A is for Acorn

It really sadened me to read that the word Acorn has been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary.     They may have removed the word Acorn from the dictionary but let us make sure Acorns and the Mighty Oaks are not lost from our hearts or our beautiful and sacred language!     I do not have to go …

Nature Play has the power to deeply enrich your life

“Play is a basic human need as essential to our well-being as sleep, so when we’re low on play, our minds and bodies notice,” Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play in Carmel Valley Nature Play isn’t just for kids – Nature Play has the power to deeply enrich your life as an adult! Have you ever ridden on …

Barefoot is more fun!

Kissing the warm earth with my naked feet is so good for my whole being. I love to go barefoot! Today I was pulling up garlic and what a thrill it was to wiggle my toes in the soil as I pulled gently on a stem of garlic. I know your not meant to pull but I just wanted to …

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 …

What excites your Spirit?

    Earlier this morning, as I walked barefoot, the scent of lavender invited me to dance, I am reminded of Rumi’s call to respond to that which excites me.     I gathered some lavender, yarn and a few fallen twigs …     …and created this little lavender being     She dances in celebration of our soulful, …

The Colourful Smile of a Miracle

I love colour, it ignites my soul – the colours in nature invite me to dance, sing and celebrate – they invite me to play, to absorb their vibrancy, their love, their energy, they invite me to create. Magic filled the air As soon as I stepped outside I could feel the magic in the air     I have …

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 …

Childhood Is A Time of Wonder – Dandelion Love

I have always loved dandelions! When I was young, I would make daisy and dandelion crowns and I still do! I also love drawing dandelions, observing the butterflies and bees that visit them but the best thing of all, is sharing the wonders of these amazing flowers with my students. This week with my special needs student, we are learning all …

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 …

The Living World Inspires Creativity

  The natural world is filled with inspiring birds, animals, plants, trees and creatures, large and small, in the sky, land and water. Springtime is a very exciting time, offering great opportunities to observe the birds and their nest building. Many different birds can be spotted with their beaks full of nesting material. Simple Bird Nest (part one)     …