Saturday 9am: Griffin Longley, Perth, Western Australia
Nature Play WA
Personal Bio: Griffin Longley is the CEO of Nature Play Australia and Nature Play WA, a former columnist, award winning journalist, and a Churchill Fellow. Griffin founded Nature Play WA in partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation in 2010 and it has now spread to South Australia, Queensland and the ACT and has an international reputation for innovative programmes that increase awareness of the benefits of unstructured play outdoors. The organisation’s flagship programme, the Passport to an Amazing Childhood, has been turned into a mobile phone app in partnership with Islandwood, America’s leading environmental education centre.
Keynote Title: Evolution of the Nature Play Movement, and Why it’s Critical in 2021
Nature Play Australia founder Griffin Longley will share insights from a decade building the Nature Play movement in Australia. What is nature play, why is it so fundamental to a full childhood, and what is it about modern life that makes it’s nurturing so important? Hear how Nature Play progressed from a one-man outfit to covering four states and working internationally, including a nine-month project in Seattle building the Nature Passport app with funding from Disney, and recent work to help extend Western Australia’s new children’s hospital’s clinical practice into nature.
Saturday 1pm: Tanya Batt, Waiheke Island, Aotearoa NZ
Personal Bio: Tanya Batt is a self-confessed story-o-phile and frock-o-holic whose home is on the Awaawaroa Eco Village on Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf. She is a seed sower, a word warbler and story stitcher who channelled her childhood propensity for talking and her love of dressing up into a real ‘imaginary job’. Stories have put food on her table and a roof over her head for thirty years enabling her to share her mahi in over 20 countries. She is the creative director of the ‘Once Upon An Island Charitable Trust’ that uses storytelling for community building, environmental and cultural education.
Keynote Title: Mary Bumby’s Hive of Story
A prophecy, a hive of story and plenty of cross pollination. Meet Mary Bumby, Aotearoa’s honey bee pioneer, returned to earth to re-awaken the bee-ing in humans. A high interactive and humorous excursion into a world where Apis Mellifera, New Zealand’s past & future, meet to make something sticky and sweet.
Sunday 9am: Cam Calkoen, Auckland, Aotearoa NZ
Cam Calkoen Ltd
Personal Bio: Cam ‘That Awesome Guy’ Calkoen believes in a world where everyone is inspired to embrace their opportunity. Where our reality is no barrier in succeeding with our dreams, goals, aspirations and purpose. Cam’s dreams have seen him taking his two biggest perceived weaknesses (the way he walks and talks) and turning them into his two biggest strengths, travelling … entertaining and connecting all over our world.
What’s the one thing you can do after the conference that will significantly enhance your dreams?
Keynote Title: Dream Big Achieve More
Awesomeness is one’s ability to not simply survive but thrive. The very nature of aspiring to live each and every day to a personal best level and beyond one’s self enables the seemingly impossible to occur. Cam demonstrates his shift in mindset from a heavy can’t do anything perception to a can do anything reality and the realisation that ‘If it’s meant to be…it’s up to me’.