We are on tour with our Forest Circus! Thanks to the continued support of Vegware and the Woodland Trust, as well as some exciting new collaborations, we have been able to share our Magical Woodland Walks with many more people this Summer. During our first month of gypsy life we have worked with Greenpeace at Glastonbury, doing a walkabout act to raise awareness of the importance of forests, and the work that Greenpeace does. We’ve then been touring Woodland Trust woodlands in Wales, travelling from South to North and then South again (see attached photos).
Thanks to your support we were able to celebrate Winter in true style – with woodland berry tea made on the storm kettle, storytelling, music and Lulu Whizzlegs showing off her flying skills on trapeze!
We also facilitated a series of taster forest school sessions for local primary school children and teachers in the Park – with the aim to inspire & empower more creative approaches to outdoor learning.
See attached poster for details.
Firstly we would like to wish you all a very happy New Year. Here’s to 2017 being full of wonderful adventures!
Wow, what a year 2016 was! We’d like to share some of Rowanbank’s special moments with you. It was a joy to see so many of you at our workshops and events, and we would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for helping us to create so many magical memories:
With the nights drawing in, our woodland walks have been lit by lantern and fire light. Celebrating the changing seasons, we’ve been warming hearts with our winter wishes – in the form of magical ‘dew drops’, children get to make a wish of kindness, for someone (or something) in need of a wish or two…During the last month over 1000 people have joined us in magical woodlands around Scotland, to celebrate Winter, in all it’s frosty glory!
Rowanbank aims to reach those who otherwise might not have access to the arts, and inspire them with the wonder, joy and peace that their local green space can provide…
Many many thanks to Vegware for your on-going support :0)
The Rowanbank team has been really busy facilitating ‘imaginary forest’ workshops in primary schools in Craigmillar, in the lead up to our ‘magical woodland walk’ in Craigmillar Castle Park. Over 120 local people joined our forest circus to celebrate the Autumn harvest!
We’ve also been running staff training sessions with teachers and learning assistants, on using creative approaches in outdoor learning.
Our stilt walking performers have been delighting audiences at the ‘Enchanted Forest’ (with over 70,000 visitors during the month of October!!)
It’s been a spooky time recently, what with all the Halloween/Samhuinn celebrations. As part of our on-going commitment to engage with disadvantaged communities throughout Scotland, we teamed up with the Forestry Commission to provide a night time walk in Todds Well Woods, in Easterhouse, Glasgow (see attached photo).
We have been working in Craigmillar, Edinburgh, on a ‘magical woodland walk’ and ‘imaginary forest project’: Working with the children and staff from Castleview, Niddriemill & St Francis Primary Schools, our imaginary forest workshops and CPD sessions aim to inspire creative approaches to outdoor learning, using whatever outdoor space a school has available (even if there is not a tree or flower in sight!) These school based workshops led up to our big community event, which brought over 120 people into Craigmillar Castle Park to enjoy our forest circus, which was themed around the Autumn harvest.
Rowanbank Environmental Arts & Education is committed to working with people that otherwise might not have easy access to the arts & green space, and inspiring them to use their local environment for outdoor learning, play and creativity…Thank you Vegware for continuing to support our environmental work in socially deprived communities around Scotland :0)
What a busy and fun Summer it has been…We LOVE Summer!!
Rowanbank Environmental Arts & Education took our Magical Woodland Walks on a wee tour, visiting WOMAD Festival, and a lovely long list of beautiful Scottish forests and festivals too. Our Summer Forest Holiday club for primary school age children was also a huge success, and thanks to Vegware’s Community Fund we could provide a couple of free places to local children.
We soaked up the sunshine, danced in the rain, got inspired by some incredible Edinburgh Festival shows and survived the midges, and now we’re all set to embrace the Autumn Season, with its ripening blackberries and colourful leafy delights.
We look forward to seeing some of you at our next Edinburgh community woodland event in Craigmillar in September – follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with our upcoming events and workshops :0)
– We’ve been busy planning and taking bookings for our upcoming Summer Forest Holiday Club (flyer attached)
– Our new ‘Sea Circus’ corde de lisse act is now ready, and was recently performed from an 800 year old Cedar of Lebanon tree!!
– Our forest school in Pilrig Park – ‘Under the Sky’ – is getting ready to celebrate Empty Classroom day, Den building day & Midsummer
– Our magical woodland walk, stilt walkers, circus skills & bushcraft workshop team have been visiting local festivals, most recently in the grounds of the beautiful Monocle Mhor Hotel in the Trossachs.
– And last but not least our website is undergoing a much needed ‘facelift’, to include all our new & fabulous photos and films – watch this space! (www.rowanbank.org.uk) In the mean time please like us on Facebook :0)
Here’s a wee snippet of some of the things we’ve been up to in April:
– We are busy preparing a new aerial dance performance that will become part of our summer season of magical woodland walks.
– Over 200 primary school children took part in our climate change and renewable energy workshops in and around Goole.
– We’ve been asked to collaborate on a project with Jabuti Theatre and Conflux to develop a piece of aerial theatre, using trapeze, fabrics and puppets….Watch this space for more information on how this project progresses!
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