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 …

FRIDAY FOREST FUN – Bows and Arrows

Nature and Art are essential for the developing child The exercises we follow in our nature program are designed to engage mind, body and spirit, which in turn helps the child, grow into a whole being. The spirit needs to be recognized, nourished, encouraged; the imagination needs space and seeds of wonder to nurture, and the body needs fresh air …

Magical Monday

Don’t you just love when days flow so organically that you feel you are floating in a dream. Today was one of those days. I awoke to find treasure scattered all around the garden. The wild winds the night before had left a carpet of pine cones, a small offering of tiny twigs, seeds and a few long stem flowers …

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 …

Deeply Rooted – We Are One

When we reawaken to the wonders of nature, we feel a new lease of life. We begin to feel happier and healthier. “We Inter-breath with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body” – Thich Nhat Hanh As our love affair (intimacy) with the natural world deepens, so too, does our understanding of …

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 …

Interview with Tom Shea – The Importance of Play

What an absolute delight it was to meet Tom Shea in person. He reminds me of a playful wizard – infact I can see him morphing into one of my children’s book characters one day. With over 40 years experience in child care it comes as no surprise that this beautiful soul understands the needs of young children. Specializing in 0-7 …

The Blending of Colours

This morning I was gifted the presence of a rather exquisite being. His vibrant colours popped out among the new growth of spring foliage. I love colour! The pheasants colours were mesmerizing. The deep vibrance of his head and neck colours complementing the blending of his body plumage colours, created a living, walking masterpiece. The main colour of his body is a …

Happy Spring Beautiful People

I would like to share one of my favourite poems with you on this sacred new day – the birth of Spring. (Even in the city I manage to find a crowd of golden daffodils – watch the video) I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and …

Nature play awakens our senses, minds and hearts

We can never be whole, in harmony, balanced, unless every part of us is healthy – body, mind and spirit – if we only educate the mind we are not whole, there is an emptiness that we need to fill. By stepping outside, nature can help nurture harmony and balance which in turn lead to happiness. Nature nurtures the soul, …