Late September and 12 brave souls keen to find out more about being a nature connection Guide, gathered by the sea in Paekakariki.
Over two days they explored with all their senses, shared skills, told stories in a teepee, soaked in wild water hot tub while watching the sunrise, ate too much cake, tried out their new techniques on each other and laughed, cried and learned about themselves, each other, this place and how to guide.
Here is some of what participants had to say:
“The balance [of Liana’s facilitation] was beautiful; humorous, relaxed, aware of the group, organised, GENEROUS, and such valuable personal anecdotes and stories. It’s wonderful to learn from someone who walks the talk”
“Inspirational, motivational, and completely affirming of passion for and importance of Nature Connection for ALL”
An introduction to nature connection ideas and skills that you can use to guide extraordinary and memorable nature experiences for your people.
10 am-10 pm Thursday 21 to 6.10 am to 6.16 pm Friday 22. Paekakariki, Kapiti, Wellington
WHO IS IT FOR?
Are you looking to really engage your clients and provide more value to them? Do you want to more clearly differentiate yourself in the market place? Are you keen to develop your skill set in a new and exciting area? The course is suitable for people who work in a range of settings who are curious to see if nature connection is the “x” factor they are looking for:
Eco tourism operators
Youth leaders and teachers
Social service providers
Coaches and mentors
You will already have a good understanding of your people and their needs as well as basic health and safety.
The course is suitable for people of most abilities – if you can walk slowly for an hour with a small daypack you can do it (or if you have special needs please contact the organiser as we can almost certainly design-in a way for you to participate).
The course is limited to a maximum of 12 people so you will need to book in quick.
WHAT WILL IT COVER?
The course is very experiential and you will be outside for most of the time, learning by doing
The course is designed to build on your strengths and for you to share skills and knowledge with people from a range of backgrounds
We will explore some powerful ideas and principles for nature connection that can be applied to almost any situation
You will get a chance to develop key personal qualities and nature connection routines for yourself
You will learn about more than 20 nature connection activities
You will learn how to structure a nature connection experience; sequencing activities for maximum effect
A taster of expressive and arts activities
You will cover top tips on the practicalities such as choosing the venue, equipment, and Health and Safety considerations particular to nature connection
You will get a chance to adapt what we cover to your particular circumstances, give it a try and receive feedback
Follow up access to a peer community of support and a free 1 hour coaching session to fine tune your future plans
Advanced courses or one on one coaching will be available if you want to further your practice.
Sometimes you have a crazy idea that you just have to put into action. Liana’s Parlour of Natural Beauty was just that. Driven by the idea “why does so much nature connection, science communication and conservation have to be so sciency and intellectual? – Why couldn’t it be more sensory, pampering and joyful?” I came up with the Parlour. And then, along with 17 wonderful volunteers, I put it into action as an 8 day experiential installation that looked like a retro beauty parlour taken over by the bush and connected people to nature and wellbeing. It was all run as part of the Common Ground Groundwater-themed Hutt Public Art Festival February 25- March 4 2017.
In a week we pampered almost 500 people and connected with thousands more; people from all walks of life not just those already interested in environmental issues or the arts.
The feedback was fabulous:
“Liana’s parlour was a real delight it was deeply connective to the outdoor environment. Beautiful!”
“It was incredible! Calming, beautiful what a treat!”
I’ve discovered what a powerful and flexible format the Parlour of Natural Beauty is, so I would love to work with new people to make it relevant for your science communication, conservation education, place-making and public well-being challenges. Just get in touch.
I’m pretty inspired by the Sustainability Trust in Wellington who are planning a great new school holiday programme. They have hired me as an advisor and together we are planning some cool wild adventures for kids aged 6-12. It will be based at community garden Innermost Gardens and feature plenty of outside time and adventures in the town belt – all a stone’s throw from the CBD.
Imagine a Sami style Teepee or a Wild water portable Hot Tub at your next event. Great for workshops, retreats, camps, or even board meetings ;-). It comes with an experienced operator and maybe even some ideas about facilitating your event. The Hot tub is best for 4-5 at time while the Teepee can sit 12+ or sleep 8+. Just comment below or contact Re-wild Yourself for more info about hiring firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature connection is a powerful force for mental wellbeing. This was recognised this year by the mental health foundation who made it the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week. As Re-wild Yourself I joined in the photo competition and was surprised to win a spot prize for a shot my daughter and I made playing on the lawn together – with my flowerfull hair. Thanks MHAW.
MHAW also featured an office lockout lunch hour to encourage workplaces to make sure their staff had some outside time in the day. As I don’t really have an office to lock my self out of I had some fun taking my plastic executives outside at lunchtime!
Seriously though, nature is key to my mental health. Don’t underestimate how crucial it could be for yours.