"I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand" anon
We believe it is extremely valuable for children to spend time outdoors engaging with the elements…yet, over the past few generations the amount of time that children actually do this has drastically decreased. So we are part of an international movement within Western Culture to reconnect children with nature in a powerful way. Our primary aim is to facilitate positive meaningful connection to the natural world for individuals.
Alongside this is developing our relationships to ourselves and other people too. A big part of meeting these aims is simply having fun in natural environments! So we play a lot of games, create things from natural resources, share stories around fires, cook food over the fire, sing songs, celebrate abundance, adventure through woodlands, track animals, notice where the birds are and what other wild homes we can find out there.
Through meeting our primary aim there are many positive outcomes including: growing respect for the natural world, developing whittling skills, improving relationship and skill with fire lighting and tending, other tool skills such as safe saw use, experiential learning about lots of aspects of the natural world, the seasons and natural cycles, the animals, camouflage, the interconnectedness of the web of life, food chains, the language of the birds…the list really goes on and on.
Where the founder, Victoria, trained at the Wilderness Awareness School they look for what they call the 8 attributes of awareness emerging in their regular participants – where they see these coming forth in individuals they recognise that they are doing their job as nature mentors well…so we appreciate that these too are natural outcomes of this approach:
Common Sense (which isn’t so common these days!)
Aliveness and agility
Caring and tending
Service to the community
Awe and Reverence
We pretty much do not ‘teach’ didactically however there is incredibly rich learning from the well designed, tried and tested, facilitated games and activities that all participants experience. Where applicable to school groups we of course can adapt to fulfill learning outcomes as necessary.