A 36 Hour Trip To Sydney -- Fast, Slow & Sunshine For The Soul

Early bird flight, bag drop & a fast-paced hunt for coffee before the Hay House Writers Workshop. The prettiness of the harbour on a warm & sunny winter Saturday sparks a feeling of inner gratitude for a safe flight, beautiful country & how much life has changed in the last 18 months. From the inner work I have been doing lately, I slow down & naturally feel presence in the moment. I understand how you can miss moments. I spent a lot of my younger years travelling to places but missing simple moments because of future plans. Today I bask in the sunshine with my sister & mumma while we drink coffee together & laugh. I actually forget about the purpose of the weekend because of the state of my mind being in the present. How much I have changed from focusing on the next destination -- to noticing the magic in the right here, right now.

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Connecting To The Beauty Of Our Natural World.

Spending our early years in the beautiful Currumbin Valley and then moving to Tugun Beach, QLD -- we were both blessed enough to experience a childhood with abundant connections to our natural world. The feeling of making a fairy house in the base of trees, learning to feed horses, finding a stick to bang on the floor so snakes can hear you coming (not sure if this is an actual thing – but we did it), explore creek beds, use fallen paper bark as real paper – those experiences are still vividly in our minds, almost 25 years later.

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Elysia Keillah
What do we actually mean by creative? Is it all just art, craft & play?

After 12 years of private school, I would have to say that I was led to believe that being creative meant 'good at art'. It wasn't until I was well into my late 20s that I realised that there was so much more to being 'creative'. For me, using creative thinking and tapping into your naturally creative energy source is just as important as processing academic content and you don't have to be able to draw or paint to consider yourself a creative person.

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Steiner, Montessori, Reggio? Let's Talk Holistic Approaches

When people enter Whole Beings, they see a unique studio style space filled with creative learning stations, designed for prompt immersion by the entering child. Some will notice elements of Steiner philosophy, there will be natural wood materials and fantasy play. Montessori inspired learning can be seen as puzzles, patterning or real world experiences, such as involving the children in the nurturing of our plants. Let's not forget Reggio Emilia where the environment allows for child-led learning through experiences of touching, listening and observing. Which can honestly be seen throughout the entire space.

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