Overview

Our goal is to provide Forest School programming for groups in Winnipeg.

Our curriculum includes; instilling a deep connection to nature, mindfulness, risky play and regular access to the same urban forest.

We deliver programs all year round in natural forested areas in Winnipeg, for children aged 18 months and up.

*NEW* 2017-2018 Dates available

Foresthood Fall 2017 copy

Foresthood 2017-2018 Registration Form

 

Principal Educator

Lise Brown is our lead staff for Foresthood. Lise has been an outdoor educator for more than 20 years and is a Forest School Practitioner. Lise began her career at camps in Manitoba as an outdoor educator and guide. In 2006, Momenta was founded to meet a need in Manitoba to provide year-round, accessible therapeutic adventure programming that meets best practice and is research-based. Lise completed a Bachelor of Recreation in 2001, a Masters of Social Work in 2007 at the University of Manitoba, a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy in 2012, the Forest School Practitioner training in 2015, and will be completing the Forest School Instructor training in 2017. Lise combines these areas of practice to provide organizational direction, facilitate groups and mentor individuals both in urban and wilderness environments with a focus on physical and emotional safety, successful participation, fun, meaningful activity and group cohesion.

For more information or to book a session please contact Lise at lise@experiencemomenta.com

+ Research Supporting Foresthood +

“The Forest School movement first originated in the Scandinavian countries, where popular culture prides itself on outdoor living. About 15 years ago, the Forest School idea was established in the UK through the development of practitioner courses. In 2007, the first Forest School was opened in Canada. Today the movement is catching on quickly around the world.”
+ O’Brien & Murray, 2006 & MacEachren, 2013
“Children receive many benefits from spending their formative years outside. Being outdoors provides diverse learning opportunities, … Health benefits arise from an environment that challenges physical ability, including fine and gross motor skills”
+ MacEachren,2013
“Risky active play is an important part of childhood risk doesn’t mean courting danger like skating on a half-frozen lake or sending a preschooler to the park alone. It means the types of play children see as thrilling and exciting, where the possibility of physical injury may exist, but they can recognize and evaluate challenges according to their own ability.”
+ Tremblay, M. S, et. al, 2015