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Creating an Atmosphere of Joy

Instructional Certification Program
(30 hours per each 5-day intensive; four intensives required for full certification; total of 120 classroom hours)
With Ute Strub and Elsa Chahin

Ways of Being™ (week two, for those who have already attended)
Will be offered in both Spanish and English!
In collaboration with Pikler USA

June 22-26, 2020

Serra Retreat, Malibu, California,

5-day retreat – Discover new ways of being with yourself and with children through mindful and playful experiments guided by Ute Strub and Elsa Chahin.

  • This week counts toward Ways of Being® four-week Certification. This is considered "week two” for those of you that have attended previous training in August, 2019 and in Berlin.
  • After each week of training you will receive a certificate for the week attended.
  • After completion of four weeks, participants will receive a Senior Parenting Educator certificate.
Microsoft Word - updated Certificate China with Ute and Elsa.doc
Microsoft Word - updated Certificate China with Ute and Elsa.doc

About the seminar:
What if we practiced being consciously aware and experienced life as children do? What if these experiences made us understand children more deeply, ourselves more deeply, and led to a more thoughtful and harmonious existence?

Join is in a very unique and exclusive opportunity to study with renowned physiotherapist Ute Strub, who, beginning in 1979, worked closely with Dr. Emmi Pikler. Strub leads Pikler® and Hengstenberg® trainings internationally and has studied movement for decades. Her work over the years has impacted generations of babies, children, and adults. At this week-long retreat, you will experience Ms. Strub's and Ms. Chahin’s simple yet profound experiments, which will help you connect with the child within you. Our event takes place at the peaceful and serene Serra Retreat, one of the most beautiful retreat centers in Southern California. Two attendance options are available: stay overnight (three meals included) or drive in daily and join us for the activities and have lunch with the group. This seminar is open to anyone who wants to experience joyful play and grounding mindfulness. Spots are extremely limited! Register today to take advantage of this rare opportunity to awaken playfulness inside you and reconnect with your body and your mind under the guidance of our esteemed experts.

After completion of this seminar, participants need to submit written report of their experience by July 17, 2020 


Creating an Atmosphere of Joy - June 22-26

Single Room

$1,900 Four nights and meals (two meals on Monday and Friday, three meals Tuesday-Thursday).

Double/shared room

$1,350 per person- Four nights and meals (two meals on Monday and Friday, three meals Tuesday-Thursday). Please indicate roommate name when registering.

Commuter day-rate

$1,000 Includes lunch every day.
Cancellation policy: Once enrolled, your registration fee will be forfeited if a cancellation occurs thirty days prior to the start of the event (May 22). If a cancellation occurs between April 21-May21, you will receive 50% refund. If your cancellation occurs before April 20, you will be entitled to a 75% refund. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Elsa Chahin at
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