A Prayer for Elise

Today was a very emotional day, it was my last class with my special needs student – Elise for a while, as she will undergo a major operation this coming Tuesday ( a ⅔ corpus colostomy). Elise suffers from a rare neurological disorder, Subcortical Band Heterotopia, as well as epilepsy.  Elise couldn’t make it to class – so I went to her home …

Wild and Free

All children need time to play outdoors… to let their imaginations run wild and free This beautiful 5 year old wanted to fly and so she did! Wild and Free And soon all the other children were flying in and out of the trees, some were fairies, some were dragonflies; others were birds and butterflies… It was their game, their adventure, their …

Grateful for the Bird Song

Sunday was grey, the clouds hung low over the mountain – there was a heaviness in the air then I spotted several mountain blue birds and heard the sweet angelic bird song which filled my heart with so much love and appreciation – colour seemed to fill the sky – bird song always makes me smile…they also remind me of …

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 …

A little spirited friend says hello

Today I was working on an art proposal for a new nature art project entitled “Rooted in Love” When I looked up from my computer – there she was – happily feasting on the wild rose beside our large fairy den.     What a thrill to have this beautiful, curious young soul gaze in at me,  we were both …

We Are All Beautiful – The Power of Storytelling

I believe we can all be storytellers and Mother Nature is the best storyteller of all. She also provides us with the most wonderful natural materials to explore, play with and help create our very own stories. It’s through nature play that I discover more about myself, the environment in which I live and it’s where stories find me. WATCH …

The Colourful Smile of a Miracle

I love colour, it ignites my soul – the colours in nature invite me to dance, sing and celebrate – they invite me to play, to absorb their vibrancy, their love, their energy, they invite me to create. Magic filled the air As soon as I stepped outside I could feel the magic in the air     I have …

Artstarts Project – Where Does Our Food Come From ?

A creative journey of discovering where our food comes from, in this particular journey we investigate the fascinating story of the chocolate tree. Although, we rarely think about seeds, nine out of every ten bites of food we eat today start with seeds and chocolate begins as a seed too. Through a series of hands-on workshops the students learned about …