Conference 2014

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A record number of delegates and beautiful weather marked the opening of The Natural Phenomena 2014.

We had laughter, tears and feast of thought provoking information and inspiration!
The camping was great, showers hot and some people even slept under the stars.

The stellar line up of both international and national speakers, along with a variety of workshops and hands on participation kept our attention over the three days in The Wild Woods.

Author of "Last Child in the Woods" Richard Louv gave a keynote address that challenged us to evolve New Zealand into a country with nature rich urban environments.
Dr Rangimarie Rose Pere returned to the Natural Phenomena with her heartwarming message of care for yourself as well as those around you.
Another of our international speakers Adam Bienenstock, a natural playground designer, entertained us with his humorous approach to getting around the regulations and creating magical play spaces that attract and retain children's attention. David Spragg encouraged us to consider the resources we use in our centres and the sustainability of our daily practices.

We had afternoon soul time, entertainment and nourishing food.

One very special addition to The Natural Phenomena this year was the invitation the committee extended to our own children to attend.

Clad in "Nat Phen" tee-shirts and wearing spectacular hand made capes the children helped with registrations, set up tents and were wonderful role-models for our delegates showcasing children in nature. It was lovely to hear positive feedback from delegates who enjoyed seeing the children play, interact and participate in the running of a fantastic event. Who knows who we may see presenting in a few years time!