Open Hearts Nature Connection
For the past 8 years, Maya & Sean have provided open-ended arts & craft playshops for children and adults using natural and recycled materials to inspire a deeper connection to the earth & the artistic process.
Maya is a heart-centered preschool teacher. Her degree is in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Anti-Bias Curriculum. She has been working with and for children for over 8 years. Her work is inspired by her dedication to conscious communication, mindfulness, and presence. She strives to provide a safe space for children to explore and be themselves while nurturing their abilities to be kind and caring. She is rooted in her devotion to our Mother Earth and encourages all to connect deeper to nature. At the core of her practice is respect for children as equal sentient beings.
Sean is an Earth Scientist working to protect native plants, pollinators, and clean water in Santa Cruz. He especially enjoys silently hiking through the redwood forest to communicate with nature spirits, reading landscapes, and untangling interconnected ecologies. Recently, Sean has teamed up with Project Pollinate in Santa Cruz to protect bees and pollinators by planting organic gardens. He also self-publishes a visionary skate zine called Realize Zine that promotes positivity through self-expression. Sean is passionate about connecting people to their local environment and is excited to share his plant wisdom and their healing potential with the next generation.