The Greatest Outdoors

Month: June 2021

Summer mandala

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We made a summer mandala today – creating a ring using our body as a compass and then laying out flowers around the periphery. We then made a pyramid in the middle and decorated it with ferns and more flowers. In this way we learned that a pyramid has four sides – but has triangle as a side. Scared geometry is everywhere – the circle (eternity), the square (Earth) and the triangle (Trimurti).

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Working with pruning saws – our participants are given real tools to work with – which can be shocking I guess for some… but from the age of 6 they are taught to respect and use these tools. Here the child saws a stick to create a whole arsenal – today we made a pick axe and a spear.

Thank you Heidi!

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Stationery to go gaga over

The Iona Shop in Holywood which stocks all manner of good things is sponsoring some of our art materials for the sessions with Gabriel. The shop stocks only the very best quality colour pencils, crayons, pastels and carries a wide range of papers for crafting. There is also a very small mark up on these materials as Heidi is committed to making the best art materials available to all – although they are by no means cheap, these crayons are made from beeswax and the colour pencils are vibrant and true.

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If you love art you will love the art collection at the Iona Shop.

The week it has been!

We have had some spectacular weather and enjoyed some memorable afternoons in Hillsbrough and the Quarries.

Here are some highlights. But before we go any further a big shout out to Laura Laffin to thank her for stepping on over the past two Tuesday with us!

Also our little band of Elementals at Hillsbrough grows!

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May be an image of tree, outdoors and text that says "elements Ûnd garden school Summer Scheme Glencraig, Helen's Bay Ages years old 5-8 July, 2021 Almabl all gone...wait list 2-5 Aug, 2021 9am- 1pm £22 per child per session £85 for the whole week (4 days) for more information or to book a place email:, or call Jonathan on 07140411840 you can also visit our webiste at eLeMeNTS GARDEN SCHOOL"

We have also experienced a really high demand for the Summer Scheme. Can’t wait to get it going!

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This week we practised our whittling skills by whittling little spears. Or litter pickers. Jonathan gave an impromptu Physics lesson and I told the Australian Aboriginal story The Flower Seekers.

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Here we are checking out a fungi on a log.

Because we now have art classes, weekly sessions, a summer scheme and birthday parties, we have a single booking form for you to register your interest. Fill it in and Jonathan will get back to you… or you CAN email Or call 07140411840.

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