Nature Play workshops for Parents, Teachers and those working with, playing and learning alongside children, at Mount Maunganui Saturday 10 October and Sunday 11 October 2020

2019 SOLD OUT so we’ve programmed TWO further 1-day NATURE PLAY workshops with South Islander Celia Hogan, for Teachers and Parents.


About this Event

wild & grace are blessed with being able to host Celia Hogan, all the way from Canterbury/South Island with this inspiring and empowering day for ECE, Primary Teachers, Parents, Un-schoolers and Homeschoolers.

There’s a Sunday extension course for those who did the 2019 workshop, or those who would love ***2*** days.

Emily met Celia during the Nature Play Conference in 2019, run through

Limited spaces, so get in quick for this SELL OUT workshop (the 2019 session SOLD OUT before the end of the EARLY BIRD promo).

This 6 hour workshop will cover:

Benefits of nature play

Schema, loose parts and risky play

Recognising learning and linking the curriculum

The role of the teacher in the outdoor classroom

Risk management and group management outdoors

Making Fire with Flint and Steel

Whittling with Knives

‘Play based Learning in the Outdoor Classroom: Nature and the Curriculum’

This 1-day workshop will build the confidence of educators who want to educate children through nature in either their own natural environment or a local nature space. It will provide skills, knowledge and ideas to support children’s play in an outdoor environment while helping to make links to the both Te Whāriki and The NZ Curriculum. Aimed at ECE and Primary Teachers, Parents, Unschoolers and Homeschoolers there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking.

About Celia

As a facilitator of outdoor and nature-based learning, Celia inspires ECE and primary teachers to look beyond the day-to-day challenges and find outdoor learning opportunities where kids can blossom. While investigating how nature sessions could work within ECE and primary schools she found teachers really struggled to use the outdoor classroom. With support and guidance their confidence grew, and she is now excited to be running professional development for nature educators throughout New Zealand. Celia currently runs a bush kindy session each week and is also focused on changing legislation in ECE to enable full time nature kindergartens in NZ. Celia originally studied outdoor recreation and adult education. For the past 20 years she has worked for a variety of outdoor education organisations internationally, setting up, developing and running outdoor programmes, wilderness expeditions, leadership development programmes and establishing risk management and safety systems. Now with two wild preschoolers herself she wants to share her passion for getting children outdoors and into nature.


Saturday 10 October 2020

9.00am – 3.30pm


***Early Bird*** (if paid by Friday 14 August 2020) $195.00 (includes lunch)

Slow Bird (if paid from Saturday 15 August 2020 ) $225.00 (includes lunch)

Sunday workshop:
Celia is offering is also offering this 1-day workshop

“Place based learning in a play based pedagogy”

on Sunday 11 October

Go here for BOOKINGS.



Scout Hall

13 May Street

Mt Maunganui

Bay of Plenty



wild & grace are not GST registered. Eventbrite generates and emails an ORDER CONFIRMATION which is your RECEIPT/proof of purchase.

Transfers INSTEAD of refunds:

Due to Celia’s workshops selling out, the costs and organisation to bring her from the South Island and for catering reasons we cannot offer cancellations. Thanks for understanding on this matter – you are however welcome to transfer your ticket to someone else.

If we need to postpone or cancel the event, we will refund the cost of the ticket(s).

About wild & grace media|events:

For 10 years we have been bringing Educationalists

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and providing learning and community opportunities

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Participant’s experience

“I just wanted to thank you again for providing such a nurturing environment and food for us at the workshop yesterday. Also many thanks for taking the photos of my quirky seed pod creations. Hope I get to attend something else you organise one day.”

“I still feel completely heart-full and inspired after yesterday. And the food, wow. Emily, it was just sensational! It was a pleasure to meet you and everyone else there!

Thank you.”

wild & grace offer wholesome living:learning choices.

We gather, nourish and celebrate people and their ways.

wild & grace are in action to transform education and relationships with ourselves and others.

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

for Saturday’s ‘Nature and the Curriculum:Play based learning in the Outdoor Classroom’:

BOOKINGS for Sunday’s ‘Place based learning in a play based pedagogy’:

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