Joey Moncarz

The Kaitiaki Collective, Auckland NZ - ECE Teacher, Consultant

Workshop title: "The Transformational Power of Nature"

The true power of nature is often overlooked, even in discussing rewilding our children. For the more time our children spend in nature, the deeper their connection to the natural world will be, and the more they will re-connect with the wisdom of the ancestors, of humans who lived fully sustainable lives on this Earth.
Our children will re-learn long-lost skills and abilities. They will become fully human. And with their connection to nature and their wisdom, they will be the ones most likely to transform our world from the way it is now to a truly healthy world. This is the transformational power of nature.

Personal Bios - I grew up in Miami Beach, Florida and have lived in Aotearoa now for ten years. I'm a NZ-registered teacher and taught various subjects in high school: English, drama, maths, social studies, media studies, horticulture & sustainability, and Spanish. I wrote and directed plays for schools - two of which won first place in Play market's Plays for the Young competition. I also designed and ran a Sustainability and Organic Horticulture course, and initiated and led Climate Change Action Groups at two schools. I quit mainstream teaching to focus on re-wilding children, first by starting the Kaitiaki Collective in Auckland, and now by working on New Zealand's first full nature-immersion school. After all, in re-wilding we can heal ourselves, our children and our world!

Joey Moncarz