Marc Barker

Subject(s):
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
Counties catered for:
Dublin, Wexford, Wicklow
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Marc is an ecologist, educator, wilderness skills instructor, forester, and father of two little girls. He is a Certified Forest School Leader and the Sole Trader of NatureConnect, an organizastion designed to grow the roots of community, connection, regenerative culture and environmental stewardship for a flourishing future.

The principal intention of sessions is to cultivate the conditions for THRIVING in life. The heart of the programmes is to connect participants to the land, each other, and to a supportive natural community. Participants develop strong naturalist skills, wilderness awareness, earth living skills, creative thinking and more - gaining inspiration from the land and a felt heritage for, understanding and value of PLACE. The beauty of the holistic teaching method of Forest School allows for the school curriculum to be studied in countless imaginative ways, and there is no better classroom than the outdoors.

Growing up in a family of storytellers, telling tales has always come naturally to Marc and he applies lessons and learning through the lens of story - from different sources in folklore, mythology, and oral storytellers alive today. Story is a catalyst for connection to PLACE and heritage.

Benefits of the work:

Through artful mentoring techniques and core-connection routines, participants naturally develop confidence, competence, self-esteem, and a sense of personal identity/purpose, all through the medium of the outdoors. The realization of one's gifts to share within community, considered as a drive or need present in everyone, is the core outcome I’ve witnessed through nearly 10 years of engagement in this work.

Other Benefits include:

  • Free and imaginative PLAY in Nature
  • Health and Fitness
  • Social Development
  • Language and Communication Skills
  • Risk Taking and Expansion of Common Sense
  • Enhanced Creativity and Connection to the Natural World
  • Self-Motivation, Concentration, and Vitality
  • Mindfulness and Resilience

About Forest School:

Forest School is participant-led and allows them to engage holistically in what they are most interested in rather than form a rigid curriculum around one skill or subject.

Activities can include (though aren’t limited to)

  • Unstructured Free Play in Nature
  • Outdoor games and exploration with countless ways to have fun and adventure
  • Awareness expanding exercises and Teambuilding challenges
  • Using and growing our imagination in any setting we find ourselves in
  • Naturalist Knowledge such as plant and animal identification/behaviour
  • Nature Connection Routines
  • Swinging from ropes or balancing on a rope bridge
  • Bushcraft/Survival Skills
  • Local Heritage (especially pertaining to land-based cultures)
  • Storytelling

Testimonials

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Mobile:
087 163 8327
Email:
natureconnectireland@gmail.com
Website:
natureconnectireland.com/

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