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Meet Crann Og’s Animal Therapists

Meet Crann Og’s Animal Therapists

Animal therapy and back to nature eco-holidays

  T ake time to reconnect and meet our Animal Therapists this summer! From 3rd July – 4th September we will be open for Eco-Tourism at Crann Og Eco Farm, welcoming people from all over the world. You can choose from hand crafted off-grid, luxury accommodation, camping pitches and also our on-grid Long House Cabin.

To see all available options have a look here.

Specially created activity bundles will run on a weekly basis, Wednesday – Sunday. Our bundles will include; Yoga (family and adult only classes), Nature Therapy, Forest School, Woodland Walk followed by Campfire Storytelling, opening and closing circles.

A big hit with the children is our daily animal feeding rounds, 8am & 6pm – everyone gets to meet and feed the farmyard animals!

We are pleased to offer packages and accommodation for groups, individuals and families. Crann Og Eco Farm is all about reconnecting to nature, unwinding and spending some quality time with your friends and family.

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Exploring Nature: Educational courses at Crann Og

Exploring Nature: Educational courses at Crann Og

Exploring the educational side of Nature

 The 24th March marked the beginning our Nature School 2018 at Crann Og. With a well attended class and a beautiful afternoon we couldn’t have asked for more. Plenty of fun was mixed with educational aspects as the children practised new skills. There was an introduction to compass reading for the older children and a hand drawn discovery map, marked with symbols, for the younger ones.

We welcomed back some familiar faces and a few new ones, too. It is fantastic to see this great interest in our own back garden! We hope to see a continued rise in interest in Forest and Nature School at home and around the world.

Ireland is home to the youngest population in the EU. With 25% aged 18 or under. Of this 25% it is estimated that 80% do not meet the Government Physical Activity Guidelines. Unchecked this will lead to serious impacts on the emotional, physical and mental well being among the youth.

Ireland has a diverse array of flora and fauna and a rich historical connection to nature. Forest School allows children to gain confidence for exploring and discovering the interconnectedness of their surroundings. Rebuilding this connection will have numerous and long lasting benefits for us as a society and also for the natural environment.

Certified Forest School Leader, Marion-Edler Burke will be hosting more classes over the year, with all dates here.

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Nature Therapy Benefits – Feel Good Factor

Nature Therapy Benefits – Feel Good Factor

Back to Nature

 

 The Connacht Tribune has run a feature on Crann Og Eco Farm promoting the importance of Nature and the positive effects it has on our daily lives.

Connecting with nature through guided Nature Therapy Walks, Nature School and ReNature Retreats helps us slow down and relax, reduces stress, strengthens our immune system and lifts our mood.

We have been talking about nature therapy benefits since 2004. Visitors and participants emerge from Crann Og reconnected, restored and relaxed. Their shoulders drop, their smiles broaden and they sleep deeper.

 

 

It was fantastic to have such a lengthy feature written about Crann Og and Marion, helping to promote the cause of getting people back to nature for well being and health, emotional and physical. Many thanks to Judy Murphy of the Connacht Tribune for such a good article!

Marion will be giving an introduction to Nature Therapy Walks at the BurrenBeo Landscape Symposium on 10th – 12th March 2017.

Get more info about our ReNature Retreats here.

Follow this link for Nature Therapy Walks.

Read the online article here.

 

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Teens + Nature = TEENature: Nature Smart Camps

Teens + Nature = TEENature: Nature Smart Camps

One of Ireland's best Summer Camps!

 

We host TEENature Summer Camps at Crann Og Eco Farm, County Galway Ireland in July and August.

These camps were listed in The Irish Times as one of Ireland’s 50 best things to do with kids this summer!

TEENature is a natural progression for teenagers from usual outdoor experiences into a deeper connection with Nature. Teaching is done by way of the Art of Mentoring and among many other benefits, leads to enhanced self esteem and self confidence.

In this era of high rates of obesity in teenagers, attention disorders, behavioural problems and depression, Richard Louv’s research has led him to coin the term Nature Deficit Disorders in his book “Last Child In The Woods”.

By exploring wilderness through playfully challenging activities, basic survival skills and community living on a camp site.

Teamwork, problem solving, building resilience and competent risk taking while developing physical fitness and motor skills are all integral parts of living in Nature.

TEENature is tailored to inspire enthusiasm and curiosity to learn from Nature, discovering facts and mysteries. Games and exercises help to expand sensory awareness, focus the mind and enhance relaxation and intuition.

Howard Gardener, Professor of Education at Harvard University developed the theory of 7 multiple Intelligences in 1983 and recently added the 8th, ‘Naturalist Intelligence‘, which he calls “nature smart”!

The Author, Mentor and Tracker Jon Young points out that Nature Connection is the foundation of a healthy and vibrant Culture as it is really through Nature Connection that we can deeply connect to ourself and then others.

Or as Sir David Attenborough put it:

No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one cares about what they’ve never experienced”.

Click here to read the full article.

Forest School Pilot Project

Forest School Pilot Project

October 2015

Throughout the month of October we hosted a big bunch of enthusiastic kids for Marion’s Pilot Forest School Program.  This is to complete Marion’s certification as a Forest School Trainer.

Interest in the pilot program was strong and we were full to the brim with kids eager to learn and play in nature.  It was a joy for us all who took part to watch the kids open to the process and become more comfortable playing, learning and being in nature.  We noticed we had a few adult hangers on too, as the classes slipped by!

The kids learned about all sorts of stuff like:

  • shelter building
  • fire making
  • tree identification
  • wildlife watching and tracking
  • connecting with plants and trees
  • playing and sculpting with mud
  • playing with water
  • forest playground with low ropes, swings and climbing poles
  • blindfolded and animal mimikry games
  • camouflage and stalking

The program was such a great success and was enjoyed by all….and not just the kids!  Visit our Nature School page for our full program of kids and teens nature schooling in 2016.  We kick off in March 2016.

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