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Giant Sized Fairy House – The Enchanted Garden Nature class

I have always had the desire to share the joy of creating art and the awe and wonder of nature with children. As the disconnection between children and nature widens, I feel compelled to do what I can to reconnect children with nature through art.

Educating the Heart through Nature Art

Interactive Presentation Workshops with Marghanita: “Each child is a beautiful and unique being; And should be treated with tenderness and respect, as an equal. I believe in nurturing the whole child-body mind and spirit.”

Attending Marghanita’s workshops will give you a special opportunity as an EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR, to learn how to nurture in children a deep love for and connection with Nature.  In the two hour session, you will learn how to actively engage your class with fun nature based activities and art projects. For more details and pricing please contact Marghanita : info@marghanita.com

Recent feedback from Interactive workshop for Early Learning Teachers – Surrey, Vancouver BC

  • Excellent workshop.
  • It was amazing. She was very refreshing to listen to. Lots to make. Awesome activities.
  • Fabulous. The best. Come back please!!
  • Thank you. It was very inspiring.
  • Teacher was very creative and energetic. I learned a lot from her.
  • Awesome! The facilitator was encouraging and brought out the creativity in me. This workshop was very very interesting. I learned new skills from her. Very very good.
  • She is super great!!!
  • This class was amazing. Beautiful resources, natural environment, great ideas, and supplies. I received many ideas that I will carry forward into my class and share with others.
  • I loved this workshop. I learned how we can use nature. It was wonderful.
  • The workshop was fabulous. I’ve learned to make so many things with nature.

“Nothing can substitute for walking in nature, hearing birds, looking for shells on the beach, wtching the daily growth of a flower in the garden. From the very beginning of life it is vital to maintain the link between the child and nature”. – Maria Montessori

  • I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot about nature. Incredible.
  •  Many great ideas that are easy, fun, and educational.
  • It was really informative. I learned so many things.
  • I would love to attend more of these types of workshops.
  • It was so much fun.

Hire Marghanita for an interactive workshop or keynote speaker: info@marghanita.com

EVENTS 2012-2014

APRIL 2014 : EARTH WEEK: Outdoor Classroom 2 Day Workshop : Miami, Florida USA

APRIL 2014 : Launch of Creative Peace Project : Canada

MAY – SEPT  2014 : Outdoor Nature based Art Classes

SEPT 2014: Speaker for Golden Early Learning and Care Group: 2 hour presentation, Golden, BC

NOV2014:  Nature Education Conference Workshops : New Zealand 

DEC 2014: Creative Peace Project – Australia

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Nov 2013 KEYNOTE SPEAKER : The Natural Phenomena ”Nature Education” Annual Conference in NewZealand. Visit: Nature Education Network NZ

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Keynote speaker for the Nature Education Conference New Zealand 2013

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Manitoba Nature Summit – workshops

Vancouver Early Learning Educators Conference 

CATCH and Richard Louv Event – November 2012: Raising awareness of the importance of nature in a child’s life through NATURE ART projects.

APRIL 17th 2013 Art sessions with Grade 1′s  (Empowerment Pebbles)    West Point Grey Academy

APRIL 18th 2013 Early Educators Workshop (Surrey, Vancouver) Details here: Child Care Options Resource & Referral

APRIL 27th 2013 Early Educators workshop in Kelowna (Location still to be confirmed)

May 2013 Workshop for parents Kelowna

May – Nov 2013 Actively Engaging Children In Nature Book Launch (Westcoast)

June 2013 Happiness and Nature Workshop Adults and ECE

July 2013 Nature Art Classes for 4-8yrs

September 2013  ”To Wonder to Learn” Conference (North Vancouver)

October 2013 ECE workshops throughout  SCOTLAND (Dates to be confirmed)

Outside Rotary Arts Centre with Richard Louv creating stone art with local children

Nature based ART Classes with Marghanita – Nurturing your Child’s Creative Intelligence

NATURAL TEACHER  Getting children excited and curious about the natural world is what my nature classes are all about. The nature activities that I teach are fun, engaging and easy to do and awaken childrens’ senses, minds and hearts. Children need to go outside for both learning and play. Time outdoors helps children to develop a sense of spirit, independence and confidence.

I truly believe nature playgroups, forest schools and youth nature clubs are fundamental to today’s society.

You can register for a class by clicking on the CLASSES section.

I have been visiting schools for many years now, providing interactive, nature based, hands-on-storytelling workshops. This year I have become a member of the:

Artists in the Classroom Directory - ARTSTART

Here is the link to my Artist in Classroom page: ARTSTART

Marghanita has been bringing nature-based art activities into schools for over 10 years both here in British Columbia and in Scotland UK. Art and nature together create a magical way to connect children to Mother Earth and help the child understand their place in the world. In her workshops, Marghanita collaborates with teachers on art projects that focus on the interconnectedness we have with one another and all living things and can be integrated with the curriculum. She introduces students to the awe and wonder of nature through art with projects such as Land Art, Large Group Collages and simple nature-based art activities and storytelling. All of which provide the students with a better understanding of their connection with nature and in ways that are fun and encourage them to explore and celebrate their unique sense of creativity.

If you wish me to visit your school privately or to provide an art project through ARTSTART please email at: info@marghanita.com

Nature Art Project Samples:

Empowerment Pebbles

Grade Suitability: Preschool, Grades 1 to 3

Duration: 2hrs- All Day

Capacity: Up to 30

This beautiful nature-based art activity helps the children to see qualities in animals, birds and insects that we’d like to develop in ourselves: i.e., salmon represents sharing, spider represents patience and the bear represents strength. 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. Each child will create 7 empowerment pebbles of animals and birds that are native to your region and familiar to the children. We will then use our pebbles to create a group story using drums and maracas.

The Circle Of Life : WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Grade Suitability: Preschool, Grades 1 to 3

Duration: 2hrs – All Day

Capacity: Max 30

Celebrating the Circle of Life: We are connected to the weather, all plants and animals, birds and fish, land and sea, day and night, sun, moon and stars. A: Creating a large 3-D Collage: Each child will create several individual pieces of nature art such as: Walnut shell insects (pollination), Fish Puppets (representing Salmon), petal people, etc. which will then be constructed into a large 3-D collage. B: Through art, music, dance, creating animal masks and jungle music shakers, then we will sing, dance, hop, skip, jump, squeal, roar!!

5 Comments

  1. Where can I purchase the Little Humbug book

  2. Apologies for not getting back to you sooner-had hoped our shop would have been up this week. It is under construction at the moment. Hopefully it will be live early next week. You could email me and I can send a copy direct with a 25% discount. Let me know if this would work:info@littlehumbugs.com. Many thanks Marghanita

  3. Hi Marghanita,
    I knew you through Clauda’s LaCasaNellaPrateria.
    I immediately became fond of your butterflies and their books. I also see that you have other products to sell, but could not find anything in the shop. Are you planning to sell in Europe? I whish to have some butterflies for me & friends and would like to buy some of your books, but also something more.
    Are you also planning to translate them, or are already available? My child is just one, and her sister is coming, but I whish one day to read them your books!
    Looking forward in your reply, whishing you the best!
    ivonne

  4. Is it possible to obtain hard copies of your latest book, Orange Moon and Grandmother Tree?
    Thank you

  5. Hi Paula and Susan, we hope to have it published as a hard copy early May. In the meantime you could download a PDF copy for just $4.99. It’s not quite the same as cuddling up in bed to read the book but the heart warming story will be just as delightful reading off the computer. There are also several nature based craft pages at the end of the book. I will keep you posted on the dates for the hard copy picture book.
    Thank you for dropping by. Wishing you a beautiful day in nature, love and peace, Marghanita xx

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