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Une éxpédition d'apprentissage pour l'apprentissage

When Humans Fly

Forest school has been an amazing opportunity to witness how brilliant, creative and critical children are. Because of the environment but also because they are encouraged to express themselves we get to see the children flourish and learn to take risks. Here are four beautiful moments that amazed me:

When Humans Fly

  • Child:”Did you know that we are flying?”
  • Adult: ”Oh ya. What do you mean?”
  • Child: ”Well we never really touch the ground. It’s only an illusion because the bubbles that our feet are made up of are continuously repelling the bubbles that the ground is up made of.”

Power of the Mind

  • Child: ”My hands were cold, so I sent heat to my hands with my mind and now my hands actually feel warm.”

Safety Man

  • Adult: ”To me this hill you are climbing looks dangerous. How can we made it safer?”
  • Child (With a clipboard like object in hand): ”Don’t worry I’m the safety man on a mission to make sure everyone is safe. We have agreed to use one path for coming up and one path for sliding down and I am making sure we only slide one at a time.”

Perspective

  • Child 1: ”Did you know that chipmunks see in slow motion?”
  • Child 2: ”Maybe the chipmunks are seeing at normal speed and we are seeing in fast motion.”

Bird Sacrifice

  • Child A (Upon discovering a dead bird): ”LET THE BIRD BE SACRIFICED!”
  • Child B: ”Let’s bury it and have a funeral.”
  • Child A (At the funeral): ”Thank you bird for sacrificing yourself for the good of all others and putting the life of others before you. Your death has allowed the birth of another. You led an honourable life and we shall remember you.”

A day in the life…

No day is a typical day when you are at forest school because each day depends on its student’s interest and energy levels as well as the environment and its weather conditions. This is to give you an idea of what a day might look like.

8:00- Head out into the forest.

8:30- Arrive at Forest school, set up.

9:00- Children begin to trickle in.

9:30- A wolf howl is called and the group gathers under the tarp. A meeting is held to determine where we should hike to today and what we should do at the chosen location. Once three or so options are heard a vote is held to determine the destination for the day.

10:00- The circle scatters and everyone heads to the cabin to get their backpacks and go to the washroom.

10:30- Everyone is back at the circle and the group heads out for the hike.

11:30- Arrival at destination, the back packs are put down and the children scatter in the bushes nearby. Things are built, adventures are held and explorations are abundant.

12:30- A howl is heard and the group reconvenes. It is time for what is called sit spots. Children lift their veils of silence and are asked to find a spot in the forest alone where they can listen to the messages of the forest.

12:40- A howl is heard and the group gathers to share the messages they received from the forest. Each individual is listened to as they explain what they heard, saw, smelt, did or invented while they were sitting.

13:00- Backpacks are gathered and the pack heads back to the cabin.

13:30- Children are to finish their lunches if they have not already done so and a story is read for all to hear. Children are also free to write or draw in their journals.

14:00- Sometimes the stories inspires an activity (plan a tree house, play with clay, find specific plants mentioned in the story, create your own creation story, build a tool). Activities are suggested and play is reactivated.

14:30- A howl is called and the group gathers to recapitulate the adventures that happened that day and each individual shares their favourite part of the day.

15:00- Children begin to leave.

15:30- I head back through the forest, happy about another fun filled adventure in the forest.

 

 

 

”Hippietecture”

Let’s move away from ”hippietecture”, architectural structures that are often stigmatized like earthships. Valhalla is trying to move away from this and work within our current system to make sustainability accessible and desirable to the common person. Like many other marginal populations these types of projects are often pointed at for all the wrong reasons without an understanding of the context. More than anything Valhalla is about creating a movement and way of life that makes sense at an individual level as well as an environmental level.

Things just got personal

Yes I have been visiting schools and communities, but more than anything, I have been visiting myself. Being nomad and meeting so many fabulous places and individuals is pushing me to explore myself more than I ever anticipated. I feel I have reconnected with the curiosity of my inner child and am exploring the inner works of this body, mind and spirit for the first time. It’s so exciting to learn and create and what better way to do it then spend a few weeks in the forest learning with the best teachers: children!

Vipassana Children

Apprendre la technique d’Anapana (la technique que les jeunes apprennent lors de leur séjour d’une journée au centre de méditation Vipassana), permet aux jeunes d’observer leur respiration naturel. Cela sème la graine du bonheur à un jeune age qui ne peut que fleurir avec le temps.

Mangeons des mauvais herbes!

Le Festi-Herbes à l’Herbothèque fut une opportunité d’apprendre sur les herbes médicinales dans un atmosphère convivial. Ma mère m’accompagna dans cette magnifique redécouvertes des plantes. On ne voit plus les mauvais herbes de la même façons quand on découvre les propriétés médicinales qu’ils ont. Quelques plantes intéressante….

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Pissentlit: Les feuilles et les fleurs ce mangent en salade au printemps.
sorrel
Wood sorrel: Un goût délicieusement amer et super dans une salade.
plantain-weed
Plantain: Soulage les piqûres de maringouins en frottent la feuille sur la peau. Les feuilles ont aussi un bon petit goût de noix.
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Achillée millefeuille: En tisane, les fleurs aide à soulager les fièvres et régularisé le cycle menstruel.
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Ortie: Se mange en soupe et en smoothie (similaire au épinard).

Welcome Home!

When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow — Old Native American Prophecy

A Home, Not a Capital Investment

My brief stay at Hameau 18 allowed me to understand this fantastic project only at the surface level. The Eco Hameau is home to a dozen individuals, couples and families and La Coopérative du Cap. They welcome visitors, have homes scatter across the land, gardens and a variety of enterprises including a theatre company and food production companies.

At the center of their belief is that land should not be a commodity. By using an usufruct contract, it permits its members the use and advantages of the fruits of the Coopérative du Cap’s land short of it’s destruction or waste.

It’s a project that has grown over the years and now has a well established structure that continues to improve itself.

 

Gravir des montagnes

Entre les visites, j’aime m’arrêter pour faire des randonnées en montagnes ou même une petite aventure de vélo camping. Ces moments de solitude me permet de me recentré avant de partir à la rencontre de d’autres personnes formidables.

Parfois quand je gravit une montagne particulièrement éprouvante je me questionne: pourquoi me donne-je autant de mal? Mais, la tension ressentit dans tout mon corps autant que le sentiment de liberté me rend vivante. Les changements internes dans mon corps ainsi que les changements externes dans la nature lors de mes randonnées me rappellent que tout change.

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