Power of Me for Boys

We welcome all gender identities and expressions. Please choose the workshop group where you will feel most comfortable.

In the Power of Me for Boys workshops, we provide opportunities for boys to connect with their inner warrior while making friends and learning healthy ways to express their emotions and resolve a conflict.

Workshops include centering activities, mindful movement (Tai Chi, Yoga, Martial Arts), and a time to explore the workshop topic in a safe, encouraging environment.

The Power of Me for Boys is designed to be offered to boys in grades 4-8.

Sample Topics:

  • Exploring Emotions: Finding the Warrior Within
  • Conflict Resolution: The Art of Fighting Without Fighting
  • Pirates & Ninjas: Navigating Healthy Relationships

The things that stand out to me most are the movement which I know is very helpful to my son and boys in general, music and calming techniques…for when one gets angry or just too wound up.

Barbara T Mom March 16, 2017

Power of Me for Boys

Power of Me for Boys

We’d love to have you join us!

Click here to sign up for the monthly membership or choose individual workshops below.

Here’s what Power of Me Memberships offer:

  • Monthly 2-hour workshops throughout the school year
  • Topics include goal setting, exploring emotions, puberty, healthy relationships, and more.
  • All workshops include yoga, stress management techniques, and mindful snack.
  • Power of Me T-shirt
  • Power of Me Workbook
  • Personal empowerment
  • Friendships

Additional new offerings for members: 

  • Monthly emails with information on monthly topics and tips for family connection
  • FREE classes and opportunities for Power of Me families
  • Discounts on a variety of classes and services
  • December holiday party for POM members
The cost for membership is $35/month. Individual workshops are $45 each.

My son participated and he really enjoyed the class – his favorite parts being the Tai Chi and learning about Yin/yang. There are so many classes like this for girls and I am happy that you are developing this series for boys.

Sarah G Mom March 16, 2017


Dusty Thune, MA Ed.

Dusty Thune teaches Special Education in the St. Paul Public Schools, specifically classes for improving self-advocacy and empowerment.  He is an artist, award winning film-maker, writer, costume designer, adventurer, and snow sculptor.

Ben Swarts

Ben Swarts is the creator and owner of HardShell Fitness, an inclusive gym in South Minneapolis. He also is the Manager of Wellness Initiatives at Special Olympics Minnesota, as well as the head coach of a Special Olympics Powerlifting team. He is a martial artist, teacher, powerlifter, kettlebell instructor, and gardener. The theme that runs through all of his life is passion around inclusion and giving people the tools and spaces to become their best selves.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if the Power of Me is right for my child?

The Power of Me was developed to be valuable to all participants in grades 4-8, regardless of ability level. Katie Thune, M.A. Ed, the founder of Mad Hatter Yoga & Wellness, who developed the Power of Me series, has worked for over 10 years as a school teacher. In this time she has also done extensive Special Ed work. Anna Hayek, BA Ed., a teacher for the Power of Me, has worked as an EL teacher for over 10 years. She has done extensive work with English Language Learners during her years as a school teacher. In short, the Power of Me is perfect for everyone.

How does payment for Power of Me memberships work?

When you sign up for the Power of Me memberships, you will be asked to provide credit/debit card information. Upon signing up for the Power of Me Membership, you will submit the first month’s payment. Subsequent payments will occur October  – May.

What happens if I join after September 1st?

The monthly fee is the same, and you will still have access to all that is offered in your membership tier, minus any workshops that have already occurred.

Do you offer scholarships for the Power of Me?

A very limited number of scholarships will be offered to boys who are in need. If you believe you may qualify, please email us.

Can I cancel my Power of Me membership?

Power of Me memberships is offered over the course of a school year. When you begin a Power of Me membership you receive a ton of value and support from day 1. Because so much planning goes into each membership, an early cancellation will result in a $250 cancellation fee.

Do you offer refunds?

The Power of Me has been implemented with students from a variety of backgrounds and ability levels, and we’ve seen it consistently have a substantial impact on kids’ lives. We do not offer refunds. In the event that you should need to cancel your membership early, you will be able to for a fee.

My son loved it! Yesterday my younger son was throwing a fit and he told him a few different ways he could calm himself down that he learned at the Power of Me. So cute! He really enjoyed the Tai Chi part of it, too.

Leann M. Mom March 16, 2017

My son said he liked how interactive it was. He didn’t think anyone got bored.

Jo S. Mother April 11, 2017

Contact us if you are interested in bringing a POM for boys workshop to your program, school, or organization.