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Monday 29 October 2018

You’re never too young to visit Orleans House Gallery!

Baby Mindful is back, in the awe-inspiring beauty of our Octagon Room. Spend quiet, quality time learning mindfulness techniques from a qualified practitioner. Taking inspiration from the visual and emotional impact of the gallery’s artworks and surroundings, sessions will include mindful movement, creative mindfulness sessions and guided meditation practice. Especially tailored to new or expecting parents and their bumps or babies (pre-crawling) this course will enhance bonding between you and your baby, promote calm and offer the opportunity to meet other local parents. ‘I’ve really enjoyed the space to breathe, the calm, the instruction and the setting.’

Babies and their grown-ups are also invited to an interactive sensory yoga session for parents and children aged 1-3 years inspired by Fearne Cotton’s popular book Yoga Babies as part of this year’s popular Richmond Literature Festival. Qualified family yoga teacher Manny Ngo will lead a relaxed yoga session featuring some of the poses from the book, whilst acclaimed children’s illustrator and author Sheena Dempsey will be reading and drawing characters from the book live. After the session copies of Yoga Babies will be available to buy and Sheena will be signing copies for any little yogis.

See-Saw is our weekly drop-in session for under-fives and their carers. These multi-sensory workshops are designed to encourage creativity and curiosity, and develop skills in communication, co-ordination and social interaction. Sessions include music, play materials, soft play, creative activities, stories and rhyme time in a relaxed environment.

‘There’s nothing else locally that’s quite like See-Saw. It’s so lovely spending quality time with my little one in such a lovely space, enjoying making crafts together. She looks forward to coming each week and in such a lovely space, enjoying making crafts together. She looks forward to coming each week and my older son who is  now at school really misses the session and loves coming back in school holidays!’