Weekend Course Outline

Our weekend course is facilitated by Kitty Hagenbach, Yehudi Gordon and Charisse Basquin. Although we start by exploring very early life, this course offers invaluable insights for parenting children of all ages.

Each day starts at 10am, and ends at 5pm. We provide teas, coffee and snacks throughout the day. There’s a break for lunch when most people choose to eat in St John’s Wood. If you would prefer to stay in the hall and relax, we can arrange this.

We welcome babies – in fact they are very much a part of the course – but we do have a restriction to babes in arms.

The cost to attend a course is £165 per person, or £300 per couple.

Cancellations two weeks or more before the commencement of the course receive a full refund less £30 admin charge. Alternatively the booking can be transferred to the next course.

Day One

… focuses on early life experience, the amazing baby, and the science of early development, showing why the first 1500 days are so important (in a child’s life, and were in your life).

9.45       Welcome – refreshments

10.00     Introducing ourselves and hearing from you

10.45     Amazing Baby
The focus is on the science of Babies Know and covers brain development, epigenetics, limbic resonance, implicit and explicit memory, ancestral imprinting, neuroscience of human relationships, our emotional drives and the importance of the first 1500 days on each of us and your baby/child.

11.35 Kangaroo Mother Care
A short video showing the healing power of skin-to-skin contact.

11.45        Break

12.00        Our Earliest Imprints
This is an experiential session offering the opportunity to understand how your own childhood plays out in your life now, and in particular as a parent.

13.00        Lunch

14.15        Coming into Relationship
in this session we outline the Babies Know philosophy and explode outdated myths that have been handed down from generation to generation. And we introduce the Babies Know Mantra – ‘Hear Me, See Me, Hold Me, Nourish Me Protect Me’. You will be guided on an exploration of prenatal life, the influences of family ancestors, and birth. We’ll also look at bonding, the transition into being a parent and how to stay in loving connection with yourself, your partner and your child; and how to resolve some of the challenges that can arise in the early days. We honour the intelligence of the heart, and the wonder of the mother/baby dyad.

15.00        Break

15.30        Influences of our Ancestors
Throughout our lives our ancestors play an important role. We will look at the gifts and the challenges we inherit, and the options we have for changing relationship patterns or family dynamics that frequently repeat themselves.

16.00        Our Emotional Drives
We are born with emotional drives essential for our survival. These drives include fear and rage/anger, as well as play and bonding. We will explore the importance of these drives and the role they have played in your life.

16.55        Completion of the day

17.00        End

Day Two

Today’s programme covers the growing child and practical family life.

09.45        Refreshments

10.00        We meet again
Time to ask questions or clarify any of the issues that have arisen following the first day and process the emotional drives.

11.30 Break

11.15         Loving connection
Using our mantra to guide us we will explore practical ways to develop and maintain loving connection in every-day family situations.

Hear Me – How to really listen to what is said and to what is not said (which is at least as important).
See Me – Can we see our children as they really are or is something in the way?
Hold Me – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and above all safely. Securely holding a child or any age is a wonderful achievement.
Nourish Me – breast or bottle feeding, chicken nuggets or organic veg, we will consider what is the secret ingredient in nourishing a child.
Protect Me – children are unable to protect themselves appropriately and often adopt adapted behaviour to do so, we will cover how to avoid painful or harmful adaptation.

12.30     Nurturing Parents Relationship
In this session we explore the vital role of the parents relationship. Your baby learns more from who you are, how you are with each other and less from what you tell them. Loving relationships thrive on feeling heard, seen and safe.

13.00        Lunch

14.15        A Great Relationship with your Kids
Continuing with our theme on practical family life, this session covers parenting toddlers, importance of boundaries, managing children’s strong emotions, managing your own strong emotions, the role of truth, how to make repair, discipline, electronic media for young children, sibling rivalry, play and the other questions that arise from the floor.

15.30        Break

16.00        Listening to you/closing circle

17.00        End