Neurodiversity and Nature Parent Workshop (Part 1)
Learn and connect via peer support with our parent training series - facilitated by Interim Clinical Team Lead Magnolia Westerschulte.
Our parent trainings pair mindful peer support, focused solution based learning, and engaging conversation with our team of instructors. This series is meant to lift up and care for parents holistically with tangible support in mind. Join us for the entire series or as fits your needs as our clinicians, educators, and special guests share their knowledge and experiences in a safe and caring environment.
Join us in our Parent Workshop to learn Fiddleheads activities that can help your family stay connected to nature and practice mindfulness tools. This will be a supportive place to share strategies that help your family stay grounded and to share what you could use help with. Bring your questions about the Fiddleheads program.
Magnolia Westerschulte is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with an MA in Somatic Psychology from CIIS. She supports the Fiddleheads Program as Interim Clinical Team Lead, bringing extensive experience working with youth and families in nature. Magnolia brings her passion for eco-therapy, mindfulness, and body awareness to collaborate with you to get curious about your life, and help you make lasting positive changes. She enjoys working with youth ages 9+ around topics of anxiety, depression, chronic illness, divorce and separation, neurodiversity, and navigating big feelings.
#SuicideSoWhite: Suicide in BIPOC Communities
Join us for an evening of readings, special-clip viewings of The S Word, and discussion on mental health and healing from trauma in BIPOC communities with author and mental health advocate Kelechi Ubozoh. Kelechi’s impactful work in creating new paradigms for radical healing and giving voice to those who have navigated harmful psychiatric care in her book with L. D. Green, We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices From Radical Mental Health (North Atlantic Books, 2019) will be explored in virtual discussion in this second installment of the Planting Seeds Series in partnership with North Atlantic Books.
In conversation with H. Ameeta Singh, LMFT, Quality Assurance Director at Seeds of Awareness, this evening will cover a range of topics addressing healing from trauma, navigating racism in the psychiatric environment, peer support and mutual aid, and reframing suicidal ideation.
This is a community support event and tickets for BIPOC attendees are available on a sliding scale or free. While all are welcome, the evening’s topics can be activating and may not be suitable for children.
Fiddleheads Virtual Pip-Pop Series Sense Box 2: Hearing
April 6th, 2021, 4-5 PM PT
Register by 03/30 in order to receive your sense box in time for this session!
60 minutes, endless fun. Join Catherine Bae and J. K. Fowler as they lead you and your kiddos through a sense-based play session exploring hearing through the use of innovative tools and toys. Through sound-making play, we will learn to produce sounds, to listen deeply, and to discover a hearing landscape together.
Fiddleheads Virtual Pip-Pop Series Sense Box 1: Touch
March 2nd, 2021, 4-5 PM PT
Register by 02/23 in order to receive your sense box in time for this session!
60 minutes, endless fun! Join experienced Fiddleheads counselor, Sam Cramer, and come experience the sense of touch through interactive play of magical tactile items. We will embark on a narrated adventure, learning the importance sense of touch has and exploring its deeper meaning to ourselves and with those around us. We will be accompanied by a beanie buddy and discover treasure along the journey, all included in the Sense Box
How will the world embrace our children once we are gone: A Fiddleheads Fundraiser
As we navigate through the unknowns of these turbulent times, we invite you to join us for an evening of reflection, connection, and the deep wisdom featuring award winning author and clinical psychologist Bayo Akomolafe. In his latest book, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home, Bayo explores so many of the challenges that we face as caregivers and as human beings, while bringing us into deep reflection around our own searches for connection and meaning.
The event will be emceed by our very own Director of Partnerships, Renata Moreira. All funds donated at this event will directly benefit the important work of the Fiddleheads Program, which serves as a bridge for neurodiverse children to nature, allowing for deep connection, healing and growth in a world that is so easy for them to feel lost and isolated within. The event is donation based and directly benefits mental health services for children and families. Open to all.
You will not want to miss this opportunity to draw closer to the mysteries of the natural world, our own hearts, families, and communities through this special conversation.
Bayo Akomolafe has worked as a professor, clinical psychologist and now as a writer and Chief Curator for The Emergence Network. You can read more about his work, books, and life, at North Atlantic Books. After registration you will receive a discount code to purchase Bayo Akomolafe's book, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity's Search for Home from North Atlantic Books.
Thank you for making Growing Our Future - A Community Fundraiser - a success!
Join us for the Seeds of Awareness 2nd Annual Fundraising Hoedown!
When: Saturday, June 8th @ 5pm
Where: Terra Firma Farm in Petaluma
Who: You! And other members of our community who believe in empowering communities through mindfulness
Why: To invest in & grow a better future for our children & our communities
Seeds hosted its first fundraiser at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma attended by 150 guests.
Seeds raised a total of $90,000 in revenue, a great success! These critical funds help support the Seeds’ offering of school counseling, community counseling, as well as outdoor nature-based programs to children and families who need us most.
Oakland non-profit youth jazz ensemble Oaktown Jazz Workshops entertained the crowd as Seeds counselors took guests through a variety of activities. Nine year old Seeds recipient Deiva Numair gave a heart melting performance on the Ukelele leading up to a moving presentation and ask by Seeds founder and Executive Director Douglas Lerch. Seeds' Director of Mindful Education Lauren Brown closed with a thought provoking song.
Sonoma County funk band Marshall House Project closed out the nights festivities with music and dancing under the stars.
Seeds gives thanks for the generous support of their partners: Lagunitas Brewing Company, Revive Kombucha, Montperi Catering, Preston Farm and Winery, along with its fiscal sponsors San Francisco Foundation and The Guardsmen.
Seeds will continue to accept donations to support our scholarships for the counseling services they provide to schools effected by the Santa Rosa fires.