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Natural	Cycles	and	Flow	Learning	
A6er	Cornell	(1978)	
and		
Haas,	McGoven	and	Young	2010	
	
	
	
www.wholeland.org.uk
Hopefully	this	presentaHon	is	
simply	reminding	you	of	some	
things	you	naturally	know	
already…	
		
but	might	not	quite	h...
DirecHons	
N	
NE	
E	
SE	
S	
NW	
W
SW
Times	of	day	
N	
NE	
E	
SE	
S	
NW	
W
SW	
Predawn	
Sunrise	
Mid	morning	
Noon	
A3ernoon	
Sunset	
Evening	
Midnight
Times	of	Year	
Late	winter	
Spring	
Late	spring	
Summer	
Late	summer	
Autumn	
Late	autumn	
Winter
CelHc	FesHvals	
Imbolc	
Equinox	
and	Easter	
Beltaine	
Summer	
SolsBce	
Lammas/Harvest	
Equinox	
Samhain	
Winter	
SolsBce
Life	cycle	of	a	plant	
GerminaBon	
Rapid	External	Growth	
Flowering	
Internal	Growth	
FruiBng	
Decay		
Energy	into	roots	
...
Human	Life	cycle	
Death/	
ConcepBon	
Birth	
Childhood	
Adolescence	
Early	Adulthood	
Adulthood	
Late	Adulthood	
Elderhood
So	what	are	the	qualiHes	of	the	
direcHons?	
	
And	how	could	this	relate	to	
learning?
And	what	has	this	landmark	got	to	
do	with	it	all?
Flow	learning	–	a6er	J	Cornell		
Awaken	Enthusiasm	
playful,	energeBc		
Focus	
AOenBon	
hard	work		
Direct	
experience,	
c...
So,	puWng	together	the	natural	
cycles	and	flow	learning…	what	
have	we	got?	
	
	
Enter	Jon	Young	and	his		
8	shields	crew
Energy	Flow	
QualiHes	of	the	8	direcHons	
ImaginaBon	
InspiraBon	&	
Excitement	
Focus	&		
PerspiraBon		
RelaxaBon	
Interna...
Flow	learning	
a6er	Young	et	al	
ImaginaBon		
Ends	&	beginnings	
	
Open,	Circle	up,	give	
thanks.
Flow	learning	
a6er	Young	et	al	
InspiraBon	&	
Excitement	
Story	on	theme	
of	day	
ImaginaBon		
Ends	&	beginnings	
	
Open,...
Flow	learning	
a6er	Young	et	al	
InspiraBon	&	
Excitement	
Story	on	theme	
of	day	
OrientaBon	&	
MoBvaBon	
Give	crisp	inst...
Flow	learning	
a6er	Young	et	al	
InspiraBon	&	
Excitement	
Story	on	theme	
of	day	
OrientaBon	&	
MoBvaBon	
Give	crisp	inst...
Flow	learning	
a6er	Young	et	al	
InspiraBon	&	
Excitement	
Story	on	theme	
of	day	
OrientaBon	&	
MoBvaBon	
Give	crisp	inst...
Flow	learning	
a6er	Young	et	al	
InspiraBon	&	
Excitement	
Story	on	theme	
of	day	
OrientaBon	&	
MoBvaBon	
Give	crisp	inst...
InspiraBon	&	
Excitement	
Story	on	theme	
of	day	
OrientaBon	&	
MoBvaBon	
Give	crisp	instrucHons	
and	clear	boundaries	
Pe...
Flow	learning	
a6er	Young	et	al	
InspiraBon	&	
Excitement	
Story	on	theme	
of	day	
OrientaBon	&	
MoBvaBon	
Give	crisp	inst...
Flow	learning	
a6er	Young	et	al	
InspiraBon	&	
Excitement	
Story	on	theme	
of	day	
OrientaBon	&	
MoBvaBon	
Give	crisp	inst...
Natural	Flow	
learning	
a6er	Young	et	al	
InspiraBon	&	
Excitement	
Story	on	theme	
of	day	
OrientaBon	&	
MoBvaBon	
Give	c...
So	how	can	all	this	help	you	find	
balance	in	your	lesson	or	learning	
programme?	
	
You	can	ask:
Do	I	have	all	these	
elements	in	my	
programme?	
InspiraBon	&	
Excitement	
Story	on	theme	
of	day	
OrientaBon	&	
MoBvaBon	...
How can this help children to grow up as healthy
and balanced ‘nature ninjas?’
Indicators	of	an	aware,	
happy,	balanced	child.	
Gilbert	Walking	Bull	
welcoming	and	
including,	innocence	
common	sense,	...
Nature	Based	Leadership	and	
cultural	regeneraHon	
•  The	insights	from	the	flow	learning	model	and	qualiHes	of	the	
direcH...
References	
Wilderness	Awareness	School	handout	(Jul	2008)	
Coyote’s	Guide	to	ConnecHng	with	Nature		 		
By	Jon	Young,	Ell...
Further	info:	
Buy	My	fab	book!	I	love	my	world		
click	the	book!
Further	info:	
	on	flow	learning	and	nature	based	
leadership	see	Coyote’s	guide,	
come	on	an	NCR	weekend		
or	do	the	Art	o...
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland
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Presentation by Chris Holland on applying directions and natural cycles to learning planning and delivery...inspired by JosepH Cornell, Jon Young and Gilbert Walking Bull

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Natural Cycles & Flow Learning by Chris Holland

  1. 1. Natural Cycles and Flow Learning A6er Cornell (1978) and Haas, McGoven and Young 2010 www.wholeland.org.uk
  2. 2. Hopefully this presentaHon is simply reminding you of some things you naturally know already… but might not quite have pieced all together unHl now.
  3. 3. DirecHons N NE E SE S NW W SW
  4. 4. Times of day N NE E SE S NW W SW Predawn Sunrise Mid morning Noon A3ernoon Sunset Evening Midnight
  5. 5. Times of Year Late winter Spring Late spring Summer Late summer Autumn Late autumn Winter
  6. 6. CelHc FesHvals Imbolc Equinox and Easter Beltaine Summer SolsBce Lammas/Harvest Equinox Samhain Winter SolsBce
  7. 7. Life cycle of a plant GerminaBon Rapid External Growth Flowering Internal Growth FruiBng Decay Energy into roots Seeds & dormancy SprouBng
  8. 8. Human Life cycle Death/ ConcepBon Birth Childhood Adolescence Early Adulthood Adulthood Late Adulthood Elderhood
  9. 9. So what are the qualiHes of the direcHons? And how could this relate to learning?
  10. 10. And what has this landmark got to do with it all?
  11. 11. Flow learning – a6er J Cornell Awaken Enthusiasm playful, energeBc Focus AOenBon hard work Direct experience, calming, centred Sharing, reflecBon, integraBon
  12. 12. So, puWng together the natural cycles and flow learning… what have we got? Enter Jon Young and his 8 shields crew
  13. 13. Energy Flow QualiHes of the 8 direcHons ImaginaBon InspiraBon & Excitement Focus & PerspiraBon RelaxaBon InternalisaBon CelebraBon and Harvest DecomposiBon, ReflecBon LeQng go DisBllaBon and IntegraBon OrientaBon & MoBvaBon
  14. 14. Flow learning a6er Young et al ImaginaBon Ends & beginnings Open, Circle up, give thanks.
  15. 15. Flow learning a6er Young et al InspiraBon & Excitement Story on theme of day ImaginaBon Ends & beginnings Open, Circle up, give thanks.
  16. 16. Flow learning a6er Young et al InspiraBon & Excitement Story on theme of day OrientaBon & MoBvaBon Give crisp instrucHons and clear boundaries ImaginaBon Ends & beginnings Open, Circle up, give thanks.
  17. 17. Flow learning a6er Young et al InspiraBon & Excitement Story on theme of day OrientaBon & MoBvaBon Give crisp instrucHons and clear boundaries PerspiraBon & Focus The ‘meat’ of the day – do the acHvity / task ImaginaBon Ends & beginnings
  18. 18. Flow learning a6er Young et al InspiraBon & Excitement Story on theme of day OrientaBon & MoBvaBon Give crisp instrucHons and clear boundaries PerspiraBon & Focus The ‘meat’ of the day – do the acHvity / task RelaxaBon InternalisaBon Take a break, Snack, water, sitspot ImaginaBon Ends & beginnings
  19. 19. Flow learning a6er Young et al InspiraBon & Excitement Story on theme of day OrientaBon & MoBvaBon Give crisp instrucHons and clear boundaries PerspiraBon & Focus The ‘meat’ of the day – do the acHvity / task RelaxaBon InternalisaBon Take a break, Snack, water, sitspot CelebraBon & Harvest Share / show outcome of focus from earlier, celebrate achievements ImaginaBon Ends & beginnings
  20. 20. InspiraBon & Excitement Story on theme of day OrientaBon & MoBvaBon Give crisp instrucHons and clear boundaries PerspiraBon & Focus The ‘meat’ of the day – do the acHvity / task RelaxaBon InternalisaBon Take a break, Snack, water, sitspot CelebraBon & Harvest Share / show outcome of focus from earlier, celebrate achievements ReflecBon, review Gather to share the story of the day. Highs & lows, The grief or the anger magic or wonder moments, What can we learn from this? ImaginaBon Ends & beginnings
  21. 21. Flow learning a6er Young et al InspiraBon & Excitement Story on theme of day OrientaBon & MoBvaBon Give crisp instrucHons and clear boundaries PerspiraBon & Focus The ‘meat’ of the day – do the acHvity / task RelaxaBon InternalisaBon Take a break, Snack, water, sitspot CelebraBon & Harvest Share / show outcome of focus from earlier, celebrate achievements ReflecBon, review Gather to share the story of the day. Highs and lows / magic / wonder moments DisBllaBon & IntegraBon Give them a short story to end on / quesHon / secret mission to take home ImaginaBon Ends & beginnings
  22. 22. Flow learning a6er Young et al InspiraBon & Excitement Story on theme of day OrientaBon & MoBvaBon Give crisp instrucHons and clear boundaries PerspiraBon & Focus The ‘meat’ of the day – do the acHvity / task RelaxaBon InternalisaBon Take a break, Snack, water, sitspot CelebraBon & Harvest Share / show outcome of focus from earlier, celebrate achievements ReflecBon, review Gather to share the story of the day. Highs and lows / magic / wonder moments DisBllaBon & IntegraBon Give them a short story to end on / quesHon / secret mission to take home ImaginaBon Ends & beginnings give thanks to people and place song, quote, gi6s
  23. 23. Natural Flow learning a6er Young et al InspiraBon & Excitement Story on theme of day OrientaBon & MoBvaBon Give crisp instrucHons and clear boundaries PerspiraBon & Focus The ‘meat’ of the day – do the acHvity / task RelaxaBon InternalisaBon Take a break, Snack, water, sitspot CelebraBon & Harvest Share / show outcome of focus from earlier, celebrate achievements ReflecBon, review Gather to share the story of the day. Highs and lows / magic / wonder moments DisBllaBon & IntegraBon Give them a short story to end on / quesHon / secret mission to take home ImaginaBon Ends & beginnings give thanks to people and place song, quote, gi6s Chris Holland – www.wholeland.org.uk nature connection, creative outdoor learning, storyteller, trainer, thedidgeridooman.co.uk!
  24. 24. So how can all this help you find balance in your lesson or learning programme? You can ask:
  25. 25. Do I have all these elements in my programme? InspiraBon & Excitement Story on theme of day OrientaBon & MoBvaBon Give crisp instrucHons and clear boundaries Do we feel safe doing this acHvity? PerspiraBon & Focus The ‘meat’ of the day – do the acHvity / task RelaxaBon InternalisaBon Take a break, Snack, water, sitspot CelebraBon & Harvest Share / show outcome of focus from earlier, celebrate achievements ReflecBon, review Gather to share the story of the day. Highs and lows / grief/ anger, magic / wonder moments DisBllaBon & IntegraBon Give them a short story to end on / quesHon / secret mission to take home ImaginaBon Ends & beginnings give thanks to people and place, song, quote, gi6s Chris Holland – www.wholeland.org.uk nature connection, creative outdoor learning, storyteller, trainer, thedidgeridooman.co.uk!
  26. 26. How can this help children to grow up as healthy and balanced ‘nature ninjas?’
  27. 27. Indicators of an aware, happy, balanced child. Gilbert Walking Bull welcoming and including, innocence common sense, happiness, emoBonally fluid aliveness, agility shows enthusiasm, moBvaBon, playfulness, vitality, spirit of wildness focused aOenBve, inquisiBve, perseverance, punctuality, keeps agreements, shows mentoring qualiBes caring & tending to self, others and nature, shows empathy - knows when to take a break, re-fuel, uncondiBonal love celebrates gi3s in self others, supporBveness, helpful, contributes to communitys reflecBve, a sense of place, respect/value of heritage, tradiBons, elders self sufficiency, ability to transpose learning learning, shows leadership qualiBes ability to have quiet mind and be thankful of gi3s, creaBve N
  28. 28. Nature Based Leadership and cultural regeneraHon •  The insights from the flow learning model and qualiHes of the direcHons, along with observaHons from intact indigenous cultures have been put together into Natural Leadership and cultural regeneraHon models for teams, organizaHons and businesses is applied and taught in many places around the world. •  See more info at hcp://8shields.com/about/ or sign up to my mailing list for info on courses at www.wholeland.org.uk
  29. 29. References Wilderness Awareness School handout (Jul 2008) Coyote’s Guide to ConnecHng with Nature By Jon Young, Ellen Haas and Evan McGown (2008) Sharing Nature with Children Joseph Cornell (1998) www.wholeland.org.uk
  30. 30. Further info: Buy My fab book! I love my world click the book!
  31. 31. Further info: on flow learning and nature based leadership see Coyote’s guide, come on an NCR weekend or do the Art of mentoring and, coming in 2017

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