Forest School Wairarapa

Forest School Wairarapa

The Forest School is an open space on Hella Coenen and Joep de Greeuw’s property “New Forest” under mature native trees next to a shallow creek of pure drinkable spring water, set on the edge of a large area of regenerating land, close to the Tararua Park entrance. This natural learning environment is available for school children, kindergarten and child care centres to visit. A place where children can enjoy an unstructured time in nature, where they can get muddy, take perceived risks, challenge themselves, explore and discover the beauty and wonder of our natural living world.

Hella Coenen is a registered experienced Steiner kindergarten teacher and is a level 3 “Archimedes” Forest School trained teacher, with a completed First Aid certificate.

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Write to Hella Coenen hellacoenen@gmail.com to register for the monthly Friday gatherings or inquire about your own booking.

 

Some snapshots from the forest

Bread baking with Doris

Bread baking with Doris

 

Join 10 other participants around the family table in Doris and Bob Zuur's home and learn how to make four different styles of breads: Wholemeal Bread, Sourdough Rye Bread and Sourdough white Artisan bread, gluten-free fermented buckwheat bread and the plaited Swiss Sunday bread.

 

Some snapshots from previous classes....

Hui for expression of interest in permaculture course

Hui for expression of interest in permaculture course

Bob and Doris Zuur's home (map)

This hui is for folks interested in future course, to meet the core tutor team and voice questions and ideas. For more details and RSVP by getting a free ticket, look here

Home Screening of 'The Biggest Little Farm'

Home Screening of 'The Biggest Little Farm'

Come and join us for a home screening of this wonderful movie called ‘The Biggest Little Farm, an inspiring documentary how Molly and John Chester from Los Angels brough a sadly neglected piece of land back into harmony with nature, creating a truly sustainable living farm.

A bread bakers' gathering to bake in the spirit of Parihaka

A bread bakers' gathering to bake in the spirit of Parihaka

Toru Education (map)

 

Join us for a gathering of 'baking and breaking bread', inspired by the story of Parihaka as described here and here, a heart wrenching and inspiring story in NZ history. On the 5th November 1841, soldiers and placement invaded the Maori settlement of Parihaka. A community committed to non-violent peaceful resistance welcomed them with baskets of 500 loaves of bread which they have baked the day before. The invitation for this gathering is to bake bread for sharing and giving away, in the spirit of Parihaka and share each other's stories of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation. See full description of last year’s event here

 
 
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Permaculture Design Course (PDC 2021 dates, to be confirmed)

Permaculture Design Course (PDC 2021 dates, to be confirmed)

 

We are intending to move away from the 15 days residential course format to one of seasonal modules (four times 3-5 days), If you are interested in a course in 2021, please register your interest. We are not holding a full permaculture course in 2020 but are open to respond with workshops of various topics, as requested.

 
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E-mail Doris Zuur on doris.zuur@gmail.com for any questions you may have.