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Thanks to all who came out to our 10th annual Handmade Holiday Sale last weekend.  What a great crowd, sunny snowy weather, amazing vendors with lovely handmade wares.  So much goodness, from herbal soaps, to beeswax candles, organic gingerbread and cupcakes, hand-dyed yarns, beautiful pottery, intricate macrame decor, healing teas, hand-tooled wooden wallets, wood-turned spoons & honey dippers, local authored children's books, luscious vegan fudge, cozy woolen clothing...plus kids area with pinecone birdseed feeders and tiny twig gnomes...

Happy solstice & holiday season to you all!  See you in 2019.















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Week 12 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

Weather: cold with some snow on the ground, and beautiful sunshine & frost

Lunch made today: Homemade pizzas in the outdoor wood-fired cob oven

Art lessons today:
  • final charcoal sketching activity
  • folding paper window stars with origami paper
  • botanical lantern making with our dried leaves/flowers (from plant presses we made 
    Other highlights today:
    • outdoor cooperative games
    • opening our Thinking Tree "mailbox" filled with wonderful letters and drawings
    • personalized veggie pizzas for lunch 
    • final good-byes, it's been a great 12 weeks together
     



















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    Week 11 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

    Weather: cold with some snow on the ground, and a few glimpses of sunshine

    Soup made today: Carrot Coconut Curry (a group favourite!)


    Art lessons today:
    • sketching our own faces using mirrors 
    • salt art prints
    • Waldorf-inspired wintery candle drawings
    Other projects today:
    • beeswax candle-dipping done outdoors around a big table
    • doll making continued
    • needle-felting continued
    • letter-writing for our group "mailbox", on handmade paper
    Other highlights today:
      • warming up with cooperative and running games in the community garden
      • learning a few new songs during our opening and closing circles
      • singing in time to the beeswax candle-dipping to keep our rhythm going!
      • shared mint tea by the fire







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      Week 10 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

      Weather: grey cold day with beautiful light snow falling in the afternoon

      Soup made by the kids: Carrot Coconut Curry


      Art lessons today:
        • sketching faces and features (from puppets and other shapes)
        • making "postage stamp" sized art, coloured pastels on black paper
        • needle-felting small animals with wool
        Herbal project today:
        • sewing dream pillows
        • garden mint tea made outdoors for lunch
        Other highlights:
        • introducing the Thinking Tree mailbox, choosing a name and sending each other a small gratitude/appreciation card or drawing
        • light beautiful snow falling in the afternoon
        • the completion of many lovely dolls after many weeks of work on them














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        Week 8 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

        Weather: snow is here!  a light layer, but still enough for a snowball fight

        Soup made by the kids: Sweet potato leek


        Art lessons today:
        • sketching pinecones (not as easy as it sounds!)
        • trying out white charcoal on black paper, for sketching our outdoor wintery scene
        Herbal project today:
        • pine needle-rosehip tea brewed over the fire
        • wood block postcard holders (sanded and coated with beeswax polish)

        Other highlights:

        • a snowball fight during free time (for those who wishes to participate!)
        • back by popular demand, honey-baked apples for lunchtime dessert
        •  doll making continued (and some completed!)
        • fire-building with the kids














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        Week 8 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

        Weather: grey, gusty winds, the sense that snow is on the way soon

        Soup made by the kids: Sweet potato coconut curry (a big hit with the kids!)


        Art lessons today:
        • cedar tracings to make paper lanterns
        • mystery drawing exercise with half hidden objects
        • doll-making continued (making hair, clothing, stuffing bodies with lavender)
        Herbal project today:
        • nature stamping (making book marks and wrapping paper sheets) using seed pods, flower heads, pinecones - especially great prints were made from sage leaves and dinosaur kale
        Other highlights:
        • a short walk to the community garden nearby to collect seed pods
        • wood-fired oven to warm our hands
        • honey-baked apples made in the outdoor oven (the kids have requested we make these every week until the end of the program!)
        • seeing many of the kids eat two or even three helpings of our curry at lunch
        • general enthusiasm and energy of the day - a very active group today!








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        Week 7 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program (the Halloween edition)

        Weather: cool, grey and rainy today

        Soup made by the kids: Not soup today, but festive wood-fired pizza

        Herbal project today:
        • herbal bath bombs with lavender and calendula petals
        Art lessons today:
          • graphite transfers (fancy stenciling) onto paper
          • DIY shadow puppets
          • extended doll-making session (making hair, clothing, costumes)
          Other highlights:
          • making personal-sized pizzas baked in the wood-fired oven outside
          • Halloween games, such as the pumpkin obstacle course, apple-on-string bobbing, and relays
          • wonderful costumes worn by all - we had two wolves, a fox, a few witches, a bandit, a red haired elf, a bat, a construction worker, and more!
          • pumpkin puddings and hot apple cider by the fire to warm ourselves







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          Week 6 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

          Weather: it's getting cool!  Hovering around 0 degrees Celcius today with one tiny snow flurry

          Soup made by the kids: Not soup today, but rather fancy oatmeal bowls with lots of toppings

          Herbal project today:
          • preparing our own blend of Peace Tea - with relaxing calming herbs like lemon balm, catnip, linden, rose and chamomile
          • using our senses to get to know lemon balm from the garden
          • using our new blend to make herbal tea over the fire - so cozy!
          Art lessons today:
            • imagining a world of small - finding miniature landscapes in the yard and drawing ourselves into them (for example, what would it be like to live in a milkweed pod?)
            • developing our skills for drawing birds
            Other highlights:
            • warm-up games at the nearby park field - so fun to see everyone laughing and running ("catch the dragon's tail" was especially funny as a group effort)
            • fresh pumpkin pie for an extra lunch treat
            • warming our hands by the outdoor fire which we kept going most of the day
            • planning for next week's session - halloween party!













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            Week 5 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

            Weather: overcast with patches of sunshine, but chilly (felt like 2 Celcius)

            Soup made by the kids: Sweet Potato-Leek

            Herbal project today: 
            • wrapping sage herb bundles to hang at home (and use for winter teas, bath and sore throats)
            • discussing various historical uses of herb bundles for health, purification, ceremony
            Art lessons today:
            • form drawing - looking at the human form and proportion (face, body)
            • turning the form sketches into flower fairy sketches made to proportion
            • cityscape drawings in mirror image
            • looking at spirals in nature (shells, etc) and sketching various snail designs

            Other highlights:
            • delicious warm honey-baked apples made in the outdoor wood-fired cob oven! 
            • playing outdoor co-operative running games to warm ourselves up
            • learning about how the cob oven was built, and standing around the fire to stay cozy












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