Wild Craft Play ‘sCool is here and we are…

…committed to fostering deep connections to self, others and the Earth through Performing Arts and Adventure Education in Nature!

Outdoor Adventures, Wild-crafting, Wilderness Skills, Archer and more…

Classes started September, 2017.

“We are really excited about this. It is one of those totally serendipitous things, where we were wishing that something like this existed… and here it is.” ~ Kirstin Marshall


For those seeking enriching programming, social engagement and/or core curriculum outcomes.

Click on the video below to discover what children have experienced in

Wild Craft Play Programs in the past. For ages 8-12. 


Thank you to ShawTV for this great video interview and to our community partners/sponsors…


We are finalizing the logistics for our mobile, nature-based Wild Craft Play s’Cool for ages 8 and up. Even adults are curious about what we do and how it is done. We are set to travel across Central Vancouver Island Region to bring quality Performing Arts and Adventure Education to you.

Outdoor Adventures include (yet are not limited to):

  • Initial outdoor adventures include: Forest Bathing (in forests and by bodies of water), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Archery, Questing and Wilderness Survival Skills
  • Once the children demonstrate cohesion, we venture into: Caving, Kayaking, Trekking, Indoor Rock Climbing, and Travelling to other Islands.
  • Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature is a teaching tool within all programs, following the 8 shields model with Jon Young.
  • All programs involve outdoor adventures, it is just a matter of what the group can handle.

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We are providing Performing Arts and Adventure Education for children ages 8 and up.  Let’s get started with fun and affordable, local and ‘lower risk’ activities in our neck of the woods.  The Director, Jamie Black, grew up in the Errington/Qualicum Beach area and has explored, played and performed across Central Vancouver Island her whole life.  After many years of higher education, she is offering experiential learning adventures in her own unique way. Click here to learn more about Jamie Black.

  • We are starting with activities that do not require a trailer, so that we can get a taste for what the children are capable of.
  • We are seeking funding to purchase an R-Pod in the $10,000 range, if you have any leads please contact me directly Jamie@wildcraftplay.com | 250-927-7923
  • Do you wish your children were playing less video games and spend more time outside? This is what Jamie Black studied in her masters thesis “The Hummingbird Approach: A Case Study of Guided Discovery Learning for Children in Nature.”  She believes that there are a few key factors deterring children from spending more time in nature.  Jamie Black believes that if children engaged in Nature the same way they engaged in their video games, they would have all of the same adventures, yet more physical activity, social interaction, health benefits from being among the trees, more attentive, and an increased overall quality of life.
  • Discover what level you are at with your skills in: wilderness survival, fire making, role-play dramatic storytelling, costume design, questing, finding treasures, kayaking, caving, mountain biking, hiking and more.
  • We have a 4:1 (child to adult) ratio, and are seeking a volunteer driver. Who do you know that has their Class 4?

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 In September, 2016, we hosted the Outdoor Survival Program at Arrowsmith Independent School with 110% success. Check out the article written by J.R. RARDON from #PQBNews:

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 This program included:
Outdoor and Wilderness Awareness, Survival Skill (fire building, plant and animal identification and a sacred deer hunt), Storytelling.
I still have children calling me Ms. Jamie, and saying things like “When are you going to come teach us again? I want to go on another adventure!”


The Hummingbird Approach(TM) 2017

The Hummingbird Approach is a facilitation style that Jamie Black coined in 2017 offered in Wild Craft Play s’Cool, that has developed as a deeper understanding of how she facilitates nature-based experiences. Over the past 15 years of experience and training, Jamie adopted techniques from a number of different walks of life to influence her work. The core essence of how all Wild Craft Play activities are facilitated exist in a practice that Jamie Black calls The Hummingbird Approach. In this practice the leaders are as hands-off as possible, like a momma Hummingbird with her fledgling, and the children get to explore, learn and grow by doing it themselves, while having fun with a purpose, all the while having a caring Hummingbird near by to prevent deadly harm.  This is a technique that is rarely seen.

In June 2017, Jamie completed her Masters thesis called “The Hummingbird Approach: A Case Study of Guided Discovery Learning for Children in Nature.”  (Link coming soon). Her approach  expands the imagination of the children in a traditional and natural way.  The Hummingbird Approach is hard to adopt as an adult due to the way we may have been taught, yet it is very rewarding, and worth trying on.  (Training coming soon).

Guided Discovery Learning

When Jamie Black was coaching sailing at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in 2003, she was honored to work coach along side a world renowned coach named Tine Moberg-Parker.  Ever since her experience with Tine, she adopted a concept called Guided Discovery.  Jamie took this theory of coaching and mentoring to heart and put it into practice in every environment she could.

What solidified it was when she worked on a tall ship in New Zealand for 10 days in 2003, she knew that creating life-altering adventures for children in nature was essential.  And when the captain of the ship said that this vessel is not about learning how to sail, it’s about learning the life skills to manage in life as a


n effective human being. The captain also said, just because you know how to coach sailing, doesn’t mean that telling the children how to sail this ship is what you need to do.  What I want you to do is “put your hands in your pocket and say ‘I don’t know, go figure it out.'”  Not only was this a challenge for Jamie with her keen interest to guide and teach children, but it was also a painful process for the youth of that ship.  They were angry, frustrated, and even brought to tears, but in the end the results of what they learned in that process were life-altering.

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