Nurturing through nature

Professional development (PD) Canterbury

Posted: 28 August 2019
Notice reference #: 1H9xSF

Building resilience and strengthening family and community relationships in and with nature.

A one-day workshop examining the latest research and current understanding of how regular time in nature-rich spaces aids the development of resilience in children, their families and communities.

With guest speaker, Niki Buchan, internationally recognised thought-leader in nature-based practise. Plus sessions by Julie Frew, Paediatric Occupational Therapist; Helen Francis, Nature & Forest Therapy Guide; Emma Woods, Teacher & Nature-based Playground Designer; Anneke Beardsley, Social Worker; Tilia Mehrabi, Forest School Teacher.

This day will be of interest to educators, therapists, community workers and parents/carers.

International speaker, Niki Buchan, brings knowledge and expertise from her 35+ years of experience as an educator, researcher, consultant and author on the topic of Nature-based practise. An opportunity to delve into the healing power of combining nature with nurturing, connected relationships to support wellbeing and mental health for children.

Local experts across the fields of health, education, early intervention and community settings will also expand on this theme, bringing personal and professional experiences of the extensive capacity nature and natural settings offer to build resilience, deepen relationships, promote healthy sensory-motor, social and emotional development, bring healing and unfold potential in our children, families and communities. 

This will be an inspiring day, bringing new insights and ensuring you have the opportunity to connect with others and with nature. Come and learn, be nourished and build relationships!

Registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Events summary


07 November 2019 – 07 November 2019

Further information

Contact: Emma Woods

 (022) 087 4358