Puppeteer and children’s storyteller Suzanne Down will give a free public presentation on “Supporting a Child’s Sense of Place through Healing Storytelling” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 at Ashwood Waldorf School’s Early Childhood Center at 180 Park St. in Rockport. The event is part of the ongoing Spindlewood LifeWays Early Childhood Training for home-based preschool educators, caregivers and parents in creating home-like environments and relationship-based care for young children.

LifeWays homes and centers provide a “home away from home” experience for young children where there may be a wide range of ages, plenty of opportunity to be outdoors in nature, and a regular, rhythmic flow of daily and seasonal activities and celebrations. LifeWays is based on the “Living Arts” of domestic activities, nurturing care, creative exploration and social interactions. The children are guided through their day with songs and stories.

Down is a long-time contributor to LifeWays education and is now the director of LifeWays training in Boulder, Colo. She is also the founder and director of Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts. Her work seeks to cultivate the merging of magic and meaning through imaginative stories and enlivened puppetry.

Her talk, “Supporting a Child’s Sense of Place Through Healing Storytelling,” will reflect on years of experience as an early childhood educator, storyteller and puppeteer. Down has helped numerous teachers, therapists, children’s librarians, and others who work with young children to gain ability and an understanding of the interweaving of artistic and therapeutic elements in telling stories.

This event is being co-sponsored by Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten & LifeWays Center in Lincolnville, and Ashwood Waldorf School. Those interested are invited to visit www.spindlewoodmaine.com or www.ashwoodwaldorf.org to learn more about the programs they offer for children.

For more information, contact Susan Silverio at 763-4652.