The Tree Protectors – Gnome Kits

Trees are the givers of breath – what could be more important. I believe these sacred giants need to be remembered and celebrated in order for their survival and our own. The most beautiful and authentic way to do this is by forming a relationship with the trees. I always had the desire to share the joy of creating art, and …

We Learn Through Play

Playing with nature inside and outside is a big part of my day.. today I was playing with one of my little stick beings I made last month after a visit to the local farmers market.     His wizardly look came about after topping and tailing some beetroot.       The long root made the most delightful hat… …

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 …

The Joy is in the Process

We were filming our latest Nature Art video today. Strong winds the night before showered the path with pine needles- gifting us a brand new canvas to work with.     An invitation to create land art – an Autumnal Mandala     Like all art – the joy is in the process – not the finsihed product.     Adults …

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change

  The flowers spoke in a million colours, dancing gracefully like paper angels. I wrote this in my journal last night after photographing the Irises in the garden. How often do we stop to appreciate the miracle before us, such as the intricate detail of the Iris or the simplicity of the daisy.  “If we could see the miracle of …

THE DANCE OF INTER-BEING (Nature Art Workshop)

Overlooking Lake Okanagan – You are invited to join Marghanita Hughes and Jessica Saunders for a transformation afternoon of art. As we illuminate our woven tapestry of Inter-being. Watch the video:   Opening up the afternoon with an inner clearing of space as we provide a journal for a guided radical writing technique     Igniting our inner child to take flight through …

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)     …

Nature Art can help improve the health and wellbeing of our children

Our latest Artstarts project was inspired by two elements: My love of chocolate and discovering how we can have a healthy intake of chocolate if it is the right chocolate. (Below, Apricot and Oat Cacao Raw Bar)   The second element was from a passage I read many years ago – the inspiring passage was from the book “Peace Is …