available in English – you can purchase it directly from Amazon. She has been living in France since 1956 where she received a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Psychology in the research of the psychomotor development of young children. She has been working since 1973; first as a psychologist in a nursery, later as a Professor of Early Childhood at Universities in France, Belgium, Italy, Argentina. Keynote speaker at International Conferences (U.S.A., South America, and Europe). She is a founding member and Vice-President of the Pikler-Lóczy Association of France and of the International Pikler (Lóczy) Association. She has authored several books translated into different languages. She has two daughters.

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Elsa Chahin

Elsa Chahin, Volunteer President and CEO of Pikler USA, 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 200 national and international conferences and seminars on the topic of caring for babies with respect. Chain 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 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.

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Alex Kajtar

I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, but I have always felt that I don't belong. Although I do have some typical traits in the country, like that famous Hungarian gloom, nor in my closer, personal environment. Some say Hungarians are so different, they may be from Mars, but if that's the case, I may be from a completely different galaxy. Hence I've grown up to be a true globetrotter, searching for my place in this world. However, traveling the four corners of this earth, I had to realize I have recently been living the life I have always dreamed of: exploring new territories, learning about new cultures, meeting new people, but always returning to the source, always richer with some unique experience. After all, isn't that what makes life worth living? To grow as a person, get a step closer to self-realization, gain more insight, and gather more knowledge. I don't think one's job and degrees generally define someone as a person, although they are a significant part of everyone's life. I feel blessed because being an interpreter has given me great opportunities and taught me a lot. And so has the Pikler® community, with whom I have been on this journey for 18 years now.