Nature Art Therapy: Making Music

As we walked along the pebbled beach, we listened to the water, lapping and splashing. We listened to the sound of the small rocks moving ever so slightly beneath our feet. The frost (like a glue) had stuck them together. Elise investigated the frozen leaves and gathered a few feathers to put in her basket. My basket was full of empty …

Nature Art Therapy – Cat and Broomstick Magic

Down at the lake we searched for driftwood branches to make into broomsticks. Elise led the hunt, finding 3 and finally choosing the perfect one. We collected water from the lake to mix our powder earth paints. Elise loves this activity, collecting the water offers an opportunity to observe the lake and the rhythms of the water, the sounds, the ripples, …

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 …

Artists and Nature

My desk is always messy, especially with all the treasure I find in nature; horse chestnuts become conkers, fallen leaves morph into little crowns. However, this week it’s even messier, after a visit to the local library. I love visiting the library! I love books! I found a most delightful book on the wonderful abstract artist Paul Klee ” Life and …

Nature Art – Sensory Play

Today’s focus was on Trees – colour, texture, shape, leaves, seeds… We began down at the lake – bark rubbing Elise is one of the special needs students I am fortunate to be working with this year. We learn together through nature play! We then headed back up to the wooded area at the back of the garden, gathering fallen …

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 …

We are all storytellers

Your Imagination is the key to unlocking the magical stories hidden in nature And so it was, a new creative exploration began to unfold, the minute I fell in love with this enchanting little leaf … It had me spellbound, the minute I held this incredible piece of art in my hands, along with its two little companions. “The power …

It is our spirit that connects us with all

I instantly fall in love with this tiny leaf. It’s magnificent and enchanting colours whisper to me – inviting me in closer. I stop; look and wonder I am spellbound by its magic… Within the leaf My spirit sees the tree Within the leaf My spirit sees you and me Within the leaf There is the joy and love and …

Nature is Our Greatest Storyteller

I have been spending a lot of time at the lake  – its mezmorising sound, forms and movement have me spellbound. The rocks and pebbles are fascinating too – hundreds upon hundreds of different shapes, colours, sizes; each one unique and possesing it’s own ancient, sacred story. I use pebbles and rocks in a lot of my art and nature …