Let’s Make Nature Play Every Day

Winter offers new investigations regarding the trees. We began our lesson by noticing the trees that were evergreen, like the giant Ponderosa Pine trees. We stopped to admire these friendly giants. Elise remembered the bird nests we built with the pine needles last week. Play… Moving about keeps us warm during these cooler winter days. Elise loves owls and so we …

Nature Art Therapy – Cat and Broomstick Magic

Down at the lake we searched for driftwood branches to make into broomsticks. Elise led the hunt, finding 3 and finally choosing the perfect one. We collected water from the lake to mix our powder earth paints. Elise loves this activity, collecting the water offers an opportunity to observe the lake and the rhythms of the water, the sounds, the ripples, …

Nature Art Therapy

During our one to one nature art therapy sessions – I have the privilege of playing and creating, learning and growing with this beautiful child. Elise is one of my special needs students that I am working with this year. I cannot express the joy she is gifting me as we get creative with nature. Playful Sensory Experiences Yesterday, our …

TAKE A BREAK FROM TECHNOLOGY

It’s the weekend – time for me to Unplug! Why not take a break from technology and spend sometime in nature this weekend. I have selected a few videos and posts to inspire…. Even in the city we can get intimate with nature – watch the video: Take a hike – visit your local regional park – watch the video: …

AUTUMN NATURE ART WEEKEND

An opportunity to rediscover the joys of being creative in nature with Marghanita Hughes Wild, Barefoot and Free – Personal Rejuvenation and Inspiration Autumn gifts an abundance of treasure for us to explore and create into meaningful art. During the hands-on workshops, Marghanita will share activities on how to nurture a deep love and respect for the natural world through creative …

The more you love…

“The more you understand, the more you love; the more you love, the more you understand.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh   Making love hearts with the students and the educators is a beautiful way of expressing their love for one another and all life.    I will leave you with a little animation my son created for my book character Orange …

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 …