Finding Nature in the City

I do not have to go to the forest in order to nurture my creativity, be inspired, or bring forth the child within, one single tree can ignite my imagination beyond belief, a single leaf can leave me spellbound by its intricate detail. “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to …

Playful Nature Art

Nature Art is Playful, Simple, Beautiful and Organic Meet Rufus, one of my Rosehip Beings I created today. I love the ready made crowns that appear on these rustic looking rosehips – making it the perfect head for a little Prince or Princess – simply adorable. There was a hint of Autumn in the air as I walked past the rose bushes. The delicate rose …

NATURE ART IN THE CITY

The infinite imagination of childhood is the most wonderful thing in the world This vast world of make believe is ever present in my heart as I wander the noisy streets of the city in search of nature’s magic. It isn’t long before I am gifted a delightful offering from Mother Earth….this curious crow led me to a lonely dandelion tucked …

HOW TO GET INTIMATE WITH NATURE IN THE CITY

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder… he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson The truth is young children are naturally intimate with nature. The problem is a young child cannot venture out to …

VITAMIN N CHALLENGE

The Children and Nature Network invited me to take the Vitamin N challenge as one of the challenge bloggers and social networkers to help connect children families and communities to the natural world. Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, Richard Louv’s new book, was written to encourage widespread, diverse and accessible action to nature. Richard states, “It’s not …

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything

Getting Intimate with Nature We lack an intimacy with nature – children’s opportunity for direct and spontaneous contact with nature is a vanishing experience of childhood, partly due to the fact that we as adults rarely get intimate with nature. “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”. Carl Sagan During my walk last Saturday I came …

What do you get when you mix nature, children and art?

Q: What do you get when you mix nature, children and art? A: Happy, healthy children engaging creatively with nature. In this nature art class we were learning about Owls and their habitat, however we will keep the lesson plan for another day. Today I will share with you how you can provide an opportunity for creative nature play with just a …

We are all branches from the same tree

“If we are to create peace in our world, we must begin with our children.” Mahatma Gandhi The students give new life to a fallen branch with the help of their creative imagination. The fallen branch was once part of a living tree – which is a story in itself. A tree can represent the shared roots and branches of every …

Happy Summer

‘There’s a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. We need to wake up and fall in love with Earth.’ Thich Nhat Hanh I can’t think of a more magical time than right now during the summer months to reawaken that deep-rooted connection we all have with nature. Here are 5 magical and enchanting activities …

Happy Fathers Day

My father gifted my 3 brothers and I a lifetime of treasured memories immersed in nature. He taught me how to climb a tree, hunt for agates and discover the magic- hidden in a chrysalis. He instilled in me, a deep love and repsect for the natural world which led me on this sacred journey of helping others rediscover the …