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 …

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. …

The best friend on earth of man is the tree

Today I had the pleasure of spending sometime with this majestic giant…a beautiful, enriching and quenching time. Madly in love with Trees! This love affair with trees began in childhood when I climbed my first Silver Birch and has grown deeper and more intimate over the years. The trees are my friends; forever nurturing my soul… Trees are a constant source of inspiration for my work and …

The Wonder of Nature

Look with your heart and you’ll find the wonder of earth magic in every natural creation. These incredible delicate flowers – the Chinese Lantern plant ( Physalis alkekeng) -papery bright-orange lantern pods that develop around the ripening fruit had me jumping with excitement yesterday. The intricate detail in the almost lace-like form of the rotting lantern had me spellbound. Holding a …

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 …