Karith Gingrow, Nimble Craft
Karith Gingrow is the owner of Nimble Craft which is a small creative business started 2 years ago with the idea of bringing the love of creativity to young minds. Attaining her degree in Graphic Design from the Philadelphia Art Institute she currently works from home doing commissioned illustrations, wood burning and diy projects for all ages and levels of experience. Besides her creative endeavors she is raising three children with her loving husband in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
Ruark Downey, Roots with Ruark
Ruark started working with children in 2005 at Gymboree Play and Music NYC and spent the next several years honing his baby whispering skills with companies such as Kidville NYC, Little Maestros, Songs of Love Foundation, Striking Viking Story Pirates, La Palestra Kids, the YMCA and more. He started his own company, Roots With Ruark, in 2011 and has been successfully running his own brand music classes, parties and events for the 0-5 crowd ever since. A Roots With Ruark music class aims to provide you and your little one with an experience that will be the highlight of your week, where your little one will learn to connect their voice and body to their favorite songs, build confidence through repetition and create a deep and lasting love of music. We’ll plant a song and watch it grow.
Miles Turner, toddler and kids yoga
Miles Turner is a West Philadelphia native who has been teaching and mentoring children his whole life. He discovered Yoga in 2014, got his first certification in 2015 and has been teaching ever since all over the City And surrounding areas. Currently he teaches in Arthur Elementary in South philly, Harding middle school in NE Philly, Tillman Middle in SW Philadelphia, Chester HS, University of Pennsylvania, University of the Sciences, City Fitness, Lifetime Fitness, Weston Fitness and Private Sessions by appointment. When he’s not teaching Yoga he is taking yoga classes or studying yoga philosophy and spending as much time as possible with his baby daughter, Sage.
Josephine Rosa, family yoga
Hi I'm Josie! I live here in Brewerytown and I'm an active mom of two. I also work as a fitness instructor and yoga teacher. I started this journey over 10 years ago, and I've been teaching yoga for 4 years. I teach here in the community; silver sneakers at the Y and yoga in Fairmount.
Yoga helps me to be more present and self aware and the focus on breath always relaxes me. As multifaceted beings, we can take these gems with us in our work and family life to impact change in our community.
Martina Barbour, baby wordplay
Martina is a Philadelphia native from the area of Germantown/Mt. Airy. Her love of books, reading and traveling inspires her to share them with others.
She attended NYU for Creative Writing and Education and for years she worked in early childhood literacy with the Free Library of Philadelphia's Books Aloud program.
She manages Baby Wordplay Fairmount and coordinates Baby Wordplay Pop-ups in neighborhoods around Philadelphia.
Leila Zinni, prenatal and postpartum yoga
Leila began practicing yoga over 10 years ago as a runner looking for a way to balance the stress city fitness was having on her body. She was a ‘home yogi’ for the most part, until she began practicing with the diverse teachers and styles at Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia. After her first Kundalini class, Leila decided to dive into her teacher training. In the years since graduating from her 200hour teacher training in 2008, Leila has continued her education with specialized training in 50hour Dynamic Flow, Pre-Natal and Children’s Yoga. Leila is currently working towards her 500hour advanced teacher training, and has taught numerous workshops over the years including Yoga for Runners, Restorative Yoga, and Pre Natal.
When she is not teaching classes, Leila can be found around town with her two sons, Wyatt (7) and Henry (5 months), playing basketball at Lemon Hill or splashing at Sister Cities Park. She has lived in the N Fairmount/Brewerytown area for 12 plus years and is very excited to be a part of the Kith and Kin community!
Señora Yenni, bilingual butterflies
Yenni is the founder and creative director of Bilingual Butterflies LLC. Yenni started the program when she noticed the need for quality Spanish programs within the Philadelphia community. She has since taught in many schools and daycares including The School District of Philadelphia. During her career she has worked with many children ranging anywhere from newborn to 13 years old. During her free time, Yenni volunteers with many non-profit organizations, teaching Spanish as well as English as a second language. Señora Yenni is excited to bring this Spanish program to Kith + Kin and looks forward to being part of the Brewerytown neighborhood!
Ashley Demain, zoom dance
Ashley is currently receiving her MFA in Devised Performance from Pig Iron/University of the Arts. She loves to explore story telling through physical movement and music and cannot wait to share it with the littlest generations! She has been babysitting since she was 13, taught at various summer drama camps, and developed a drama program for the Pre-K students she was working with in undergrad. Ashley is excited to broaden her Philadelphia artistic circle to include these new young artists!