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Mother Daughter
Wellness Day & Pool Party

 Take a day away from the everyday routine by sharing a lasting memory together for mothers and their daughters (age 8-13) in a gathering outdoors that includes a cacao ceremony, women's circle,

bonding activities, catered lunch and pool party.

The experience is designed to:

The Location

Set in an beautiful private outdoor oasis with a pool, outdoor seating, fountains and a

private park in the hills between Corralitos and Mount Madonna.

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The activities in this workshop are specifically designed for 9-13 year olds (and their mothers) to support social-emotional learning, mental health and wellness.

Mature 8 year olds and young 14 year olds are also welcome. 

Agenda

• Opening circle
• Cacao Ceremony and Sacred Cycle discussion
• Catered lunch
• Group Activity 1 (Power Pieces)

• Group Activity 2 (Explore and Express)

Pool Party​

• Closing Circle

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Power Pieces
(Group Activity)

The Power Pieces deck was developed by Danielle Bardellini (facilitator) and child psychologist, Monique Hill. It is designed for children and teens 9 - 18 years old to develop emotional awareness, regulate their emotions, create mindfulness practices, and learn skills to manage distress.  In this workshop, we will be learning how to navigate this deck in a group activity.

Explore and Express
(Group Activity)

Danielle has developed a series of programs and products in collaboration with mental health professionals and drama/art therapists. The activities stem from traditional theater games that develop confidence, communication and community. In addition, they are layered with elements that explore inner emotional landscapes and offer an avenue to express outwardly.

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Cacao Ceremony

There will be an offering of pure, ceremonial grade cacao to drink. This ceremony will include discussion around the knowledge/background of Cacao, how its made and its health benefits . We will also discuss the connection to the women's sacred menstrual cycle and how this can be used as medicine. This will be a time for girls to connect to their cycles in a social setting. This is a moment to gather in a modern-day re-envisioning of the "red tent or moon lodge" so that girls may find a ceremonial honoring of this rite of passage, learn from women and support one another.

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Health Benefits of Cacao for Adolescents

Cacao is most beneficial in its raw, unprocessed form. Processed chocolate products, which often contain additives and go through heavy heating, may not provide the same health advantages. For this ceremony, we will be using a ceremonial grade cacao which means it is pure, raw and unprocessed.

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Nutrient Dense

Cacao is rich in essential nutrients like magnesium, iron, fiber, and vitamins B6 and E, which are important for the growth and development of adolescents.

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Brain Health

The flavonoids and other compounds found in cacao may support cognitive function, memory, and focus, which can be particularly beneficial for girls in their teenage years as they navigate academic challenges and cognitive development.

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Menstrual Support

Cacao is a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that plays a crucial role in muscle relaxation and can help alleviate menstrual cramps, which are often caused by uterine contractions. Iron is important for maintaining healthy blood levels, and menstruating individuals may experience iron loss during their periods. Consuming iron-rich foods like cacao can help replenish iron stores and prevent iron deficiency anemia

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Mood Enhancement & Stabilization

Adolescence is often a time of emotional ups and downs, and the compounds in cacao, such as phenylethylamine (PEA) and anandamide, help promote feelings of happiness and well-being by stimulating the release of endorphins. Cacao can help regulate serotonin levels, which may contribute to mood stabilization.

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Facilitated by Danielle Bardellini

Danielle created mother-daughter experiences because she believes the children of today will lead us to a world with greater harmony, wisdom and joy. To support this new world, we must bring back the wisdom of women by gathering together through all life stages and ages. We're seeing an abundance of women's circles and it is now time our daughters are included so that we may all grow together.

​Danielle has over 15 years of experience in the education industry. She is a leader in the social-emotional learning field as a facilitator and developer of programs in schools. She incorporates the arts (music, dance, theater) as a tool for self-expression, emotional resiliency and community. 

She was a Learning Designer at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, where she worked on projects funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA. She collaborated with the University of Penn, and Cal Poly conducting research on cognitive and behavioral research in young children’s learning.

​She was the Program Director at STEMful, a science-technology-engineering-mathematics education organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area. She developed and implemented company vision, and oversaw the delivery of all programs.
 

She is greatly influenced by her ancient island heritage and indigenous traditions. She was a collaborator of The East Gate, a program to initiate your new beginning influenced by the traditions of the Native American medicine wheel. She is in community to build an Ancient Future where we reconnect to the land and people while staying present in the forward-thinking world of innovation.

 

Danielle is driven by her mission: Composing Learning Experiences to Advance Human Potential. She is proud to deliver this program as a part of this mission.

Amy R.

" Danielle’s mother /daughter experience was excellent. The cacao ceremony was exciting and interesting and helped my daughter feel she was part of something magical. 

My daughter (age 10) said she really appreciated how Danielle made a safe environment for her to express herself. 
It was a real treat spending the afternoon with my daughter playing, learning, expressing, talking, connecting and most of all given a safe space to bond with my daughter. "

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