The Wildlife Trusts are running a challenge for people to spend June connecting with nature. I’m keeping a diary of how I spend my wild days.
When I walk into the woods it’s nice to try and see what invitations there are for the senses; a whiff of wild garlic, dappled light, a splash of yellow woodland flowers, birdsong, an uncurling frond of bracken, you know, the things that really invite your senses to come alive.
Our story of the day. Reflective group poems from Forest School training;
Upon reflection, it’s small yet guiding.
This place, a calming release in the sunlight.
Identifying. Reflective and delicate.
We’re explaining, thinking and applying.
Facilitating challenge as well as calming.
Positively supporting. Making explicit. [..read more..]
Occasionally I see a craft technique and think to myself “I can’t wait to take that to the woods!” So it was when I attended a textile workshop with Larry Schmidt at the North House Folk School. He specialises in traditional Scandinavian textile techniques that were brought to America by the first settlers and the have wonderful names like flettet snor, frynseflet, bregdet band and rundflet snor. [..read more..]
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There is something about playing in the woods, exploring, experimenting that really stimulates discoveries. I remember when I was a teenager reading about oak gall ink in a book on art techniques but I hadn’t tried it until today. [..read more..]
Last year I learnt to make these little wooden birds from a local coppice worker. They are made from a single carved forked stick. [..read more..]
I recently spent a week in Hamburg and Berlin with a study tour for play professionals co-ordinated by ip-dip.com and www.meynellgames.org. The tour took us to scrapstores, adventure playgrounds, public parks and playspaces, community provision, waldkindergarten and green school playgrounds. [..read more..]
Reflections and Evaluation
Bradford Community Environment Project (BCEP) has been involved in the Forest School networking group in Bradford since its inception, and have been involved with the development of Forest Schools in the Bradford District since 2005/6. [..read more..]