The Rhythm of Learning in Nature


The Rhythm of Learning in Nature is an opportunity for like-minded educators to come together in place to experience nature, outdoor play, Reggio-inspiration and forest school practices. The week follows an emergent curriculum framework, as we will invite both facilitators and participants to decide the direction of the work and the focus of our professional inquiries.

Click here for an agenda for the week! 

This year, we are thrilled to have Juliet Robertson, author of Dirty Teaching: A Beginners Guide to Learning Outdoors and Messy Maths: A Playful Outdoor Approach for Early Years as a guest facilitator. Participants will have the opportunity to experience multiple outdoor learning opportunities in the magical environment that is Swan Lake in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. 

This year we are also excited to have Hopi Lovell Martin who is originally from Traditional Lenni Lenape territory between the Hudson and Housatonic Rivers (New York and Massachusetts) of mixed Lenni Lenape, Britonnic and Eastern European ancestry. He belongs to the Anishinaabe Marten Clan and is being taught by a Traditional Grandmother. After completing a Master of Arts in Child Study and Education with an emphasis on Early Years and Child Development, Hopi spent 17 years teaching Kindergarten to Grade 12 as classroom and Outdoor Education teacher in Toronto. He has since gone back to OISE at the University of Toronto to work on a PhD that explores how Traditional Hodenoshaunee and Anishinaabe teachings support educators’ heart-understanding of Indigenous process as a way of “establishing and maintaining relationships” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2015) with Community and Land.

This will be a week of empowering learning to support the development of a community of learners, researchers and teachers. There will be a small Forest School Camp run by The Nature School on the premises for an opportunity to observe children experiencing nature! To register you child for the Forest School Camp, please click here! 





Included in the registration fee is free admission to a full day conference featuring Juliet on August 18th, 2018 at The Kortright Centre for Conservation. In exchange for the price of admission to the Kortright Conference, Rhythm attendees will share their experiences from the week with a wider audience.



August 13, 2018 at 9:00am - August 18, 2018
Swan Lake Outdoor Education Centre
1229 Bethesda Sideroad
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3G2
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Jasmine Green · · 905-832-2289 Ext 239


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