Element Two: Connection
The CONNECTION element aims to promote, celebrate and enable connections with our unique natural world in New Zealand. This workshop focuses on the rich and rewarding relationships we can develop within our nature education settings; with tamariki, kaiako and whanau and how we can create a community of learners that truly nurture childhood and its innocence. Learners will learn how to interweave cultural practices and sustainability into the curriculum so that our future tamariki grow to be kaitiaki of our unique New Zealand culture and land.
Experience a professional development workshop in a natural, outdoor setting (Walking the talk). Be surrounded by like-minded learners in a supportive, reflective environment where educators engage in co-operative learning approaches using a mixture of theoretical and practical, hands-on learning.
Here we connect; with each other, our whanau, the tamariki we influence and our roots. We dig deep into the importance of human connections with people, places and things. We connect the dots with effective communication and documentation of learning and look at how we can connect our learning to current curriculum, and your settings philosophy and values. Group discussions will reveal stories of our own whanau history and highlight why it is important for children to hear stories about the past. This leads us into an afternoon of exploration into Maori traditions, stories, history, practices and games!
This workshop will also guide learners to nurture the essence of childhood, while embedding sustainable practices with a holistic, New Zealand specific focus on environmental, social and cultural sustainability.
Feel inspired and motivated while engaging in 5 hours of small group learning set in nature with a shelter available for protection from adverse weather. (No rain will stop us!). Enjoy a tasty shared lunch, locally sourced and prepared with fresh seasonal produce. Get access to related Good Natured downloadable resources and join the online community of learners hui platform. You will receive a certificate of completion and we will personally contact you for a follow up chat/consultation to see how you are getting on with your journey, with a discounted on-site consultation option available.
Complete this Element and receive discount to complete the remaining Elements Workshops or choose to book individual workshops from the Elements Series.
Learners will take away their new skills, knowledge and confidence to complete some recommended tasks to reinforce the learning and encourage learners to apply what they have learnt to their practice and their own settings.