“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our chidlren’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).”
Richard Louv (2006), Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Defecit Disorder.
A group of interested practitioners met Tanya in the local common for two hours of woodland activity and relaxation. Afterall, Forest School is for grown-ups too! While we chatted about our own outdoor practice in schools and nurseries, we whittled elder into whistles, shared techniques and encouraged each other – as we do with our children. How many of us would allow knives and which peeler worked to decorate the bark? Many deep questions that certainly touch upon today’s risk averse culture.
A fire crackled in the centre, warm drinks were prepared from the Kelly Kettle and homemade biscuits munched. We certainly all need time in nature with like-minded people to inspire and think about practice, this time experiencing the outdoors for ourselves.
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Tanya Dickson BSc (Hons) MCMA
Forest School Leader/ Managing Director