Spring: Wildcrafting Herbs

“Can we teach children to look at a flower and see all the things it represents: beauty, the health of an ecosystem, and the potential for healing? ”  – Last Child in the Woods

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Spring: Under the Cherry Tree

“Prize the natural spaces and shorelines most of all, because once they’re gone, with rare exceptions they’re gone forever. In our bones we need the natural curves of hills, the scent of chaparral, the whisper of pines, the possibility of wildness. We require these patches of nature for our mental health and our spiritual resilience.” – Last Child in the Woods

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Spring: in the Forest

“It takes time —loose, unstructured dreamtime— to experience nature in a meaningful way.” – Last Child in the Woods

At least once a week, but usually much more often, we head into the forest. It’s about half a mile away from our apartment, and we absolutely adore living nearby to such a gorgeous landscape. The hillside we live on and the forest nearby is the very beginnings of a small mountain range here in Hungary. We love it so much, and intend to explore every bit of it. For now though, we only get as far as I dare venture out with such young kids. Continue reading “Spring: in the Forest”

Spring: at the Park

 

“In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy: a place distant from the adult world, a separate peace.”  – Last Child in the Woods

Several times a week, we head up the street to a local park. It’s an old rundown park even by Hungarian standards, but we actually enjoy it most when it is overgrown and teeming with life. The mowers come once every few weeks, and we are always sad when the meadows are stripped bare and we have to wait for them to regrow to their wild beauty once more.There is a big path that circles around the edge of the park, and a small play space in the middle. We prefer the path though, and finding quiet spaces to sit and think, or exploring what’s new each time we visit, as the days pass by and the season unfolds around us. Subtle differences, but each so appreciated with the practice of slowing down and observing. Continue reading “Spring: at the Park”

Spring: in the Garden

“Just as children need good nutrition and adequate sleep, they may very well need contact with nature.” – Last Child in the Woods

Into the garden we go, nearly every single day. This is our regular time spent in nature, as it requires the least amount of effort. So no matter how busy the day gets, I make sure we at least head down to the shared garden space of our apartment building. We are incredibly blessed to have a neighbour who does gardening as a hobby, so we get to enjoy the benefits of her labor. I cannot tell you how much we love all the flowers and herbs that are growing. Continue reading “Spring: in the Garden”