“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”John Muir
?The natural world instills in children a sense of awe and security at the same time. It is so vast, and yet intricately small. It is filled with liveliness, but also deep calm. It has natural rhythms of constant change-day and night, the cycle of the seasons, birth, life, and death???and still there is such steadfastness to the patterns that those changes follow. All of these qualities are a part of the magnetic power of nature to draw children into a greater awareness. Time and time again I have seen quite restless children become completely transformed simply by sitting silently, gazing out across a mountain vista.
…Caring for animals, especially baby animals, opens the heart to the joys of service for almost all children, especially in the feeling years. If you have ever seen a child in the presence of a baby animal, you will know what I mean. They want to do everything for it: feed it, carry it, comfort it, and protect it. You can almost see the child?s heart expanding.?Narani Moorhouse, Nevada City LWS teacher
Nature is a space for children to explore, enjoy vigorous exercises, using the will to face challenges, have experiences of quiet observation, introspection and peace, focus attention, engage concentration, be inspired and expand their breath, arising their gaze and their hearts
Nature whispers children the idea that they are not alone in the world, and that realities and dimensions exist alongside their own.
I remember a recess when the entire class spontaneously lay down on the pavement in the parking lot to watch cloud formations and insisted that I join them.
Another great experience was the time we drove to a nearby creek to picnic, but it started to rain. I was all for going back to the classroom, but no; the children reminded me that the kids in the book wouldn?t let a little rain or snow stop them.
We went down by the stream and spread out to find dry spots. Crouching under banks and trees, we ate our lunches silently, watching the rain fall on the water. We were all so content to just be there in communion with the nature around us; it was one of those unforgettable life events that cannot be planned. The only word I can think of to describe how it felt is sacred.
Nothing surpasses the power of nature to relax and engage children in a way that calms them and opens their hearts.
Susan Usha Dermond, Calm and compassionate children
Education for Life take deep inspiration and precious activities from a worldwide movement dedicated to helping children and adults deepen their relationship with nature called Sharing Nature.
Sharing Nature founded by Joseph Cornell, uses creative, life-changing nature activities and Flow Learning, a revolutionary teaching system that fosters empathy and awarness and makes learning alive.
The mission is broaden people?s sympathies and inspire a sense of stewardship through immersive and life-changing nature experiences; teaching principles of ecology and natural sciences by experiential games and stories and foster intuitive, heart awakening experiences of nature, helping people to discover their own higher nature.
When Joseph Cornell?s first book, Sharing Nature with Children, was published in 1979, it was greeted with universal acclaim. Renowned conservationist Sir Peter Scott said, ?I found Sharing Nature with Children a most original and imaginative concept in a field which is vital for the welfare of the planet.? J. Baldwin, editor of Whole Earth Review, wrote, ?This is absolutely the best awareness-of-nature book I?ve ever seen. Sharing Nature with Children has become justly famous because it works.?
?Playing Sharing Nature games is one my favorite things to do! It’s not only so much fun, but it gives me the opportunity to form a deeper and more meaningful connection with whomever I am playing with, with Nature and with my own Self.? Aaron Resendiz, Assisi LWS Teacher