The Tree Protectors – Gnome Kits

Trees are the givers of breath – what could be more important. I believe these sacred giants need to be remembered and celebrated in order for their survival and our own. The most beautiful and authentic way to do this is by forming a relationship with the trees. I always had the desire to share the joy of creating art, and …

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 …

How to Nurture a Relationship with Trees

Where to begin?  –  With the Trees! Trees are the givers of breath – what could be more important. I believe these sacred giants need to be remembered and celebrated in order for their survival and our own. The most beautiful and authentic way to do this is by forming a relationship with the trees – this begins when we …

3 Fun Activities to do with Autumn Treasure

I absolutely adore this time of year – the colour alone has my spirit dancing, treasures are abundant and the cooler weather allows for longer hikes…oh the Joy of Autumn! Autumn offers us infinite opportunities for creative nature play, here are just a few to try this weekend. Take a walk in the woods or a near by park and …

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 …

Friday Forest Magic

First came the little fawn, a very curious little being, just like a child full of wonder, her mother watching from a distance.         Then later in the evening down came these two young Prince’s gracing us with their magnificent beauty.       These playful souls had my spirit dancing – what a joy, what a …

Students Wall Hangings – Interbeing (Clouds In Each Paper)

Artstarts Project – “The fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – Workshop 3 – Canvas Wall Hangings Grades 3,4 and 5 students investigated the beautifully written passage “Interbeing” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Interbeing means that you are part of the whole web of life. You are not isolated and alone. When you become peaceful, happy and solid the world benefits. …

Discovering our Deep Rooted Connection with Nature through Creative Exploration

Out first day of our creative journey (school nature art project involving 47 students – grades 4 and 5) begins on Thursday with a presentation on the “Fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – followed by a storytelling with nature workshop. The Fascinating Story of the Cacao Tree As a visual artist, I am always looking for ways to best …

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 – 3 Wise Men

I have always collected fallen leaves. I press them in an old book. They lose a lot of their colour and become quite brittle but if you are gentle, they can be used for beautiful creations at anytime of the year. Working on Christmas cards, I spread a few leaves out onto my desk – 3 leaves immediately spoke to …