Forest Bathing with Grandad

FOREST BATHING WITH GRANDAD

'Thousands of tired, nerve shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find out that going to the forest is going home - wilderness is necessary'. - John Muir

The girls come to visit us every Friday

And they call me Gandi.

My role as Gandi is to show them the ways of the woods

To reflect the relationship we have with our beautiful Mother Earth

Where we can see the sunrise

Play hide and seek

And always take our sticks on our walks.

This is Sufi Rae

Here I am showing both Sufi and Ava the difference between oak leaves and chestnut leaves

Ava Pearl feels so at home in these woods, settled here into an ancient wild hornbeam

And is Helena's keenest student - see her stick, chosen, cut and decorated by herself.

Myself

And Helena

Are able to offer forest schooling

Where the girls learn to be at ease in nature's raw spaces

Whilst learning the languages of trees

And of course, playtime in the sunshine with Tara Lili too!

Tree climbing and agility skills build confidence

Basic apothecary methods develop medicinal insights

Whilst seasonal changes

Allow for winter crafting with tools

Springtime bluebell walks

Late summer picnics

And family gatherings

Where nature is a familiar companion

Offering a pleasure in simplicity 

That all children need to learn

Whilst overlooked and guided by the older generations

So we shall have a beautiful planet in 7 generations to come.