~ Dragonfly Circles ~

aka the The Mindful  Kindful  Peaceful Club

Community YOUth Enrichment Classes

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Dragonfly Circles” is a social-emotional learning program (ages 6-11) offered in various community locations of San Luis Obispo County* integrating evidence-based strategies and practices of mindfulness, movement & yoga, and social emotional learning to develop the life skills for emotional intelligence, or “Sm’Heart skills” — the essential education for responding more skillfully to life in the 21st Century! 

In brief, “Dragonfly Circles” provides a foundation for greater mental strength, resilience, happiness for well-being. We playfully explore our inner world of thoughts, emotions, attitudes, behaviors. We learn and practice the healthy habits to develop kindness, peace, resilience, leadership, and positivity from the inside and out.

*NOW IN 3 LOCATIONS:

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PROGRAM IN YOUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY CONTACT DEE DIGIOIA!

NEW! Tuesdays and Wednesdays

(2 different classes for different energies!)

INFO & SIGN-UPS >>> HERE <<<

 Thursdays!  INFO & SIGN-UPS  >>> HERE <<<

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Watch for our
SUMMER OUTDOOR PROGRAMS
across SLO county!
~ parks ~ beach ~ trails ~
For kids… for families… details TBA!!!
Teen programs, too! See The Mindful Teen Program

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About “DRAGONFLY CIRCLES”

WHOLE HEART-MIND-BODY APPROACH TO LEARNING & FITNESS ~

Join our one-of-a-kind learning enrichment program! Our weekly themes promote social, emotional, and physical fitness and well-being grounded in science and positive psychology to integrate and strengthen our “muscles” for strong HEARTS, strong MINDS, strong BODIES. These themes are introduced and woven each week in any combination of the following: 

Social skills activities * Calming & relaxation practices * Mindful awareness training * Music & movement * Yoga Storytelling Creative/expressive arts (he’arts) * and more!

NEW in 2019 ~ Journaling

Each week we will be journaling at the end of class about something related to the lesson to integrate and process it at a deeper level through writing or drawing.

NEW in 2019 ~ “On Your Own” Practice

Each week we build on the emotional intelligence, or “sm’heart” skills introduced to strengthen the “muscles” of mind/body/heart.  Your child will come home with suggestions and/or practices to focus on during the week that they can tell you about or even do with you! This will help your child to begin to integrate what they are learning with life outside our class walls to enhance learning and skill attainment.  Students become empowered and equipped with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to positively impact all areas of their lives and move through the daily challenges that show up. They begin to trust their very own inner resources or “superpowers” and begin tapping into them as needed at school and home.
From time to time, I will also be sending (via email) audio or video recordings of mindfulness practices (that I have recorded at home) for your child to practice at home. This will only go out to those enrolled in and attending our classes.
“Dragonfly Circles” superpowers theme of “trust” (eyes closed and following the guide with only the tip of a finger). To trust and to be trusted! (Sorry the photo is blurry – but I love the essence of it!)

“{My daughter) has been attending Dee’s Dragonfly class after school for about 6 months and she looks forward to it weekly. I can see her putting the skills she’s learning to work when managing daily life. Just a few weeks ago {my daughter) was upset with me about something. My husband was getting ready to do our nightly reading with her and I was putting our younger daughter to bed. She told him she didn’t like me for whatever reason. My husband proceeded to say to {my daughter), “what would Dee tell you to do in a situation like this?” She then closed her eyes and started the rhythmic breathing they’ve learned in class and continue to practice weekly. Next thing you know she was calm and she was sleeping peacefully before he knew it. I share this because parenting is hard gig and I believe if we can lead our children with a mindful parenting style it can help us and our children with the tools to manage the happenings of daily life. These life skills are so important and if we learn them early in they will do better off in the long run. Coming down the pipeline are middle school, adolescence, high school, academics, sports and navigating friends are just a few. There’s so much research out there that supports this and with the rise in technology and violence we are facing we can’t deny ourselves and our kids to learn to be centered and go inward. I (as many of you probably did) had a tumultuous childhood especially when my parents divorced when I was in middle school coupled with parents who suffer with addiction. I had many years where I was “floating” making some bad choices. It wasn’t until I was finally into college I was really confused and kind of lost that I started incorporating mindfulness in my life. Please consider Dee’s classes! I’ve been trying to get her at our school this entire year!!” ~Karlie Relyea

Dragonfly Circles ~ Arroyo Grande ~ contemplating “what are my superpowers?” I am…

The science and research is confirming

the powerful and transformational benefits of mindfulness, yoga, and social-emotional learning for youth!

Our activities allow for foundational mindfulness development; improve metacognition (awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes); nurture positive habits of mind and positive mind-states (leading to greater happiness); building social skills, communication, and relationship development.

>> Learn more Benefits and Research on Mindfulness  <<

We don’t just grow our minds. We also grow our hearts and our inner “Superpowers” ~ that’s “sm’heart”!!! That leads to greater happiness and well-being as we learn…

stillness * calm & peacefulness * focus balanced emotionslistening * kindness & compassion * positivity * leadership * flexibility * resilience * nonviolenceresponsible decision making * and more!

Although there is flexibility for attending this class, those who will gain the most benefit are those who attend regularly because the magic is in the “seeds” which are planted through our weekly practices.  Research has demonstrated over and over that those who practice these skills will benefit! These are the core competencies of social-emotional intelligence, and the major predictors of overall well-being, success, and happiness in life. 

We create a safe, supportive, and accepting “community” within our classroom to help each student feel confident to try new things, while discovering their gifts, reaching new heights in physical, mental and emotional well-being!

WHO is this class for? ~

Our Dragonfly Circles community classes are currently serving girls and boys, ages 6-11,

in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, and Los Osos.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PROGRAM IN YOUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY CONTACT DEE DIGIOIA!

Dragonfly Circles ~ Arroyo Grande

Mindful Kindful YOUniversity was founded to address the challenges youth face in school and in life, which interfere with learning, relationships, and mental well-being, such as:

  • stress, overwhelm;
  • self-awareness;
  • distraction, impulse control, difficulty focusing;
  • bullying and social issues;
  • difficult emotions — anger, anxiety, depression, etc.

Of course, it’s not just youth with these social-emotional or mental health challenges who can benefit from “Dragonfly Circles”. Our practices and principles can benefit all students because MK YOU equips and teaches students HOW to cultivate the inner resources, or “superpowers” for reducing stress and experiencing more balance, resilience, overall well-being. These positive experiences will transform, not only inner peace and happiness, but also social dynamics at school, at home, and in the community! These are skills for life!  Mindful * Kindful * Peaceful

“Sophie was having a friend over to play yesterday and she told her dad to tell her she ‘had’ to do yoga before they could play video games. She said to act like it was his requirement. So funny. I really do see an improvement in Sophie’s ability to control her reactions and I really appreciate your classes.” ~ Gayleen R.

Dragonfly Circles ~ Arroyo Grande

Private classes/coaching are also offered in my Los Osos home studio.

“Ella speaks of you often and greatly  misses her time with you. Your tenderness and loving understanding made a lasting impact on our hyper-charged girl!” ~ Regina F.

>>> SEE WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT MINDFULNESS! <<<

Order a Mindful Kindful Peaceful T-shirt!

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MORE FROM MINDFUL KINDFUL YOUNIVERSITY:

>>> What is Mindfulness? <<<

>>> Wellbeing & Mindfulness for Youth <<<

>>> Mindfulness Skills for the 21st Century <<<

>>> Research and Benefits <<< 

>>> Resources: Why Mindfulness in Education? <<<

>>> All of our Youth Programs <<<

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“Kids who practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness build skills of attention, self awareness, self management leading to more responsible decision making and prosocial behavior,” says “Yoga 4 Classrooms” founder Lisa Flynn. “It’s no surprise that studies show that these kids are, in general, happier, more resilient children. They have a solid sense of self and are more connected to, and respectful of, others and the world around them. The result? Kinder, more compassionate kids!”**

Mindful * Kindful * Peaceful

Dragonfly Circles at Spyglass Park, Summer 2018

The symbolism of the dragonfly aligns with the intentions of Mindful Kindful YOUniversity. The dragonfly is often associated with transformation, wisdom, adaptability, resilience, and power. The dragonfly begins its life submerged under water as a nymph and endures many obstacles and challenges before emerging as the revered and beautiful dragonfly. As we shed any negative or unskillful patterns of limiting thoughts, behaviors, and habits, then we are growing our “wings” and are empowered to experience a whole new way of living in happiness, health, wisdom, and well-being. This is our true nature. May you be Mindful * Kindful * Peaceful * Skillful!

Dee DiGioia (di JOY uh)

Certified Mindfulness & Well-Being Life Skills Coach, Certified Youth Yoga Instructor – Yoga Calm

>>> Learn more about Dee <<<

Questions? 

Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or inquiries!


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Resources:

*THE FIRST 5 QUESTIONS: DANIEL RECHTSCHAFFEN ~ THE 5 REALMS OF MINDFUL LITERACY (“THE MINDFUL EDUCATOR WORKBOOK”, PP 105-107)

** Science Shows Meditation Benefits Children’s Brains And Behavior