1. guided, challenged, humbled, and befriended by the features and forces of the natural world
2. inspired by a forest school ethos, including reflecting on and adapting practice to respond to community needs over time
3. taught a lesson related to forest school (the hard way)
My name is Caylin and I started the Forest Schooled as a blog in 2016 while working towards my Forest School qualification in the UK. Then in 2017 I moved to the homeland of the Abenaki/Abénaquis, part of Wabanaki Confederacy (which is also known to many as New Hampshire, USA); and then moved again in 2019 to the homeland of the Algonquin Nation (which is also known to many as Ottawa, Canada). The blog is a collection of stories I've gathered along the way, and they demonstrate how my understanding of Forest School has adapted and changed with the places I've lived. I claim to be an "educator" but the reality is that whilst I'm busy "teaching" others, the children and the Land are just as busy teaching me. This is a place where I share the lessons I'm learning in the process and how, in essence, I'm getting "Forest Schooled".
In addition to developing and delivering programs, I also offer consultancy and mentorship to help those just getting started in outdoor and nature-based programs, as well as experienced practitioners who want to deepen their practice, by offering my perspective and experience as a springboard for your learning journey. If this interests you feel free to check out my Work With Me page for more information!
Forest Schooled News:
Announcing: E-Learning Packages!
Forest Schooled self-guided e-learning packages are now available! I've worked really hard on putting these together in order to help people engage more deeply with the material I've written and researched for the blog and my book, Forest Schooled, The Book. You can work through the packs at your own pace, and in whatever order feels best to you.
Each pack includes
20 page PDF with 7-8 story excerpts from Forest Schooled, The Book
Reflective questions after each story to encourage deeper thought and discussion.
Space to take notes on what you are learning and write down ideas for how you can apply it in your life/work.
Access to a 30-40 minute audio recording version of the pack so you can listen to it instead of, or in addition to, reading!
A whole lot of love, passion, and playfulness from me in putting these packs together :)