Laurie values the practice of restorative communication practices in elementary schools' outdoor learning programs and enjoys assisting teachers, students and administrators in crossing curriculum strands through experiential learning outdoors. As a restorative communication coach in the outdoor classroom, she opens doors of opportunity for the practice of self regulation, empathy and restorative communication skill-building which produces positive mental health benefits for all involved. She introduces restorative communication as a core routine in the outdoor classroom community to assist in the development of a holistic, supportive outdoor curriculum in the school environment.
Elementary School Restorative Communication Circle Facilitation: Laurie co-facilitated gradual release Restorative Communication Program in a rural elementary school (UCDSB).
A two year restorative effort established a circle classroom and spiral peace garden on the school playground.
Curriculum-based outdoor classroom programs and design: Diversifying the elementary school playground (UCDSB) with native/common edible/medicinal perennials to motivate students and teachers to learn outdoors.
Bereavement Communication Coach/Circle Facilitator for Lanark County Home Support: Laurie holds space for grief sharing in bereavement communication circles with Lanark County Home Support Services' hospice 7 week Bereavement programs.
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As a holistic health practitioner and musician, Laurie enriches the circle communication process with musical sound bathing experiences to assist in holding space for relaxation self-care and interoception. Medicine flutes, guitar and singing bowl accompaniment deepens the relaxation response in bereavement circles, outdoor education circles, as well as in Death Doula Grief Ceremonies.
Silent Rustic Retreats in Lanark Highlands (McDonalds Corners) for people who need solitary time to reflect, reconnect and rediscover their personal relationship with the natural world.
Presently, Laurie lives with her family in McDonald's Corners where they practice Permaculture Ethics- Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share- on an old 100 acre homestead in the heart of Lanark Highlands.