Nature as Mentor

Outdoor Classroom Design

Naturalizing the Playground

 "In this process of unlearning, in the process of feeling and hearing the plants again,

one comes to realize many things."

- Stephen Harrod Buhner (https://www.stephenharrodbuhner.com/about/)"

 

 

Nature mentors diversity

 Planting native medicinal polycultures to diversify the elementary school playground's outdoor classroom.

Restorative discussions in the circle classroom...

Restorative Communication Circle Discussions in the outdoor classroom

Gather in a circle, practice eye contact and active listening, empathy and respect for the speaker.

Identify the importance of Nature as a Mentor and her ‘purpose’ of providing a home for living beings. 

Gratitude Sharing. The land grows medicine. Identifying and foraging. Intuitive communication with plants. 

Child led discussions: Following the child's curiosity, inclusive listening  and learning together, asking authentic questions. 

Restore the Soil: The importance of building soil: Is topsoil a renewable resource or a nonrenewable resource? Introduce the wonderful world of mycelium

Restore the Planet:

Why plant trees?

And it’s not just people who benefit: trees provide habitats for hundreds of species of insects, birds and small mammals. A tree-planting scheme offers teachers the opportunity to discuss biodiversity and gives pupils the chance to engage with a tangible example. It’s a real-life science experiment and will provide you with amazing habitats to study in science lessons for years to come.

 

Research References: 

i. Stephen Harrod Buhner

https://www.stephenharrodbuhner.com/about

 ii. Henry Dicks, Philosophy of Biomimicry

 Being like Gaia: Biomimicry and Ecological Ethics

 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331952254_Being_Like_Gaia_Biomimicry_and_Ecological_Ethics 

Restorative Practices 

Nature as a Mentor

“In this process of unlearning, in the process of feeling and hearing the plants again,
one comes to realize many things.”

-Stephen Harrod Buhner