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Consultancy with Mulberry Tree

This year we were delighted to be invited by Mulberry Tree Childcare to assist them in enhancing their philosophy of “Nature Leading Learning”. We have been working with their childcare centres, Indigo Montessori kindergartens and OSHC after-school kids clubs to train their educators in aspects of nature pedagogy and nature playwork as well as modelling…

Educated by Nature: A Social Enterprise

From the very beginning, Educated by Nature has chosen to be a Social Enterprise – an organisation with the mindset of a business and the heart of a not-for-profit. We are registered and operate as a company. Daniel Burton is our Chief Executive Officer and Trudi Bennett is our Business Development Manager. We act for…

Wandering with Wonder

Wandering is one of the core routines of Nature Connection in the Art of Mentoring philosophy. It is about following what catches your senses or your heart and following that impulse to wander and explore. It evokes a sense of peacefulness as well as curiosity. The Art of Wandering may also open the possibility for…

Community around the Backyard Campfire

Backyard sleepovers with my nephew are becoming a tradition. Once a term, we pitch a tent in the backyard, cook outdoors, have an outdoor bath, make pancakes for breakfast and work on the treehouse. The highlights of our most recent camp-out were playtime, dinner and interaction with the neighbours. This experience really pulled us into…

How do you mentor a toddler?

At Educated by Nature we are passionate about mentoring, and weave it through all our programs. People often talk about mentoring for older children, teenagers and adults.  But how do you mentor a toddler? It turns out to be much the same – through deep listening, meaningful interaction and extension through the feedback and the actions…

Building Resilience and Protection

Building Resilience and protection against bullying Like many Australians this week, I have been touched by the story of ‘Dolly’ and her suicide at the age of 14. My husband and I have been reading her story of life with mixed emotions. Often with tears welling up in our eyes. Many of you will not…

Campfire Conversations – Ep#22 – Claire Warden – Cultural Contexts

Trudi Bennett recently visited Claire Warden in Scotland on Mindstretchers’ International Study Tour of nature kindergartens. During the tour, the group visited the Cranog Centre and explored some primitive skills from the Iron Age. Claire and Trudi discuss the importance of linking with cultural heritage as part developing relationships in nature connection practices. This episode…

Campfire Conversations – Ep#21 – Claire Warden – Nature Pedagogy

Trudi Bennett recently visited Claire Warden in Scotland on Mindstretchers’ International Study Tour of nature kindergartens and the International Association of Nature Pedagogues’ conference. In this video, Claire Warden clarifies the meaning of ‘nature pedagogy’, highlighting how we all need to work together to bring nature connection to children across the world no matter where…

More than a cubby – Cubby Building

Why is cubby building such an important childhood experience? Looking through a collection of sepia photographs picturing bush huts and tents, plus stick furniture from the pioneering days of Australia, a child calls out, “Oh great! Can we make a big tent like that?” And so, the inspiration had started to well up in the…