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Cultivating Care- What Could Be More Important?

"Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.”- Adam Lindsay Gordon At Aishling Forest School, our pledge is to: Take Care of Yourself Take Care of Each Other Take Care of Mama Earth During our...

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Don’t Pick Up That Stick- You’ll Hurt Someone!

Don’t Pick Up That Stick- You’ll Hurt Someone!

"There are two gifts we should give our children. One is roots and the other wings."- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe It’s quite disarming to see children in the woods with adults lurking over them. We’re so used to seeing adults hovering over children, shouting comments...

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Pure, Unadulterated Magic

Pure, Unadulterated Magic

Essentials Field Notes: Week Ten   This week, our last week of our beloved fall Forest School season was pure magic. Pure, unadulterated magic.   The magic of childhood.   We celebrated with each other, cooked foods over an open fire and played like...

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Celebrating Failure & Grit

Celebrating Failure & Grit

Essentials Field Notes: Week Eight       Last week at Forest School, we again worked with the mighty element that is fire. Building off of last week’s adventure in making our own fairy fires, we turned up the firepower and created a community bonfire....

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Smashing Pumpkins & Fairy Fires = Best Day Ever!

Smashing Pumpkins & Fairy Fires = Best Day Ever!

Essentials Field Notes: Week Seven   This past week at Forest School was pretty awesome. We smashed pumpkins and made our very own fires…Billy Corgan would have been proud (I had to;)) Our morning started off with rolling our pumpkins down the hill to our pool...

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One Could Do Worse Than Be a Swinger of Birches

One Could Do Worse Than Be a Swinger of Birches

I’ve always loved Robert Frost’s poetry (The full “Birches” poem is below) and it was pure delight to see our learners swinging to the heavens, laughing freely, coming back down to earth and grounding themselves in the here and now. Our “birches” were actually vines...

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There is True Beauty in the Breakdown

There is True Beauty in the Breakdown

Forest School Essentials Field Notes- Week 5 The winds from last week blew hard enough to sweep down our oldest and most fragile trees. As we walked into our home in the woods, we noticed the calm after the storm and saw a huge elder on the ground. We wondered. How...

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Adjusting Our Sails in Our Field of Dreams

Adjusting Our Sails in Our Field of Dreams

The winds were blowing last week and as part of our Benefit Risk Assessment, any winds over 20mph call for a change of location, due to the deadwood in our home in the woods. We adjusted our sails and played in our welcoming field, which we renamed our “field of...

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In Our Heart of the Woods

In Our Heart of the Woods

It’s week three and our amazing learners couldn’t wait to get into their home in the woods. We asked them if they wanted to take a longer hike into their home and the majority of our learners exclaimed, “No- we want to play!”

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