Conscious Parenting Community

We have all heard Oprah tout. “Parenting is the hardest job on earth.” There is no handbook for parenting, yet somehow so many of us hold the belief that we should somehow know how to do this naturally.

We have read the books, watched the Oprah Life Classes with Dr. Shefali and intellectually know the theories for shifting into a different parenting mindset, but now what?  

Now, It’s time to put into practice what we’re all talking about in theory.

If you’ve stumbled onto this page, chances are that you too are on this path and we would like to invite you to participate in the live conscious parenting workshops in 2016 (see details below).  During these gatherings we will put into practice what we have read or heard about in theory. 

This group was created for parents just like you, who are ready to be on this path of Conscious parenting.

If you are…

  • Seeking to go deeper in your family relationships
  • Ready to shift from old patterns to a new empowered parent-child paradigm
  • Excited about embracing true presence in each parenting moment
  • Ready to create more connection with your children
  • Curious about how to apply Conscious Parenting principles into real-life scenarios

Then we invite you to join us…

We invite you to join us in this intimate conscious parenting community.  This unique opportunity is for like-minded parents to come together in person for 4 hours a month and explore the skills and tools needed to integrate Conscious Parenting techniques into their daily lives.

In an intimate private setting, we will lead a group of conscious parents in an exploration on HOW to cultivate deep, long lasting, authentic relationships with our children. We will learn how to take the vision of being a Conscious Parent into real life, moment-to-moment parenting experiences.

Parents will bring their curiosity, frustrations and struggles to the group for the opportunity to examine and explore how to apply Conscious-parenting techniques to each of our unique families.

Our conscious parenting group quickly grew from a room full of strangers to a close community of women, able to fully reveal their true selves, to offer nonjudgmental support for each other, and to dig deep into the sometimes heavy and always sensitive topic of parenting. I know this is due to the expert facilitation provided by Annmarie Chereso and Michelle Thompson, our group leaders.

Michelle and Annmarie are a vibrant and authentic team who complement each other’s personalities and insights and have a seamless working style. Their love and passion for parenting and raising consciousness is evident in everything they do and say, and they never shy away from big issues, but handle them with grace and dedication. Our group always felt safe and contained, even though we might be uncovering uncomfortable truths or working through weighty personal issues. Michelle and Annmarie led the way by modeling candor and their loving and functional friendship was a great example to the group.

Annmarie is passionate and relentless in her pursuit of truth and responsibility and challenges the participants to bring forth their most authentic selves, while Michelle has a knack for exposing the often difficult to pin down root of the issue.

Both women share a wealth of parenting and life experiences that make them empathetic and capable leaders, sensitive to every topic.

“This group was at once a necessary oasis, a personal challenge, and an incredible experience that continues to stretch me personally. I am so grateful to take part. Many thanks!” – Dorothea Duenow

In community we will learn together and play with how to bring it all home.

You will experience …

  • how the power of presence can support you on our journey to conscious parenting
  • how to cultivate a mindfulness practice to support presence
  • how to stay in the here and now
  • how to live off the drama triangle and in connection
  • how to expand out of judgment and into curiosity

We invite you to join us as part of this select group of parents interested in cultivating consciousness in our family lives.  Bring your curiosity, vulnerability, playfulness, vitality and spirit and please join us for the trans-formative parenting paradigm shift as a conscious parenting community.

michelleandgirlswithborderWe believe conscious parents will not only create happier, healthier more enjoyable families, but will change the world in ways we can only begin to imagine by raising conscious children.

We are deeply committed to supporting parents who are on this journey.

We would be honored if you joined us in this comfortable, safe and supportive environment.

Space is limited so please don’t procrastinate signing up for your transformation into conscious parenting.

Because when it’s all said and done, what is more important to all of us than the quality of our relationships with the people we love most?



Reserve Your Spot By September 14, 2015

If you’d like to register or have additional questions, email Annmarie to find out more about this unique opportunity.

We can’t wait to meet you!

xo. Annmarie and Michelle.

Conscious Parenting Group Details

  • We meet in person in downtown Chicago, on Wednesday mornings (once a month).
  • Cost: Please contact us. Make the investment of conscious parenting for yourself and your family by reserving your spot.
  • Space is limited, so if this is of interest to you, we encourage you to reserve your spot right away.

And here’s what a few of our 2014 Conscious Parents said about our inaugural conscious parenting community gathering:

“A beautiful morning of engaged inquiry and the beginning of a powerful endeavor…”  –Chicago parent

“I really enjoyed the community and the enlightened discussion. I’m already noticing positive changes.” –Chicago parent

“I truly enjoyed participating in the group last month.  Thank you for including me.
  There was such a great energy and feeling of support in the group.  I’m really excited about being part of a community that’s dedicated to a more conscious way of parenting and living.” –Chicago parent

The gift of your presence is the most valuable one of all.