Educating the Hearts of Our Children

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Dalai Lama speak at the Heart-Mind Summit organized by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. He was speaking to an audience that had come together to “be the village”, to take responsibility for what he calls “educating the hearts of our children“.


“Our care for others, says the Dalai Lama, is rich and powerful when we are young. We see no differences between those around us and ourselves. We care for others as we would care for ourselves. He believes that somewhere down the line as we go through school and enter adulthood we lose this innate sense of compassion.”

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I have taken Dalai Lama’s message of “educating the heart” into my everyday life and share this sacred journey through my “Educating the Heart with Nature Art” workshops and classes. I believe we all have the power to start this ripple effect of love and compassion for one another and all life.


“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” ~ Rachel Carson

Parents and educators have a unique ability to nurture the positive human qualities children are born with – affection, sense of community, a sense of social responsibility. I would like to share with you a simple and beautiful way to nurture these qualities – through Storytelling with Nature Art.

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Making stick people and creating stories with our creations helps renew our inner spirit and rewaken our sense of wonder – rekindling our love affair with the natural world.


You can purchase the PDF booklet here: STORYTELLING WITH NATURE: Stick People

  • 93 full-colour pages PDF
  • How to make stick people video
  • Suitable for all ages

It is my hope that this little booklet will inspire educators, parents, families to create stick people and share stories in schools, kindergartens, homes and communities around the world in an effort to spread love, peace, hope, and unity.

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A tree represents the shared roots and branches of every culture and faith.By creating our little stick people we encourage students, educators and families of all backgrounds to unite and interact as they explore our deep-rooted connection with nature through storytelling and celebrate our different traditions, cultures and faiths.

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“Starting a steady practice of storytelling is a way to claim free time to nourish your deepest humanity. It may seem very challenging these days to gather as families, as friends and as communities to pause, and to breathe deeply to experience the creativity and wonderment of stories. Yet with time for truths to be spoken and heard, we can restore essential heart and soul to our daily lives as the stories deepen our listening, stir our creative delight, and offer wise and important perspectives and guidance.” – Nancy Mellon

I invite you to join me on this beautiful and sacred journey of educating the hearts of our children.

Hope is discovered through remembering we are all one big family!


Marghanita Hughes just radiates goodness and love. She’s one of those very few folks who, even though I’ve never met her face to face, feels like a dear old friend. This beautiful little book is yet another of the many, many things Marghanita’s doing to promote kids’ (and everyone’s) deep connection with Nature. It is at once a how-to guide for making and playing with whimsical little stick figures; a reflection on the timeless, vital connection between the human animal and all the rest of Nature; and a compendium of pithy quotes from eco-spiritual sages.

All the love, joy and energy of Marghanita’s delightful art-in-Nature programs is distilled in this thoughtful book. Jeffrey Willius – One Mans Wonder


“If we are to create peace in our world, we must begin with our children.” Mahatma Gandhi



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  1. Thankyou for your inspiring ideas I am a commitee member on our towns Nature Based Adventure Playground commitee in Cowra NSW we are working tirelessly fund raising to create a place for our town. I also work in Early Childhood Education and Care. Thankyou so much for inspiring new ideas.

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