Children will play and learn in wildspace, in tune with the natural rhythm of the season, learning skills to help them make friends with nature.
Monday 8 April - Games Day
Morning session: Capture the Flag
An epic game of Capture the Flag in the Natureweavers Forest!
Learn the wilderness skills of natural navigation, camouflage and silent hunting, build a 'team base' in the forest, then capture the other team's flag from their base.
Afternoon session: The Chocolate Game
Learn how to whittle a knife and fork from foraged wood and then play The Chocolate Game - roll the dice, get a 6, eat one piece of chocolate at a time with your knife and fork. How may pieces can you eat before the next person rolls a six? Old school fun with a Natureweavers twist!
Tuesday 9 April - Earth Warriors
Morning session: Earth Care
We'll explore the Natureweavers ecosystem in detail and discover what creatures and plants we share our land with. Equipped with looking glasses, binoculars, cameras, paper and pencils, children will learn about ecosystems in balance (and out of balance!) and how we can care for the earth, starting in our own garden! Children will make a take-home 'wicking bed', and scatter seeds within it to attract beneficial insects to their own garden.
Afternoon session: Self Care
As well as a healthy ecosystem, herbs can contribute to a healthy US! Let's explore which herbs to use for self care and how to use them - including a geranium foot bath, lemon balm tea, calendula balm and a tulsi smudge stick. Children will also receive cuttings, seeds and knowledge to begin their own 'herbal healing' garden at home.
Wednesday 10 April - Our Friend the Forest
Morning session: Forest Magic
We will whittle a magic wand from elder harvested from the Natureweavers land. Elder makes for powerful wands, and is particularly protective of children. We'll then handsew and decorate a case/pouch/sleeve for our wands from natural fibres including felt, silk and cotton. A truly magical morning!
Afternoon session: Forest Dreamers
We will sew a Dream Pillow from natural fibres including felt, silk and cotton, and fill it with dried herbs - including mugwort and lavender - to support a peaceful sleep and wonderful dreams. We'll also make Dream Catchers from vines foraged from the forest, and decorate them with crystals, feathers and other treasures! Can't wait to get to sleep after this session!
Thursday 11 April - Autumn Arts
Morning session: Weaving Wonder
Make your own simple weaving loom from recycled materials, and then weave a wall hanging/mat/pouch/scarf with upcycled fabrics including t-shirts and bed sheets.
Afternoon Session: Autumn Fleece
Wet felt an autumn-inspired playmat, then handsew a little autumn wooden gnome to play upon it. Making their own toys is so empowering for children (and adults!) - there are years of play in these open-ended toys.
When: Monday 8 April - Thursday, 11 April
Time: Morning session: 9.30-11.30am
Afternoon session: 12.00-2.00pm
45 Bougainvillea Drive, Black Mountain
Who: Children aged 3-16 years
Cost: Each session: $30
All day: $60
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0403 133 679.