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 …

Happy first day of March!

Each month gifts endless opportunities to explore and create outdoors in nature. The birth of Spring unfolds in March, gifting longer, warmer days to play outdoors. Fallen branches are easier to find now that the snow has finally melted and snow drops, daffodils and crocuses offer delightful colour, texture and scent to our nature play and creations. One of our favourite …

Thank you Beautiful Souls

Slow Down It’s time to unplug from the cyber world and relax into a slower rhythm, a more natural rhythm. Slow, gentle walks during the day allow us to awaken to the magical wonders of nature. Go in search of snow creatures… Or create Land Art : How to make Flowers in the Snow video Or take a walk to the …

A Ruin with a View

I am often asked where do your ideas come from Marghanita? My answer – “from exploring and playing with nature.” It’s a very free-flowing, spontaneous and organic process; observing my surroundings with an open heart and mind. For example, last Tuesday, dare I say, I escaped the city of Edinburgh and headed for the Fife coast. During a coastal walk I …

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 …

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 …

Creative Outdoor Spaces – Simple Art Table

The creative process is magical, enchanting and ancient and I cannot think of a more inspiring place to nurture a child’s creativity than outdoors in nature. The Artist in Each of Us “Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together” and we all …

Time in nature feeds my soul

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of God-light’ in the woods of our experience.” ― C.S. Lewis Just a few minutes walk from the city centre I enter a golden cathedral full of beauty, wonder …

Finding Nature in the City

I do not have to go to the forest in order to nurture my creativity, be inspired, or bring forth the child within, one single tree can ignite my imagination beyond belief, a single leaf can leave me spellbound by its intricate detail. “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to …

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 …