Early Childhood Educator/ Nature Immersion Programmer
Laurie Lynn initiated her work in alternative outdoor learning and restorative communication in 2003 at a Rediscovery Cultural Outdoor Education program in the Canadian Rockies where she was inspired by and practiced the philosophy: "Drawing on the teachings of Indigenous peoples and the wisdom of the Elders, with a philosophy of love and respect for each other and the earth. Rediscovery seeks to empower youth of all ages to discover the world within themselves, the world between cultures and the natural world” (http://rediscovery.org/).
As a restorative communication circle facilitator with youth in rural elementary schools alongside her work with Home Support of Lanark County Hospice, she is inspired to weave restorative communication/ nature empathy immersion experiences into her relationships with elders and youth in her Lanark County community.
Restorative communication practice (Knowledge Sharing Circle) is a core routine in her outdoor learning program which ensures inclusive and safe communication guidelines for all who share in the circle.
As an Early Childhood Educator in the outdoor classroom Laurie offers workshops for Early Childhood Educator Programs to assist their approach in bringing children outdoors to learn while incorporate restorative communication strategies into their outdoor learning programming.
Presently, Laurie lives with her family in McDonald's Corners where they practice Permaculture Ethics- Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share- on an old 100 acre farmstead in the heart of Lanark Highlands. Laurie and family are focused on growing some of their own food, understanding weeds as food/medicine, chop and drop, dynamic accumulators, foraging, fermentation, exploration of food forest design strategies, hardy perennial polyculture garden beds, fruit and nut trees and the multiple layer planting to increase plant-guild diversity that promotes self regulation and ecological stability.