Delicious book! ‘Awakening Joy- for kids’ by Michele Lilyanna and James Baraz

I reconnected with a sweet friend/soul-sister/colleague last Friday, sharing sacred hours at my kitchen table.

When I lived on the Sunshine Coast 1996-2003, I was lucky enough to befriend and work with Michele Lilyanna.  (Happy 20th anniversary, Michele!)

Incredibly, both my kids were lucky to have her as a teacher, and her friendship got me through some of the most difficult times of my life.  Michele and I connected through our mutual love of the creative process.  We both push the envelope, think outside the box and know that it is better to ask for forgiveness than beg for permission when it comes to teaching art and encouraging creative expression.  When I look back on our times back in Roberts Creek, I am astounded by our output and workshops.  (I am so looking forward to the collaborations that lie ahead!)

Michele is a master at empowering children through mindfulness, joyful exercises, meditation, being present, creating and AWAKENING!  And Michele is sharing her wisdom with the world!!!  Her mission is simply JOY.  And this includes incredible projects such as her new book!!!  


About the book:

Awakening Joy for Kids

This unique offering nourishes both adults and kids.

James Baraz shares the practices for adults—parents, caregivers, and teachers.  Michele Lilyanna offers her own experiences as a parent and as a teacher, showing how the themes work with kids, followed by the tried and true lessons that she’s used herself in the classroom and at home.

Packed with practices and activities that James and Michele have gathered over their many years of working with thousands of adults and children in retreats, workshops, and the classroom, Awakening Joy for Kids is imbued with compassion and delight. [source]

This is a magical book. These practices really make joy and wisdom grow. – Jack Kornfield

Awakening Joy for Kids by James Baraz and Michele Lilyanna is rich with simple, powerful, practical things that children and adults can do to grow real and lasting resilience, compassion, and joy inside themselves. It’s a beautiful book that goes straight to the heart. – Rick Hanson

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I can’t wait to “ruin” this book!  Devour it, drop it accidentally in the tub as I reach for a notepad to write down page numbers to remember, write in it, utilize it, implement it.  

A peek inside:

And I can’t forget to introduce Teddy- Michele’s AMAZING pup:

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My daughter Anna with Michele’s Teddy- who awakens joy everywhere he goes!

Check out Michele’s daily tips on Twitter and Instagram (@micheleliliyanna)!  E.g. today’s:


And her videos:

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