Nature Art can help improve the health and wellbeing of our children

Our latest Artstarts project was inspired by two elements: My love of chocolate and discovering how we can have a healthy intake of chocolate if it is the right chocolate. (Below, Apricot and Oat Cacao Raw Bar)   The second element was from a passage I read many years ago – the inspiring passage was from the book “Peace Is …

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 …

Storytelling with Nature Video Series

Doing some prep work today for a new video series – Storytelling with Nature We investigate different cultures, landscapes, environments and all the animals, birds and insects that live in these sacred places. Offering students hours of imaginative play and creative exploration – story making with painting, sculpture, music, dance and drama. Storytelling is a fundamental form of human communication …

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 …

THE JOY OF LEARNING

Here is part one of my latest nature art project “Telling our Stories with the Help of Nature’s Muses” – A three week joy filled learning exploration of our interconnectedness, life cycles and celebrations of all life. As Spring blooms so too do the grade one students of Khalsa Elementary School as they learn how to tell their stories orally, …

Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” – Sir Ken Robinson

I just recently watched a short video : HOW SOCIETY KILLS YOUR CREATIVITY (You can view the video for yourself by following the link at the bottom of the page). Here is an excerpt from the article written by ALANNA KETLER in the Collective Evolution. “In many cases, the school system doesn’t celebrate gifts in the realm of art, music, poetry etc. Rather, the …

Children’s creativity blossoms through rich experiences with the arts

“The world doesn’t need more ‘successful people.’ The world desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” — Dalai Lama Music, art and drama connects, heals and enlivens our celebrations and I cannot think of a more magical way for children to engage in the arts than using nature as a stage to inspire, create and …

NATURE, ART AND MUSIC: THE JOY OF LEARNING

Continuing the journey of the “Stories and Music from the Spirit of the Trees” a nature art project consisting of 12 workshops – inspired by the beautiful branch flute music – “Butterfly Blue” by Jon Sherman. Workshop 4: Musical Instruments made from nature What animals, birds or insects do we think of when we hear the gentle jingle of a bell …

Taking the class into Nature – it’s powerful!

FALLING IN LOVE WITH NATURE All children need to see and experience trees to understand their deep-rooted connection to these magnificent beings and the positive impact they have on our well being. Continuing our project “MUSIC AND STORIES FROM THE SPIRIT OF THE TREES” – inspired by a beautiful piece of music by Jon Sherman – Butterfly Blue (see previous …

Do You Wish To Connect Your Students With Nature?

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