Recent Camp Druzy Testimonials:
“My heart is filled with gratitude that my children and I were able to be held with such love, kindness, and gentle support during this difficult time. To be in community with other families helped us feel so much more connected to humanity, what it means to be human, and showed me how important it is to have to spaces to grieve and heal together. Heidi, Megan, and all of the wonderful volunteers, and practitioners were so attentive and helped create a
safe environment for our families to express and process our grief.
Please help support CHARM and Camp Druzy, more families need the opportunity to experience such care!”
~Alejandra (Mother of two)
" I can't be more thankful, the way the treated us and the way they helped us, was so heartwarming, definitely something that is needed while you are grieving. I have no words to express what I experienced during those few days. I was going through the hardest moments of my life, and for an entire weekend I finally felt understood, and with no judgments. Most people don't understand grief, but Charm does. I'm happy, my children and I were able to part of it. Everyone was extremely respectful and the accommodations were great."
~Monica (Mother of two)
"Camp Druzy was such a positive experience for my family and I. The loss of my mother has been so difficult and took a tremendous toll on us. We didn’t think we’d ever feel joy again because even in good times all we could think of was our detrimental loss. Attending camp taught us to channel our loss and feel her spirit in different ways from yoga, music therapy, reiki, and more!
Heidi and her team were such a wonderful support system. They’ve all experienced loss too and were wonderful guides and mentors to help us and many other grieving families. From that weekend forward,
we feel my mom in everything we do and find comfort
knowing she’s still with us in a sense.
I highly recommend this camp to anyone who has experienced loss and needs guidance or simply is looking for
an opportunity to learn how to cope.
CHARM is a top notch nonprofit..."
~Renee (Mother of four)
Contact us to refer a family or if you are interested in attending!
Experiential Professional Development
for Educators & Service Learning/Workshops for Students
Facilitated by CHARM, our online and in-person workshops focus on social and emotional learning and well-being. We tailor training and workshops specifically for your audience.
As the not-for-profit Arizona Ambassador
of the Choose Love Movement and certified trainers of Nurtured Heart Approach®, we teach ways to foster resilient environments and age-appropriate skills using these and other approaches. Choose Love is a no-cost, social and emotional learning (SEL) program for home, schools, and community settings. Informed by decades of research, the Choose Love formula teaches us to have healthy relationships, manage emotions, and be resilient in the face of challenges - cultivating safer communities from the inside out.
The Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA) is a framework for creating healthy relationships and recognizing that everyone has inherent greatness. We are not merely applying NHA as an intervention; we are reflecting the greatness that is at the core of every child. When we recognize a child’s strengths and focus on positive, everyday occurrences, rather than energizing negativity, we create an environment in which children and adults can thrive.
Recent Educator Workshop Testimonials:
"My staff absolutely loved the training. They were so motivated and inspired. One of my teachers felt that the break out groups gave her time to grieve the loss of in-person teaching. She felt that others understood her and stated that it made her feel so much better. With so many things taking place (...) and the year we had,
it was a perfect workshop for us. "
~Principal Bonillas, Mary Welty Elementary, NUSD #1
"This was the most heartfelt and rewarding workshop I have ever attended. Thank you so much. This has given me a TREMENDOUS drive and passion within me to try to change the world
and make the good/greatness come out of all of us.
Beyond words at this moment. Thank you."
~Coronado Elementary School Educator, NUSD#1
Contact us to learn more!
CHARM School includes in-person or virtual training options for parents to gain proven skills, resources, and tools to protect their children’s short- and long-term health outcomes from early adversity,
via the top modifiable resilience factors:
1. Positive appraisal styles in children/improved parenting skills
(i.e. Nurtured Heart Approach®);
2. Supporting parental mental health and self-care skills;
3. Anticipatory guidance about the impact of trauma on children...
Interested in learning more about our CHARM School training?
Contact us today!
Tapestry - When children lose a parent or close family member, they not only struggle emotionally but may also experience social challenges when needs like basic hygiene and clothing take a back-seat. Tapestry provides children and youth with resources to nurture confidence, as well as a sense of connection with their community and other families. Children and parents are supported with books, creative expression activities, gift cards, new seasonal clothing, hygiene kits, and invitations to attend CHARM's annual
Camp Druzy for additional support at no-cost. Families from previous years also provide supportive connection to current families.
Do you know a family that could use some extra help?
Please let us know!
For over 20 years, Art with Heart has been using the healing power of creative expression to support kids and youth. Their therapeutic, art-based curriculum and books are a proven path to transforming pain into possibility. Recently, Art with Heart merged with Childhaven and RAYs to continue to provide creative tools, resources, and support to any child or community in need of healing.
CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) is based on the Tibetan Buddhist lojong tradition, a set of meditative practices that are designed to bring about 'thought transformation.' CBCT renders this mind training methodology into a contemporary form appropriate for use by individuals of any, or no, faith tradition.
Nebraska Extension provides various virtual, complimentary research-based resources to empower all adults who care for young children with high-quality training. Examples of complimentary trainings include emotion coaching/helping children manage strong feelings, eat healthy/be active, developmental stages of self-control in infants and toddlers, and the importance of process art experiences.
The HAT® model of psychotherapy is gentle but can be deceptively intense as treatment gets
“to the heart of the matter” quickly while promoting healing shifts.
Take HeartMath Institute’s New Personal Well-Being Survey™, to get a window into your current state of being and discover simple tools you can use to live a healthy, more vibrant life. This scientifically developed assessment tool measures four key dimensions of well-being:
• Stress management
• Emotional vitality
The survey contains a series of 25 simple questions and takes around 4-5 minutes to answer. Next, it compares your data to a "normed" group of individuals, which provides an accurate reference point. Then, the survey offers recommendations and practical tools to improve your levels, should you have a low score in any of the four dimensions.
CHARM partner Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement has partnered with Dianne Gray, President of Hospice & Healthcare Communications and Board Member of the Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation, to create the Healthy Grieving Extension Program. Download separate guides for children, teens, and adults, where you can learn about the grieving process for each age group respectively. Included are tips and tricks you can use to approach and assist someone who is grieving, or for you to use to help in your own grieving journey. It will take time, but you CAN heal. If you know a family who is grieving in Santa Cruz County who might benefit from CHARM's Camp Druzy please contact us today at email@example.com.
Eluna was created in 2000 by former Major League Baseball pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer. What started as a small nonprofit in Seattle, WA, with a broad mission to help children in distress, has grown into a national organization with signature programs reaching thousands of children impacted by grief or addiction in their family in cities across the U.S. and in Canada each year.
Integrative Touch™ is a healing framework and hands-on therapeutic approach that allows participants to focus on the things that they most want to heal in their lives at a mind, body, and spirit level. Integrative Touch for Kids has collected a variety of useful wellness resources that you can use from home. Categories include For Kids, COVID-19 Resources, Mindfulness, Movement, Art, Entertainment, Education, Emotional Support, Essential Oils, Food & Nutrition, Podcasts, and Wellness on the Go (mobile apps). To access any of the free wellness resources listed on their page, click on the link below.
The Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA) is more than just a parenting model or behavior management strategy. It is a philosophy for creating healthy relationships and recognizing that everyone has inherent greatness. We are not merely applying NHA as an intervention; we are reflecting the greatness that is at the core of every child’s being. When we recognize the child’s strengths and focus on positive, everyday occurrences, rather than energizing negativity, we are creating an environment in which children can thrive. To receive one-on-one or group training in NHA from certified trainer Dr. Heidi Pottinger, CHARM Executive Director, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your training.
Grief is the normal response to loss. And hard as it may seem to believe when we're in its throes, we typically can move forward while holding onto memories of our loved one.
Sesame Street in Communities builds on an almost 50-year commitment to caring for the developmental, physical, and emotional needs of children. Thoroughly researched and tested with families, these resources are proven to make a measurable difference for kids, and make your job as a parent or educator a little bit easier. Through community partnerships, engagement efforts, and a constantly growing bank of materials, Sesame Street in Communities will continue to expand.
As your children’s needs grow and change, they’ll have evidence-based, age-appropriate resources to help on topics such as grief , resilience, and more - and grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Because we’re all in this together.
CHARM partner Tu Nidito is available to provide on-site grief intervention and support in the event of a death or tragedy in the community that impacts children and teens. They offer group support, one-on-one support, and additional resources immediately following the death. Please contact Tu Nidito at 520-322-9155 to make arrangements for grief intervention in Tucson, Arizona. All CHARM volunteers are required to complete grief education training provided by Tu Nidito.
A comprehensive resource for learning more about holistic practices and how a holistic approach to well-being can help you discover health, contentment, purpose, and connection.