Welcome

Welcome to Little Raccoons

We’re two Waldorf-trained mothers committed to raising our kids in wide open spaces.

We meet three mornings a week, in all weather, filling the time with unstructured free play, song and story. We have three children between us, and are inviting four children ages 3 to 6 to join our forest play.

Our calendar runs from mid-September to June. Please get in touch if you’re interested and we’ll send you information on schedules and fees.

If your family doesn’t match the above profile, yet you feel called to this offering, send us a note anyway. We’re a project in the works, hoping to draw families who feel as strongly as we do about nature connection in early childhood. Let’s see how we can meet each other’s needs together.

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I prefer life without walls. When my daughter, Clara, was born, the need to feel connected to the rhythms of the sun and moon grew ever stronger. Alas, I currently live in a house and it has walls. This forest playgroup was hatched as the antidote. No walls, outside, all year. Smile. I’m an elimination communication mentor, a student of non-violent communication, and a children’s yoga teacher. I’m currently pursuing Waldorf early childhood teacher training at Alkion Center. I recently volunteered as an assistant at Hawthorne Valley‘s pilot forest program, and led wilderness connection camps at Flying Deer Nature Center. I’ve led adults in adventures as varied as swamp walking in the Florida Everglades to multi-day bike tours in the French Pyrenees. I’m bi-lingual (English/French) and I’m certified with the Red Cross in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.

–Avery

Before becoming an early childhood educator, I wore many hats – domestic violence counselor, runaway/homeless youth shelter cook, mediator and trainer of mediators, movie projectionist and landscaper. While I felt passionate about each, I most loved working outdoors and during daylight hours. In 2009, I became a biodynamic farmer, and followed that passion for the next eight years while also starting a family. Through the new lens of parenthood, I was drawn to Waldorf pedagogy and Forest Schooling, and began my teacher training in 2016. I’m the mother of two children, 3 1/2 year old Sam and 6 month old Charlie.

–Jen