This donation-based, Mindful Parent series has been created to support, nurture and guide parents on their lifetime, parenting retreat. Each drop-in session includes elements of self-care, mindfulness practices, education, group discussion, and experiential exercises in a community of parents.  This program is suited for beginners and experienced mindfulness practitioners alike and weaves self-compassion, communication skills, emotional regulation and the neurobiology of the developing child into six, accessible and affordable sessions.

Program Goals:

  • Cultivate an embodied understanding of what mindfulness is, and how to apply it to parenting.

  • Learn and practice a variety of mindfulness practices to nurture self-compassion, non-judgmental awareness and the mind-body connection.

  • Learn Mountain Parenting and the ability to respond skillfully and compassionate with your partner and children.

  • Understand the neurobiology of the developing brain – in easy to digest terms – and how to hope your child regulate challenging emotional states with confidence and a grounded presence.

  • Develop authentic, and compassionate communication skills to model and teach respect.

  • Learn ‘No-Drama Discipline’ elements based on the work of Dr. Dan Siegel.

  • Practice self-regulation with challenging emotions through the bottom-up.

  • Challenge irrational thoughts that deny reality and deliver suffer for you and your family

  • Build a supportive community and individual practices as the foundation for Mindful Parenting.




June 10, June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15th, 2016


5:15pm – 6:15pm


Providence Apothecary

713 Cooper Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Phone: 970-260-0868


Donation-based ($10 suggested donation, however, pay what you can!)


For questions or more information, contact Dan Panzarella@ 970-260-0868 or via EMAIL.


Week 1: Foundations of Mindfulness

 a. Practice 1 mundane act (eating, brushing teeth, shower, drinking, etc.) mindfully each day and write a short paragraph about your experience using thoughts, feelings, and sensations.

b. Watch this video and if interested, implement in your day.

c. Prepare for the next class by taking this Self-Compassion Assessment. Bring results to the next class!

 Week 2: Self-Compassion

a. Experiment with practicing a self-compassion guided exercise each day. Take notes on your direct experience (thoughts, feelings, and sensations) after the exercise. Click Here for exercises.

b. Complete the Attachment Style Quiz and bring results to the class.

Week 3: Attachment

a.  Write down a list of ‘expectations’ you have for your child. Please do not censor and be honest.  Examples might be: “I expect my child to make good decisions about the friends they choose,” or “I expect that my child will listen to me,” or I expect that my child understands consequences.

b.  Do a google search for ages and stages of development around cognitive, emotional and physical abilities.  Go through your list above and circle any expectations that you have that are not realistic based on average developmental stage development.

Week 4: Neurobiology & Regulation

Last week, we discussed how any perceived threat (defined as any experience that is a challenge to integrate) triggers either a hyper-arousal (fight or flee) or hypo-arousal (freeze or fall asleep) of the nervous system. We also learned that ALL BEHAVIOR is an attempt to bring the nervous system back into a state of regulation vs. being “good” or bad.” Given such, please reflect and journal on the following:

a. In what ways do you attempt to achieve a state of regulation? (yoga, yelling, drinking, hiking, smoking, eating, sleeping, isolating, connecting, checking out with t.v./social media, etc.) Is your style or strategies/behaviors what you would like your children to see?  Is it the style you want them to adopt?

b. What regulation behaviors were modeled to you as a child from parents or caregivers? What impact did these modeled behaviors have on you as a child and an adult?

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