The Joy of Learning

Dearest Marghanita, When I first started the Nature Art online program I wanted to reconnect with nature and the inner child hidden in me. Moreover, as a young educator I was at that time, I did not know from where to start the teaching process. Following each and every chapter of your program I get to know myself better and …

Reconnecting with Nature

One way to reconnect with nature is to immerse yourself in the elements. By merging with the elements we are learning to honor and respect the earth, water, air and sun. Everywhere we live has a spirit Last night the wildness of this sacred land spoke to me as the storm whipped up the waves, I stood memorized by the …

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 …

FRIDAY FOREST FUN – Bows and Arrows

Nature and Art are essential for the developing child The exercises we follow in our nature program are designed to engage mind, body and spirit, which in turn helps the child, grow into a whole being. The spirit needs to be recognized, nourished, encouraged; the imagination needs space and seeds of wonder to nurture, and the body needs fresh air …

Magical Monday

Don’t you just love when days flow so organically that you feel you are floating in a dream. Today was one of those days. I awoke to find treasure scattered all around the garden. The wild winds the night before had left a carpet of pine cones, a small offering of tiny twigs, seeds and a few long stem flowers …

The Healing Power of Nature – Gentleness

The deer represents many things to different cultures; gentleness and peace to the First Nations people here in BC. In Buddhism, the deer symbolises harmony, happiness, & peace which our world so desperately needs more of right now. For me, the deer reminders us to be gentle with ourselves and others; to honor our creativity, sensitivity and intuition. Sacred Moments …

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 …

GROWING UP IN HARMONY WITH NATURE

Froebel believed play was a necessary element in educating the “whole” child allowing them to use all their imaginative powers and physical movements to explore his interests. He stated, “Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” Yesterday at Educating the Heart with Nature Art we were making …

Gourmet Food From Nature

Today I got to hang out with my beautiful daughter who is a vegan studying to be a nutritionist. Jasmine appreciates how important a well balanced diet is for our children. She believes as adults, we need to be positive role models for the children in our lives and I wholeheartedly agree with her. She is creating a deliciously – rustic, …

Preschoolers and Technology

Having just arrived back from a most enchanting encounter with a swallowtail butterfly ( the colouful being danced from flower to flower coming right up close, kissing my fingers with it’s fragile wings before fluttering off gracefully into the forest). I set about down loading my photos. What a great use of technology I think to myself.  Minutes later a Ted Talk appears in my news feed …