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/).
Her philosophy and approach is highly influenced by Jon Young's intergenerational global movement- Building Nature Connected Communities- a nature-based intergenerational mentoring community.(http://8shields.org/).
She partners with her local Lanark County Community Justice as a restorative communication circle facilitator with youth in rural elementary schools. Her work with Home Support of Lanark County Hospice inspires her to weave restorative communication/ nature empathy immersion experiencesinto her relationships with elders in her Lanark County community. Her vision is to (re)unite our elders with youth where restorative communication circles will encourage communication between younger and older generations. Restorative communication practice (Knowlwdgw Sharing Circle) is a core routine in her outdoor learning programs' pedagogical approach which ensures inclusive and safe communication guidelines for all who share in the circle.
As an Early Childhood Educator in the outdoor classroom, she values the establishment of elementary schools' outdoor learning programs and enjoys assisting teachers, students and administrators in crossing curriculum strands where experiential learning outdoors produces positive mental health benefits for all involved.The goal is to shift the curriculum pedagogy to offer regular enriched outdoor learning/ nature immersion programs as well as deliver great opportunities to achieve positive mental health objectives concerning personal and social development, physical activity, academic achievement and leadership skills for a wide range of participants and age groups .
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, chop and drop, dynamic accumulators, foraging, fermentation, exploring 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.
Laurie, her son Leif and her partner Louis Laframboise are conscious of the 7th Generation Principle based on an ancient Iroquois philosophy that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future especially with regards to decisions being made about our energy, water, and natural resources. It can also be applied to relationships - every decision should result in sustainable relationships seven generations in the future.