WildKids – Weekly Forest School

Natureweavers is an award-winning earth-based play and learning community for children and families. Based on the Sunshine Coast, it is Queensland’s longest running ‘forest school’,  and is led by Carly Garner, a pioneer in Australian nature pedagogy and environmental education.

WildKids is Natureweavers’ weekly ‘earth school’ program for children aged 3-12 years. WildKids spend their whole day outside, exploring our specially selected wildspace in Black Mountain – a perfect balance of diverse forest, peaceful waterholes, abundant wildlife and permaculture food garden.

WildKids knowing of their local land is nourished over time, as they develop connections, experiential understandings, and bushcraft skills as well as experiencing the simple freedom of unstructured, extended periods of time playing in nature.

A gentle rhythm guides the day, with respectful and consultative methodologies utilised, but the specifics are child-led, interest-based, experiential and seasonal. Children are mentored into nature with knowledge, with respect and with love – of children and of earth.

When: Tuesday – Friday (come one day or many!)

Where: Natureweavers, Black Mountain

Who: Children aged 3 – 12 years old

Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm

Cost: $70 per day

Term 1: February 4 – April 5

Term 2: April 23 – June 21

Term 3: July 15 – September 20

Term 4: October 14 – December 13

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WinterFire Holiday Program 

 

 Winter Solstice Celebration

Saturday 22 June

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Now in it’s 7th year, our Winter Solstice Celebration is Natureweavers most popular annual gathering for children and families! Celebrate the return of the light with a special session exploring the element of fire. The Winter Solstice fire, lit by the children attending, opens the WinterFire season at Natureweavers – a consistent and deep exploration of the element of fire, and all the peace and power within it.

Children attending the Winter Solstice Celebration will learn the bushcrafting skills of how to build, start, tend and use primitive fire and how to utilise different builds and structures for different purposes. This year, children will also make (and take home) their own ‘Fire Kit’ – a flint and steel and a handmade pouch with plants and fibres for firemaking.

As we learn the secrets of the heart of the fire, so too will our hearts be warmed.

This is a hands-on workshop designed to build the capacity of children to craft fire with safety, awareness and skill, and to assist them to identify risk and strategies for managing it. It is also a celebration to mark the Winter Solstice – the darkest night of the year – and welcome the returning light into our lives.

We celebrate with seasonal song and story; walk the Winter Spiral to set intentions and make wishes for the new year; we will make a winter lantern and sew a ‘fire pouch’ for storing firemaking fibres, then go foraging amongst the winter forest. Finally, we shall share our infamous family feasting circle as the sun goes down and the fire warms up.

Date: Saturday June 22
Time: 12-6pm
Cost: $80 per child ($70 for current WildKids)
Age: Suitable for children 5 years and over
Where: Natureweavers, Black Mountain

 

Spark – A Winter Seasonal Gathering For Adults

Sunday 23 June

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A day to tune in to the sacred rhythm of the earth and be provided with practices to inspire a deeper connection to nature.

In Earth-time, Winter Solstice is a time of beginnings. We shall gather at this time to plant seeds of intention for the year to come, learn the art of primitive fire and explore it’s sacred symbology, brew up some plant-based seasonal medicine to support winter wellness, consider winter plantings in the permaculture garden, and learn the wilderness awareness skills that shall enable us to be a conscious inhabitant of nature, not a tourist.

In the darkness of the longest night, we consciously place the seeds of our intention into the warm embrace of the earth, knowing that seeds must be put into the dark earth in order to send out roots and push up new shoots, to sprout in Spring, bloom in Summer then decay in Autumn. This is the cycle of life – tuning in to and working with this rhythm provides us with a universal guide to living intentionally, sustained by the energy of Earth itself.

The element of the season is Fire. We shall gather, light and tend primitive fires, and utilise fire energy to support our practice. The flames of the fire will
– transform that which we need to let go of to ash;
– cook our shared meal;
– provide hot water for our eco-dye fibres and our Winter Turmeric Milk recipe;
– warm the oils for our Winter Muscle Balm;
– warm our hands as we make Fire Cider; and
– warm our hearts as we share sacred time and space with one another at this powerful time in the wheel of the year.

Perhaps the greatest lesson in working with fire is the ‘spark’ – to spark something new in your life, practice building a fire!

This will be the first of four seasonal sessions for the year. The intention is for participants to understand the rhythm of the year and it’s ecological, elemental, medicinal, ceremonial and archetypical associations in such a way that is grounded and real – in true Natureweavers style – and that empowers us to live as connected and conscious earth dwellers.

Details
When: Sunday 23 June
Where: Natureweavers, Black Mountain
Time: 10am-3pm
Cost: Current Natureweavers families: $60 each person; New Natureweavers: $80 each person

 

WinterFire Holiday Program

Tuesday 25 June – Friday 28 June

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We will honor the energy of the season, when nature slows down, goes inward and lies dormant, giving itself the quiet time necessary to regenerate.

We will explore the peace and the power of fire – Children will learn how to build, light and tend fires and the many uses of fire in bushcraft, including cooking, creative arts and tool making.

Children will also learn how to build a shelter in the bush – for self and for the animals around us (bug hotels!) – and how plant medicine can support them throughout winter (think warming muscle balm!).

Each session will begin with a Spiral Walk, made by the children at the Winter Solstice Celebration – In the Wheel of the Year, Winter Solstice is a time to plant new seeds for the coming year so we shall walk the spiral and set intentions for our year to come.

The program consist of 2 sessions per day. Fire 1 is an introduction to fire and Fire 2 is an extension/application of that learning. Children MUST attend a Fire 1 session in order to attend a Fire 2 session. This can be on the same or different days.

Details:
Dates: Tuesday 25 June – Friday 28 June
When:
Fire 1: 9.30am – 11.30am
Fire 2: 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Where: Natureweavers, Black Mountain
Cost: $30-$40 per session
Age: For children aged 3-16
Numbers are limited (maximum 10 per day)

 

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The Journeystick Project

In celebration of International Womens’ Day, we shall gather in sisterhood and share in the wondrous ways of

The Journeystick Project

This session was created by Carly Garner and Fiona Ball in 2014 to nurture the connection of women to self and to earth through the creation of our own personal talisman.

Through elemental ritual and conscious handwork, we will seek our stick from our local wildspace, work it in traditional ways, and adorn it to represent who we are in this moment in time.

This session includes deep ecology practice, walking meditation, traditional bushcraft skills, sacred art and creativity, shared feasting and conscious sisterhood.

When: Sunday 10 March, 2019

Where: Natureweavers, Black Mountain

Time: 1pm – 4pm Cost: $80

All materials and tools provided. No whittling experience is necessary. Suitable for women aged 16+

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FibreCraft

Gather in circle and discover the the peace and power of weaving with nature.

In this session we shall identify and harvest natural materials for fibre and weaving from our land (both plant and otherwise), learn how to prepare them for handwork, and then create functional and beautiful vessels, baskets, pouches and talismans.

Our session will start with a Sit Spot practice, and will also include how to make string/rope/cordage, how to coil a basket, and how to sew Bangalow Palm leather into vessels/bags/bowls/pockets. This workshop will empower you to forage and weave your way around your own backyard and beyond!

When: Saturday 23 March Time: 1pm-5pm Where: Natureweavers, Black Mountain Who: Adults Cost: $100

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BACZF

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