Right from the offset there was energy and intelligence flowing freely: 6 out of 6 animal tracks correctly named by the group and a tip top performance yet again on bird calls and 10/10 on leaf identification!! A short awareness game of the wildlife and nature around us, then bags down and into a fiery, energetic game of ‘Highway man’ - running between tree bases without being caught and taking all manner of tactical, stealthy approaches.
We learnt the reef knot to start off on building our knot knowledge over the coming weeks, which enabled us to make a giant paracord circle for us to all carefully leeeaaan back into and give thanks to what we were grateful for.
From there it was another flowing day packed with sharing, playing, learning, crafting and connecting :-D
Anna started fire by percussion, an ancient method used by stone age people which involves striking Flint against Iron Pyrite onto a tinder holding fungus and we had fire!!
After fire, story and lunch we carefully sawed through a few more sit logs as a team, made leaf mandalas, did some whittling: clay moulding, den making, learnt the slip knot to make snares (only for our clay made mice) and heard two heart warming stories of life mixed in nature.
If that wasn’t enough we made and mixed some scrumdidlyumptious Acorn chocolate brownies, so tasty in fact that it was a true battle to get back up to pick up point and defend the remaining brownie from gobbling children so their loving parents could actually try some!
Ross - co-facilitator of the Wild Woodpeckers
Victoria Mew, Founder of Cultivating Curiosity