Nature Play has the power to deeply enrich your life

“Play is a basic human need as essential to our well-being as sleep, so when we’re low on play, our minds and bodies notice,” Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play in Carmel Valley Nature Play isn’t just for kids – Nature Play has the power to deeply enrich your life as an adult! Have you ever ridden on …

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 …

The Benefits of Nature Art Therapy

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 and what an absolute joy it is to share this creative journey with such an incredible little being.     We have been returning to the lake, forest and garden. …

What excites your Spirit?

    Earlier this morning, as I walked barefoot, the scent of lavender invited me to dance, I am reminded of Rumi’s call to respond to that which excites me.     I gathered some lavender, yarn and a few fallen twigs …     …and created this little lavender being     She dances in celebration of our soulful, …

The Colourful Smile of a Miracle

I love colour, it ignites my soul – the colours in nature invite me to dance, sing and celebrate – they invite me to play, to absorb their vibrancy, their love, their energy, they invite me to create. Magic filled the air As soon as I stepped outside I could feel the magic in the air     I have …

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. …

A New Day Unfolds

The wild native Arrowleaf Balsamroot flowers (Balsamorhiza sagittata), also known as the Okanagan Sunflower, have me spellbound as they dance majestically in the early morning breeze. Their golden smiles light up the forest, bees arrive and butterflies too. Witnessing the birth of a new day unfold before me gifts immense joy, filling my heart and soul with deep love and …

Childhood Is A Time of Wonder – Dandelion Love

I have always loved dandelions! When I was young, I would make daisy and dandelion crowns and I still do! I also love drawing dandelions, observing the butterflies and bees that visit them but the best thing of all, is sharing the wonders of these amazing flowers with my students. This week with my special needs student, we are learning all …

Interbeing Wall Hanging

Today, I was working on a sample piece to show how we can take our simple illustration and replicate it into a fabric wall hanging.     Each student was invited to illustrate their own interpretation of Interbeing – a short passage written by Thich Nhat Hahn from his wonderful book – Peace is Every Step. Here is an excerpt …

Our Hungry Caterpillar

  As a children’s author and illustrator of children’s books, I will often begin an art therapy session for my special needs students with a picture book. This week, I couldn’t resist the classic “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carl. I love the simplicity of the illustrations, especially the segmented form of the caterpillar….which led me to create this little driftwood …