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.
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.
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
We are considering 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 next year, register your interest and you will be consulted on what could be most suitable dates.