Workshops

Research from all around the world is telling us that children need to spend more time connected to nature in free, unstructured play, using natural resources and experiencing the natural world in their whole day, all year round…

So how can we make each day a unique, nature-filled experience for children at home, or in a family day care or kindergarten setting? How do we sustain that practice without burning out or breaking the budget?

Nature immersive workshops - nature based toys

I don’t believe it’s about simply taking what we do inside and simply doing it outside. Nor is about being experts in our natural environment in order to teach it to children. It’s about seeing the environment as a teacher in itself, and children as competent and curious ‘constant learners’ who are able to make decisions about their abilities and their creative energies to tap into their own greatest resource – their imagination.

At Honeymyrtle  there are no plastic toys, no electronica, no clever puzzles designed to be ‘educational’. The more toys we adults create for children, the less children can actually do with these toys.

Natural resources such as seed pods, stones, wood rounds, pine cones, cloths, shells, simple wooden or natural-fabric toys are open-ended and require the child’s imagination to ‘finish’ them, which children willingly do.

Nature immersive workshops - nature based play

 This makes the child the creator of their play: they can play from the images of their own life experiences, not those dictated by a toy factory on the other side of the world. Gender, race, ability are all free to be shaped by the child’s own needs, experience and imagination.

Each day breathes in and out with free play, circle time, activities, story, meals and rest. Held in a secure balance like a heartbeat, this predictability gives children the confidence to move outwards into the world, with nature the backdrop to every experience.

Utilising local nature reserves, creating a natural backyard environment and having a good toolkit of ideas for sustainable practices, natural resources and holistic, seasonal programming are a good start for nature immersive care.

Rhythm, resources and ‘holding the space’ for creative, imaginative play…

A workshop for parents and educators.

Great for partners, parents, grandparents and educators – for a grounding in how rhythm, simplification and nature are the backbone to calmer, creative children.

Spend a morning experiencing how open-ended natural resources provide hours of imaginative play, are sustainable and can be sourced by children themselves…

Discover how being quietly present for children but not interfering allows deep immersion in play; how storytelling gifts children with the tools to tell their own stories; how being outside in nature and without ‘toys’ develops children’s imagination, cooperation, proprioception and motor skills in readiness for school.

This workshop will book out so please register soon.

NEXT WORKSHOP:

Saturday November 17th 2018
9.30am – 12.30pm
$50 pp

Light lunch and refreshments provided

Strictly limited to 8 participants each workshop.

 

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I attended the life changing parents workshop at Honeymyrtle with Sally yesterday!! So many beautiful and simple lessons for parents about slowing down our lives to really appreciate what we have, how to live more mindfully and peacefully, how you can make small changes to your busy day to increase the happiness of your whole family – not to mention the implications for early childhood educators. We have already implemented some small changes to our day and so far we have made and eaten all of our breakfast together (that’s a challenge for my kids to stay focused long enough normally!), told each other stories (children process their world through play and storytelling) and now the children are happily playing… on their own… with no technology! One is in her room (I think she actually put herself to bed!) the other is out the back hammering and sawing old bits of wood! Can not recommend Honeymyrtle highly enough. Thankyou Sally for sharing your gift xox

Emma, parent,  Adelaide SA

My co teacher and I visited your beautiful setting, I think last year! I wanted to let you know that the visit had a profound affect on me and my husband and I have just purchased 2 acres outside Summertown and where I plan to care for children in a much more natural space than my current role permits… I wanted to thank you for sharing your home and your pedagogy with me!

Susan, EC Teacher, Adelaide SA

Register Now

Rhythm, resources and ‘holding the space’ for creative, imaginative play…

A workshop for parents and educators.

Great for partners, parents, grandparents and educators – for a grounding in how rhythm, simplification and nature are the backbone to calmer, creative children.

Spend a morning experiencing how open-ended natural resources provide hours of imaginative play, are sustainable and can be sourced by children themselves…

Discover how being quietly present for children but not interfering allows deep immersion in play; how storytelling gifts children with the tools to tell their own stories; how being outside in nature and without ‘toys’ develops children’s imagination, cooperation, proprioception and motor skills in readiness for school.

This workshop will book out so please register soon.

NEXT WORKSHOP:

Saturday November 17th 2018
9.30am – 12.30pm
$50 pp
Light lunch and refreshments provided

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I loved every minute of it. Thank you so much. I came home that day and noticed all of the ‘one use only’ plastic toys sitting on the shelves and I finally realised how useless they really are. I grabbed as many bags and boxes as I could find and filled them up with plastic and tossed them in the shed until further notice when I donate them or sell them… I look at resources very differently now and have also questioned my daily routine. Thank you so much for pushing me to question my method and the service I provide. 

Family Day Care Educator, Modbury SA

My co teacher and I visited your beautiful setting, I think last year! I wanted to let you know that the visit had a profound affect on me and my husband and I have just purchased 2 acres outside Summertown and where I plan to care for children in a much more natural space than my current role permits… I wanted to thank you for sharing your home and your pedagogy with me!

Susan, EC Teacher, Adelaide SA

Register Now