Healdsburg • Petaluma


Blackberry Cottage

Autumn Phipps
Healdsburg, CA, 95448

Teaching Credential (1998 Canada)
Completed California Coast LifeWays Early Childhood
Certification (2013)
22 years teaching experience
Lic.# 4930085488
Wonder • Play • Create.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the adult world, Blackberry Cottage located just a mile outside of Healdsburg off of Dry Creek Road offers a warm and nurturing space where children can accomplish their most important task: to simply be children. Mornings with Miss Autumn are filled with joyful activities: singing, circle games, stories, Spanish, baking, joyful indoor and outdoor play and exploration, gardening, nature hikes/field days, painting, clay. We enjoy seasonal celebrations with families. Nourishing organic lunch, tea and snack provided.
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Heart and Hands Farm

Julie and Barry Halferty-Yarnall

Preschool: ages 15 months-5 years old
Kindergarten: ages 6 and 7
First Grade: ages 7 and 8
M-TH 8:00-5:30

Julie has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood, Education, has completed her Waldorf teacher training through Rudolf Steiner College in the Grades, Early Childhood, and Handwork.

Julie and Barry are both Lifeways certified.

Heart and Hands Farm is a Private Membership Association located on the west side of Petaluma. We strive to provide the children with as much magic as we can during the day. We have many farm animals and offer a mostly outdoor day, rain or shine!  The children have ample time to play and explore in the midst of a very rhythmical day. The children sing, bake, and play through the day while learning to be the best humans that they can be.

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Open Arms Play Garden

West Petaluma, CA 94952

Both teachers hold a 4 year waldorf teacher certificate from the center for educational renewal at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm in California.
Lic. # 493006986
We cherish early childhood and provide a stress free loving home environment that supports: imaginative play, self-initiated movement and the unfolding of each unique child. We provide home cooked meals, large outdoor space with animals and garden. Open year round we celebrate the seasons in song, movement, craft and stories.

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Azalea Cottage Playgarden

Sherri Crichton
south Sebastopol

Teacher Sherri Crichton holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal/Holistic Counseling Psychology, is Lifeways certified and also completed a Learning in Nature course, through Lifeways. Sherri has worked with children most of her life and has raised two Waldorf schooled boys. She has been sub, an assistant teacher and a lead teacher in several local Lifeways/Waldorf preschools.

License # 493009913

Azalea Cottage Playgarden, located in south Sebastopol, is an outdoor wonderland, filled with animals, both wild and domestic, and as many raspberries as your little one can eat! Our days are filled with story and song, work and play, becoming ourselves, and embracing our friendships, all under the loving guidance of an experienced teacher, who is known for “creating loving, trusting relationships in which children can safely grow and learn.”  Healthy social experiences, problem solving, teamwork, communication, motor skills, coordination, manners and hard work are all taught in a playful, flexible atmosphere, held with rhythm and healthy boundaries. Azalea Cottage is open every weekday, except Wednesdays, from 9-1, and serves children ages 2-5.  Two healthy meals are shared together each day.

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Mothering Arts

Kerry Ingram
Sebastopol, CA 95472

LifeWays early childhood training completed in 2007
Foundation year at Rudolf Steiner college 2008
Waldorf teacher training at Center for Educational Renewal graduated with certificate 2012
Mothering Arts is a group for mothers and babies up to one year.
New groups gather each season and last for ten weeks. During our circle we sing together, play gentle games with baby, learn ways to care for ourselves as new mothers from local wise woman and elders, write in our journals, and enjoy a nourishing snack together. Kerry Ingram is a mother, a trained Waldorf teacher, a LifeWays representative site, and recently completed a postpartum doula training.Back to top

Seedlings Playgarden

Juliana Langley
Sebastopol, CA 95472

B.A. in Psychology
Multiple Subjects California Teaching Credential – 1 year
Early Childhood Education Training – ongoing
LifeWays certified – 1 year course
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach – 1 year course

Lic. # 493006997

We are an all-outdoor preschool program aiming to protect childhood and inspire a love of nature through imaginative play and healthy relationships, while being held by a loving teacher. We are a “home away from home” with a daily and seasonal rhythm focusing on social skills. We serve and learn about healthy whole food, and how it grows and nurtures our bodies. An appreciation of the magical world of nature that surrounds us is nurtured in the children as we spend one morning each week in the wild spaces of a nearby forest, hiking, wandering, climbing trees, and observing local plants and wildlife. Our daily “work” along with singing, painting, and gardening, round out our experiences through a developmental approach. We take fully potty-trained children ages 3-6 years, Monday–Thursday 9-1. Homeschooling kindergarten children are also welcome to come and play with us!

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