What we created, how we played at Pennie Brownlee’s Sacred Urge to Play – a workshop for Teachers, Parents, Caregivers and anyone who plays alongside children

What a wonder of a time we shared during Pennie Brownlee’s ‘Sacred Urge to Play’ workshop this November 2018 in both Ohauiti and Matua, Tauranga, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Let’s tautoko Pennie (who has been doing this for 45 years) carting ‘invitations to play’ around the countryside in her modest silver sedan. She ferries in these bags and banana boxes of hand-collected ‘resources’, these treasures of Mother Nature, for us ‘her learners’ to E X P E R I E N C E the mahi, the philosophy she espouses. The hands on feel and body memory moves beyond what a powerpoint can reach.

We’re sharing some photographs of the two days as a way to inspire others, to remind those who attended, and to simply share

The B E A U T Y. The A R T. The C R E A T I V I T Y. The A R O H A. The S I M P L I C I T Y.

Depending on the age of the children in your care, you’ll include or exclude these various seeds, shells, nuts.

You may like to visit Pennie Brownlee’s website as she has a rich collection of articles and resources to refer to also. There is one titled: Sacred Urge to Play Continuums.

Watch how the human urges transport, collect, construct with these beloved gifts of nature.

Would you like us to bring a PLAY course to the Bay of Plenty, beyond, or Aotearoa.

We invite you to connect with us: emily@wildandgrace.co.nz

May we continue to create together, to build a more empathetic, conscious, questioning, whole-hearted, well-world for our babies, children, our parents, our people, our community.

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