Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program Instructor Bios
Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program has three instructor-mentors who will be facilitating our Wednesday sessions. We have complimentary skills and together have experience as educators, mothers, homeschooling parents, community organizers, activists, dreamers, makers, organic gardeners/farmers, cooks/bakers, urban homesteaders, forest school practitioners, herbalists, and nature-inspired mentors. Our goal is to bring together art, nature, outdoor cookery, botany/herbalism, and hands-on fun!
Theresa Hanley - Theresa has over 25 years experience working to create warm and nurturing learning environment for children. Her passion is transforming natural, raw materials into toys and art. Theresa has Waldorf Art Teacher training as well as decades of practice in creating Waldorf nature-inspired preschools and Art Classes. Inspired by nature, community building, social justice, as well as food growing and production, she seeks to foster a love of learning, nature and relationship-building in children. Her classes offer a balance of art, stories, observation of nature and mindfulness.
Marzena Cegys - Marzena believes in the slow but definite change we can make by teaching children to wonder, respect and care for their world one rainy and muddy boot at a time. Drawing teaches children how to observe the world they see and empowers them to express the world they imagine. Building on her experience in visual arts, theatre and psychology (University of Toronto) and sustainability science (Lund University, Sweden), she is continuing her studies in Steiner pedagogy and Waldorf education (Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto). She is also in the process of becoming a certified Forest School practitioner (Child and Nature Alliance of Canada).
Karin Kliewer - Karin is a community herbalist with more than 20 years of experience working with healing plants. She has been sharing her passion for herbs, wild foraging, and homesteading for the past decade through classes and community workshops. With a background in permaculture, place-based learning, and local community development, she believes in experiential hands-on learning with real-life practical application. Her herbal classes include botanical drawing, storytelling, remedy-making, foraging, tea-sipping, and relationship building with plants. She co-founded Little City Farm and has tended this little urban homestead with her family for the past 10 years.
Little City Farm 508 Duke St W, Kitchener, ON N2H 3Y8 Tel: 519-575-9174 info (at) littlecityfarm.ca