We are so excited to be growing and thriving at our truly magical and beautiful circle!
Shining Cedars Nature Circle is an outdoor based program, located on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Shining Cedars is led by Tina, a Forest Kindergarten Trained Teacher and a BC Certified Teacher with a passion for Waldorf education.
Shining Cedars provides a natural, loving, inspiring, and supportive place for young children to thrive and develop. We are inspired by Life Learning, Forest School, Waldorf and Coyote Mentoring philosophies where children are believed to have innate wisdom, which can be fostered by an attentive mentor and free play within nature.
Shining Cedars Nature Circle allows children the opportunity to be together in a kind and gentle atmosphere, while teaching resiliency principles, building life skills, and demonstrating ecological awareness to children ages four and up (our home learners who will be five to seven years old are growing with us). We have the freedom for the program to grow with the children as they grow older as it beautifully aligns with home learning.
At Shining Cedars children will experience: · A small group of children to grow with · A kind, loving and very experienced mentor · A holistic and gentle approach to life learning, centered on free-flow learning · The natural world as their "classroom" (we are outdoors in all weather) · An uplifting environment where their curiosity and love of life are nurtured · Plants and food as medicine; the earth as our equal · Tools for life - how to work in cooperation with others, how to build relationships, how to deal with stress and anxiety and how to understand and express emotions. · Free Play · Child-inspired projects · Self-regulation through self-directed activities, yoga and mindfulness · The magic and beauty of Waldorf learning We emphasize skills for living, a gentle guidance policy, and a small mentor to children ratio. We offer an environment that is safe, healthy, and free from chemicals and screens. We want children to grow and learn through their own initiative and to see the outdoors as a friend.
Shining Cedars Nature Circle encompasses Forest, Waldorf and Life Learning values. We will be in our third year beginning in the fall and we have truly seen the beauty and love that has arisen out of our philosophy the past years. Being fully in the natural world, embracing the values of love for the earth and for each other and learning through our own curiosities have truly created a beautiful environment that has allowed the children to grow and learn in a truly holistic way. I am so excited for our next journey, bringing renewed spirit and growth – as I am truly passionate about offering the most holistic and authentic ways of being and learning for our beautiful children. With love and gratitude, Tina