Monday, October 29, 2012

Giveaway: 60-Minute Nurturing Presence Session from Presence Parenting — $50 ARV {11.25; Worldwide}

This is a joint giveaway between Natural Parents Network and many other natural parenting sites. You may enter for all of the giveaways at one site only. Please find the section marked "Win it!" for the mandatory entry and optional bonus entries.
Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide!

Natural Parents Network, Anktangle, and 24 other natural parenting bloggers are giving away 89 items perfect for gifting for the holidays as part of the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide. The combined total value of all of the items is $2,550.

Have you finished your holiday shopping? The NPN Holiday Gift Guide is a great opportunity to complete your gift-giving purchases for family and friends, while supporting many naturally-minded small businesses. The companies who have provided items for giveaway are almost exclusively made up of small businesses or work-at-home families.

Please stop back to enter the giveaway. The Rafflecopter entry system will be live November 1 on this post (and on every post participating in the Gift Guide). Please visit some of the other review posts listed below and read about the fabulous companies offering giveaways in the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide.

Please continue reading to learn more about Presence Parenting, which is offering our readers a 60-Minute Nurturing Presence Session, a value of $50!

About Presence Parenting

Presence Parenting is the brainchild of Amy Phoenix, skilled meditation and spiritual healing facilitator. As well as being mother to five beautiful children, Amy is working on a degree in psychology, she writes for Natural Parents Network, and she offers nurturing presence sessions and parent coaching packages through Presence Parenting.

Presence Parenting is an incredible wealth of information, resources, and support with regards to meditation, self-reflection, and strategies for approaching parenting from a peaceful and gentle place.

In Amy's words, "Presence Parenting offers practical parenting information, insights, and parent-to-parent support to experience peace and create true personal, family, and world harmony. The work of Presence Parenting is compatible with all religions and also with those who do not embrace any type of religion as it is based on threads that support freedom, respect, responsibility, compassion, and love."

One thing I love about working with Amy Phoenix and Presence Parenting is that Amy readily admits to her own fallibility and shortcomings. In her letter "Diffusing Parent Anger — Moving from Control to Collaboration in Parenting," Amy describes her own personal journey of moving from allowing her anger to dictate her parenting style to learning how to act out of respect, trust, and kindness. And thus, "Presence Parenting was born out of the knowledge that people can change, parents can transform anger and aggression, kids respond to inner change on the part of the parent, and we hold inside the keys to our own freedom in the parent-child relationship and life."

About my Nurturing Presence Session

Amy and I met via video chat for a 60-minute Nurturing Presence Session. Before our session, Amy worked with me and my schedule to find a time to meet that worked best for both of us, which was really helpful since it's difficult for me to find time to talk (on phone or video) as a work-at-home parent. We arranged a time to meet on the weekend during nap time, which was great for both of us.

Here's where I have to admit that in my busy-ness I totally forgot about our meeting (in spite of the very helpful email reminders she sent and also the event on my calendar). I missed our session, and I felt awful! Amy was very understanding and gracious about my mistake and we rescheduled for the next weekend.

The nurturing presence session with Amy Phoenix was simply wonderful. We began with Amy describing a little bit about what the typical flow of the session is: we would start with a short relaxation meditation, and then talk about anything that came to the front of my mind once I was in that relaxed and centered place; we would continue this pattern until the session came to a close with another moment of meditative silence together. It took me a little while to settle in to the meditation, but Amy's calm voice helped me to get centered in my body and quiet my mind so that it was open for the experience.

As we moved through the session, I shared some of the things that were coming to my mind, and Amy was very skilled at listening to what I was saying and helping me to realize that sometimes the words (or the first concerns that popped up) weren't the underlying issues that were actually bothering me. She helped me to discover my own insights about things that I hadn't previously recognized in quite the same way. I was reminded of the importance of self-care (and even selfishness!) in my ability to effectively care for and give fully of myself to my family. I remembered how much I value and benefit from taking time for intentional breathing, meditation, and going within myself to recharge.

For me, the nurturing presence session was very therapeutic, and I came out of it feeling a bit like I would after a counseling session with my therapist. I think I felt that way simply because that was what I needed out of the session that particular day: it could've just as easily felt more like parent coaching or life/career coaching if that is what I had needed out of the experience in that moment. I think that's the beauty of this type of nurturing presence session: Amy holds the space for you to take exactly what you need out of it in any given moment.

A nurturing presence session from Presence Parenting would make an excellent gift for you or a loved one in your life who would like to further explore meditation, who could use some more intentional time for self-care, or who wants to grow and deepen understanding of self as a parent and as a person. Really, I can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from sitting down with Amy for a few moments to take some time to breathe, focus, and listen

I hope you'll check out Presence Parenting for practical parenting information, insights, and parent-to-parent support to experience peace and create true personal, family, and world harmony. I will definitely be returning to Amy Phoenix for future nurturing presence sessions. She is centered, caring, and intuitive: a beautiful combination of qualities that lends itself perfectly to guiding others as we uncover insights about ourselves and grow from there.


You can purchase a 30- or 60-minute Nurturing Presence Session from Presence Parenting. Thirty-minute sessions are $25, and 60-minute sessions are $50. They can be conducted on the phone or over the internet via video chat Worldwide.

And just for Natural Parents Network and Anktangle readers, Presence Parenting is offering a 50% discount on all purchases from now through November 25th! Simply enter the code NPN50 during the ordering process.

Be sure to keep in touch with Amy Phoenix and hear the latest from Presence Parenting on Facebook!


For your own chance to win a 60-minute Nurturing Presence Session from Presence Parenting, enter by leaving a comment and using our Rafflecopter system below. (Rafflecopter will be live November 1-25).

The winner will receive a 60-minute Nurturing Presence SessionContest is open WORLDWIDE.

Our Rafflecopter entry system opens November 1.

MANDATORY ENTRY: In the box provided in the first Rafflecopter entry, tell us where you would have your prize shipped if you are one of the winners. You must enter your name and email address while leaving a comment in the Rafflecopter system for your entry to count.
Leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. Email addresses in Rafflecopter are not made publicly visible. Please leave the same valid email address in your mandatory comment so we can verify entries.

This is part of a larger giveaway hosted by Natural Parents Network. You may enter the whole giveaway at one site only, and we'll be recording IP addresses to ensure that there are no duplicate entries. That said, please do visit and enjoy all of the participating sites!

Please note that each entrant can win only one prize, and NPN will be randomly assigning prizes to the winners. One of the giveaway questions asks which are your top five prizes so we can try to match winners to their preferences.

See the Rafflecopter entry system for bonus entries to increase your chance of winning after completing the mandatory entry. All bonus entries are entered directly into Rafflecopter. Give it a try, and email sponsorship {at} or leave a comment if you have any questions!

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Thank you for your interest in the Natural Parents Network Gift Guide! We invite you to read the reviews of other participating bloggers and return to enter the giveaway when it opens.

Our Rafflecopter entry system will be live at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Please stop back here — or at any of the review/giveaway posts participating in the Gift Guide — between November 1 and 25 to enter. Many of the giveaway items are open worldwide!

Here are the participating sites and companies. (Reviews go live between October 25 and October 31, and all links will be live by November 1.) We’ve included any coupon codes the companies have offered so you can get your holiday shopping under way!

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