Friday, February 2, 2018

Ancestor Day

November, 20th
Every year at Wren's Nest we choose a day to honor our ancestors. Those people, places, and things that came before us and helped to shape our family and culture. We had so many wonderful offerings from near and far that were close to our hearts. It was lovely to see a bigger picture of one another, to learn a little piece of each of our backgrounds helped to strengthen our Wren's Nest culture. 
 Everyone was eager to share a little something of their ancestors! A special necklace, an old photo, a lucky coin and perhaps the more surprising was Sully's Matryoshka doll or Russian Nesting Dolls. We all shrieked with delight as they got tinier and tinier! 
Katie wrote down all of our ancestor offerings of pieces of birch bark for a later surprise. 
 After sharing and baking blueberry muffins for our celebration, we set off for the Ephemeral Woods-a magical place perfect for our party. 

We crawled, slid, and rolled our way there...




 While these woods really put on their magic show in the springtime, we love them for their openness, big balancing log, and forts. 
 We gathered mouse and rat tails and kindling for our fire. Then played pirates while it got going... 





 Once the fire was really going, we gathered round and took turns offering our pieces of birch bark to the fire, while saying thank you to our ancestors. 

 Then we celebrated with some blueberry muffins around the fire :) Made with love by all of our helping hands. 


 Definitely time for some lunch and a nice rest....
 And while we ate and rested...something amazing happened! 
 We left out our precipitation cup not expecting much but we got just about 2 inches of snow in an hour! Needless to say we were not upset by this...




 We ended our snowy romp with a visit to the labyrinth by the river. Labyrinths can represent wholeness, the journey to our centers and back again. I find them very calming but also stimulating, sometimes you think you are close but you are still quite far. 

 It was especially cool to walk it with the layer of fresh snow on the ground. 
See you next time! 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Magic

The day of the first snows are always magical, and this day at Wren's Nest was magic for many reasons. 

We started off with marble tracks and blocks. A few Children with the help of Katie made this magical land for Oren's puppet dragon, Fiery, who came in to visit. 
And some made an impressively long marble track! 

After a nice morning and good snack, we headed off towards the pond, a favorite place we haven't visited since warmer weather. We stopped at the pink rock catching snowflakes on our tongues and mittens. 



We were excited to see the pond had begun to freeze, but not completely. We spotted cold little minnows still swimming about. 
We took off on a hike up the blue trail, a steep climb towards the top of a small mountain behind the pond. The forest was filled with magic, roots hugging rocks, sparkling snow and gurgling brooks. 



We also spotted some Chaga mushrooms growing on this golden birch tree. The Chaga that grows on birches is well known for its healing and medicinal properties. 

The climb was a big one for us so we took a few breaks on the way. At a nice flat place we played a few rounds of Eagle's Nest with some very clever hiding places. 

We stopped to hug this sweet white pine grandfather tree. 
And made our way home for the magic to continue...



Our friend Amaya's Beeba, Tom, does magic for children all over the world. You can learn more about Tom and his magic on his website Magicians without Boarders.
Thank you, Tom for reminding us of the magic we have inside! 







Tom and Ghost :)

Some call November "stick season" and lament its dark afternoons and drab color. To me, it is one of the most magical times of transition, lit up in amethyst and gold. We walk in beauty, yes we do. 




Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pumpkin Olympics!

"Cut into a pumpkin 
Scoop it with a spoon 
Then you carve a little mouth 
Shaped just like a moon 
Cut two eyes to twinkle 
And a three cornered nose 
Use for teeth ten tiny seeds 
And set them in a row 
Then you light a candle 
To place it right inside 
And put it in your window 
For Halloween Night!"

After mighty winds got in the way of our original celebration, Wren's Nesters were happy to gather a bit late and celebrate Hallows Eve with the Pumpkin Olympics 2017! 
We started off the morning decorating our own tiny pumpkins that Katie brought for us from the Willowell Garden.
We had fun gluing on seeds, acorn tops, and tissue paper to create funny faces and festive displays.
Then it was off to work to get the Pumpkin Olympics started. Luckily we have 10 strong bodies, very good helpers for hauling wood and benches! 
The view from the finish line...
And we're off! Balancing on benches, jumping over logs, crawling under benches without knocking over little pumpy, and getting very dizzy before running through the finish line! My favorite part of Pumpkin Olympics is helping everyone cheer on their friends. 
And for the grand finale...the Great Pumpkin Roll! But first we have to get those unwieldy pumpkins to the top of the hill. 
Putting a little magic in before the big roll! 
And chase that pumpkin!! 
After the finale, we went to the neighboring meadow and walked back to our hill through the forest. We found a very soggy fallen bees nest and stopped to survey the damage from the wind and smelled and admired the exposed heartwood. 
We were happy to get back our cozy and festive classroom :) 
After lunch we cozied up for some funny halloween stories and enjoyed Tulsi Rose tea and popcorn on the rug. 
 
A happy Wren's Nest Hallows Eve it was!