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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

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‘What is the extinction of a condor to a child who has never seen a wren?’ asks Robert Michael Pyle, naturalist and environmentalist.

Robert Pyle in conversation with Jane Hanckel in Byron Bay, Australia discussed ‘Where will future stewards of nature come from?‘ and other questions about children and nature.

Topics included the shrinkage of natural play spaces in western countries, identifying nature, containerised kids, mental health and natural settings, naturalist intelligence and the genius of childhood – how nature nurtures creativity

The subject of children’s attention span and relationship with nature was one of the topics raised.    Richard Louv in his bestselling book “Last Child Left in the Wood, Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disordernotes that ‘green spaces may enable children to think more clearly and cope more effectively with life stress…and that being close to nature, in general, helps boost a child’s attention span.’

Louv’s book, ‘Last Child Left in the Wood’ has  sparked a movement ‘No child left inside’ and the ‘Children’s Nature Network’..

Eco parenting run eco parenting groups and provide training and education to support parents to encourage their children to have closer connection with nature.  Working with the principle of the naturing effects of nature, the programs use only natural materials in indoor play spaces.  The change of behaviour of the parents and children attending such programs is extraordinary.  Children who have been labelled difficult or behaviourly challenged play quietly and cooperatively in a nature based environment.  See ‘We packed away all the plastic’.  We need to be taking these ways of working with children into our own homes for the wellbeing of our children.

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At a recent parent education evening at Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School, in Northern NSW, Rod Tomlinson provided an illumanitive talk on ”The Adolescent’s Thirst for Experience, Their Search for Meaning and Consciousness-Altering Substances ‘.

Rod began with a brief history of humanity and an overview of the development of the human soul forces and then shared with us his view on the effects and reasons for adolescents to engage in various drugs.  One of the clear messages for parents wanting to reduce their child’s interest in drugs was to prioritise the establishment of good human relationships.  Rod emphasised the importance of encouraging the teenager’s interest in the wider world – to encourage their involvement in the environment, arts, music or other interests that extend to the wider community.

Dr Michaela Glockler, head of the Medical Section of the Goetheanum in Switzerland, refers to important elements of a preventive education.  These include –

  • give the possibility to be self-active, to be dependent on oneself
  • breastfeeding instead of bottle-feeding
  • a genuine interest in the developmental stages  of the child
  • nurturing the senses
  • establishing good habits in daily life, including regular mealtimes
  • avoiding sweets between meals
  • setting boundaries finding the middle way between strictness and giving in so that the child can feel secure
  • strengthening the imagination by telling fairy tales and reading meaningful  stories, legends and biographies
  • protecting  the child from passively consuming prefabricated images
  • spiritual and undogmatic religious upbringing

eco parenting and the eco based philosophy of Steiner education aims to support children and families in these ways.