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Are you ready to find parenting less burdensome - even from the start - maybe try to avoid overdoing and exhausting yourself, making it easier? Research shows what providers do day-to-day has vital influences on early infant brain development. 

Magda Gerber's Educaring® Approach is a preventive means to help parents to become confident in their supportive role towards this great self-discovery - "I CAN be good enough!"

Liz Memel's RIE Certified experiential learning program, which has been happening for many decades since she studied with Gerber, offers groups of 6 families for children from birth to over age two, with groupings based on developmental level. 
Groups are ongoing and remain together in continuous eight-week sessions until the youngest turns two. 
Online Groups meet for one hour weekly. In Person Groups meet weekly for 90 minutes in Liz's beautiful Ojai studio.
Come visit without your child at no cost to see if this approach interests you and your family. 

Sliding scale fees are offered to assure inclusion for everyone's desire for early relational wellness through connectedness. RIE offers possibilities, not dogma. Adults must give back to themselves if they are going to help create change through awareness. We have to be more inclusive - our world requires our transformation. Redefine yourself, reach out to incorporate the other and grow our humanity. Magda Gerber knew our society could eliminate some of the anxiety and anger when "parents learn to live and let live with their infants and later with their older children..." "Seeing infants with new eyes", they will "appreciate the difference if they observe the way infants develop when they are allowed to move at their own time and in their own way."
Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect, online store 


RIE® Wanderland

 Liz's unique outdoor program of observation and demonstration is offered to families one at a time with children ages birth to eight years. Come with your young ones to this safe environment for a play feast of free will/free range while partnering for reflective observing and learning time with the caring facilitation of the RIE Mentor. RIE® Wanderland, a newer program from Authentic Babies, offers time and space outdoors, alongside Liz, being present for honoring humans relating in a freeing, safe natural environment, exploring anything, including themselves! 
"What parents teach is themselves, as models of what is human - by their moods, their reactions, their facial expressions and actions."
     --- M. Gerber
If you want to improve, the best thing is to become more conscious of the choices you make, to be more present. Are you willing to do that? Here's a baby who became more willing, as a mother of two writes of appreciation for growing minds and active mutuality: "Thank you Liz for sharing your space and baby wisdom with us today. I had a very enjoyable bedtime routine with M (10 months) tonight. He liked it and for the first time in a while, he calmly helped me get his arms in the pajamas rather than crying. I also gave him plenty of time to do his peekaboo game with the bath towel and I think he appreciated that so was more willing to cooperate with me afterwards. I'll try to remember to keep slowing down and to make space for his participation." 7/23

 Online RIE®

 Parent  Guidance  classes meet
  weekly for one  hour in groups  based

 on stage of  development

Choose to enroll for 8 sessions after a free trial class. The program is for families with children from birth to age two. Consistency and continuity of care are two main tenets of RIE.
Enrollment limited to 8-10 families. 

Come and learn in this family support group offering a humanistic, transformative approach to becoming the parent you can be for your unique young human - a caring adult who will gain confidence in yourself and trust in your baby's unique abilities to show you the way to nurture and respect them as a competent human being. From birth. to encourage babies and toddlers to become authentic, attentive, active explorers, learning how to learn.

"Our son was 2 months and we were looking for our tribe. I’m incredibly grateful for Liz Memel and all others who have helped make RIE accessible during this time. Our meetings each week have been an anchor for our family. Every week I feel like I begin a new process of undoing or unlearning in order to be with our child in a sense of wonder. I’m reminded every week to wait, then wait some more- to allow the natural unfolding of my son. And my gosh is it beautiful. I’m continually impressed and in awe of his innate abilities and competencies.  The virtual aspect of RIE has been fitting for my own learning style, being able to ask questions, receive feedback, and to hear how others may be similarly struggling with their child. Liz’s videos have also been helpful in giving a visual aid to what to look at when observing our son. Overall we are just so grateful that RIE is virtual and we are able to get support during this time."

3 Saturdays: for optimal                     curriculum  planning
        8:30 - 11:00am Pacific


Discover in this family-to-be support group about a humanistic, transformative approach to becoming the parent you can be for your newborn - a caring adult who will gain confidence in yourself and trust in your baby's unique abilities to show you the way to nurture and respect them as a competent human being. You may see babies as you never before have done!

“Thank you for giving [us] the opportunity to discover my baby at such a young age. I have started to enjoy how he can spend a lot of time playing on his own! It sounds simple, but it is tempting to think you have to spend every second entertaining, being at the baby. I always remember what you said in the Before Baby Course, if you allow them, the baby will ask for you 24/7.” Eloisa Maturén and Gustavo Dudamel 

RIE Nurturing Nanny™ Course - Online
3 Saturdays 10am-2pm
Pacific Time

June 8, 15 and 22, 2024

Please submit enrollment form using 
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Join me online for the opportunity to become certified as a RIE® Nurturing Nanny. The 12 hour course will comprehensively bring you the chance to truly become aware of how to build stable, secure, healthy relationships with infants and toddlers and their families. The Educaring® Approach fosters their natural abilities from the start, providing mutual learning between themselves and their caregivers that results in development of self-confident, resourceful, authentic children.

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