Playshop Details for Teachers, Recreation Programmers and Interested Adults 

 (These Teacher Trainings are offered to all public, private and home school teachers, recreation programmers and interested adults as a way to learn how to integrate nature education with the existing curriculum in their classrooms and/or home life. All Playshops begin at S1-Picnic Shelter. Please meet your educators there 5 minutes before your playshop begins.)


                          
                          
                            

After Hours Discussion (Friday, June 14th, 8:15pm – 9:15pm)
  • Ecological Grief: Worrying about the planet can feel overwhelming. Yet the more we repress information — oceans full of whale-killing plastic, consumer products full of toxics, dying bees, extreme drought, etc. — the worse it feels. Ignoring or holding back these feelings leads to despair, burnout, blaming, alienation and a sense of powerlessness. How do we not get crushed by environmental collapse and devastation? We will practice, in community, how to lean into our grief and despair. By processing it, there is an opportunity to release it, so we might remain open and be of service to do wise work.

    This is for you if:

    • You are experiencing more anguish, anger, exhaustion and sadness
    • You seek a deep sense of connection—with yourself, community, and the planet
    • You’re curious about tools to build resilience
    • You’re open to sitting with discomfort
    • You’re eager to make time for contemplation and reflection

    Available space is for 30 forest friends and 1 educator (David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, Victoria – Lindsay Coulter). 

PLAYSHOP #1 (Saturday, June 15th, 9:30am – 12pm) 
  • 8 Shields and the Nature Cycle of Learning: This playshop is an Introduction to the 8 Shields “Natural Cycle of Learning”  – a very useful way of bringing in nature connection mentoring that can be applied to any learning environment. People aren’t always ready for focused learning when they show up to a program. By taking into account where learners are at when they arrive and the mental and emotional state that they are in, we explore how you can inspire and motivate them into following your lead around the Natural Cycle of Learning. Joseph Cornell introduced this concept in his book Sharing the Joy of Nature. He called it the “Flow of Learning”. He said ” I gradually realized that there is a sequence for using games and activities that works best regardless of a group’s age, its mood or the physical setting. I became convinced that the reason people respond so well to this particular sequence was that it’s in harmony with certain subtle aspects of human nature”. He is an advocate of a time honoured notion many cultures have long agreed to follow and observe, a distinct and recurring cycle which uses the cardinal directions, the seasons, the sun and our own lives all connected in a world wide sense of direction used to orient ourselves to nature. Available space is for unlimited forest friends and 2 educators (Taproot Nature Connection, Tofino – Jason (Jay) Roberts and Wild Craft Play, Central Vancouver Island – Jamie Black). 

PLAYSHOP #2 (Saturday, June 15th, 11am – 12pm)
  • Connecting Outdoor Education to the Living Inquiries of the Early Learning Framework: It’s a 70 minute (depending on questions from folks) presentation that goes through the Living Inquiries and shows how outdoor education fits in seamlessly to them. I include many photos and relatable stories from my daily work to supplement it all and will do so on poster board to present. Available space is for 20 forest friends and 1 educator (Muddy Boot Prints, East Vancouver – Belva Stone). Please note that this playshop ends at 12:10pm.
  • Construction and Tool Use with Young Children: A playshop for caregivers and educators about introducing tools and how to use them safely and effectively with young children. We’ll also go into planning, materials and ideas for construction projects. Available space is for 15 forest friends and 1 educator (Inner Smile Montessori, Courtenay & Comox Seva Ganga). Please note that this playshop ends at 11:45am.

PLAYSHOP #3 (Saturday, June 15th, 2pm – 3pm)
  • Construction and Tool Use with Young Children: A playshop for caregivers and educators about introducing tools and how to use them safely and effectively with young children. We’ll also go into planning, materials and ideas for construction projects. Available space is for 15 forest friends and 1 educator (Inner Smile Montessori, Courtenay & Comox Seva Ganga). Please note that this playshop ends at 2:45pm. THIS PLAYSHOP IS FULL!

PLAYSHOP #4 (Saturday, June 15th, 3:30pm – 4:30pm)
  • Music in the Forest: Come with a song and leave with a lot more! In this playshop, we will learn nature-based songs from each other, enjoy singing them together, and record them so that we can use them in the future.# of participants: Available space is for 30 forest friends and 1 educator (Fresh Air Learning, Vancouver – Tricia Edgar).

After Hours Discussion (Saturday, June 16th, 8pm – 9pm)
  • Compassion Circle for Parents: Practice mindfulness and being friendly to yourself. Circle practice is an opportunity for self-care, tuning into gut feelings and see what’s stirring us up inside. How can we reconnect with ourselves and be more conscious? Lean into feelings and stay present with other parents just like you! Engage in deep listening and connect with yourself.

    The Benefits are:

    • Soul nourishing
    • Be in the present moment
    • Possible transformation and healing
    • Connect to your gut feelings

    (Note: No preparation is required; a quote will be shared to contemplate when we meet. Optional: Bring a small object that means something to you.) “The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed—to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is.” Parker Palmer. Available space is for 25 forest friends and 1 educator (David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, Victoria – Lindsay Coulter). 


TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK HEREAND CHECK CAMPSITE RESERVATIONS DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF KIDS CAMPFERENCE’S MAIN PAGE!

(PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY, JUNE 13TH AT 5PM)

 

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