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Wellbeing through Nature Connection
There seems no doubt that these current times are difficult to navigate through, bringing us constant change, anxiety, and separation.
When you consider that you and I are a part of nature, then perhaps, spending a little time connecting to self, others and nature can enhance our overall wellbeing.
We have created ‘Nature Connection & Wellbeing’ to rediscover our shared place in nature and to help bring us meaning, peace and joy.
Primitive Shelter building
Join us in a quiet bush setting for a fun, hands on 4 hours. In this time we will create a safe respectful place for kids and adults alike, to learn about basic survival practices through experiential learning.
Each family will be given the opportunity to design and build a scale water proof structure for the family.
We will then build a life size water proof debris shelter and if your brave, test it out.
Intorduction to fire by fricton
Join us in a quiet setting for a fun, hands on 4 hours. In this time we will create a safe respectful place for kids and adults alike, to learn about basic survival practices through experiential learning.
In this session, we will have the opportunity to understand and practice basic fire safety, what is needed to start
and maintain a fire, and possibly begin to feel the deep human connection to fire as our ancestors once had.
Each family member will be given the opportunity to start a fire by friction using a fire striker. We will then build a full-scale fire to boil a billy and make some damper to supplement your lunch.
Find and filter water
Join us in a quiet bush setting for a fun, hands-on 4 hours. In this time we will create a safe respectful place for kids and adults alike, to learn about basic survival practices through experiential learning.
We will then learn to read a landscape to find water and build a simple water filter.
As a group, we will walk the landscape and discover the places we may find water. During our time together we will have the opportunity to build simple water filters.
Wellness walk (forest bathing)
Science and my own personal experience suggest a few hours of Forest Bathing will relieve stress and improve wellbeing.
Iluka Nature and Soul offers a playful, gentle, and fun form of Forest Bathing.
Join me for a sensory connection journey, moving slowly around the headland, mindfully connecting with all your senses for relaxation and wellbeing.
Our session will begin with making a safe place for us to re-acquaint ourselves with playfulness.
We then activate our senses through "embodied awareness, " before playfully exploring the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
Bringing our time to an end, we will gather for a tea ceremony and farewell our time together.
Join us at this special Yamba Bush School where we encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long-term, educational approach incorporating community building, outdoor play, and learning in a bush environment.
We believe that when human development is put first, academic, artistic, and vocational successes arise
seemingly without effort.
Our sessions are held every Thursday during term time from April 28th to June 30th and run from 9:30 till 2:30.
Please bring your playfulness, a blanket to sit on, food and water for the day. you may also wish to bring a journal.
Iluka Nature and Soul
"Sharing the knowledge"
I wish to acknowledge that I live on Birrigan Gargle land and Iluka nature and soul works on Berrigan Gargle land.
Our business is pro choice and is non-descrimitatory
Iluka has always been my home, though if I count the days, I may well find more days away than at home.
First schooling, wilderness guiding then sailing the world, raising a family, home school Dad, TAFE teacher and finally three years in England studying and living with indigenous wisdoms and practices.
During those many years of adventure, I could feel something was still missing, a peaceful feeling and one of being connected to my true self, connected to others and connected to nature. I did not know these feelings were in easy reach. I was gifted with some of the techniques to start on this path of connection. Later, I was asked to share them.
So, I am inviting you to allow me to share these techniques with you
Practicing these techniques allows me to find a profound sense of acceptance, purpose and joy. After many years, much wondering, ups and downs, these ancient ways have led me to find my place, find my soul.
“By soul, I mean a things ultimate place in the world…….by place, I mean not a geographical location, but the role, function, station or stations a thing has in relation to other things. How that thing fits into the world.”
Bill Plotkin, nature and the human soul 2008
Nature therapy, sometimes referred to as ecotherapy, describes a broad group of techniques or treatments that use an individual's presence within nature with the intention of improving an individual's mental and/or physical health
Children and Families
To allow participants to
Connect to themselves
Connect to others
Connect to the natural world
What we do we do for future generations
We are being told "let's get back to normal", though, for me, normal had something missing.
Missing for me was a time for connecting to nature
Missing for me was sharing my thoughts without fear of ridicule.
Missing for me was an opportunity to de-stress, relax and lean into "who am I "
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