The guest for this episode is Kelly Hogan, head of the Mother Earth School in Portland, Oregon and an instructor for the Advanced Teacher Training in Youth and Child Permaculture Education.
Kelly explains, from place as a Waldorf teacher, how she operates the Mother Earth School program while guiding children throughout the year in an outdoor environment. She also shares a rough telling, which turns out beautifully, of a story she is working on, and also discusses the Advanced Permaculture Teacher Training in Teaching Children and Youth Permaculture, which she teaches alongside her partner Matt Bibeau and Patty Parks-Wasserman.
During our conversation I kept thinking of Richard Louv, his book Last Child in the Woods, and the idea of Nature Deficit Disorder. That lead to further research on my part while editing this show. If you are interested learning more about ways to present a similar program, look into the ideas of a Forest Kindergarten, Forest School, or Outdoor School. These are current models that are being practiced similar to Kelly’s that can give you an idea of how to get started with an outdoor children’s permaculture school.
If you or someone you know wants to start their own program to bring a dynamic outdoor experience to young children, Kelly is willing to help. You can contact her at:
motherearthschool [at] gmail [dot] com
or by visiting the Mother Earth School link below.