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Wild Arts Forest Schol

Wild Arts Forest School offers; workshops, Forest School, Nature Inspired parties and Bell tent party hire all held around the Bellarine Peninsula.

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Such a magical morning in the Clearwell Caves. I loved it as much as the children did.

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It's warmer in a fridge than it is outside but check out Raglan Castle in all its splendour. #bloodycold #raglancastle #wales #familyholiday #backtomyroots #naturelover

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Sid's 6th birthday present from his Papa was a Lemur feeding experience at Wild Place Project in Bristol. It was such a perfect gift for Sid & the smile on his face at the end was priceless. #wildplaceproject #lemurfeeding #kingjulian #chillingwiththewolves #experiencesasgifts #loveengland

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I'm home! And, its not too cold....yet. The jet lag is nearly over (3am starts when it's dark until 7am are no fun at all). It's so beautiful here.

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What a term! What an amazing bunch of families! Thank you all for brightening my days. I'm off to my mother land for some big cuddles from my English family. It'll be cold & lovely & Christmassy and I can't wait. Keep an eye out for term 1 bookings which will open very soon.

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Today I had the privilege of being part of a deep ecology workshop run by the very inspirational John Seed. One of the comments that has stayed with me is the need to listen to the world crying, to embrace and acknowledge the pain and despair & then to get off your backside & play your part in changing it. Find your connection to nature. It's in us all, you just need to look at the awe and fascination children have. Let's allow our children the time to marvel in the wonder of the natural world.....Let's do it with them. Be present. Listen to the world crying and be part of the healing.

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I love this magazine. It's inspirational and refreshing & makes a wonderful gift. I'll be in England for Christmas this year (soooo excited) and have bought the back copy Winter edition for my niece who will love exploring the differences between the 2 winters (despite currently being in contrasting seasons). For those of you wanting a more ethical magazine, this is the one. @__wonder_magazine__ #wondermagazine #ethicalgifts

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Just a spot of commando crawling down a muddy hill on this unseasonably cold, wet and windy day 😆 Huge respect to all those who turned up today 💚

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I made playdough yesterday using turmeric, lemon juice and spirulina & rosemary water. I forgot to put oil in 😆 it seems it makes not a lot of difference for a one off session. We so made willow wreaths with woodland characters, made smelly cocktails and learnt how to make a fire using a fire steel and cotton wool. I love my job 💚 #woodlandwreath #forestschool #firemaking #smellycocktails #popcornonthefire #hotchocolate #christmaswreath #iloveforestschool #oceangrovenaturereserve

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I keep forgetting to take & share photos so here are some from the last few sessions. We've had a bit of a dead animal theme reappearing in our Drysdale sessions. A dead rabbit leg keeps showing up in various places, a little more dried outreach time and a possum has shown us how quickly it can decompose in the warmth. Lots of opportunities for discussion (and lots of intelligent children with wonderful insights). The dead fish by the lake weren't quite so savoury 🤢

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We had a shelter up ready for the rain today, which never came. Plenty of wind though which made the trees 'talk' (or was it frogs or woodpeckers? Both great suggestions). We found a very obliging stick insect that wisely made its escape. Lots of exploring today and spotting decomposing animals. It was magical watching a mermaid (aka Evie) climbing across the dried up stream. A hot & muggy session but I loved hanging out with this group.

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Another lovely session today. We looked at seeds in a dried sunflower head & planted some in seed bombs, made insect habitats, went pond dipping, identified some edible weeds & learnt about their medicinal uses & climbed trees! It was great to see lots of team work & problem solving happening in the tree climbing.

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Lots of tinkering with tools in today's session as well as making bug hideaways to attract the happy insects into our gardens. It's the Aussie Backyard Birdcount this week so we tried to identify as many birds as we could in 20 mins. We saw lots of Red Wattlebirds, some Magpies, Small Ravens, a Grey Fantail and a beautiful Common Bronzewing.

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How lucky are we to have such a beautiful Reserve right on our doorstep? I love this place & today it provided shade for our creating, trees for hiding behind and hills for running down. I have fond childhood memories of pond dipping so I've been so excited to allow the opportunity to pond dip during our sessions. We found some tiny fish, lots of water boatmen, beetles and a snail. One of the girls in the group also found a tiny teeny praying mantis. What a perfect morning exploring our natural surroundings. #forestschool #macleodwaterholesreserve #drysdale #bellarinepeninsula #natureplay #ponddipping #childled #exploringnature

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The weather was kind enough to hold off the rain for our session yesterday & we managed to make a delicious veggie soup for lunch. We also made animals inspired by the Aboriginal desert weavings and found loads of bugs, including a very large & very beautiful ant. #forestschool #wovenanimals #campfiresoup #natureplay #oceangrovenaturereserve

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