The Natural Phenomena 2014
The 5th Natural Phenomena Conference will be held on 21-23 November 2014, Kiripaka, Whangarei.
Registrations OPEN NOW!

Win your rego back!
The first 50 people to register will go into the draw to win back their full registration.

Keynote speakers
Adam Bienenstock
Inspirational, thought provoking, (and a little crazy) the CEO of Bienenstock Playgrounds, Adam Bienenstock, from Canada is joining us at The Natural Phenomena this year. 
"If you care about your children’s safety, mental health, physical development, community engagement, and the future sustainability of our planet - natural playgrounds are the most important and intelligent choice you can make. Is there Art, Music, and Nature in your playground?"
~ Adam Bienenstock, MBA -
David Spraggs from Gisborne NZ
David Spraggs brings his passion for provoking teachers to do more and be more when it comes to our children, doing more sometimes means "doing less". David will share his experience of both New Zealand practice in the Education Sector and his experiences in playing in the woods in Europe.
Dr Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere
Returning for a second year is the beautiful Dr Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere, she will come with her wisdom, enthusiasm and wit, and no doubt some powerful words and messages for us to return home with to share with our families and tamariki.
Dr Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere - website

We are working on a fantastic line up of workshop presenters, including:
Clive Neeson (movie Last Paradise) Lucinda Murch
Pennie Brownlee Anna Gentry
Dee Pignéguy Pania Baxter
Genevieve Simperingham Anna Scott Davidson
~ Watch this space for more fantastic presenters…

2014 Conference registration fees (all incl GST)
- Early bird - $450 - Cut off for early bird registrations will be 31st August. 
- Standard Registration - $490 
- $100 discount off any of the above options for Student - Proof of student ID required
- Group discount: Four or more from the same centre – 7% further discount to above prices!! 
- Scholarships:  Once again we are delighted to announce two student scholarships for 2014. If you are a student please e-mail us your story and tell us why you would like to come to The Natural Phenomena 2014, don't be shy!
Your registration fee includes Friday night dinner, Saturday night dinner and entertainment and all meals except breakfasts.

The Wheke workshops
Te Wheke 2014 is now well under way providing inspiration, professional and personal development to attendees in Whangarei and Auckland. The classes are now full but watch out for 2015 dates and if you would like to go on the waiting list please click the link below.

Living the Taonga of Te Wheke :
A 9 part monthly evening workshop and mentorship programme.
To assist you to understand, embrace Te Wheke in an educational context.

Dr Rose Pere has shone a light on where we can look should we want to deepen our relationship with life, our children and the nature of everything that exists.

Whangarei - Third Tuesday each month beginning Feb 18th 2014 6-9pm
Auckland - Fourth Tuesday each month beginning Feb 25th 2014 6.30-9.30pm
Whangarei: $90 for 9 sessions or $15 per session
Auckland: $135 for 9 sessions or $20 per session
Facilitated and mentored by Anna Gentry of NaturePlay NZ

Te Wheke interest

Inspiration and Ideas
We have found three interesting articles & ideas that we felt worth sharing in this newsletter:
- The Over Protected Kid
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution - by Hanna Rosin
- Currents in Environmental Education: Mapping a Complex and Evolving
Pedagogical Field

- Yes Lets -
Have you played this game recently? Like all games its an opportunity to practice skills we face in our day to day lives. Yes about seeing the gifts being offered and choosing to accept and celebrate the shared gift...Nature is amazing at this game and just recently in a group of educationalists it was shared how a gift of nature had come about from our recent extreme weather patterns.  The gift was a rare gathering of life from our ocean floor that arrived on the foreshore, this experience was accepted by the local community as an ‘Yes Lets’ opportunity to learn about seas eco-system as they gathered via texting and phone calls to view. 
The question to be asked is how often are gifts offered and we fail to listen, or see them as we are too busy ‘doing learning about nature’ rather than being within our natural environment. 
How often do our children share with us their 'Yes Lets’ moments and as educationalists we either are unable to hear or are too busy for it to be relevant to the educational learning of ‘our’ moment?
So your opportunity today is to find as many moments as possible to say
'Yes Lets'.. and see what may unfold..  Have Fun!

*for more information....Google ‘Yes Lets’ ....
Location: 592 Ngunguru Rd, Whangarei.
Contact: For any further information please e-mail
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