Coyote is a teacher of hidden wisdom with a sense of humor, so the message of the coyote spirit animal may paradoxically appear in the form of a joke or trickery. The Spirit of the Coyote may remind you to not take things too seriously and bring more balance between wisdom and playfulness.
Upcycled Art Projects for the Kids!
In the coyote tent, we'll be making up-cycled shopping bags out of t-shirts! Time to ditch plastic bags in the stores and bring your own, one-of-a-kind cloth bag. No sewing required. We will also have several typewriters out for you to explore and create poetry or prose. Poet Alison Moncreif Bromage will be on hand to give support and prompts for inspiration.
Faciliators: Becca Mitchell, Soule Golden, Alison Moncreif Bromage
Becca Mitchell is an art museum educator, most recently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, who has spent over a decade engaging visitors of all ages with art. She is now home with her two young girls, and they create a lot of art together.
Alison Moncrief Bromage is a poet and essayist living in Stony Creek. Her book of poems, Daughter, Daedalus won the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2016. She is a writing tutor at Yale's Ezra Stiles College, a keeper of bees, canner of vegetables, and mother of two young individuals.
Soule Golden is a costume designer who has worked for the Joffrey Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, Yale Repertory Theater, off-broadway & regionally. As an artisan she often works with screen prints, natural & synthetic dyes, and various craft & upcycled textile media. She also paints & draws at her home in Branford, often in collaboration with her young daughter.
Homage to Nature: Art making for Adults
with Briah Luckey
Join Briah and her crew of women arts leaders for leaf rubbing, stamping, and painting to create a forest installation. Connect with your inner child through the shapes and textures of nature and the joy of mark making with color! Be part of this play to tap into the possibilities of the divine!
Briah Luckey was featured in the 2001 issue of Connecticut Magazine as one of 30 influential people under 40 because of her vision to use art to create community connection. She has exhibited her own art locally in Connecticut, in New York City, and in Washington, DC, with a feature in the Connecticut section of The New York Times.
Through art making, I experience the direct benefit of communing with nature, of the biophilic relationship. It is a healing practice through which I connect with myself and the natural world. As an art therapist, I blend my visual artist skills with my art therapy training to facilitate creative self-expression for women to help them thrive.
Worldwide Animal Exploration! Family Yoga and Mindfulness
with Kate Cygler
Join us for an imaginary expedition around the world as we search for animal friends who can help us learn about the power of the present moment. During this 45 minute class, children and caregivers will increase their awareness of the connection between mind, body, and breath, as we practice relaxation breathing, animal-inspired yoga postures, and a brief guided meditation.
The class will be facilitated by Peaceful Pause LLC co-owner, Kate Cygler. Kate is a licensed clinical social worker, RYT-200 trained in Vinyasa yoga, as well as a ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Children Instructor. Peaceful Pause LLC is committed to creating kinder, more peaceful communities by inspiring individuals to develop mindfulness-based practices.
(a kids offering at the Hippnotic Hoopla Tent)
Kids Hula Hooping
Kids Hula Hoop Star Class (All ages)
We will explore the world of hooping through play and movement. Learn how to hoop, play interactive games, and have fun! Hooping fosters creativity, improve balance, social skills, motor skills, and coordination.
Kids Yoga Adventure
with Kara Seneco and Allie Santoro
Join Kara & Allie as they take you on a yoga adventure through their children’s book “Love Tribe Vibes"! Together we will move through kid friendly poses and breathing exercises while going on a journey where anything is possible when guided with an open heart. Children will develop their own understanding of what it means to live life with an open heart and how to spread Love Tribe Vibes in their own special way.
All participants will receive a Free Love Tribe bracelet!
Anyone who wishes to purchase the "Love Tribe Vibes" book will receive a personalized signed copy that day.
An optional Mindfulness Scavenger hunt will be provided for kids to complete with their loved ones while exploring the OHYA festival grounds~there’s so much to see, feel & hear!
“Now put on your Love Tribe bracelet and be on your way...Love Tribe Warrior saves the day"!
Kara Seneco Perno, Founder of Inner Peace Creations, LLC
with Lani Rosen-Gallagher of Full of Joy Yoga
All ages are welcome to participate in the Full of Joy Yoga Family Yoga class. Join Lani as we do fun partner poses, creative breathing exercises and simple relaxation techniques that parents, caregivers and children can use to create the roots for a lifelong practice together.
Music & Mandalas
with Ann West
‘Mandala Cello Woman’ Ann West, a professional cellist and Jungian life coach who integrates her love of music and psycho-spirituality through Healing Arts Therapy, will give a brief introduction to the Mandala (“sacred circle”) used in traditional Asian meditation, and as a therapeutic tool to help people recover from loss or PTSD.
Drawing a Mandala provides a pictogram of one’s present physical and emotional state, and helps all people who want to sooth the soul and deepen self-awareness. Participants will be guided to draw their own mandalas with materials provided, accompanied by live cello music. The session will end with a circle sharing of new mandalas and voluntary comments from participants.