Professional Development for Teachers, Program Leaders & Parents


  • Participants can expect workshops indoors and outside (rain or shine).
  • Minimum of 2 weeks-notice for booking required.
  • 8 participants or more required per workshop.
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Introduction to Wild Craft Play – The Game (next training September, 2018)

A new engaging approach for children to create an ongoing highly interactive role-play game that suits your curriculum. Learn how to use natural surroundings and off-site locations for on-going learning imaginative play. This workshop is the groundwork to expand into a child-created world filled with Wild-crafting, Hand Crafting, Barter and Trade, Financial, Food and Ecological Literacy, Earth-based Entrepreneurism. This workshop licenses the adult graduate to use this game platform, with opportunity to expand your program. Expansion Package is extra.

For Teachers, Program Leaders and Parents who work with children ages 8-12 seeking a way to enrich an established program.



Begin with Nature Engagement

This workshop is for leaders and parents who want to develop basic skills when taking children and youth into Nature. Develop self-confidence with generating resilience in nature through role play scenarios that get the heart-rate going and inspire challenge and accomplishment. Learn alongside a Master of Adventure incorporating teachings from Jon Young and Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature. Learn by experiencing a hand’s on approach, where you are guided by the leader, then progress into a hands-over-hands approach, where you practice your new skills, then experience a hands-off approach with an evaluation form at the end.

For Teachers, Program Leaders and Parents new to “outside” or “adventure” style learning.



Guided Discovery Learning & The Hummingbird Approach

Learn to guide children in nature include techniques, history and tools to this new paradigm in the way we facilitate nature-based experiences for children and youth. Learn about the art of letting go, practice awareness of your presence, and generate a strong sense of guided discovery facilitation.

For Adventure Educators, Teachers, Program Leaders and Parents who work with ages 8 and up looking to improve leadership skills.


Guided Self-Assessment – Learn how to use tools to Improve Facilitation

Videography is used by professional coaches to help their students improve their form. It is also a great way to learn about how you present yourself  when public speaking.  Through my research, I used videography to capture HOW I was facilitating, so that I could improve my skills. Improve your leadership skills in this experiential learning environment through direct feedback loops, witness and grow.

This workshop includes: videography training, peer to peer feedback and communication and 3 weeks of on-line coaching.

FOR: Adventure Educators , for Teachers, Program Leaders and Parents


Adventure-Intervention for Children & Youth with Autism

Outdoor adventures are one of the best ways to help youth get back to a comfortable state. As a Behavior Interventionist, it is good to expand your horizons and learn the skills it takes to take youth outside.  Of course there are parameters that will determine whether or not your client can handle the activities, but it all starts with one step. This is an experiential learning environment where leaders practice leading children/youth with Autism in more adventurous outdoor activities in a role-play scenario. There is a strong emphasis on allowing children and youth with special needs to connect with nature and follow their own intuition. Learn tricks, tools and resources for activities, locations, trip planning, safety equipment and communication strategies.

FOR Teachers, Program Leaders, Parents, Behavior Interventionists and Social Workers who work with children and youth with Autism.


Circus Skills & Performing Arts

As a performing artist, the act of mastering a skill, putting on a costume and sharing your talents with others is an adventure in itself, igniting an altered environment in which people engage and explore their edges and learn by doing. Wild Craft Play ‘sCool has partnered with Vesta Education’s Director, Artist and BC Certified Teacher Karina Strong, to TEACH program leaders and parents hands-on experience of the basics of circus skills. Learn by doing, have fun with a purpose and gain experiences to share with your children.

Learn the flow of juggling, poi spinning, staff spinning, OR stilting, HOW TO ACQUIRE supplies and how to integrate circus LEADERSHIP in what you do. Bring us in for one day or, for more information about how you can hire us to offer a 12 week curriculum covering your Science, Math, English, and Core Competencies, visit

Target: Teachers, Program Leaders and Parents who work with people ages 8 and up, who are seeking personal experiences in Circus Skills.

Both Jamie Black and Karina Strong are facilitators for different aspects of this workshop.

Karina Strong is the heart of Vesta. A former Social Worker trained in workshop facilitation and community development, and with a small business management diploma, she is a licensed teacher currently contracted in Sd68. Mother of two, she is an internationally acclaimed performer. Karina took their two children on Spark Circus 2012, teaching circus and performing in the Burmese orphanages, migrant schools, and refugee camps for two months. She founded VestaFire Entertainment in 2010 as a way to share her knowledge with others in order to create joyful community.


Learning from Nature’s Wisdom

Learn about composting and how to feed the living organisms in the soil, with free-cycled material, learn resources and tools needed to grow a garden at home, and practices to prevent dis-ease. Learn perspectives on promoting the well-being of self, others and the Earth.

For adults.


Nature-Based Leader Ship Network

Come together to discuss the gaps in programming and services available for children in nature, and discover the bridges important to providing outdoor adventure-based experiences for children, youth and families on Vancouver Island. These workshops are facilitated by Jamie Black focus partnerships and collaboration.

Click Here for details Nature Based Leader Ship Workshops.

For Every adult.


A Little Bird teaches Media Solutions

Social Media was designed to be a free, interactive tool to help promote your business. There are many ways to make these machines work for you, let’s see if you have those tools, and if you are taking advantage of what they have to offer. Including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Hootsuite managing system. Go ahead, do something, even if it’s wrong.

For Every adult.




I am the founder of Wild Craft Play ‘sCool and I have spent over 17 years as an outdoor guide, mentor, coach and leader. My passion is to regenerate resilience in children, youth and adults by offering highly engaging workshops for those who seek to make a difference in the world. I believe it is our role as adults to positively influence our youth. I hope to inspire environmental stewardship and deep connection to self, others and the earth through creative play in nature. Join me 😊

Click here for my bio.

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