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 greatest joy of art is self-expression

  Freedom of Individuality I have never stopped playing and my favourite place to play is outdoors in nature. I let my imagination lead me on a journey…today, it was the Queen Anne Lace dancing majestically in the autumn sunshine that whispered to my heart, calling my spirit to play.     The intricate detail of the flower head had …

A is for Acorn

It really sadened me to read that the word Acorn has been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary.     They may have removed the word Acorn from the dictionary but let us make sure Acorns and the Mighty Oaks are not lost from our hearts or our beautiful and sacred language!     I do not have to go …

What excites your Spirit?

    Earlier this morning, as I walked barefoot, the scent of lavender invited me to dance, I am reminded of Rumi’s call to respond to that which excites me.     I gathered some lavender, yarn and a few fallen twigs …     …and created this little lavender being     She dances in celebration of our soulful, …

The Travelling Mini Me

My last class with my special needs student Elise was bitter-sweet – I felt sad and very emotional as it was not only our last class of the term but the last class for a long, long time… Elise and her family are leaving BC but I am super happy to know they are embarking on a new life in …

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 …

CELEBRATING PURPLE DAY

Purple Day is on Monday 26th March – helping to raise awareness of epilepsy. 50 Million people have epilepsy world wide. I wasn’t aware of Purple Day until I started my nature art therapy sessions with little Elise, one of my special needs students. Elise suffers from a very rare neurological disorder, Subcortical Band Heterotopia #SBH. While the brain was …

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 …

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 …