Bush School – Yamba and Iluka locations, term time
Join our community of Bush School families at Yuraygir National Park, close to Yamba, and at Bundjalung National Park, near Iluka, to help inspire and support your children to learn through outdoor play. Ideal for homeschoolers and those seeking alternative education, nature play, and family activities.
Our goal is for all participants, both children and their carers’ to connect with nature to achieve the personal attributes of inner happiness, commitment to mentoring, empathy and respect for nature, being truly helpful, full aliveness, love and forgiveness, and a quiet mind.
The philosophy of Bush School is to encourage an exploration of nature and the cycle of the seasons through interactive learning with play to create a sense of wonder, fun and curiosity.
Iluka Nature and Soul is permitted to undertake commercial activities in Bundjalung and Yuraygir Nation Parks by Eco Pass Licence number: 33554 and operates with public indemnity insurance of $10 million. Steve Wesener has also undergone police and working with children checks.
Session Dates and Locations
Iluka Bush School ( South Bluff)– Tuesday's - 6th Feb to April 9th
Yamba Bush School (Mara Creek)– Thursday's 8th Feb to April 11th
Parent/caregivers are required to participate and do so for free.
For more information on the session formats and to book click below.
Please phone for details 0447231198
Iluka Nature and Soul
"Sharing the knowledge"
I wish to acknowledge that I live on Birrigan Gargle and Yaegl land and Iluka nature and soul works on Birrigan and Yaegl 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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National Parks and Wildlife Ecco Pass LIC21/30
Police Certificate 2021-590397
Working with Children 1227559E
Public and products liability insured QBE