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Physical Stories with Jo!
Drama, Yoga, Songs, and Mindfulness Kids Classes

Join us for Physical Stories with Jo, an afterschool activity for children in Wellington! During every class, Joanne presents an energetic, interactive programme that uses a range of drama exercises, kids yoga, songs, and reflection time to build on children’s concentration, confidence and collaboration skills.


Kids love stories and they are one of the best ways of teaching and conveying positive messages. In this yoga, mindfulness, song and drama class for kids, we take stories that kids love and focus on the messages behind them.

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This children's class is held on Mondays in Island Bay and Wednesdays in Brooklyn, Wellington.


FIRST CLASS IS FREE: Drama class for kids, sing-alongs, mindfulness exercises, and kids yoga in one highly engaging session!

Term 1, 2022 in Island Bay, Wellington

Mondays: 14 February - 4 April, 2022

Island Bay School, 6 Thames Street 

3:30pm - 4:15pm 

Kids 3.5 - 6 years

Term 1, 2022 in Brooklyn, Wellington

Wednesdays: 16 February - 6 April, 2022


Brooklyn Scout Hall, 24 Harrison Street

3:30pm - 4:15pm 

Kids 3.5 - 6 years

These sessions are designed to be great fun and purposeful. Getting kids thinking and physically moving their bodies simultaneously is so beneficial!

Through stories and movement, we work on themes such as being kind, discovering what makes you special, understanding that your actions affect others, managing fear and being brave, being able to stay calm and using deep breathing to think clearly. 

In these unique kids classes, children will:

  • Improve concentration and listening skills

  • Learn strategies for dealing with emotions

  • Grow strong, flexible and healthy bodies

  • Develop confidence and empathy

  • Practice collaboration skills

  • Create focused time for meaningful
    reflection and mindfulness



Your first session is free! New enrolments and casual classes are welcome throughout the term.

TO REGISTER: For your first free session, please reserve your child's space by filling out the contact form or emailing with:

  • Student name and age

  • Preferred day/venue

  • Parent contact information

  • Where you heard about Physical Stories with Jo!

FEES: After your first class, term enrolment ($90/term) is payable by bank deposit: 02-0506-0079115-003 (Reference: Child's Name)

MATS: Yoga mats will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you wish!

During these kids classes, parents are welcome to stay and watch, or a separate space is available for parents to play with younger siblings. Older children can be dropped off and collected.

Just as a reminder, if you miss a week for whatever reason, you are welcome to come along to the other venue session.


Drama class for kids, teacher posing with students in Physical Stories with Jo! activity for kids

Joanne Lisik is a teacher, director, actor, dancer and singer. She has a BA Hons Degree in Contemporary Dance and Visual Art from Bath-Spa University, England. Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Theatre and Secondary Teaching Diploma in Visual and Performing Arts from Victoria University. Joanne has many years or both teaching experience in Primary and Secondary Education and currently teaches Drama at Queen Margaret College.

’As a teacher, I have seen the benefits that children gain from partaking in the arts and the joy and confidence this gives them. I have also seen an increase in the number of children dealing with mental health issues and believe it to be really important for kids to be taught strategies to deal with life's stresses when they are young, so that they have tools to access throughout their lives. I began to do movement and mindfulness time with my own daughter, then invited friends’ children to try it… and Physical Stories with Jo was born! I really believe in these classes for children and encourage you to come along and try one out.’


Contact Joanne at or 021.024.66642, or fill out the contact form.

‘Wherever you go, whatever you do, never be afraid to be completely you.’

Parent Reviews

Anna Bourke

My kids are thoroughly enjoying Physical Stories - their confidence, mindfulness and awareness have improved so much in just a few weeks - and most importantly they are having so much fun and are very excited to go along! Jo is a very talented and passionate storyteller and teacher and we feel really lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of these classes!

Nik Parrot

I love these stories with Jo, and I'm not even the target audience! There has obviously been a lot of planning and thought behind the scenes in making these classes as successful as they are, but as if that weren't enough, they are delivered with such an energy that can only come from one who is truly passionate about her role and endgame. Very inclusive. Would recommend.

Chloe Bisley-Wright

These storytelling workshops are just what we were after for our child. Jo is engaging, positive and has woven in valuable lessons. I recommend you check them out.

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