Breathing Space Family Yoga Summer Camp

Why Yoga Camp?

Breathing Space summer camp provides children with a fun, creative, educational, and enriching experience through yoga movement classes, mindfulness activities, relaxation, games, crafts, field trips and outdoor time.

Each week-long camp is sure to create lasting memories, new friendships, and a foundation for health and well-being!

Yoga and mindfulness can help children build self-regulatory skills, resilience, social awareness, and confidence, as well as gross-motor skills, strength, and fitness. Through yoga, children learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way while having fun.

Breathing Space Kids Yoga Camp takes the lessons we learn in our yoga and mindfulness practice and expand on them to a full week of activities.  Of course we do lots of yoga and yoga games, but that’s not all.

  • We’ll do arts and crafts or themed activities every day.
  • We hope to resume field trips during Summer 2022, pending public health guidance/regulations. We typically do at least one theme-based outing every week.
  • Studio-based camps will have out-of-studio actvities most days from 9am-lunch.
  • Unless weather is terrible, we’ll walk to a nearby playground for lunch and outdoor time daily.
  • We will have some form of quiet relaxation time every day for both nappers and non-nappers.
  • We work a lot of free-play time into our camp between organized activities as well.

 

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Summer 2023 Camps: Registration Opens January 24

Pre-registration for returning campers is open. *Returning campers participated Summer 2021-2022 or School Year ’21-22 or ’22-23 camps; must be on email list to get preregistration code. Reach out if you missed it.

General summer camp registration will open at midnight on the 24th.

Camp Location & Hours

2023 Summer Yoga Camp will be held at

St Marks Church (301 A Street SE)
OR
Breathing Space Studio (641 Penn Ave SE, lower level)

  • 8:45 am-3:15 pm – Yoga Camp
    Camp may be structured in one of the following ways, see specific week titles for details:
    Yoga Camp for rising K-4th @ St Marks or Breathing Space Studio
    Yoga Camp for rising PK-3rd, broken into two sub groups: 1st-3rd, PK-K. @ St Marks
    Yoga Trapeze for rising 3rd-7th @ Breathing Space Studio

  • Campers not enrolled in aftercare should be picked up between 3 and 3:15 pm. Thanks.

  • 3:15 pm-5:30 pm - Aftercare
    When camp is held at both locations, studio campers will walk to St Marks for aftercare between 3:15-3:30 pm.
    We are excited to announce that
    Labyrinth Games & Puzzles will be partnering with us again to offer Games Club after camp this summer. 

Please review our refund policy prior to registering your campers.  It has been expanded to cover instances of COVID exposure.

*updated Jan 24, 2023

Tuition & Deposits

Tuition is $450 per week plus a $20 per student registration fee to cover camp t-shirts and other supplies. Registration fee waived for earlybird registrations, by Feb 10.

The first $100 of tuition is a non-refundable deposit (read more in FAQs and pricing policies).

Extended day $150 per week -  Campers are welcome to join extended day from 3:15-5:30 pm. We offer a snack (air popped popcorn) before games club and campers are welcome to eat anything left from their packed lunch at that time if they like.

Please register early for aftercare. An aftercare discount of $25 per child will automatically apply at checkout when you register before Memorial Day.

Group Sizes and Ages

Our camps are intimate compared to many. Studio-based camps are capped at 14 campers and most St Marks Church camp classes are capped at groups of 16-24 (at larger than 18 campers, we run most activities in smaller sub-groups). Camps maintain an approximately 6:1 camper:staff ratio. Our campers and counselors get to know each other and make lasting friendships.

All weeks of Yoga Camp are open to K-3rd.  Please note camper grade ranges. All summer camp grade ranges refer to Fall 2023 grades.

Yoga Trapeze Camp for 3rd-7th Gr
Trapeze Yoga camps are for grades 3 and up. Not all rising 3rd graders are ready for trapeze camp, which requires body awareness and verbal direction following as well as self-control for safety. If you have any concerns about your child's readiness for trapeze, please reach out.

Rising PK4
We have two weeks of camp - Aug 7 and 14 - open to rising PK4, who are 4 years old by Sept 30 and meet our camp readiness requirements.  With pre-approval, we also allow a very limited number of rising PK4 younger siblings who have experience with Breathing Space classes to attend weeks open to K-4th graders. See FAQs for our age policies, including younger sibling enrollment. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate rising PK3 students. 

Waitlists

Waitlist registration opens automatically when camp fills and may not be reflected in the table above. Please DO NOT enroll in aftercare if you do not have a confirmed spot in that week.

Counselors in Training: 5th-8th Gr 

Rising 5th-8th graders are invited to apply to be a counselor in training. CITs are campers enrolled at half price who participate in all activities and help counselors prepare activities and help manage younger campers. Learn more.

 

Common Questions

A common hesitation to signing up for a weekly class is that parents aren’t sure it will be the right fit for their child. We get that. It can be hard to even imagine a toddler or preschooler yoga class if you’ve never attended one

That’s why we offer a No Risk Refund Policy – Register and come to the first class. If you notify us in writing within 24 hours of class that you will not be able to continue the session, you will pay only for the class you attended plus a $5 admin fee. 

Withdrawals requested using the form below will be processed and refunded as follows:

  • More Than 7 Days Before Series Start: Refund issued in full minus the $5 processing fee. Fee waived when applying balance to another registration.
  • More Than 48 Hours Before Series Start: Refund issued in at the No Risk Refund Policy rate or 80% minus $5 processing fee, whichever is greater.
  • Up to 24 hours after the 3rd* class in a series: Refunds will be prorated for the classes that have passed in the session, not the ones you have actually attended, and issued minus a $5 processing fee. Fee waived when applying the balance to a future registration.

    *Or halfway point for classes that are shorter than 6 weeks. For a 4 or 5 week series, that means week 2. For a 3 week series, that’s week 1. 

  • No refunds issued more than 24 hours after the 3rd class meeting or the halfway point class in a series, whichever is shorter. Please note, the reason we require notification within 24 hours of your final class is to make it more likely that we fill that seat with another student before the next class meeting. 

Refunds requested using the form below will be issued based on the following policies:

Single Date Non-Camp Workshops

Workshops are classes that meet only once, including pop-up classes, which are individual date classes of a type that normally meet for multiple weeks, eg. Baby Yoga & Play, Family Yoga, etc.

    • More Than 7 Days Before Session/Event:  Refund or credit issued in full minus a $5 or 4% processing fee (whichever is larger).
    • More Than 48 Hours Before Session/Event: Refund issued in at 80% or minus minimum $5 processing fee.
    • No refunds within 48 hours of an event. For recurring workshops such as Intro to Yoga Trapeze, registration may be rescheduled to a future date one time if you notify us before (or during) your scheduled class.

Because your reservation represents a space in class or camp that was held for you and not available for purchase by other students, there are no refunds issued after the dates listed above. Under extraordinary circumstances, we will suspend registration to be used in a later session.

Drop-in Registration is Non-Refundable

A drop-in is a single date registration for a multi-week class (available only for adult classes).

    • Each drop-in reservations may be rescheduled once at no charge as long as you notify us before or even during class: Simply let us know by email which class you will miss and include the name and email you used when registering along with your preferred make-up date. No reschedules after the fact.
    • Prenatal drop-ins that are no longer relevant can be transferred to credit for future reservations: If you unexpectedly gave birth before using a drop-in, we will transfer the credit to a general account credit that can be used for baby, children’s or other adult programming.

If we cancel a class or a workshop, we will issue refunds or credits depending on student preference.

Please reach out with any questions.

Yes, one adult can bring more than one child to class. (See below for special nanny share policies)

Note: Discounts codes do not combine. The registration system automatically applies the largest possible discount.  Staff are unable to retroactively add discounts.

 

Baby Yoga & Play

Yes, you can bring twins. Because so much of this class hands on we charge the same for two babies as one baby if there’s only one caregiver attending. No need to register both babies, simply put them both in your account profile, sign one up, and join us.  If you are bringing two adults, you must register both children. Sibling discounts will apply.

Nanny shares are treated like twins for pricing purposes, but registration is different (see below).

Tot Yoga

Yes, twins, siblings. and nanny-shares are welcome, however all children between crawling-24 months must be registered and all children present must have accounts in the system.

Sibling discounts automatically apply during checkout. See below for nanny-share registration and discount.

No need to register non-mobile infants – whether younger siblings or share partners. They are welcome to tag along with parent/caregiver, just note them on the registration form (and have their parents create an account for them if they are not attending with a paying sibling).

Little Family Yoga or Toddler Family Yoga

Again, twins, younger siblings, and nanny-shares are welcome. This is the age range we most often see younger siblings. All children older than 1 year must register for class.

Sibling discounts automatically apply during checkout. See below for nanny-share registration and discount.

No need to register non-mobile infants – whether younger siblings or share partners. They are welcome to tag along with parent/caregiver, just note them on the registration form (and have their parents create an account for them if they are not attending with a paying sibling).

Family Yoga

Siblings up to one year younger or older than the target age range are welcome to register for Family Yoga classes. For example, 3-year-olds are welcome in classes with the stated range of 4-8 yrs. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of class for your child, please contact us. Sibling discounts are automatic.

Please contact us with any additional questions or to discuss situations that don’t fit the above scenarios.

Nanny Share Registration

All children must be added to their own parent’s account in our registration system to attend class. Please do not add an unrelated nanny-share child to your profile. Their parents must set up an account and accept our terms & conditions.

If a nanny-share misses a class, the whole share is welcome to make up class on an alternate day or parents of the enrolled students my bring the child to do a makeup on the weekend, with or without their share partner.

Class specific policies:

  • Tot, Toddler or Little Family Yoga – Families registering as part of a nanny share (one caregiver bringing multiple unrelated children) are are eligible for a 20% discount with the code NANNYSHARE20. Discounts must be taken during registration and cannot be applied retroactively.
  • Baby Yoga & Play – Because so much of this class hands on we charge the same for two babies as one baby if there’s only one caregiver attending. However both families in a Nanny Share registration must create accounts and be reachable in case of emergency, so both families can use the discount code NANNYSHARE50 to take half off registration.

Each family in a nanny share should sign up with the discount code and note their share partner during registration.

Breathing Space does not allow single class drop-ins for children’s or family classes. Why?

Semester Commitment is Best for Both Students and the Program

We’ve written before about the benefits of committing to a weekly yoga class. Children, even more than adults, benefit from the consistency and progressive teaching enabled by full registration.

We understand that may be different from what you are used to with yoga classes. Kids yoga operates in an unusual context. While adult yoga classes are very often drop-in based, you cannot just occasionally show up to any other kind of teacher-directed children’s class. There’s no drop-in ballet, gymnastics, music, art, karate, etc. All of these programs require registration in a series of classes or monthly membership. This creates a stable class and allows lessons to build upon on each other.

Session Commitment Encourages Consistent Attendance

As a parent, there are tons of demands on my time and regularly attending a class requires commitment. Paying ahead of time gives me that sense of obligation to actually go every week. This is true for me with my own classes and it’s doubly true for me to motivate my child out of the house, even for activities she (or we both) adore.

Session Commitment Enhances the Student Experience

As a children’s instructor, I find:

  1. Drop-in classes are not in the best interest of the child. It often takes 3 or 4 classes for a child, especially a toddler, to feel comfortable with a new place, new people, and a new routine. Children benefit from repetition and structure. Since drop-in students tend to only show up once or twice a semester, they miss out on the full benefits of the experience.
  2. Drop-ins detract from the experience of the students who have committed to a full session of classes because my attention is drawn to the new student – on everything from taking payment and filling in the parent on policies, facilities, and expectations, to making the new child feel comfortable.

But . . .

There are two major objections that we hear from parents to registering for an entire session:

  1. That they aren’t sure if class will be right for their child. We get that. It can be hard to even imagine a toddler or preschooler yoga class if you’ve never attended one.

    That’s why we offer a No Risk Refund Policy – Not sure if class will be right for you or your child? Register and come to the first class. If you notify us in writing within 24 hours of class that you will not be able to continue the session, you will pay only $20 for the class you attended. (See refund policies for more information.)

  2. That they have travel or other schedule obligations that prevent full attendance. We understand schedules can be tricky. We intentionally skip holiday weekends and other high-travel times and offer a very generous make-up policy. To make up a missed class:
    • Any family member may take any other appropriate class during the same session – this means a similar kids class or parents can take an adult class;
    • If there is space in your class, you may bring a friend as your make-up class. Please confirm space availability with your instructor.
    • Read our full make-up policy here.
collage of toddler yoga classes with images of children and parents playing together
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