With my partner, our two dogs and cat I live in beautiful Clive, Aotearoa-New Zealand. During the day you can find me at The Nest Kindergarten, a beautiful kindergarten I co-founded in 2009 and which I now manage. At The Nest we have implemented practices based on the Pikler philosophy. The Nest is in a beautiful rural setting where the children are able to play in, on and with the Earth. The Nest is a prime model for implementing heart centred teaching practices with the children active in all the routines, rituals and regular events involved in running our 'little slice of heaven'.
When I am not at The Nest I will most likely be out delivering professional development throughout New Zealand. Visit my Professional Development page to see what I offer.
Online I can be found at The Heart School and daily on Facebook where I share lots of ideas, thoughts and photos.
And when I am not busy with teaching I will be on my bike enjoying the beautiful sunsets of the Hawke's Bay or in my bus Billie road-tripping around New Zealand, making deposits in my heart bank!
Together with my kindred spirit Anja Geelen I set up the Heart School, an online community where we share our thoughts and ideas about Heart Centred teaching and the Culture of Kindness. Grab a cuppa and explore our Heart School website. It's a treasure trove of articles, photos, musings and quotes all based on the extensive work we have done in early childhood.
The articles give you excellent information about the philosophy behind the courses and workshops I offer. And whilst you are there, sign up for The Heart School newsletter and you will receive heart nuggets straight in your inbox.
First we had Daisy, then we got Billie and now we have Winnie. She is a beauty!
Winnie is my second home, or rather my first home as I am on the road a lot delivering professional development courses to you. Winnie is my home for relaxing, my inspiration for my professional development and conference, my office for The Nest and my ideas spinner for The Heart School. With Winnie we tour through heartland New Zealand, enjoying the beautiful beaches, the green lush forests and great wine and dine. Wave to me when you see me on the road.