Fall 2021 Program
Come play, explore & deepen your connection to the beautiful land situation on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabek Nation.
Staff & Volunteer Positions
We are always looking to collaborate with facilitators that are passionate & have a love for nature-rooted schooling & learning approaches! Additionally, if you have training and experience in child-led learning & education; and have a fluid approach to facilitation with children, we would love to hear from you!
We welcome you to send us an email, and let us know how you could get involved!
Nature & Farm School for Children
Meet your Guide
Nature & Forest School is an all-year around outdoor educational program. Learning happens through the natural sciences of the rhythms of the seasons. It is through observation, active listening, fostering curiosity & child-lead play that learning through these changes will happen in the Forest. Mother Nature is the teacher, and we are her students.
We believe in letting children’s curiosities and interests lead the way. This is also why school’s attendance is at a low ratio.
Throughout the program, children will be guided through hands-on learning that may also look like:
Farm animals caring and the different stages of growth
Land & animal tending through the different seasons
Coexisting with Wildlife
Plant identification, foraging and making natural medicines
“Let us go forth with our pupils into the child’s natural laboratory where, together, we may find the birds and insects of the air, the living animals of field and wood, the trees and flowers and shrubs, the water and the earth, the sun and other stars – things which will attract and hold the child’s eye, arouse his wonder, stimulate his inquiries, and give him opportunities for discovery.” – J. A. Patridge (Natural Science Through the Seasons – 1955)
Our school's philosophy is based on much of the same philosophies & benefits outlined in Forest Schools’ programming.
“There are a few common threads that help define what Forest School is:
It takes place entirely outside, all year round, in all weather (except for dangerous weather conditions like extreme temperatures, extreme winds, or thunderstorms)
It supports the holistic development and needs of the participants
It's learner-led and includes time for free exploration and play
It promotes appropriate levels of risk-taking, like climbing trees, fire lighting, and using tools”
~ (Forest Schooled, 2018)
Why Nature & Forest School?
It’s an opportunity for children to build individual resilience, self-confidence & trust within themselves through risky-play in Nature. 2020-2021 has shown us that navigating the unexpected, and building resiliency, is a much needed life skill to have.
It’s an opportunity for children to expand individual awareness of environmental impacts, where food comes from, and their connection & appreciation to nature & its living beings. This through their growing understanding & appreciation for the ecosystem, its diversity & trust in the science of Nature’s life-cycles.
Ongoing studies have proven the benefits & importance of empowering children through:
Child-led learning through free-play & curiosity, without the overinvolvement of adult intervention (Peter Gray, 2013; J. A. Patridge, 1955; Outdoor Play Canada)
Time spent outdoors which in turn provides a whole-holistic health (Richard Louv, 2008)
Spending time in gardens & with animals - as there is a persuasive amount of evidence of the benefits & therapeutic value of this. (Richard Louv, 2008)
“nature experiences “help children understand the realities of natural systems through primary experience. They demonstrate natural principles such as networks, cycles, and evolutionary processes. They teach that nature is a uniquely regenerative process.” An appreciation of these patterns is essential in fostering creativity, which of course is not the sole domain of the arts, but of science and even politics.” ~ Richard Louv (2008)
Hi, I'm Stefany Pagé-Douville!
I am the owner & co-creator at The Healing Circle Farm. I have completed the Nature-Rooted comprehensive program design mentorship through Forest Schooled and I continue to be mentored by Caylin on a regular basis.
I am a mama to humans & animals alike; lover of nature, stillness & slow living.
I am a homeschooler, have operated a home daycare while my kids were younger, and have worked with children in a public school setting in the past.
I am passionate about Wildschooling & Unschooling in a Nature setting. I am certified meditation teacher & soon to be certified Forest Therapy Guide.
Note on the Investment Cost:
All programs are non-refundable and no credits can be given after registration.
A full refund will be given in the event that a program is cancelled due to insufficient registration.
Options will be given should the program have to be altered due to Covid-19 Provincial restrictions.
The Healing Circle Farm is an outdoor retreat space and runs rain, shine or snow. In case of rain or major snow, we have access to the barn, shelters, and a fire to warm us. We ask that you watch for the day's weather conditions and dress accordingly before making your way.
In case of severe weather storms, the event will be postponed to a later date. All participants will be contacted in advance.