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Restore Nature for kids is a community learning project in the middle of the forest on an organic farm close to the village Barão de São João.
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Restore Nature for kids is a community learning project in the middle of the forest on an organic farm close to the village Barão de São João.
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Pioneers with a mission

Our vision is to reinvent education by unschooling ourselves and meeting our children from a place of trust instead of fear. 

We guide children aged 8-11 years in their own learning process, focusing on their passions and personal interests while providing a basic framework. 

Through the art of storytelling, (written, visual, digital, rhythmical, artistic, verbal) they will be encouraged to express themselves and to share their self-discovered wisdom with the world.

Task walks in nature, problem solving challenges, meditation, and breath work will be part of their daily structure. They will receive empowering tools that will help them to cultivate self love, critical thinking, and authenticity. Furthermore, they will practise compassionate communication, radical honesty, conflict resolution and do body & boundary work so they will be able to navigate resiliently and without fear through chaos, face challenges with grace, and transform shadows into light.

OUR MANIFESTO
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Family Focused

Including the families is fundamental to this community learning initiative.

There are monthly meetings in which we discuss organizational and logistical matters, plan fundraising events, brainstorm about content and discuss education and values.

The monthly women and men circles for the mothers and fathers (educators take also part) provide a space for more personal subjects to arise and for everyone to be witnessed in their process.

Contribution:
We work with a financial sliding scale hoping to support families with lower income. Monthly tuition is between €330-360 per child + at least 4 working hours per month. We follow a 10 month payment cycle.

In order to compensate for the immense amount of work that has been done by the families that have been there from the beginning we ask for an application fee of €300 from every new member.

LEARN, EXPLORE, AND CONNECT OUTSIDE

Admissions

Educators & Experts

Anke

Academic Education

Anke is a qualified teacher and has been working for more than 10 years in several public schools. She specifically enjoyed working with children from different cultural backgrounds. Her big passion, besides education, is traveling. Adventurous as she is, she always found creative ways to combine those two passions. She’s been living and teaching in different schools all around the world.

Having seen so many different school systems evoke the strong wish to reinvent education. Her dream is to create a learning culture in which children can be fully themselves, learn with self motivation through their own experiences guided by enthusiastic passionate educators in an inspiring, stimulating environment.

With this project, her dream is finally coming true… For her, the cultivation of emotional intelligence and the inquiry of soft skills is equally important as learning how to read and write. 

The children see her not only as an educator but also as a trusted friend that accompanies and guides them on their personal and academic path.

Silvia

Academic Education

Silvia’s mission is to support each child through a well grounded holistic educational approach in such a way that the child feels empowered to understand things by itself.

She is a certified AMI Montessori educator and has professional skills to observe and identify the inner needs of the children in their different development stages. For her, a safe and inspiring learning environment is crucial. She strongly believes that once a child feels truly seen and has the freedom to learn at its own pace, a child's intelligence can be fostered and nourished and the child will be able to unfold its true potential.
The kids love her sensitivity, her kindness, her patience and her sense of justice and integrity.

When she saw the peaceful learning space embedded by the wisdom and shelter of trees for the very first time, she had tears in her eyes and knew that this is the place where she can reinvent education and support children to become independent, sovereign humans.

Katjalisa

Emotional Education

Katjalisa has a background in Anthropology, somatic sex education and is a certified Acro Yoga Family teacher.

Her vision is to create a new culture of relating by providing pioneering (sexual) education for children, teenagers and adults.

The weekly sharing circles as well as the work around bodies & boundaries that she facilitates are for most kids the highlight of the week. In a playful way she practices with them the art of active listening and models them how to communicate non-violently. She empowers the children to make their own decisions based on their intuition and to be vulnerable and authentic in front of a group.

Katjalisa also facilitates the monthly mother circle in which she picks up on the most important themes of the month that were visible in the sharings of the kids.

She is mentored by internationally recognised authorities such as Sanderijn van der Doef, a leading figure in the Netherlands and abroad in the field of sexual education and Franice Oomen, writer, illustrator, trauma expert and Inner Voice Dialogue Coach.

Mattie

Emotional & Ecological Education

Mattie grew up on a biodynamic farm in the Netherlands and has a background in Anthropology. He is dedicated to restoring natural and human ecosystems. 

Nature is his biggest source of inspiration. His mission is to empower the younger generation to work hand in hand with and to re-establish respect for nature. 

Sharing his tools, insights and knowledge with children is the most hopeful thing he can do! 

Together with Katjalisa, he holds space for the personal and emotional processes of the children and accompanies the boys on their journey into manhood. He always has an open ear and a compassionate heart for every child and has endless patience. His anger release techniques are popular amongst both boys and girls.

He facilitates the monthly father as well as other men's circles.

2022/2023

Admissions

Introduce yourself and we'll be in touch!

Due to the high interest of families wanting to join our project, we ask you to only get in touch if you meet the follow:
Student is fluent in English
Student has at least basic reading and writing skills
Student is between ages 8-12
You are committed to being part of the project for at least one year and investing personal time to make it grow. 
OUR MANIFESTO

    We're Hiring

    Grow with us!

    Recruiting a second full-time educator
    We’re looking for an educator or perhaps two to team-teach in a multi-age, nature-based education project. Your qualities:
    Background in teaching primary aged children;
    Experience and passion for outdoor, nature-based education;
    Dedicated to a holistic, child-centered teaching approach;
    Ability to co-create and design project-based learning units for a multilevel class;
    Ability to incorporate differentiated teaching and assessment practices into daily tasks;
    You are a creative self-starter, a good communicator and you enjoy the benefits and challenges of team teaching;
    You are a versatile educator and you have great classroom management skills.
    You are aware of your own flaws and committed to personal growth
    You want to work on eye level with children
    You are as keen on learning from and with the children as you are about bringing across in an inspiring way your own knowledge
    You are inspired by different teaching methods without being dogmatic
    You have the ability to naturally connect with children from the heart
    Introduce yourselfkatjalisa@toursthatmatter.com

    A GLIMPSE INTO DAILY LIFE

    EVOLVING TOGETHER

    INSPIRING STORIES FROM OUR WORK

    COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOPS

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    Bodies & Boundaries for kids & parents

    During the school year, our "Magical Mondays" have been the highlight for the kids in our community learning project that we started in September 2021. We are excited to share some of our empowering tools with you and your children!

    Are you interested in this one day workshop? Either for yourself and your family, for your own learning community or for your school class? 

    Please get in touch with us and we are happy to organise something together with you! All Profits go to the Restore Nature Community Learning Project
    Katjalisa: +31 624 555 311
    For more information on our work
    What we will explore:
    full body yes and full body no
    bodies & boundaries
    communication
    vulnerability within a group
    What you will take home:
    grounding, positive self-esteem, self confidence, communication skills, body wisdom, connection, healing & nourishment, empowerment

    How will the day look:
    We’ll start the day with a short sharing circle together with parents and children.
    Then we’ll playfully explore through hands-on exercises our full body yes and our fully body no, work with our boundaries and learn healthy ways to communicate them.
    After a shared lunch we will split up the groups. Through ‘stories as medicine’ both parents and kids can share in separate circles about their experiences.
    Short closing circle with everyone.