What is a Peer-to-Peer Group?

What is a Mother's Group?

A Peer-to-Peer group is a learning community of a group of professionals (eg. teachers, non-profit directors) that come together to grow and develop professionally. Examples include:

  • Theme based groups ("Mindfulness in the Classroom", "Global Collaboration in Learning", "Differentiation"

  • Text-based groups

  • Student Work Groups where teachers look at student work to identify needs and best practices to work with the student(s)

  • Professional Dilemmas

I work with the group to develop and incorporate peer-based professional development in their organization. Participants learn and practice effective communication and group process skills and use their knowledge and expertise to support their colleagues. Contact me for more information. 

A mom's group is a group of mothers who get together to share and support one another related to issues of relevant to the group. They might discuss dilemmas, concerns, successes, new understandings. They might use a text to guide their discussions. Each group is different in their goals, wants, and needs. My goal is to provide guidance to women interested in organizing and facilitating their own groups. Participants will learn skills practiced by effective facilitators, including positive communication and group processing skills. Participants will learn how to organize, plan, and develop a Mom's group that will provide authentic and practical support to one another for years to come. Contact me for more information.

What is a Sister Circle?

Sister Circles provide a safe and supportive place for women to gather in the spirit of equality, unity and transformation. The sister circle is a nurturing and accepting environment where each person is valued for their unique gifts without judgment. It is a place where women feel safe to share, open to explore, and passionate about making the world a better place. The Circle is aligned with the Global Sisterhood, Synchronized Worldwide Sister Circles group and meets on the New Moon. For information on Sister Circles I'm facilitating, see the schedule, or e-mail me.

What is a dialogue Circle?

A dialogue circle is a group with varied purposes. Each group determines their theme or focus with an intent of coming together to discuss the information in a structured format. I work with participants interested in starting and facilitating their own dialogue circles. Contact me for more information. 

What is Qigong?

Qigong is actually made of of two Chinese Words. Qi (CHEE) refers to the "life force energy" that flows through us and everything in the universe and Gong, pronounced, GUNG, which translates to the skill one develops with consistent practice. Qigong is a system to cultivate our energy for maintaining and increasing our health and vitality. It is an ancient Chinese health-care system that is an integration of breathing techniques, focused intention, and gentle physical postures. and can be practiced by anyone, anywhere.  

I learned about Qigong when researching how I could get back into physical shape after having neck and back surgery. The strength-building and stretching movements have helped me improve my posture and have taught me how to move my body in the ways it was intended. The flowing movements incorporated in the practice have enhanced my meditation practice and helped me to experience more energy and vitality in my life. I teaches both individual and group classes. ​Contact me for more information.

 

The type of Qigong I practice is said to have originated with the Chen family. Later it was modified by the Yang family in the nineteenth century and has been modified and passed down from there. I received her 200 hour certification with Lee Holden of Holden Qigong and is also certified with the National Qigong Association. ​

 

In my group Qigong classes, I guide students through a series of warm-ups and stretching movements and then work into flowing movements that guide the Qi through the body. Each class is followed by a guided or silent meditation.

Barb holds a 200 hour Holden QiGong Instructor Certification and provides individual and group Qigong and Meditation Instruction.  In her Qigong sessions, she includes instruction on breathing techniques and the healing aspects of the QiGong exercises. She guides you in a meditation technique that includes breath work, guided visualizations, and gentle movements. 

Barb holds a 200 hour Holden QiGong Instructor Certification and provides individual and group Qigong and Meditation Instruction.  In her Qigong sessions, she includes instruction on breathing techniques and the healing aspects of the QiGong exercises. She guides you in a meditation technique that includes breath work, guided visualizations, and gentle movements. 

"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind". Khalil Gibran