April Two Day Holiday Workshops
Norm Jordan Pavilion, Coffs Harbour Showground
6-9 yrs  Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st April
9-12 yrs Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th April
To book click on the calendar below (or email)

Coming along to a two day holiday workshop will:

  • Help your child understand themselves and how they work physically, socially, mentally, emotionally and spiritually (the science not the religion)
  • Connect your child to their inner loving strength (Sparky)
  • Empower your child to manage their fear (Shady) and cope with problems
  • Build your child’s confidence, resilience and self-worth
  • Give you and your child a common language to use now and throughout their teenage years that will keep you loving and connected.

You can come to a ‘Kids’ workshop for  6-9 year olds or a ‘Big Kids’ workshop for 9-12 year olds. Parents come along with kids so they know what their child has learnt.

The following ten lessons are included:
  1. Who you are – Meet Sparky and Shady
  2. Why you are here
  3. How your body works
  4. How your personality works
  5. How your thoughts work
  6. How your feelings work
  7. How to cope with problems
  8. How to believe in yourself
  9. How to follow your dreams
  10. What now?

Content is presented at an age appropriate level for the two different workshops. In the kids workshops parents are given some content at an adult level however the focus is primarily on working together to make sure the kids understand what they are being taught.

Add ons

Both kids’ books and the Online Video Course for Kids are available to purchase if you would like additional resources for follow up.

What you get from the workshop
  • Self-awareness of how your body, personality, thoughts and feelings all work
  • To meet Sparky (your inner loving wisdom) and Shady (your inner fear) and knowledge to help you tell the difference
  • Strategies to self-manage your body, feelings, thoughts and behaviours – ‘Short cuts’
  • A strategy that works to cope with problems, let go of ‘baggage’ and change unhelpful beliefs – ‘Pit Stop’
  • Four secrets to believe in yourself and follow your dreams
  • Ongoing email follow up for advice
  • ‘Sparky and Shady for Kids’ or ‘Sparky and Shady for Big Kids’ ebook emailed to you prior to the workshop
  • A happy and loving child who is empowered to make good choices, cope with problems and believe in themselves
  • A deeper understanding of how your child works and strategies to use at home to support your child to cope with problems like; bullying, anxiety and disrespectful behaviour
  • Confidence in your ability to keep being a fantastic parent during your child’s upcoming teenage years.
Structure of the day
  • Workshops go from 9am – 3.30pm both days
  • There are 5 lessons of approximately 30 – 45 min presented each day
  • After each lesson we break for a snack (if needed), loo break, fresh air and the kids can have a play
  • Lunch is around 12.30 each day with a break of around 40 minutes
  • You are welcome to have a picnic lunch with the group or go into town (7 min walk) to find something to eat.
  • We finish by 3.30 each day.
‘Heads up’

A portion of the content on feelings and coping with problems has the potential to trigger feelings of sadness, anger or fear in grown ups and children. This is normal and healthy (although it doesn’t feel like it at the time). In other words – this program isn’t all roses – but it gives you everything you need to dig out those weeds if you are willing to be a little uncomfortable along the way! (Well, it’s easily 98% roses!)

If you come to a workshop with an open heart, an open mind and a willingness to learn and apply some new knowledge and strategies (that are proven and effective) then you (and your child if you bring them) will definitely get way more than your ‘money’s worth’ – guaranteed!

Special requirements

If you or your child have special needs or requirements (such as allergies or different abilities) please fill in the appropriate section on the registration form provided below.

What to bring for children and parents
  • A water bottle (there will be filtered water to refill and basic tea and coffee) and all your own food for the day including healthy snacks, fruit, morning tea and lunch (unless you are going to buy lunch in town).
  • A notepad, journal or paper and pencils, textas and pens to take notes and draw (kids are welcome to draw while they are learning).
  • A towel and/pillow for your child to lie or sit on the floor
  • A hat and sunscreen to protect you from the sun and shoes you can play in (parents do not have to run if they choose to join in the games.)

$220 per child plus $110 per accompanying parent for the two days (so $330 for one child and one accompanying parent for the Kids or Big Kids workshops)*

* Kids and accompanying parent tickets have been priced separately in case one parent wants to bring more than one child or one child wants to bring more than one parent!


Payment to be made at time of booking (book via calendar below) or email for direct debit payment option ($33 for 10 weeks).


Click on the workshop date to make your booking or email kathy@sparkyandshady.com to organise direct debit.


If you don’t think the workshop was ‘worth it’, your money will be refunded.

Theoretical background

The Sparky and Shady program is compatible with knowledge and strategies from humanist psychology, positive psychology, cognitive behaviour therapy, neuroscience, quantum science and social-emotional wellbeing. Specific areas of research will be referenced in the workshops.

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