Welcome to Kidalini!

Parent Orientation and Information

At Kidalini, children have an opportunity to participate in the yoga festival in a kid-friendly way through yoga, play, and connecting with nature. They will be involved in a variety of fun activities so they too have a special festival experience, make new friends and memories. 

Central to the Kidalini experience is building a community of parents who can support each other and each other’s children to ensure everyone has a great festival experience.

We look forward to meeting you and your children very soon!

 

Parents and Friends

 

Dear Parents and Friends,

We’re delighted to welcome you to this year’s Kidalini Children’s Camp. We are committed to making the third Kundalini Yoga Festival Australasia a wonderful experience of community, learning, inspiration and fun for your child. Here’s a few things you need to know.

 

Kidalini Staff

Siri Pritam Kaur, her daughter Lily (Darwin) and Tej Bhagti Kaur (Perth) are this year’s Kidalini organisers. Inspired by their attendance at other Kundalini Yoga Festivals and Kids camps, they have crafted a schedule around the themes of this year’s KYFA program: Commit, Transform and Purify.

Please be aware that all Kidalini staff are volunteers, including Siri Pritam, Lily and Tej Bhagti. Special requests may not be able to be accommodated.

 

Daily Packing List for Children’s Camp

*Please put all items in a backpack with your child’s name clearly labelled on it. We suggest that you pack these things the evening before, as it might be very busy in the morning. All items need to be marked with your child’s name in permanent marker. Children’s camp is not responsible for any lost or broken items. There will be a “Lost and Found” box.

  • Non slip Yoga mat
  • Eating Utensils: Plate or bowl, cup and cutlery (clearly named)
  • Water Bottle (with name clearly marked on it)
  • Change of Clothes for younger ones if necessary and bag for dirty/wet clothes
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen lotion if desired
  • Cool/Wet Weather Gear: Warm sweater / jacket, rain coat, gum boots
  • Special snacks or food (if there is a food allergy or special diet)
  • A small, lightweight carry bag for collecting sticks, pebbles, leaves 

 

Parent Seva

Seva (selfless service) is a circle of Infinite Blessing to which you are intimately connected.

The joy and benefit of Seva is intrinsic to the heart of Kundalini yoga festivals worldwide. Selfless service cultivates the experience of togetherness, of connection, of being uplifted and uplifting others. It is the heart, soul and spirit of the festival. It is your heart, soul and spirit! It’s also a great way to make friends with other yogis and those on the path of conscious parenting. 

If your child is attending Kidalini, you will join the Parent Seva Team, serving the children and each other.  

Through Seva, we recognize our worth as individuals within the whole. That even the smallest cog, has a significant part to play, whether seen or unseen. All You have to do is turn up, be available, BE present. When a child enters your field it comes under your protection. And so, while we engage with the group, we encourage parents to engage with all the children, knowing their own child is equally and unbiasedly cared for.

What Is Required

A 2-3 hour contribution of your presence, on either Saturday, Sunday or Monday during the festival. 

An email will be sent out to each parent/guardian with children enrolled in the Kidalini Program containing information on how to elect your preferred time slot and other relevant information.

Note: Please ensure your attendance at the scheduled time of your Seva. If for some reason you do not attend your Seva time, this can put extra burden on the Kidalini staff and may also affect the experience of the children. 

Special Talents or Skills?

Are you an Artist? Musician? Storyteller? Hiker? If so, please let us know. We will try to ensure your talents are applied to relevant activities as this is a great way to share your talents with the children. 

For example, we are looking for someone who would be interested in reading a night time story to students after dinner (outside the hours of Kidalini). Is that you?

We also may need someone to take older children (teenagers) on a special hike just for them. 

If so, please let us know! 

 

Daily Schedule

The typical daily schedule for Saturday and Sunday Kidalini is as follows but may change slightly. Sunday evening there will be a children’s parade where children will be asked to convene prior to the evening program. More details will be provided to you closer to the event. Monday has the same start time but will end early in preparation for the final festival closing activities.

 

9-9.15am            Kidalini Children’s Check in

9.15-9.30am        All Parents Seva Meeting

9.30-9.45am       All Camp Meditation (Parents will be doing this with their children in Kidalini)

9.45-10.15am      Morning kids yoga/meditation (Parents are invited but it is optional)

10.15-10.45am    Snack time 

10.45-11.45am    Kids program of activities

11.45-12pm        Parents pick up children for lunch 

1.15-1.30pm       All Camp Tunnel of Love

1.30pm              Kidalini Afternoon Program

3.30-3.45pm     Parents pick up children 

 

Punctuality

We graciously request that drop off and pick-up of your child/children be punctual. This ensures the smooth running of the program, that sevadars get their breaks and children have adequate break time with their parents.

 

 

Food and Drink

  • Healthy snacks for morning and afternoon tea will be provided for children during Kidalini hours. 
  • *Please let us know if your child has any special dietary requirements, allergies or food intolerance*
  • All main meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be eaten langar style as a whole community.
  • Pack a labeled water bottle for your child each day.
  • Please try to send your children to children’s camp with a full or semi-full stomach i.e. they shouldn’t be hungry/ starving when they arrive.

Clothing

As children will be involved in yoga, some walking and art activities, they will get messy. As mentioned previously, please ensure the children are in play clothes and that you pack a change of clothes each day.

 

Health

If your child is sick and contagious, please do not bring them to children’s camp. We are not equipped to manage sick children. Any violation of this policy will be taken very seriously.

 

We look forward to meeting you!

Love and Blessings,

Tej Bhagti, Siri Pritam, Lily and the Kundalini Yoga Festival Australasia team

 

Tej Bhagti

Siri Pritam & Lily