Artstarts Project – Where Does Our Food Come From ?

A creative journey of discovering where our food comes from, in this particular journey we investigate the fascinating story of the chocolate tree. Although, we rarely think about seeds, nine out of every ten bites of food we eat today start with seeds and chocolate begins as a seed too. Through a series of hands-on workshops the students learned about …

A New Day Unfolds

The wild native Arrowleaf Balsamroot flowers (Balsamorhiza sagittata), also known as the Okanagan Sunflower, have me spellbound as they dance majestically in the early morning breeze. Their golden smiles light up the forest, bees arrive and butterflies too. Witnessing the birth of a new day unfold before me gifts immense joy, filling my heart and soul with deep love and …

Interbeing Wall Hanging

Today, I was working on a sample piece to show how we can take our simple illustration and replicate it into a fabric wall hanging.     Each student was invited to illustrate their own interpretation of Interbeing – a short passage written by Thich Nhat Hahn from his wonderful book – Peace is Every Step. Here is an excerpt …

Soulful Art – Spring Awakening

Spring is playing with my soul – the colourful birds have arrived gifting immense joy as they sing with such purity – flying from one bare branch to the next. The buds on the bare trees are tempted to to burst forth with new life, yet holding back, knowing the frost is still looming..but I cannot wait, my soul is …

Monday Morning Gratitude – Sacred Moments

Yesterday I was gifted the presence of this magnificent being. I have no idea how old this eagle was but his presence felt ancient. Looking into his eyes… there was all the wisdom of the world. For a moment I was one with the eagle and felt the strength and power to fly high, higher than I have ever flown, wild and …

Illuminating Beauty

Her peaceful smile speaks to my heart – whispers of love have my spirit dancing. As I gaze in awe at this mystical beauty, seeing the moon as if it were the first time, my heart fills up with love and appreciation and a warm glow floats around my awakening body. Spellbound by her illuminating beauty, I am reminded of our …

Let’s Make Nature Play Every Day

Winter offers new investigations regarding the trees. We began our lesson by noticing the trees that were evergreen, like the giant Ponderosa Pine trees. We stopped to admire these friendly giants. Elise remembered the bird nests we built with the pine needles last week. Play… Moving about keeps us warm during these cooler winter days. Elise loves owls and so we …

Storytelling with Nature – 3 Wise Men

I have always collected fallen leaves. I press them in an old book. They lose a lot of their colour and become quite brittle but if you are gentle, they can be used for beautiful creations at anytime of the year. Working on Christmas cards, I spread a few leaves out onto my desk – 3 leaves immediately spoke to …

Let the Forest Echo with Laughter

This simple sign has followed me for the past 9 years. Popping up at all the different forest locations, I have had the privilege of running nature art classes, each one unique, offering infinite learning opportunities for the students, young and old.   The sign seems right at home in it’s new location, the forest hill at the back of …