Posted on July 30, 2019
wisdom of the earth
nine-month immersion program
“The greatest gift I received from this nine month journey is experiencing grieving with others, being deeply listened to and welcomed in my emotions. From this, a deep feeling of being supported arose. I’ve learnt a new thing that makes me feel instantly better when I’m feeling a bit disconnected: giving thanks (doing the Thanksgiving address at my sit spot). I think being with the group and sharing deep things helped me to broaden my perspectives, understand better the others and also understand how connected we are, how much so often we share the same wounds of connection. I feel way more connected to Nature and this created in myself an even bigger commitment to protect her… because I really realized what is really important for me, what I would die for and this is for Love, people, nature, animals: all living things. Et voilà!”
Merci Adeline pour ces mots si beaux! It was pleasure to meet you and be able to record some of the profound transformation of your 8Shields – Art of Mentoring journey with Wisdom of the Earth. Belinda White, Apple Star Photo and Living Stream Media
WISDOM OF THE EARTH IMMERSION is a transformative Deep Nature Connection Immersion program, based on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada Wisdom of the Earth in the lineage of the 8 Shields Mentoring and Nature Connection.
CONNECTION – CREATIVITY – VISION – COMMUNITY – TRANSFORMATION
To find out if you are called to this journey, visit http://www.wisdomoftheearth.ca/immersion/
All photos copyright by Apple Star Photo and Wisdom of the Earth
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Posted on October 7, 2017
Apple Star Learning outdoor class….
My photography informs my mentoring work with children. Inspired by the Reggio model of education, I use loose parts, arts supplies, and an engaged, observant, curious, experimental, inspired approach to my outdoor education classes. I believe fundamentally that attachment to place, creative learning, and compassionate child raising and educational practices go hand in hand. I use my photography as an observational tool, an art form, and a celebration of what my students and I engage with, leaner from and create.
Fall is well on it’s way with its wonderful shifts of temperature, air pressure, colour, and more! Isn’t it amazing how these seasonal changes engage us and invigorate our senses inviting us to touch, explore, connect deeply? When it comes to outdoor education, Summer and Spring are wonderful for their ease, light clothing, or none at all, making it easy to go on hikes, access the water, enjoy the outdoors, whether running, swimming, climbing, or lazing around studying shadows. However, there is nothing like Fall and Winter to keen our senses, and propel us like sticky burrs into a state of survival….seeds fall, their textures and secrets calling to us, telling a story, birds migrate south, scribing the air with their graphic presence, waters begin to flow, moulding the landscape, light and colour become precious, poignant, rain, cold and wind mean we need to take stock, take care, carry our load. Did you know, that children come alive in these settings? Their bodies tingle with belonging, with competence, with awe….
I am excited to be heading int my second Fall and Winter Sessions of Art~Play at Trout lake with a small group of students for our place and inquiry-based, free-range play classes that combine Forest School Tinkering and Reggio elements, all the while centring around compassion, heart-centred and non-violent com munition and problem-solving.
These classes are a wonderful small student-to-teacher ratio group for children aged 6-8 who love to move-to-think, use their hands, hearts, entire bodies and imaginations to engage with learning; and, who benefit from a gentle, attached, mentor-teacher style. Here they can safely explore connecting with self, other children and their natural surroundings without pressure t conform or produce. Here their unique ideas, suggestions and divergent learning styles are honoured.
Also, if your child is new t home learning, or is even still in school, but needs an outdoor, more embodied, activated break from the four-walled classroom, Art~Play could be perfect! It introduces the concept of child-lead learning to both student and parent, while allowing a lot of freedom of movement, association, thinking and creative styles. With my extensive experience working with children of many learning backgrounds, i can help both your child and you get a more integrated understanding of how she/he/they learn.
Don’t let the cold wether scare you! Even children who have less experience carrying their own weight, and toughing it through the hard weather, grow immensely in this setting, gaining incredible self-confidence and mutual care with the group.
We have space for one more student, maybe two depending on the individual. I am open to sliding scale fees, and parent=participation. Please con act me here on Apple Star Learning on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for a trail class or for more information.
I look forward to hearing from you and to sharing some glorious days playing, creating and learning outdoors this Fall!
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Posted on February 25, 2017
Holding space, Belonging to Place and Letting Play!
I love children!
I have worked with babies, children and youth as a teacher, caregiver, nanny and mentor for over 20 years now. Throughout this time, and especially over the last 12 years since I gave birth to my son, I have also enjoyed observing and photographing children of all ages (including adults) learning through play, through attachment and belonging to place, to land, to community and to loved ones, thriving through this freely chosen, autonomous engagement with each other, and with their surroundings.
On this journey, my photography has been an incredible resource for me, as a document and testimony to the power of play and attachment. I am coming to name this, just now, embodied play, embodied learning. Enriched by my studies of Forest School, Coyote Mentoring, Play Work, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio, Tinkering School, Peak Experience, and Parkour or Big Impact Play, I am stunned daily by the lack of movement, the lack of engagement with place, with space, with natural environments, rural, farming work, chores, and urban architecture, design and landscape. All around as teachers are struggling to get student sot stop moving and pay attention, students with diagnosis, get special chairs. Meanwhile, adults and children alike sign themselves up for sports, yoga, martial arts, contact dance, bouldering, indoor parkour, pilates and more to compensate for our sedentary, crib, car-eseat, desk, sofa life-styles.
What is embodied play learning? Why do we exist in space, with all of ours muscles, tendons, bones aching to move, our nervous system tingling and alice, our sense attuned to so many external stimulus? And, yet we send them to school…..
Waldorf education spas of proprioseption…
Montessori of the prepared environment…
Reggio Emilia of the environment as third teacher…
We pay big money to get our over-active children into bouldering, martial arts or parkour, why not just let them climb trees?
Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful to be payed to hold space for children’s embodied play, children’s innate exploration and creativity outside of the classroom! I love, love, love doing Mini Photo Play Sessions, where the whole family gets into some embodied play, and those eyes sparkle and natural smiles ignite as the endorphins flush through….
But I thought I’d just let you all know that alongside this work with children and families, my other passion is to tell stories, to shift perception, to get more of us out there in the big old work, wild, rural, or urban to play, full-bodied, embodied, attached to place.
#ForestSchool #CoyoteMentoring #PlayWork #Montessori #Waldorf #Reggio #TinkeringSchool #PeakExperience #Parkour #BigImpactPlay #applestarlearning #applestarphoto