Adult 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
 

If you’re a parent or educator who’s 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 adult courses and professional development opportunities.

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Workshops 2020-21

 

Forest School Training 2020

August 19th - 23rd 2020
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: Wednesday August 19th - 23rd 9:30-4:30

​Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver 

Cost: $660

Teachers

Tricia Edgar

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Daniella Roze

 

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Heather Fraser

 

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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 basics such as ropes, tarps, knife work, weaving, and making cordage
Plant identification and activities that you can do with plants
Animal tracking

When: Saturday & Sunday August 22nd - 23rd 9:30-4:30

​Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver 

Cost: $185

Teachers

Tricia Edgar

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Forest School Training 2020:

Skills Weekend Workshop

August 22nd - 23rd 2020
 

Wild Wisdom: A Deep Nature Connection Journey 2020-2021

*Now 9 monthly sessions (includes one camp out): Sept - June
Wild Wisdom: A Deep Nature Connection Journey

The Wild Wisdom program 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: Sundays: Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 29, January 17, Feb 7*, Feb 28, March 28, April 18, May 2*, May 29-30 (overnight campout), June 13*, June 27, July 11*.

*Covid exceptions: If there's a second wave of covid-19 and we can't meet in person, then we will fall back on postponement dates (noted with *) and continue 1.5 hour online zoom calls in the interim

Time: 9:00-4:00

​Where: Lynn Canyon, Mt Seymour, North Vancouver, Camp McLean Langley

Campout Location: Squamish

Cost: $1300 *

*Early bird promo! Register before July 1st and receive 10% off!

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

Scholarships available. Email: info@freshairlearning.org

Course Outline:

Deepen your relationship to nature, community, and self through a 9-month transformative nature-connection experience. The program weaves together personal reflection, meaningful conversation, nature-based skills and crafts, engagement of the senses, song, games, solo time, community building, mentorship, and ceremony.

September 27 - Nature-connection: Autumn wild fiber plants and cordage

October 25 - Weaving stories from the Land: Decolonization and reconciliation

November 29 - Carving: Honoring trees and ancestors

January 17 - Return of the Light: friction fire and ceremony

February 7* Alternate date see below

February 28 - Natural shelter: Exploring connections to our earthly home

March 28 - Caretaking land and place: Service and future generations

April 18 - The Generosity of Plants: Wild foods and medicines

May 2* Alternate date see below

May 29 - 30 - Overnight Solo: deepening relationship with nature and self

June 13* Alternate date see below

June 27 - Celebration and Integration: Harvesting the gifts of the journey

July 11* Alternate date see below

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.

*Alternate date Covid exceptions: If there's a second wave of covid-19 and we can't meet in person, then we will fall back on postponement dates (noted with *) and continue 1.5 hour online zoom calls in the interim

Read our COVID-19 policies and refund/cancellation policies here.

Wild Wisdom Advanced Studies: Alumni Program

Wild Wisdom Advanced Studies: Alumni Program

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*

*Early bird promo! Register before July 1st and receive 10% off!

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

***Scholarships available. Email: info@freshairlearning.org

For inquiries email Daniella: daniella@freshairlearning.org

Teachers

Daniella Roze

 

Daniella Roze is a teacher and curriculum designer at Fresh Air Learning and the founder of Thriving Roots Wilderness School.  She holds a Master of Education from Simon Fraser University with a focus on ecopsychology and holds a diploma in Applied Psychology and Counseling.  Daniella is committed to building a life-sustaining world, fostering resilient culture, and supporting others on the courageous journey of whole-hearted living.   

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Stephanie McKay 

 

Stephanie is an educator and mentor in earth-based skills and ancestral ways. Her family has been in the land that we now call Canada for five generations and she is grateful to be a settler, held in the arms of rivers, mountains, oceans, and deserts. As an ongoing student of Martin Prechtel's, Stephanie is fascinated with the beauty and complexity of myth and its existence in the unfolding of our daily lives. She has had the honour of studying with the Animas Valley Institute, The Haven Institute, The Tracker School, and with mentors Annie Bloom, Jade Sherer, and Florence Dedame. The families and adults that she has worked with at nature schools across Western Canada have touched her heart, and each one leaves a lasting imprint that enriches the tapestry of her life.

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.

 

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