Forming Meaningful Relationships with Nature through Art

Last week I ran a 2 day workshop down in Vancouver. The school I was visiting is located in a highly urbanized neighborhood, the opportunity for children to interact with nature are very few in day to day lives. Bringing nature into the classroom provides opportunities for the students to explore, discover and learn about the natural world. During our …

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. …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” – Sir Ken Robinson

I just recently watched a short video : HOW SOCIETY KILLS YOUR CREATIVITY (You can view the video for yourself by following the link at the bottom of the page). Here is an excerpt from the article written by ALANNA KETLER in the Collective Evolution. “In many cases, the school system doesn’t celebrate gifts in the realm of art, music, poetry etc. Rather, the …

Freedom to Play and Explore

Children need meaningful outdoor experiences that invite them to play, learn, and explore their place in nature. All young children are creative. Nature play helps nurture imagination and creativity. “In their play and self-directed exploration they create their own mental models of the world around them and also models of imaginary worlds. Adults whom we call geniuses are those who …

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 …