Training

Find the training you need to start nurturing children's spiritual development with confidence. Browse our upcoming webinars, or book your team's next PD session with us. 

And take care of your own spiritual growth and wellbeing by booking onto our annual retreat day - this year's theme is 'It Starts With Us.

Webinars and Online Courses

Explore the '3 C's' of spirituality - Connection, Consciousness and Consecration - as they relate to young children's spirituality, in this introductory webinar. 

This popular webinar is aimed at educators who want to explore what spirituality means in the context of Early Years education, and how this vital aspect of children's wellbeing can be supported in the everyday happenings of an early years setting. Open to anyone with an interest in understanding spirituality in the early years. 

When: Tuesday 16th March, 7.30pm

Where: Online Webinar

Fee: $35 per person

New for 2021!

Children's spirituality is what helps them find answers to life's Big 3 Questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? What am I here for? In this series of webinars, you'll discover how gratitude guides children toward the answers to these questions, laying strong foundations for their spiritual wellbeing. Sign up for one or sign up for them all! 

Part 1: I Have Feelings 

Learn how to help children discover who they are as they explore their inner world of emotions, and discover how gratitude develops children's connection to their sense of self.  

Tuesday 30th March, 7.30pm

Cost: $35 pp, or book onto the whole series and save 10%

Part 2: Body Image

The early years are essential to building a positive body image. Explore how to use gratitude as a tool to help children to connect to their bodies with compassion, kindness and curiosity. 

Tuesday 13th April, 7.30pm

Cost: $35 pp, or book onto the whole series and save 10%

Connection to Earth and Others

Learn how gratitude strengthens children's bonds to Earth and to others, and so lays the foundation for kindness and confidence. Explore the connections between gratitude and Te Ao Maori. 

Tuesday 11th May, 7.30pm

Cost: $35 pp, or book onto the whole series and save 10%

Recognising Character Strengths

Learn how to recognise 15 innate character strengths present in young children,  and how you can turn your words of thanks in a powerful tool of affirmation. 

Tuesday 25th May, 7.30pm

Cost: $35 pp, or book onto the whole series and save 10%

Celebrate National Poetry Day (August, date TBC) by joining some of  NZ's best-loved poets to explore how you can use poetry to nurture young children's curiosity, joyfulness and sense of belonging.

In this special online evening event you'll hear from authors of poetry on the significance it holds for them in their spiritual journeys, and readings of their favourite poems to share with young children. You'll come away with a collection of poems to share in your setting, together with activities to deepen children's enjoyment and experience of the poems. 

Bookings not yet open - sign up to the email list to be notified!

Team Training for ECE

What is Spirituality? 

1.5 hour online workshop with your team - explore the essentials of spirituality in the early years.

$150

Growing Gratitude: Getting Started

2 hour on-site workshop to guide your team to support children's spirituality, through introducing gratitude into your setting.

$300 plus travel

Growing Gratitude: Adopting the Approach

Whole-day workshop for teams who want to establish the Growing Gratitude Approach to nurturing every child's spiritual wellbeing.

$750 plus travel

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Find out what teachers are saying about our courses...

My own well-being and mental health has thoroughly improved. I used to have regular 'teacher meltdowns', but since beginning this program I have realised I am much more grateful for the children, educators and families.

Mark Walker

Kim, Otorohanga

The course changed my entire outlook on spirituality for children. Each week this large concept was broken down into an easy to comprehend (and implement) idea. I find that I am able to assist children's learning more with the helpful strategies.

Sophie Russell

Sophie Russell

While there is plenty of new knowledge and ways of thinking to guide kaiako learning, it is taught in an easy, relaxed manner. The content and Sarah's passion will make you realize what spirituality really is, how gratitude relates to it, and so many new ways to respond to children to encourage their abilities.

Samantha, Tauranga

The course helped me to recognise the power of gratitude and how it can impact spirituality positively. It has deepened my knowledge and impacted both my teaching and my personal life.

Anon, Auckland

The practical examples and strategies can be easily used with children and also apply to my personal life too.

If you want to enhance your knowledge of spirituality, and support tamariki in their spiritual development, this is the course for you.

 
 

Retreats

Join experienced retreat facilitators Sarah Cooper and Melissa Delaux on this one-day retreat to invest into your own growth and wellbeing, as we acknowledge that ultimately, we teach who we are.

 

Suitable for all Early Years educators (there is no religious affiliation), we'll be unpacking mindfulness practices and exploring the riches of gratitude, letting it take us on a journey of deepening the way we see and know ourselves, one another, and the places we live and work.

 

You'll return home refreshed, inspired and with new perspectives to enrich your work and home life. 

Take time out to explore where you are at in your own spiritual journey, and delve deep into gratitude practices that can become a lifelong source of inspiration and sustenance, for both your personal and professional life. 

 

1-Day Retreat

Saturday 18th September

9.30am -3.30pm 

The Boatshed, Lake Karapiro, Hamilton

Fee: $145 pp

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Nestled on the banks of Lake Karapiro, you'll enjoy beautifully prepared food and wonderful views - all helping you to unwind. 

Meet the facilitators

Sarah Cooper is the founder of Growing Gratitude, and has 20 years' experience running workshops and retreats. She draws on the wonderful riches of global wisdom traditions to guide you into living a life that is whole, wise and well.  

Melissa Delaux is a Breathworks trained Mindfulness teacher & founder of Creative Health Works. She is passionate about teaching meditation and mindfulness practices which nurture and grow your compassion,  emotional intelligence and resilience.

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