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NATURE ART CALENDAR 2017

Good Morning beautiful people…

It gives me great pleasure to share with you a little gift – a small thank you for your love and support.

I hope the 2017 Nature Art Calendar will inspire you and your students, family and friends to get creative in nature throughout the year.

Just click on the link below to download your […]

Gratitude

Nature’s Beauty Cultivates Gratitude

This short simple animated video represents the ever-flowing love and beauty that exists in all of us, in everything, in every moment of every day. This abundant love cultivates gratitude. The more grateful we are, the happier we become. Seeing beauty in everything, all the small things become precious and sacred, […]

Nature in the City

Far away from the wilds of my BC Mountain life, I feel a stranger in my home city.

I long for the peace and familiarity of the forest and all it’s knowing – it takes time to find a new rhythm to cope with the chaos and noise of a city.

Thankfully, Edinburgh is one of […]

INFUSE NATURE ART ACTIVITIES INTO YOUR CURRICULUM

We know from research that contact with nature is essential for the developing child. However, not every child will be returning to a Forest School or Nature Kindergarten.

We may not be able to take our students out into the forest or down to the lakeshore during class but we can bring nature into the […]

Educating the Heart through Nature Art Summer Camp

Friday 24th July: Design your own Clay Bugs and Mini “My Bug” story booklet

We will begin with a bug story, then go on a bug hunt. We will create our very own bugs using clay and natural items found from nature. We will then create a short story and illustrate it in our mini […]

Nurturing the Whole Child

NURTURING THE WHOLE CHILD

We can never be whole, in harmony, balanced, unless every part of us is healthy – body, mind and spirit – if we only educate the mind we are not whole, there is an emptiness that we need to fill.

Nature helps nurture harmony and balance which in turn lead to happiness.

The […]

Build A Fairy House & Den Week

Build a Fairy House  and Den Week
Helping to raise awareness of the importance of nature and creativity in a child’s life. 

WHY

When children and nature mix, something magical happens. That “magic” is part of childhood. Sadly today, many children have never experienced the magic of the natural world.

Playing games that originate from a child’s imagination […]

Sowing seeds of love and compassion

“Teaching young people about compassion is one of the most important things we can do for them and for the future of humanity “– Dalai Lama

In our outdoor classroom today (held on a local Organic orchard farm), we got to hold 4 day old chicks. These magical moments are moments of communion, moments of […]

Beauty is a heart that generates love

My latest illustration – “The power of prayer”
Nature nurtures creativity and feeds the soul

 Nature cultivates gratitude

“Beauty is a heart that generates love and a mind that is open” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Full of gratitude on this sacred day. Wishing you all a beautiful and peaceful weekend, know you are deeply loved, peace Marghanita x

 

 

Each step makes a flower bloom

Kiss the Earth with your feet

I love to walk barefoot. With the birth of Spring my feet are eager to kiss the earth once more.
Every step makes a flower bloom

We can visit the garden of peace at any given time, for Peace is within.
Peace Is Within

“Peace Is Within” Orange Moon; Gentle Warrior by Marghanita […]

Contact with nature is essential for the developing child

Given a choice, children generally prefer to be outside in the fresh air, free to roll on the grass, climb the trees and rocks and chase butterflies amongst the flowers. When children spend time outside where they can be free to play, create, climb, sing and dance, they are happier and healthier.

Children thrive outdoors

To Learn, To Wonder

The […]

The Robins Have Arrived

The red-breasted Robins have returned, gifting joy and excitement to us all. The snow has finally melted here in the mountains, leaving remnants from Autumn -such as leaves and wrinkled berries, perfect for the children to make little Robins of their own.

Cardboard Pastel Robins

What you will need:

Corrugated cardboard
Selection of leaves (and/or feathers) or anything […]

A Mother’s Love

My mother turns 85 this week and I wished to gift her an illustration for her birthday. My mother loves music so I began to draw a soft, whimsical musical note.  As the early morning sunbeams kissed my face, I felt my mothers love seep into every part of my being and I was caught in a […]

Flowers in the Snow

Every season gifts it’s own unique magic! Up here in the mountains, it’s a winter wonderland. With each new snow fall we are blessed with a brand new canvas. However, there are days when I long to see the flowers. So I decided to sprinkle a little bit of Spring onto the mountainside…Here is a simple […]

Why Children Need Nature and Art

Nature nurtures the soul, mind and heart, but so many of today’s children rarely play outside and explore nature, and this is damaging to their long term health and well being.
Childhood obesity rates have more than doubled the last 20 years; the United States has become the largest consumer of ADHD medications in the […]