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.

 

Myself

 

And Helena

 

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.

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