Meet Ioana

December 9, 2017

Who am I? 

I am an artist. I am a mother. I am an immigrant. I am a friend.


How did you find FORM?

It’s a long story...I had found out about RIE soon after my son was born and looked high and low for a local group with no luck. A couple of months later, Nina Sherburne joined a local forum promoting her RIE consulting business; I got so excited to find her! She told me that she studied with Polly Elam, who I contacted right away. Polly put me in touch with Carolyn, who introduced me to FORM. Now, that’s using the internet!


What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the most and why?

As a new mum, I was completely unprepared and overwhelmed with 101 ways of how to bring up a baby. I was looking for guidance and nothing I came across (including my own mother’s wisdom) clicked. This is the only practice I found that acknowledges and accepts the baby as a human, that treats them with the respect they deserve. It also gives the caregiver confidence to trust their intuition. I literally sighed with relief when I found Magda Gerber’s philosophy.


What are you most grateful for?

Having a healthy, beautiful baby. I’m grateful for discovering what true, unconditional love really is. I am also grateful to have the opportunity of witnessing my child develop, every minute at a time.


What is one thing you do for yourself? Or what would you like to do for yourself?

I meditate.


If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?

I always choose titles when an artwork is complete. My life is not over yet, so it’s currently ‘untitled’.


What was your favorite book as a child?

Little Mrs Pepperpot


What teacher inspired you the most? How?

To be honest, looking back, I had rubbish teachers. When I moved to France at the age of 12, I was plunged into a teaching method devoid of any fun. The French believe in rote memorisation and giving students minuses in dictation. I think I once had a -12! This had a hugely negative impact on the rest of my school years, it crushed me, my freedom of expression and my confidence.


The best teacher I had was a neighbour who treated me like her own daughter. She was incredibly talented and creative. She introduced me to many different crafts, especially paper crafts. Everything she did was beautiful, everything she had was beautiful, she was a very special person. Unfortunately she is no longer around and I really do miss her.


What 3 words best describe you?

Honest, loyal, non-conformist.


What is the best question anyone has asked you?

Probably this one, because I’m still thinking and it’s been a while...

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