Nurturing an intimate relationship with nature (Trees)

Continuing our investigation of the spirit of nature, we delved deeper into our relationship with trees. By allowing students to choose their own tree, they feel an instant connection. They can feel the texture of the tree, watch it swaying in the wind. They can explore the birds and insects that live in and around the tree. Today we learned about Canadian …

Slow down

Many of us feel over worked, over whelmed and stressed out; experiencing a real sense of disconnection with the natural world. When we feel like this its a sign to look at our priorities and make some changes. As we rush through our lives, it’s easy to lose focus on what is really important. Yesterday, I took time out to sketch …

Respond to every call that excites your spirit

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” – Rumi And so I did – nature is forever calling our spirit to come and play….to dance and sing and create… The golden amber and rusty earth tones of the Beech leaves danced in the winter sun. Creating a glow that could not be ignored. The gentle breeze swirled it’s way …

Peace is Within

We can all feel a little overwhelmed at times, especially at this time of year. Sometimes finding peace can be challenging in the chaos. For me, time in nature helps me tap into my inner peace. I love all the seasons, however I secretly wish to hold onto Autumn just a little bit longer. This beautiful Beech tree with it’s cascading copper …

We are not separate – we are nature

I see ourselves, nature and art as inseparable. The environment is not somewhere else Nature is not somewhere you go to – it is everywhere and we are part of it. This series of photographs did not set out as a project, in-fact it began as just an ordinary day walking in the city when, in the distance a golden …

The best friend on earth of man is the tree

Today I had the pleasure of spending sometime with this majestic giant…a beautiful, enriching and quenching time. Madly in love with Trees! This love affair with trees began in childhood when I climbed my first Silver Birch and has grown deeper and more intimate over the years. The trees are my friends; forever nurturing my soul… Trees are a constant source of inspiration for my work and …

VITAMIN N CHALLENGE

The Children and Nature Network invited me to take the Vitamin N challenge as one of the challenge bloggers and social networkers to help connect children families and communities to the natural world. Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, Richard Louv’s new book, was written to encourage widespread, diverse and accessible action to nature. Richard states, “It’s not …

Why Nature Art Matters

CHILDREN NEED TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH NATURE Children’s emotional and affective values of nature develop earlier than their abstract, logical and rational perspectives (Kellert 2002). We need to allow children to develop their biophilia, their love for the Earth, before we ask them to save it. Here is a beautiful and magical way for …

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 …