I invite you to join me on a beautiful journey
“ The Garden of Love Book”- Sowing the seeds of love and wisdom
I invite you to share your childhood memories with Orange Moon as she travels on her journey in search for seeds of love and wisdom to grow in her “Garden of Love.” Your wise words will be interwoven into Orange Moons beautifully illustrated, heart warming storybook: “The Garden of Love.”
So many have forgotten and have become too busy. Too busy to listen to the birds singing; too busy to stop and smell the sweet perfumed flowers; too busy to touch and feel the softness and warmth of the earth beneath their bare feet; too busy to simply take a moment to just breath a deep breath of happiness
I believe that every child has the right to experience the wonder and awe of the natural world. Every child should be given the opportunity to dance amongst the dandelions; chase butterflies and make mudpies; sing with the birds and run wild and free in nature –Grow, nurture and taste their own vegetables. Be allowed to express themselves creatively through art. These basic and essential experiences should not be a privilege. They are part of childhood
The Garden: “Memories are seeds. When I was a boy, the good times in my family were, more often than not, associated with nature – fishing trips, discovered snakes and captured frogs, with dark water touched by stars.” – From Richard Louv’s latest masterpiece – “The Nature Principle”
“What is your favourite childhood memory?”
We need to tell our stories to the next generation to help them make sense of their lives. The impression and experiences of childhood are for ever. They mould and shape our life. They are precious! This book is about honouring the innocence of childhood and sharing our own childhood stories.
Telling stories is an important part of self-knowledge. A personal and spiritual vehicle for connecting us to other people and understanding ourselves and our place in the world. I believe storytelling to be a vital part of the circle of life.
This 36 page full colour paperback book we will create and publish together will help inspire and initiate “Gardens of Love” everywhere so that all children can grow up in love with and respecting our beautiful and enchanting Mother Earth.
To walk, dance and celebrate a life of beauty, we must first be able to see the beauty in all life – Orange Moon helps us to see and experience the beauty in everything through sharing her journey.
We are all flowers, seeds of life, gifting beauty, love and light…let us celebrate this beautiful journey together…
As the mystery unfolds on her journey, Orange Moon could meet YOU.
This project is about remembering Who and What we are.
The wisdom shared in this unique book will help foster a beautiful, loving and compassionate relationship to nature and to one another.
Orange Moon’s “Garden of Love” Book Gives Back
20% of all book sales of “The Garden of Love” will go back into helping fund Garden Projects to create and build “Gardens of Love” in communities – where all children can explore and enjoy the wonders of nature.
A “Garden of Love” can be as simple as 3 little flower pots: one full of herbs, one of vegetables and one full of flowers. This means the Gardens of Love can grow anywhere and can be transplanted anywhere so Urban areas where there is no green space as such to grow a garden, can still enjoy the love of a small and simple garden. The children can dig and sow the seeds, nurture, watch and wonder at the Little Urban Garden.
Urban Garden of Love: Fairy House Building
They can touch, feel, taste, smell, explore and learn and grow just like the flowers, the vegetables and the herbs in their little Garden of Love.
Not just a story: This unique book not only shares a heart warming story and your wise words of wisdom but there are also pages of meaningful art activities in this book too: These activities help children to see qualities in animals, birds and insects that we’d like to develop in ourselves: love and compassion, sharing and patience, respect and strength.
Nature Art Activity: Animal Masks
This book will leave your heart singing and your spirit dancing…
Nature Art Activity: Journey Stick
Nature Art Activity: Empowerment Pebbles
The beauty of the journey of empowerment play is that it brings the animals alive for the children in a way they’ll long remember.
I will be organizing magical events throughout the year in Gardens in major cities to promote the Garden of Love book and get kids actively engaging in nature with some wonderful nature art activities and treasure hunts….more on these enchanting events as the journey unfolds…
Why are books Important?
Reading books regularly stimulates children’s imagination, accelerates their emotional development and fosters natural curiosity. According to a recent research conducted by author Jim Trelease, regular reading of books “creates empathy toward other people, because literature values humanity and celebrates human spirit and potential, offering insight into different lifestyles while recognizing universality”
We have shared our stories since time began, from the earliest cave dwellers; we were creating and telling stories through our art.
I love the intimate tactile experience of holding a book in my hands. There is something magical about snuggling up with your child to share in the wonder of a picture book.
Children are naturally curious.
Nature Nurtures Creativity…
I have been connecting children with nature through art and storytelling for the last 15 years. I have founded a non-profit organization: the “Lets Go Outside” Revolution, with a mission to change the way children spend their time and reverse the disconnection with nature. Over the last few years I have come to realize that nurturing love and compassion combined with nature and art offers todays child a more balanced and spirited life with an understanding and appreciation of the world in which we share.
It is in sharing of our stories that help us to understand our interconnectedness in life .
Orange Moon and the Garden of Love
Ellouise, a vibrant , spirited 7 year old girl with a big heart…Her name Ellouise is French for gentle warrior but she prefers to go by her native name Orange Moon when she is with her family and animal friends.
Ellouise loved the vibrant hues so effortlessly displayed in her outdoor playground. Her father said this was because she was born on the night of an orange moon, quite a rare event. This was also why she was blessed with Orange Moon as her native name.
The Garden of Love
Lying under the shade of the large Walnut Tree, Orange Moon could feel Mother Earths heartbeat pulse through her tiny hands. Gazing up to the light she felt her heart fill up with love. The gentle breeze brought a secret whisper telling Orange Moon it was time….
Let the journey begin…
“A vision with a task can change the world” – Chief Seattle