Hi! My Name is Rohan. My Nature Name is Purple Swamphen. I am a Mentor for the Wild Wallabies (6-8 year olds)
Wow! What a great honour and privelege to be a part of such an innovative and exciting program! Brunswick Bush School neatly encompasses two life long passions for me- nature connection and working with children. I strongly believe, and have witnessed, that nature is the ideal 'teacher' for children (and adults). Children learn at many different levels whilst in nature. Nature engages all the senses enhancing childrens mental, physical, spiritual development and wellbeing.
I have worked with children in a diverse range of environments. In the 1990's I worked at the Upper Mountains youth Service in the Blue Mountains, NSW. I worked with Amrita Hobbs, a renouned and passionate advocate for youth , on youth camps. I have trained in Deep Ecology with Joanna Macy and have trained as a Men's group facilitator, facilitating and running several men's groups.
I coordinated the Federal Community Childrens Centre After School Care program, I have worked with the Uncle Project (A local mentoring project for boys without positive male role models) in Byron Bay running the first ever Uncle camp. I have worked as a childrens entertainer as a clown and a magician in the local area for the last ten years entertaining at festivals and events around the Northern Rivers and beyond. I have a certificate Three in Outdoor Recreation and currently work as a freelance Outdoors Instructor. I have run successful school holiday programs under the business name 'Nature Play Adventures'.
More than just outdoor play, Brunswick Bush School is about Nature Connection; encouraging, demonstrating and valuing nature connection and being-ness which is essential in this day and age of busy-ness and disconnection technology.
I currently live at Lillian Rock with my partner and 12 year old daughter. I am a passionate sea kayaker and enjoy going bush as much as possible.