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Children need Nature

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In our Art and Nature Explorer classes our projects often are inspired by the things we find in our environment.  We have the best classroom right outside our front doors. From seashells, sticks and stones to leaves! One of our days we made collages using giant leaves they collected on a walk. I love being able to take the Art and Nature Explorers on the road and visit different parks and enviromental areas. They learn about the envirioment how to take care of it and make that heart to heart connection to the world around them.  Exploring nature through creativity is a unique program to encourage a childs curiosity, explore and reconnect to the magic of nature that is around them.  I do believe in no child left inside, what they learn to love they will protect.

 

I could have a classroom but we do have the best classroom of all just right outside! One of the great benefits of being able to travel to different locations like the beach, the pineland trails or the old oak hammocks is the ability for the children to be exposed to a variety of different environmental area art materials and animals that live there. The art projects are about reconnecting to Mother Natures seasons and some of our projects are inspired by an animal we are lucky enough to find out on the trails. 

In our Art and Nature Explorer programs we incorporate a hands-on art activity. The lesson is from first inspiration to finished project art always involves nature.  Sometimes even the leftovers of former environmental art projects can provide inspiration,.  One group of children took vine circles left behind from another project creating beautiful dream catchers and wove with them,  and made wreathes.  They also brought the circles outside and used them to spark imaginary play including throwing objects through a target!  Fun use of imagination and natural materials for play! Children need art, not only for the development of their creativity, but as a support for growing cognitive, social, and motor abilities.

Our art materials are thoughtfully arranged using wooden bowls or naturally colored containers. Natural materials such as grasses, seeds, leaves and sticks are placed next to the glue rather than the sequins or glitter you might find in a more traditional classroom.

Being outside can bring its own way of dealing with obstacles: on one windy day the papers where flying! much to the glee of some of the children – others not so much, so we discovered the rocks could be used as a weight to help the papers stay in place.  Using a simple lesson like this can help children discover their strengths and help them in other areas of life.      

 

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A Dream Journey

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dream_journeyMy summer vacation…lol…This year I went on a European trip with my son. We went with a company called EF Educational tours through his high school.  We traveled with 30 highschoolers and a handfull of adults as champarones.  I love traveling with the kids.  They were so excited to all the places we visited. Our trip started in Dublin, Ireland-Wales, London and Paris.  We also had a side trip to Normandy for the D day memorials. 

To say we had a great time is an understatement.  I love to travel with my Son Travis, he is 21 and always the gentleman. I shared alot of our jouney on facebook and on istagram so it I felt like ya’ll were with me. 

As the jouney began we left Miami and took a plane to Ireland, for 2 days, then a boat to Wales. A bus to London and visit all the sites there that I have read about in books. the London Bridge, Big Ben and the Windsor Castle.  (the Queen was on holiday!) But the real reason I was excited to go on this trip was to go to a sacred spot- Stonehenge. We had a great guide that filled us in on the sites.  Our guide said he and his family would come up on hoidays and picnic where the “rocks” where and he climbed all over them with his friends!  It was interesting listening to the history and what they represented all through the history books.  As we arrived we were droped off at the gift shop then a buss ride to the site. You can’t go in by the actually stones (only certain times) but we were able to walk around the stone structures at a distance but we could still have places to sit and meditate. As I stood there with the wind blowing over the tall grasses I was able to be still and listen and I wished peace in my heart, soaking up the love the energy of this sacred space.

On the ride back I got the idea for a class called the Butterfly Magical Journey. I think I wrote most of it on the bus ride back to the hotel.  So many notes and ideas I thought, I will share when I get home and put something together.

The next day we took a tour around London town road, exciting to ride the tube to get around and then back to bed early for we took the underground train to Paris!!! So excited.

Reclaim your Life: Be fierce

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Living fiercely is for me about living life to the fullest-for me. and my very active fierce life came to a halt when I broke my leg in August.  I always try and see the lesson in life and this one I needed some help with.  We need to be able to ask for help from others when we are to deep into our…stuff!  I have taken a few drumming journeys since I have had my broken leg.  Going back to my fall on the mountain back in Canada during a shaman initiative. I’m always Asking questions and digging deeper.  It seems this time of year there is usually something going on that I get hurt.  So as a Shaman I journey for myself with the help of my mentor Michele Grace Lesaird and a few things have come about. Very enlightening really. One thing is the falling down and now with my broken leg is all about grounding and balance.  I tend to overdo like many of us between family and work, well it’s a stressful time.  I needed to reclaim my life through creativity. It seemed simple enough so why was I fighting it?  Feeling of fear, vulnerability of the sharing my heart though my art is terrifying! But you know. We are all artists; we create everyday and I am the artist of my life.  I can create a warm and welcoming home, I want to offer classes and workshops.  Have people over for dinner and have fun enjoying each other’s company.

 

I want to Share the magic; inspire friends to think about their life as art!