Feb 112014

A practical workshop about how to raise children who are creative, imaginative and empowered to find their own freedom, potential and purpose in life.Eco Inspired Logo - education, health and wellbeing

JOIN US at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens – starting 25th February 9.30am – 11.30am

In the workshop you will learn about

  • Creating Sacred Spaces – How to create healthy environments for you and your family
  • Power of Art – Fun Arts and Craft Activities for Young Children using natural materials
  • Mind-Body Nutrition – practical simple ideas for your and family meals
  • Transform your Mind – simple strategies to support positive change in you and your family’s life

Course Includes :

  • Natural toy and craft making for children
  • Bread making – create your own delicious organic wholemeal bread
  • Songs and games for early childhood

“Jane has a fascinating story and shares that she has been teaching her Steiner based understanding of the deeper stories and rhythms of early childhood out in more remote Indigenous communities. She is very into the deep nourishing and unfolding of this magical ‘Kingdom’ of early childhood, and uses the practical exercises of these eco parenting workshops to help share ways  for parents to support and  enrich this early childhood experience.
The course is for adult learning, so wont have a child focus as such, but bubs toddlers and children are welcome.”
Inica Star, January 2014

Tuesday x 4 sessions     $100 + $10 materials           MCG members $95 + $10 materials      Mullumbimby Community Gardens, Stuart St, Mullumbimby,  Northern NSW,  2482

Workshop presenter: Jane Hanckel is an early childhood advocate and author of ‘Eco Parenting Growing Greener Children’ an evidence based book on how to raise healthy, happy children. Jane’s work is informed by a Steiner approach to early childhood.

For more information contact: info@ecoparenting.net

Mar 282013

Boy with Autism Recovers After Gluten-free Casein-free Diet

Many parents know that diet and environment can change children’s behaviour. In this video a mother and Dr Kenneth Bock discuss how a gluten and dairy free diet helped her son recover from autism.

Dr Bock recommends also that children and families avoid chemicals, pesticides and other possible contributors to autism such as phthalates in plastic.

‘Growing Greener Children’ is a great first step comprehensive resource for parents wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle.



Jan 202012

There is a need for the growing body of scientific evidence, linking obesity and other chronic diseases to toxins in our environment, to become acknowledged in public policy.

This was highlighted in the letter, Metabolic Lottery, (1) in the Sydney Morning Herald – ‘obesity is due to metabolic damage wrought by a food supply high in toxins and low in nutrients’.  In the past year $36 billion has been spent cost on treating obesity-related ailments. 25% of children in Australia are overweight or obese. ‘In 1985, the proportion of overweight or obese Australian children (7-to-15-year-olds) was 11.1 per cent. If the trend continues, 65 per cent of Australian children will be overweight or obese by 2020.’ (2)

In ‘Eco Parenting – Growing Greener Children.’ Jane Hanckel provides easy access to information about everyday toxins in our environment and presents an eco parenting model to help parents make healthy choices for their children and their families.

(1) Metabolic lottery‘The fortunate choose foods low in toxins and high in nutrients. The determined starve themselves and exercise frantically. The majority play the metabolic lottery which has many losers. It will be a dark day when our governments begin penalising those losers while still subsidising the toxic food supply.’  Dr Dave Liddy Belrose

(2) http://bit.ly/xTyP4l

Dec 142011

Physicians Speak Out on the Importance of Play for Children’s Health

Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, and Dr. Marilyn Benoit, Chief Clinical Officer at Devereux Behavioral Health and former president of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, address critical issues facing children and families today — rising levels of stress and anxiety, obesity-related health problems, dramatically reduced time for free play and play outdoors, hectic and overscheduled family life — and offer solutions to addressing these problems.

This video was produced in collaboration with the Alliance for Childhood and KaBOOM!. http://www.allianceforchildhood.org/ and http://kaboom.org

The promotion of creative, free imaginative play, along with healthy food and natural environments are key principles of the Inspir=Ed Spirit of Childhood early childhood programs which have had great success in introducing imaginative play and healthy food in communities across Australia. www.spiritofchildhood.org  

Dec 132011

Enjoy Christmas this year by choosing healthy, quality food.

What is healthy, quality food?

  1. Food grown without pesticides and chemical fertilisers or organic food
  2. Food that contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs
  3. Food that does not contain artificial flavouring, preservatives or colouring
  4. Fresh food – farmers markets, community gardens or ‘grow your own’ food is fresher, fresher is better
  5. Whole food without additional added oils, sugars, etc.
  6. Food that is not genetically modified and that does not contain GM ingredients
  7. Sustainable production food – eg free range poultry, organic meat
Enjoy Christmas!
Nov 232011

Harvard School of Public Health study of ADHD and links to pesticides

Pesticides tied to ADHD in children from Harvard School of Public Health on Vimeo.

Marc Weisskopf, Mark and Catherine Winkler Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, discusses a study that finds children exposed to higher levels of pesticides known as organophosphates could have a higher risk of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (2:02)

Aug 252011

Have you ever wondered how Udon Noodles are made.  Toshi Komatsu provided a wonderful demonstration at Sandra Frain’s educational program. Toshi preparing the dough It was great fun – in particular that all the parents and children were able to help flatten the dough using their feet!

Toshi had prepared the udon noodle dough from a kilo of wholemeal flour, water and salt.  He kneaded it into a round ball and then the fun began.

Toshi took a large sheet of plastic between which the dough was placed.  In Japan a large bamboo mat is used, which is the traditional way to prepare the dough for the noodles.

Parents and children stood on the plastic with the dough beneath their feet

Toshi turned the dough over and put it beneath the sheets of plastic after each set of parents and children had walked a full circle on the dough.  The parents and children all took turns until the dough was about 40 centimetres in diameter.

The parents and children then walked their feet around in a small circle to flatten the dough

Toshi then took a long piece of doweling, approx 2cm diameter to finish flattening the dough.

Toshi finishing flattening the noodle dough

The dough was then folded on itself as shown in the picture below.  A large flat kitchen chopping knife provided the ideal instrument to slice the dough into thin strips, which were then laid out on the table.

Folding the dough in preparation for making the noodles

Toshi used a flat bladed chopping knife he had brought from Japan to cut the noodle dough.

Cutting the udon noodles.

The udon noddles are carefully laid out on the table.

The udon noodles.

When all the dough had been cut it was put in boiling water.  The noodles take between 5 and 15 minutes to cook, depending on the thickness of the noodles.

The udon noodles are cooked in boiling water.

Toshi and Sandra served the noodles with a mixture of mirin and soy sauce and a few sesame seeds.  Delicious!  A great experience!

Toshi is a kindergarten teacher at the St Kilda Steiner Kindergarten in Melbourne.  Sandra Frain runs Living, Loving, Learning (and Laughing too) Educational Programs for all Ages in Mullumbimby, NSW.

Thank you Toshi and Sandra!