Whimsical Wednesday – Nature Art For Peace

Wishing you all a whimsical Wednesday – morning has broken, like the first morning, a brand new day full of love and light and wonder, mystery and magic – infinite possibilities. The golden orbs of fairy light have my spirit dancing – my easel awaits! May your Wednesday be full of joy – know you are deeply loved and that …

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 …

The Benefits of Nature Art Therapy

I have the privilege of playing and creating, learning and growing with this beautiful child. Elise is one of my special needs students that I am working with this year and what an absolute joy it is to share this creative journey with such an incredible little being.     We have been returning to the lake, forest and garden. …

Our Hungry Caterpillar

  As a children’s author and illustrator of children’s books, I will often begin an art therapy session for my special needs students with a picture book. This week, I couldn’t resist the classic “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carl. I love the simplicity of the illustrations, especially the segmented form of the caterpillar….which led me to create this little driftwood …

FREE FOREST FAIRY DOLL GIVEAWAY

It is St Patricks Day this Saturday…to celebrate we’re giving away a FREE Forest Fairy – Nika the rock hunter…she’s our green butterfly forest fairy. Ireland is called the ‘Emerald Isle’  –  Emerald Isle is the poetic name for Ireland due to its green countryside, what a magical name don’t you think! I love the colour green, there are so …

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 …

Friday Fun with the Forest Fairies

The Forest Fairies love hanging out with their giant friends – the Ponderosa Pines!     “To climb a tree is for a child to discover a new world” – Froebel       Let the Forest Echo with Laughter Once More…     “It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives …

Storytelling with Nature

Had oodles of fun today in the snow recording a new video session for Storytelling with Nature. Can you guess what storybook we were sharing today – it features a Crow as the main character and all his forest friends and involves snow and fire?   The students (both young and old) love making the characters out of clay and …

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 …

Nature Play All Year Round: Investigating the Elements: Water

There was a scattering of snow left in the forest and by the lake shore offering wonderful opportunities for my special needs student to investigate the element: Water I try to have an offering for each lesson that allows for spontaneous exploration and free-flowing creative adventures. This morning Elise noticed the paint containers were full of ice, what a delightful …