Soulful Art – Spring Awakening

Spring is playing with my soul – the colourful birds have arrived gifting immense joy as they sing with such purity – flying from one bare branch to the next. The buds on the bare trees are tempted to to burst forth with new life, yet holding back, knowing the frost is still looming..but I cannot wait, my soul is …

It’s the weekend – you’ll find me in the forest!

It’s the weekend…You’ll find me in the forest!     or up a mountain   Wildness is a necessity… “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, …

A Mothers Love is the Beginning of Everything

My mother loved art college and graduated as an art teacher but gave up her career to bring up my (3) brothers and I. (She returned to teaching when we were much older). Love is the beginning of everything When I was little, my mother held my hand and took me outdoors to listen to the birds (her favourite being …

Keep close to Nature’s heart

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir We have lost our intimacy with nature My love affair with trees began in childhood. Climbing up into the welcoming arms of the silver birch in our back garden was probably …

ALIVE

Deep within the soul, we know that we are part of nature There is a longing to flow with the river of life; to be nourished by Mother Earth’s music and poetry…. Be wild and free, embrace what is real – go barefoot, listen to the birdsong, play in the water, dance with the wind, feel the love, breathe in …

World PVNH Day 2017

Today my post is dedicated to two very special people – Carole Aline and her incredible daughter Elise. I have had the privilege of knowing Carole and her two beautiful daughters Elise and Lillianne for many years now. The girls attended my first ever nature art class in the Okanagan back in 2010 and have returned every year since. During …

The more you love…

“The more you understand, the more you love; the more you love, the more you understand.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh   Making love hearts with the students and the educators is a beautiful way of expressing their love for one another and all life.    I will leave you with a little animation my son created for my book character Orange …

The Power of Nature Play – Once Upon a Time

Imaginations flourish outdoors in nature Nature provides the best environment for creative adventures with found objects. A few sticks, flowers, pebbles, rocks and twine…can offer a child of any age hours of creative fun and learning opportunities. Nature gifts the most beautiful organic open-ended materials for all sorts of creative exploration. Storytelling with nature One of my favourite nature based art activities for children …

Slow down

Many of us feel over worked, over whelmed and stressed out; experiencing a real sense of disconnection with the natural world. When we feel like this its a sign to look at our priorities and make some changes. As we rush through our lives, it’s easy to lose focus on what is really important. I am in my home city …

Happy first day of March!

Each month gifts endless opportunities to explore and create outdoors in nature. The birth of Spring unfolds in March, gifting longer, warmer days to play outdoors. Fallen branches are easier to find now that the snow has finally melted and snow drops, daffodils and crocuses offer delightful colour, texture and scent to our nature play and creations. One of our favourite …