Bridging nature in uncertain times – April 3rd 2020

Bridging nature in uncertain times – April 3rd 2020

Tech, Sleep and more!

Kerry Crofton, Ph.d and author of “The Family Tech Plan – Less Screen, More Green: Reconnecting the family with each other and the natural world.” joins us for this informative session where we discuss this challenging time when many families are inside watching movies, playing video games – on their screens more than usual; part of our new reality until this crisis passes.

Join us and hear about positive solutions – easy things we can do – to keep our families healthy in this digital age. We can rediscover the enjoyment of screen-free activities; reconnect with each other; do many things we usually don’t have the time; develop skills to deal with stress and anxiety, and get out in nature – keeping a safe distance.

We can also learn how to free ourselves from addictive tech habits, and balance our screentime with greentime and enjoy the many benefits of both.

AND what about SLEEP???? That is where Heather Boyd comes in. Her website says “Helping Tired Parents Thrive…” We could all use a little advice from Heather!

With routines disrupted and sleep patterns needing to find a “new normal” Heather’s compassionate and informative support is a warm welcome to families everywhere!

About the Guests

Heather Boyd

Heather is a private practice occupational therapist from Ontario, Canada and mother of three. She provides virtual consulting to families looking for attachment-based support for infant sleep challenges and infant development. Her expertise on the impact of dampness and mould on sleep, child health and development adds to her work with families and health care providers in supporting healthy environments, indoors and out. Find her at www.heatherboyd.org

Kerry Crofton

Kerry is a health educator and founder of Global Alliance for Brain and Heart Health,a Canadian charity organization. Kerry is also a mother, grandmother and author. Her latest book is “Less Screen, More Green: The Mindful Tech Plan is digital detox made fun using the powers of nature, mindfulness and being truly connected.” Kerry has been teaching wellness programs and mindfulness meditation for many years. In this digital age, she has dedicated herself to children and family health, especially connecting them with each other and the natural world. Find her at www.LessScreen.MoreGreen.org

Bridging nature in uncertain times – April 2nd 2020

Bridging nature in uncertain times – April 2nd 2020

Topics, Urban Nature Connection – and forest bathing!

How could these two things coexist? Or can they? From forest to city, nature may be hiding in plain sight! Stay Tuned for more on this great session with Caitlin Williams, internationally certified Animal Track and Sign expert, lead trainer with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides, Adopted Auntie of many and a generally fun, thoughtful and skilled mentor!

About the Guests

Caitlin C Williams

Caitlin has more than two decades of experience in nature mentoring, human development, wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, environmental science, and naturalist skills. She works in partnership with organizations offering deep nature experiences, skills for development of an ecological self and tools for ecological restoration. Caitlin is the Mentor Training Project Manager at Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and Adjunct Faculty at Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education. She has been a mentor and guide with ANFT since the first training in 2014. Find her at www.natureandforesttherapy.org

Bridging nature in uncertain times – April 1st 2020

Bridging nature in uncertain times – April 1st 2020

Richard Louv is best known as being a multiple best selling author, speaker and one of the people who brought the work of nature connection into a mainstream topic. In Rich’s new book, “Our wild calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform our Lives and Save Theirs” we have yet another offering that can help us find our way back.

Jon Young is known for the work he has done in bringing people and communities together through what he calls the “core routines” of nature connection. He has numerous publications including his most recent “What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World.

Kathleen, Jon, and Rich have been together before, speaking to audiences and inspiring people to turn back to nature. This is sure to be a lively, fun and inspiring conversation, filled with animal tales and human connection!

About the Guests

Jon Young

Jon is the founder of 8 Shields Institute, an author, tracker, and co-Founder of Wilderness Awareness School.

Jon’s work has been the researching, collecting, universalizing and applying of models for re-Connection. For over thirty five years, he has collected, tested, trained and led Connection models that have proven dependable and predictable in their effectiveness. Drawn from earth-based approaches, these models are neither philosophical or based on any one belief structure, but rather meet us at our most basic neurobiological foundations. Find him at www.jonyoung.online

Richard Louv

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, including his very timely newest title: Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives – And Save Theirs, as well as: Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit DisorderThe Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, and Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life: 500 Ways to Enrich Your Family’s Health & Happiness. His books have been translated and published in 24 countries, and helped launch an international movement to connect children, families and communities to nature. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build the movement.

He appears frequently on national radio and television programs, including the Today Show, CBS Evening News, and NPR’s Fresh Air. He speaks internationally on nature-deficit disorder, a concept he first introduced in Last Child in the Woods; on the importance of children’s and adults’ exposure to nature for their health, and on the need for environmental protection and preservation for greater access to nature and the health of the Earth. Among others, he has presented keynote addresses at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference; the USC Institute for Integrative Health Conference; the first White House Summit on Environmental Education; the Congress of the New Urbanism; the International Healthy Parks Conference in Melbourne, Australia; and the national Friends of Nature Conference in Beijing, China.

Bridging nature in uncertain times – March 31st 2020

Bridging nature in uncertain times – March 31st 2020

In Kathleen’s “Nature-Led Approach” model, she teaches that people need to be outside in all weather. Chris and Arlene of the Guelph Outdoor School in Ontario Canada do this BEST! They get families outside all year round. They are also known for bringing nature connection to the teachers and students in the public schools in their community as well as getting community leaders on board with the value of nature connection. Join us for an informative chat with these two brilliant mentors and school founders.

About the Guests

Christopher Green

Chris has been the director of Guelph Outdoor School since its inception in 2012. He has a post-graduate degree of Education from the University of Edinburgh. Chris has taught in Tanzania, Honduras, Scotland, and Germany. Chris’s enthusiasm for bringing nature to all kids helped him bring his program to many of the local public schools where he lives in Guelph. Chris is a proud Dad of two girls. Find him at www.theguelphoutdoorschool.com

Arlene Slocombe

As a mother of two girls, Arlene says she is reminded daily of the importance in guiding and mentoring the natural curiosity and deep sense of empathy already existing in children. Arlene is a naturalist who offers wild-crafting, folk herbal remedies, plant fibre crafts and bird language, to her community. She shares a sense of AWE that we can all experience when we stop, listen, tend, and sit in gratitude of this majestic world. Find her at www.theguelphoutdoorschool.com

Bridging nature in uncertain times – March 30th 2020

Bridging nature in uncertain times – March 30th 2020

Natural rhythms, ayurveda, herbal support, pivoting from full-time school away from home to school at home.

Homeschool, public school, private school and right now, NO SCHOOL. It’s all ok. This session is all about “permission” to follow a more natural rhythm and why that is good for the whole family right now.

About the Guests

Angela Sarah North

Angela Sarah is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Herbalist, serving Women and Families both online and in person. She has lived on the Central Coast of California for the last 25 years where she has raised her two beautiful daughters now both in their early 20’s.

Angela Sarah offers Ayurvedic & herbal remedies for sleep, calming the nervous system, and strengthening immunity. When we align with nature’s rhythms we align with our own emotional, mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Find her at www.wildflowerayurveda.org