Thank you for joining us to be calm on Ahway Island! Here’s a little information about us and what we do.

Our Creative Team

Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast and the world of Ahway Island® could not exist without our team members!

Susie

Susie

Executive Producer & Creator
Our Executive Producer and the Creator of Ahway Island, Susie also loves voicing some of the stories on our Be Calm on Ahway Island episodes. Her sweet style soothes our listeners to sleep.
SarahAnn

SarahAnn

Operations Director
The Operations Director for Sheep Jam Productions, SarahAnn is happy to help share the world of Ahway Island with all our listeners.
Ian

Ian

Audio Engineer
As the lead audio engineer for Be Calm on Ahway Island, Ian takes care to ensure our episodes sound peaceful and calming.
Michael

Michael

Narrator
One of the voices you hear on Be Calm on Ahway Island, Michael enjoys taking a moment to be calm and share our stories with his own children and with all our listeners.
Zoe

Zoe

Writer
The newest member of the Ahway Island team, Zoe shares her creativity and her love for children and animals in the stories she writes for our show.

Music by:

Mike Poupko, Richard DeThorne, and Jason Shaw

Our team creates every part of our inclusive world with great care. As a result, you will find Ahway Island to be your source of relaxation, lightness, fun, and a bit of everyday adventure!

Our Mission

On Ahway Island, there’s something for everyone!

Ahway Island® is home to adventurous airplanes, bubbly boats, caring cars and construction vehicles, friendly forest animals, curious kids, silly sea creatures, our delightful Dragon, terrific toys, exotic animals, our sparkling solar train and so much more! You will always find something new as we add to our extensive library of stories each week. Since 2017, we’ve released approximately 600 episodes – with more releasing every week!

Our team is regularly imagining new ways to share the magic of Ahway Island with you.

We are so proud and grateful that Be Calm on Ahway Island® podcast episodes have become an important part of the bedtime routine for children across the world! Our team is always busy bringing our stories to life. The meditations that open our episodes are especially crafted for children. We have a dozen different meditations that we rotate between episodes for variety. The gentle stories that follow the meditation are carefully designed to be engaging, but not so exciting that they prevent listeners from relaxing. We’re regularly developing our world and our characters based on feedback we receive from our listeners, especially our wonderful Patreon supporters!

You can feel confident that your children will drift off to sleep.

Our stories work great for nap time too! When you yourself aren’t able to tuck your children into bed, Be Calm on Ahway Island can be a fantastic tool for babysitters and other caregivers. You can enjoy your night out knowing that your kids will be relaxing peacefully in their beds with our friendly voices as part of your kids’ bedtime routine. If you are a babysitter or caregiver, our podcast is a wonderful way to help children settle into bed. When their routine is disrupted and kids miss their parents, they may need a little more soothing. We also notice an uptick in listenership during seasonal changes, such a the start of the new year or new school semesters, when it’s helpful to have a little extra structure and soothing at bedtime!

…and, even some grownups find themselves nodding off to our stories! We’ve heard that college kids, parents, and even pets enjoy listening to our meditations and stories as a comforting way to relax and fall asleep.

The world of Ahway Island is inclusive and welcoming.

Inclusivity, empathy, acceptance, hospitality, and appreciation are all very important concepts on Ahway Island. We want all children who listen to our show to be able to identify with our characters and see themselves represented on Ahway Island. Our stories particularly encourage empathy and acceptance of others with differences, especially those who are differently-abled and those who are neurodivergent. Every story ends with the main character feeling gratitude for the important people in their lives.
 

Be Calm on Ahway Island is here to help!

In addition to calming kids, our episodes can be a great way to model and teach emotional regulation. Our podcast helps children learn to self-soothe and calm themselves. (We all can use a little practice with that!) Our characters also model positive problem solving, relationship building, and cooperation. We especially focus on dealing with changes in routines and expectations, as many children feel challenged with sudden alterations in their schedule, at school and at home. During the recent global pandemic, we have all experienced dramatic changes to routines, which has been especially hard on children. We are grateful and humbled that Be Calm on Ahway Island was listed in parenting and local government websites as a resource for children during lock-downs. 

And, although our episodes were originally designed to help kids fall asleep, they can of course be enjoyed any time of day!

 

Be Calm on Ahway Island can help students:

• get ready for a test
• settle down after recess
• get ready for their day
• and, for our youngest learners, get ready for a nap

Of course, a little bit of mindfulness is helpful for educators as well! Our mindful stories allow children, and their teachers, to take a break and use positive strategies to come back to learning. With the combination of emotional regulation strategies and positive sleeping patterns resulting from their bedtime routine, kids who listen to our episodes can come to school ready to learn.

Our mindful stories present everyday challenges and possible solutions.

Mindfulness is a great way to help children with their emotional regulation. Consequently, your kids will practice self-soothing using Deep Dragon Breaths in every episode. With so much practice, it has become second nature for our own team members to regularly take Deep Dragon Breaths any time we begin to feel stressed! You may notice your children doing the same. (Let us know if you do! We love to hear how Be Calm on Ahway Island is helping you.)

We hope our meditations, gentle stories, and activities can help your children increase their confidence in discovering solutions to everyday situations. We hope your children’s bedtime routine is pleasant and relaxing. And most of all, we hope your kids share their wonderful imagination, strategies, and kindness with others.

We hope your kids enjoy their visit to Ahway Island!