FOREST BATHING WITH GRANDAD
‘Thousands of tired, nerve shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find out that going to the forest is going home – wilderness is necessary’. – John Muir
The girls come to visit us every Friday
And they call me Gandi.
My role as Gandi is to show them the ways of the woods
To reflect the relationship we have with our beautiful Mother Earth
Where we can see the sunrise
Play hide and seek
And always take our sticks on our walks.
This is Sufi Rae
Here I am showing both Sufi and Ava the difference between oak leaves and chestnut leaves
Ava Pearl feels so at home in these woods, settled here into an ancient wild hornbeam
And is Helena’s keenest student – see her stick, chosen, cut and decorated by herself.
Are able to offer forest schooling
Where the girls learn to be at ease in nature’s raw spaces
Whilst learning the languages of trees
And of course, playtime in the sunshine with Tara Lili too!
Tree climbing and agility skills build confidence
Basic apothecary methods develop medicinal insights
Whilst seasonal changes
Allow for winter crafting with tools
Springtime bluebell walks
Late summer picnics
And family gatherings
Where nature is a familiar companion
Offering a pleasure in simplicity
That all children need to learn
Whilst overlooked and guided by the older generations
So we shall have a beautiful planet in 7 generations to come.