ADULT & TEEN PROGRAMS

​"Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education. " David Polis

WORKSHOPS 2021-2022

If you’re interested in outdoor or early childhood education and nature connection, we welcome you to our adult programs. Looking for a workshop in the Metro Vancouver area? Use this page to find out what opportunities we have coming up.

 

Please contact us to learn more about what we can offer, or join our mailing list to stay informed about future professional development opportunities.

Looking for online pro d courses? Visit our online class page here.

Spreading Our Branches

Connect with other forest school educators across Metro Vancouver and around BC. Visit the Spreading Our Branches Facebook page or join our email list.
 

Forest School Training 2021

August 25th-29th
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Daniella Roze

 

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Stephanie McKay

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5 Days of Wonderful Outdoor Learning

Are you curious about the philosophy and practice of forest school? Join forest school educators from around Metro Vancouver and beyond for five days of outdoor learning that will include:

  • Forest school philosophy

  • Risk assessment, impact assessment, and site selection

  • Sharing songs and stories

  • Activities to help you bridge between structured learning and play-based learning

  • Hands-on basics such as ropes, tarps, knife work, weaving, and making cordage

  • Plant identification and activities that you can do with plants

  • Animal tracking

  • Nature connection practices such as nature journaling and sit spot

And much more. One of the best parts of the week is meeting enthusiastic educators like yourself who are keen to share!

When: August 25th-29th

​Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver 

Cost: $660

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Tricia Edgar

 

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Daniella Roze

 

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Heather Fraser

 

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Forest School Training 2021: Skills Weekend Workshop

August 28th - 29th
 
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Tricia Edgar

 

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Skills Weekend Workshop

Do you want to join the outdoor learning fun for two days in August? Join us for our Skills Weekend. You'll learn hands-on skills such as working with ropes, tarps, and knives, making cordage, plant identification, animal tracking and more.
 

When: Saturday & Sunday August 28-29th 9:30-4:30

​Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver ​

Cost: $185

Wild Wisdom: A Deep Nature Connection Journey 2021-2022

9 monthly sessions (includes one camp out): Oct - June
 

Wild Wisdom: A Deep Nature Connection Journey

Wild Wisdom is for those who want to connect more deeply to nature as well as build skills and practices to share in their own teaching programs. This nine-month class weaves together nature-based skills and crafts, community building, meaningful conversation, mentorship, song, games, engagement of the senses, personal reflection, solo time, ecotherapy practices, and ceremony.​

When: Saturdays and Sundays: Oct 2 & 3, Nov 20 & 21, Jan 22 (Saturday), March 5 & 6, May 14-15 (overnight), June 12 (Sunday).

*Covid exceptions: In the event that due to Covid-19 are unable to meet in person, then we will shift to alternate dates with 1.5 hour online zoom calls in the interim. Read our COVID-19 policies and refund/cancellation policies here.

Time: 9:00-4:00

​Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, Mt Seymour, North Vancouver, Langley

Campout Location:  Langley

Cost: $1300 *

Registration Deadline Extended! September 20th 2021

*Bring a friend promo! Register with a friend and both receive 5% off.

**If finances are a barrier in attending, please contact us about our Equity Fund. Email: info@freshairlearning.org

About our Equity Fund:

With the understanding that relationship to land is accompanied by responsibility to social and ecological change, we recognize a responsibility toward just, equitable, and inclusive learning, and are committed to working toward “equity in all our relationships”[1]. We understand that societal systems of oppression target certain groups and identities of people and effect access to resources in disproportionate ways. As such, we have created an equity fund to increase access to our program and as a small step toward educational equity.

Please consider making a donation to our Equity Fund. Your tax-deductible donation will support our efforts toward collective change.


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Course Outline:

Deepen your relationship to nature, community, and self through a 9-month transformative nature-connection experience.
Dates and Themes*

​2021-2022
Oct 2 Nature-connection: Autumn wild plants and cordage
Oct 3 Weaving stories from the Land: Decolonization and reconciliation

Nov 20 Carving: Honoring trees and ancestors
Nov 21 Honoring the dark: Friction fire and ceremony

Jan 22 (Saturday) Natural shelter: Exploring connections to our earthly home

March 5 The Generosity of Plants: Wild plant medicines
March 6 Caretaking land and place: Service and future generations

May 14-15 Overnight Solo: Deepening relationship with nature and self

June 12 (Sunday) Celebration and integration: Harvesting the gifts of the journey

*The 9 session themes offer a guideline for the program and are flexible and may change based on group interests, program logistics, and unforeseen circumstances

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With an invitation toward a greater sense of wholeness and belonging, the Wild Wisdom program calls forth an exploration of our human potential, teaches life-sustaining practices that honor our interdependence with all life, and fosters social and ecological responsibility within a decolonial framework.
- Daniella Roze

Wild Wisdom Advanced Studies: Alumni Program 2021-2022

Fostering relationships with self, community, and the Earth is a journey of a lifetime: this is the core of the Wild Wisdom program.

We believe that by building ongoing community and deepening our connection to both our inner and outer nature, we can foster the resilience needed to live well in these times and contribute to a life-sustaining world. Returning students will have the opportunity to expand their skills, deepen their connection to nature, and receive further mentoring. Join fellow alumni and new students in this transformative 9 month program.

Students can register for this option in two ways:

1. Explore further into nature connection practices that enliven an interrelationship with all life and connect us to our innate wholeness. Strengthen your wilderness skills such as: shelter building, friction fire, tracking, natural fibre, edible and medicinal plants, and more. With advanced coaching from the instructors you will develop your own project with a goal of completion by the end of the 9 month mentorship program.

2. Deepen your skills in mentorship and facilitation. With this second option, as a returning Wild Wisdom student you will have the opportunity to step up and co-facilitate portions of the monthly gatherings. You will receive one on one coaching and skills from the facilitators that enable you to dive deeper into your role as an educator and learn new ways of sharing regenerative and transformative nature education.

Alumni Program Fee: $995*

If finances are a barrier in attending, please contact us about our Equity Fund. Email: info@freshairlearning.org

For inquiries email Daniella: daniella@freshairlearning.org

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Additional Resources

If you’re thinking of starting a forest school or you’ve attended one of our professional development sessions, you may be interested in our professional development resource handbooks, as well as our list of forest school learning outcomes.

 

Follow the links below to learn more: