Stanley Kids Camp
Focus and fun is the premise behind our children’s day camp, facilitated by qualified staff from Enshin Karate and Kindness Yoga!
Every day includes a wide variety of activities that focus on mindfulness, discipline, embodiment, and play. Your child will explore martial arts, yoga practice, West African drumming, breakdancing, parkour, meditation, and even chess! Our campers have so much fun and leave with tremendous knowledge, focus, and a toolbox of awareness and stress-management skills.
To create a day most conducive to your child's learning level, we are breaking kids up into two age groups: 6-9 years old and 10-14 years old. Your kiddo's day might look something like this:
9am: Yoga with Kindness
10am: Snacktime & games
10:30am: Guest instructor (African drumming or breakdancing)
12:30pm: Karate with Enshin
This program is overseen and directed by 4-time martial arts world champion Mike Ninomiya and his lovely wife Diana Ninomiya. Both Mike and Diana have taught kids' yoga, drumming, and martial arts classes alongside Kindness Yoga owner Patrick Harrington for years. They have been certified to teach at Denver Public Schools in the Radiant Beginnings and Enshin Karate enrichment programs.
Reserve your spot - we'll fill up fast!
Details and Logistics
Location: Kindness Yoga Stanley Marketplace
Address: 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora CO, 80010
Dates: June 5 to July 28
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm
Lead Trainers: Brittany Kassel, Diana Ninomiya, Jessica Herring, Jordan Smiley, Mary France, Meg Ridgway, Megan Gallus-Grimm, Mike Ninomiya
Emphasis: Focus, fun, play, mindfulness, and embodiment!
Investment: Full week-long session - $350
Daytime drop-ins are available for $75, and a 20% discount applies when you add a sibling. Early drop-off options are available! You can pay $50 for two-hour early drop-off and $25 for one-hour drop off.
About Your Instructors
Brittany Kassel, RYT 200
No matter a student's age, Britt teaches yoga with an emphasis on joy and mindfulness to cultivate a clear and inspired experience. With a background as a middle school math teacher, Britt was inspired by the resilient and honest attitude kids so often carry with them. She has found her yoga mat is a great place to consider and begin to understand the lessons that life hands us and she loves to share these ideas with her students. Britt believes in practice, meditation, singing, and community helps each of us to clarify what matters most so that in every moment we can choose our way of being rather than reacting to our ever changing environment.
Britt began practicing in 2009. She completed her first training in May 2014 studying with Beth Sanchez, Jeremy Wolf, Saraphena Mesmer, and Cheryl Deer; the second in January 2016, alongside Buffy Barfoot. Her love of working with kids inspired her to complete Radiant Beginnings' Children's Yoga Teacher Training in October 2014.
Diana Ninomiya brings the amazing balance of compassion and discipline to the practice of Enshin Karate. This comes from many years of training in martial arts where she has taught people of all ages awareness in mind-body focus. Throughout her career, she has volunteered and taught many non-profit organizations self defense and empowerment for numerous underserved populations in the Denver metro area. In this realm she has demonstrated a unique gift as an empath and a healer: knowing intuitively the best way to let the imbalance dissolve itself through the practice. Diana is a 2nd degree black belt and the 2016 World Sabaki Challenge runner-up.
Jessica Herring, RYT 500
Jessica Herring is originally from Denver, Colorado. She is a graduate of the Denver School of the Arts, where she was a Dance major. She went on to study Dance and Psychology at Skidmore College and earned a Masters in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside. In 2015 Jessica completed her 500-hour yoga certification through Kindness Yoga. She has had the privilege to teach both dance and yoga to a variety of people of different ages. She is happy to be a part of the Kindness and Enshin Summer Camp.
Yogic philosophy and meditation found Jordan when he was 13, and he undertook a devoted asana practice a decade later. Embodied meditation has been an integral part of his life and exploration since. He has studied and practiced a spectrum of yogic styles and movement practices, including Anusara, Astanga, Yin, spontaneous dance, hip-hop and break dance, running, and capoeira. Jordan offers yoga as moving meditation. His sequences are challenging, poetic, insightful an dplayful. Jordan sees yoga as a joyful medicine, and a miraculous way of life, and he is blessed to study and share it with you.
Mary France, RYT 200
Mary is a RYT-200 and Certified Children's Yoga Instructor, teaching yoga to children and adolescents ages 3-14. She began working with children in her teens, first volunteering to read with disabled children and then tutoring under-privileged youth. As part of a college internship program, Mary worked at a Child Advocacy Center as a Case Support Advocate for over a year. Within that year she co-led an art therapy enrichment program at an elementary school. Mary spent a year traveling New Zealand, where she found her way to a farm-stay and was a camp counselor for children who attended schools in the surrounding area. This was her first exposure to teaching yoga to pre-teens, and when she returned to Colorado, Mary began teaching yoga for a middle school enrichment program. This has been so enjoyable and rewarding that Mary decided to become certified to teach yoga to children as well! She leads a fun and engaging class with an emphasis on the breath. She truly believes that the greatest gift you can give a child is the knowledge of how to connect to his or her breath.
Meg Ridgway, RYT 200
Meg believes in the power of yoga as a self-nurturing and confidence building tool for beings of all ages. Every child deserves to feel at home in their uniqueness and empowered in managing their emotions in an increasingly stressful, fast-paced society. Meg discovered the deep healing and stress-management tools of a personal yoga practice through her own struggle with anxiety and depression as a teen, which lasted into adulthood. Yoga literally saved her life! It softened the fear of facing life's challenges, empowered her to heal old wounds, and gave her the courage to live in her truth. Now, she feels so blessed to be able to share the gift of mindfulness with her community here in Denver!
After completing multiple 200-hour trainings in Vinyasa yoga, Meg received her certification to teach children's yoga through Denver's own Radiant Beginnings Yoga in 2015. She now teaches youth yoga and stress-management through in-school enrichment programs, after-school programs and workshops as well as working one-on-one with children with specific needs. Her mission is to empower children of all ages to awaken their confidence and build the courage to live mindfully so they may unleash their creative potential and thrive as their most authentic selves.
Megan Gallus-Grimm, RYT 200
Megan is a Colorado native who enjoys adventures and exploring in nature. Growing up in a small farming community, she found a love for animals and plants at a young age, and is always sharing her knowledge with others. Her creativity comes from her fine arts degree and especially loves teaching to future generations. As a kids' yoga instructor, the focus is on body awareness and breathing exercises. She incorporates memory games and themed yoga poses to create a safe place for exploration and imagination.
Mitsuyuki “Mike” Ninomiya has made mind-body discipline his life for over 30 years… having taught martial arts and meditation internationally to people ages two to ninety-four years old! A retired four-time world champion, Mike was drawn to the therapeutic aspects of yoga. ”As a teacher my aim is to establish a strong connection in heart so that our inner light is spread radiantly.” His classes can be described as vibrant, uplifting and in the moment. Mike is also involved in West African drum/dance and the national chess circuit. He also enjoys surfing and creating art.