bholonath, nina, zoner, genie, neil

thank you so much for visiting.
and bho thanks for the link.  there does seem to be an octopus meme at the moment.
something to do with their ability to squeeze themselves into nothingness.
and you know it would not surprise me if they could cope with radiation better than other sea creatures.
 gladly they can't get stuck in fishing nets as they would be able to squeeze out what will kill their neighbours. 

but moving from ocean to land .......
oona and nina during break

a few months ago a friend of mine was considering leaving the village.
she had built a cob house in the village almost solo but needed to earn an income.
happens to be one of those teachers that just manages to bring out the creativity in all her students.
an undogmatic waldorf teacher is my friend oona.

i don't want her to leave and as she is telling me this iona is battling down the passage  with the sewing machine.  her brother has offered to pay her in freshly picked apricots if she fixes a shirt.
oona gets up to go and help her and an idea was born.
she now has a center of creative expression which consists of 6 kids.
 a birthday - the group makes a cake

she loves going off to 'school'  absolutely no pressure,  just a celebration of all of life in a very cool group of people.  

the group has been going since august and yet there has been a fullness in her experiencing that i wish each child on the planet could have.   i love that this child will for days go to school with unbrushed hair and there is no issue.  i love the way that she can go barefoot even through winter without some school laws engaging her wildness.  i love the fact that she has made so many beautiful objects on her own.  i love the fact that  each child in the group is so unspoilt and so in touch with their environment.
i love how iona's love of animals has become an integral part of the school day and school life.
painting their cushion covers

exploring their kingdom.............

look at the focus on nelaya's face

mary clays

a lot of magic happens here......


Timster said…
Wow! Why couldn't I have gone to THAT school? Cool pics...
su said…
well you can timster, vicariously.
nina said…
Its still because of you.

Oona appears at the right time in the right place.

A blessing for everyone.

su said…
ah nina,
maybe just a tiny little bit is because of me.
the rest is grace....
images of the guinea babies will be updated today on her blog.
actually i see the sky is blue so that is not true - blog will be updated next rainy day.....
bholanath said…
This is the Real.
We toast with the kids.
To unbrushed hair, bare feet and wildness!
chickory said…
that is the right way to educate. I would home school my kids if i had any. and i do just out in nature all day the garden, the creek, the weather, how it is in the forest and so on. i think here in the US you cant even play on monkey bars or play tag because somebody might get hurt. sickening the fear based restrictions on life for modern children in the us. Love the photos. what was that green cake?
john said…
Hi su and all. What a great looking school, this is surely the way to do it. It's so good to see children outside exploring their world and tree climbing too!

All dark and stormy here, but in a good way. The sea brings forth plenty of interesting objects and things to find new uses for. Hope all good where you are.
Anonymous said…
Still with you on this one, make it quick and make it redeeming!Best quote on the web I have seen so far.

su said…

to me the absolute most criminal education system is the united kingdom. little children at the age of 4 are taken out of their play world and forced into their minds where they have to remain for the rest of their lives.
taken away from their mothers and their homes to be put in schools where not only are they not allowed to play conkers or such stuff but should they fall and hurt themselves the teachers are not allowed to pick them up and comfort them.
looking at this country it becomes evident that the elite have achieved their desire.

tao has just turned 18 and he has been unschooled his entire life. he is a master planter and gardener and has just started a business baking sour dough breads for the village.

life is about creeks and valleys and sunrise and sunset and actually being able to move the body when it needs it - without having ritalin thrown down your throat.
Gina said…
Lovely to see the creativity and enthusiasm in the children! Well done Oona - and those with the insights to support what she is doing.

Now I will go and move my body, being careful not to allow anyone to throw ritalin down my throat!

Mike (via G's email)

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