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.


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


Some snapshots from the forest