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Dear Principals, Teachers, Parents, Counselors & Guardians,

I hope you are enjoying your summer, it is flying by! For those of you who are new to this site, my name is Shanna Truffini and my children’s book and social and emotional learning (SEL) platform, You Are a Gardener®️ uses gardening vocabulary to help kids identify strong emotions and turn them into empowering and positive solutions! It's all about turning weeds into seeds!

Throughout the past 4 years, I have worked with school districts, parent organizations, non-profits and families throughout NJ both virtually and in-person. My #PullYourWeeds® Workshops are an organic and simplified approach to SEL and infuses easily with pre-existing programs in school and at home. Introducing the You Are a Gardener® mindset to your children a consistent basis is where the real benefits of the program take root!

Are you ready to dig into a new SEL mindset to help your children identify, communicate & manage their emotions through an empowering process? I am now opening up my workshop bookings this fall 2021/2022 to include schools, parent organizations, private family sessions, non-profit groups and anyone else who is interested in learning more about how the You Are a Gardener® mindset helps children to identify, communicate and manage big emotions through an empowering process to them proceed confidently and calmly! Here is how you can get started:



-In Person-Present 4 separate 30 minute #PullYourWeeds® Workshops in library or auditorium, combine grades/classes as you see fit (for select schools only, limited space available)

-Live/Virtual Via Zoom-All classrooms can log in once a month at a designated time.

-Pre-Recorded Monthly Videos-Teachers can use in the classroom at their convenience.


-Monthly (10 workshops)

-Bi-Monthly (5 workshops)

-Seasonally (4)

-General Introduction (1)



A private web link for your school with access to resources, classroom activities, visual aids, gardening tool badges and more that support each monthly workshop. A flyer with information to be communicated with parents/ guardians in your school's newsletter on what the gardeners are learning in each #PullYourWeeds® Workshop will also be available.


-A "Gardener Recap" to encourage the students to feel confident with the vocabulary and mindset of the program. Consistency is key!

-A 'Weeds to Seeds' story from a 'Peer Gardener". This interactive process builds conflict/resolution skills, encourages empathy and creates an open communication with a cognitive thinking process.

-Introduce students to 2-3 new 'Gardening Tools'. These life skills/tools are rooted in self-compassion, mindfulness, growth mindset, confidence building, positive thinking and self-control. Examples- brain breaks, deep breathing techniques , grounding exercises, mindful moments, origami, DIY activities, guided drawings and more.

-All students receive virtual gardening tool badges to collect throughout the year.

-All students will receive a digital You Are a Gardener® Certificate of Achievement.



- A 20-30 min introductory workshop for your staff/group as well as an additional workshop for families-preferably in early September.

- A book drive for families at your school or group (a form will be provided to you) with 10% back to your PTO,school organization for any sales of the You Are a Gardener® children's book.


Get your school on my schedule today! Send an email to

Read Some Testimonials From Teachers, Parents, Counselors & More...Click Here!

Looking forward to spreading some seeds together!

Shanna Truffini


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