Mindful Littles and Teens Help Las Trampas Students with Art Projects

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Cheryl Havitatos of Orinda’s Mindful Littles and a Carondolet High School student work on a craft project with an adult student at Las Trampas.

    Orinda’s Mindful Littles are busier than ever as the holidays approach. On Oct. 10, several adults from the group, including founder and Executive Director Tanuka Gordon, hosted girls from the wellness program at Concord’s Carondolet High School at a special arts and crafts event at Las Trampas School. The Lafayette school has been providing services to people with developmental disabilities and their families since 1958.
    The day started with a combined yoga/mindfulness practice before breaking into various small groups to make the arts and crafts. The beaded bracelets, lavender sachets and painted pots, will be sold at the First Annual Peace and Kindness Carnival on Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Orinda Community Park, 28 Orinda Way. The carnival will include games and crafts, a live band, food trucks, a bouncy house and a chance to meet local veterans. Proceeds will benefit Mindful Littles activities.
    Begun in 2016 by Gordon, Mindful Littles empowers children and families to engage in mindful compassionate action through service learning experiences, creative yoga, mindfulness programs and parenting resources.
    The Mindful Littles also have a Halloween Celebration planned for the students at Las Trampas on Oct. 28. Buddy Pairs from Best Buddies International, an organization that creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will also join in the fun, which will include wearing favorite Halloween costumes, games, art projects and refreshments.
    For more information on Orinda’s Mindful Littles and its activities, go to www.mindfullittles.org.

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