Friday Forest Magic

First came the little fawn, a very curious little being, just like a child full of wonder, her mother watching from a distance.         Then later in the evening down came these two young Prince’s gracing us with their magnificent beauty.       These playful souls had my spirit dancing – what a joy, what a …

The Benefits of Nature Art Therapy

I have the privilege of playing and creating, learning and growing with this beautiful child. Elise is one of my special needs students that I am working with this year and what an absolute joy it is to share this creative journey with such an incredible little being.     We have been returning to the lake, forest and garden. …

Students Wall Hangings – Interbeing (Clouds In Each Paper)

Artstarts Project – “The fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – Workshop 3 – Canvas Wall Hangings Grades 3,4 and 5 students investigated the beautifully written passage “Interbeing” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Interbeing means that you are part of the whole web of life. You are not isolated and alone. When you become peaceful, happy and solid the world benefits. …

Our Hungry Caterpillar

  As a children’s author and illustrator of children’s books, I will often begin an art therapy session for my special needs students with a picture book. This week, I couldn’t resist the classic “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carl. I love the simplicity of the illustrations, especially the segmented form of the caterpillar….which led me to create this little driftwood …

Nurturing the Child’s Creative Spirit

Continuing my sessions on Storytelling with Nature with special needs student Elise, we investigated what the animals and birds need in order to survive – shelter, water and food. (Post on Habitat will follow) Having made clay and paper-mache models of the main book characters (fox, crow, rabbit and owl), Elise wished to take them into the forest to help …

Friday Fun with the Forest Fairies

The Forest Fairies love hanging out with their giant friends – the Ponderosa Pines!     “To climb a tree is for a child to discover a new world” – Froebel       Let the Forest Echo with Laughter Once More…     “It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives …

Storytelling with Nature

Had oodles of fun today in the snow recording a new video session for Storytelling with Nature. Can you guess what storybook we were sharing today – it features a Crow as the main character and all his forest friends and involves snow and fire?   The students (both young and old) love making the characters out of clay and …

Nature Art Therapy

During our one to one nature art therapy sessions – I have the privilege of playing and creating, learning and growing with this beautiful child. Elise is one of my special needs students that I am working with this year. I cannot express the joy she is gifting me as we get creative with nature. Playful Sensory Experiences Yesterday, our …

Magical Monday

Don’t you just love when days flow so organically that you feel you are floating in a dream. Today was one of those days. I awoke to find treasure scattered all around the garden. The wild winds the night before had left a carpet of pine cones, a small offering of tiny twigs, seeds and a few long stem flowers …

Deeply Rooted – We Are One

When we reawaken to the wonders of nature, we feel a new lease of life. We begin to feel happier and healthier. “We Inter-breath with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body” – Thich Nhat Hanh As our love affair (intimacy) with the natural world deepens, so too, does our understanding of …