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Solve the Mystery Competition

Solve the Mystery Competition

  To celebrate Ancient Explorer’s 3rd birthday, we are holding a Solve the Mystery Competition. Read on to find out more about it and how your child can enter. Who is our new member of Team Ancient Explorer? Here, in my art studio, I am adding the finishing...

The Sky Maiden

The Sky Maiden

In the coming weeks, I will be releasing my next myths and legend video on YouTube called The Sky Maiden.  The short video features a reading of an Inkan poem written by Garcilaso de la Vega in the 17th century. H.V.Livermore translated the poem into English and it...

Mama Quilla

Mama Quilla

In the ancient Andes, the Moon was a venerated as a goddess and the Inka called her Mama Quilla. Mama Quilla will feature in my next short video, which I started work on this week.  This video, called The Sky Maiden, will be included in our new Myth and Legends...

Make photographic collages of your adventures

Make photographic collages of your adventures

Are you looking for interesting craft activity to do while at home? In this post, I explain how to make photographic collages of your adventures. As I discovered recently, this is a fun activity that doesn’t require a lot of resources. Over the past fifteen years, I...

The Magic of the Rain Forest

The Magic of the Rain Forest

Last week I released my first online reading of 'The Magic in the Rain Forest' on YouTube. This is a Brazilian creation story, which Naomi Alder retells the story in her picture book, ‘The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales From Around the World.’ ‘Magic in the Rain...

Myth and Legends Class For Young Ancient Explorers

Myth and Legends Class For Young Ancient Explorers

In light of current developments in Australia, it is with great sadness that I announce that I will not be giving workshops for children for an extended period of time. However, starting during the first week of April, I will share videos featuring myths and legends...

Let’s Record The Buildings of the Inka!

Let’s Record The Buildings of the Inka!

Is your young ancient explorer fascinated by the majestic city of Machu Picchu? Or perhaps they need to practice converting common measurements and calculating perimeter and area?Yes? Then I have just created a resource that is the perfect for them! In my latest...

New Book

New Book

Happy New Year, Ancient Explorers! I hope you had a terrific break. I have been quiet for a little while, as I have been busy finishing a new book, a volume of papers called Yachay Wasi: The House of Knowledge of I.S. Farrington, with my fellow ancient explorers,...

Nature Art As A Portal Into The Flow State

Nature Art As A Portal Into The Flow State

Art is a portal into other modes of being. When stressed, for example, drawing or painting can help us enter a more relaxed state. Meanwhile, by closely studying a subject, such as a person, animal, plant or object, we gain essential information about their...

Improving Emotional Intelligence in the Field

Improving Emotional Intelligence in the Field

Emotions are a vital dimension of the human experience. While they can be hard to describe at times, it is generally believed that there is a limited range of feelings that we can sense in our physical bodies, including anger, sadness, frustration, joy, surprise and...

Taking Breaks in the Field

Taking Breaks in the Field

In our busy lives, it can be challenging to find time to chill out and then achieve quality rest when we do. Yet, rest is essential for building wellbeing; for one, it helps our bodies to replenish. In this blog, I share a simple practice I observed while in the field...

Building Bridges of Connection With Laughter

Building Bridges of Connection With Laughter

Connection is central to our human experience and underpins our identity. Fostering connection creates a sense of belonging, which is essential to our wellbeing, as thought leaders and researchers, such as Brené Brown, tell us. Yet, as they also point out, we are...

How to Start a Nature Journal

How to Start a Nature Journal

Practising Mindfulness in Nature with the Illustrated Nature Journal. ‘The land is the real teacher. All we need as students is mindfulness.’ Robin Wall Kimmerer. Are you looking for a fun and creative practice to combine your love of nature with mindfulness? Or...

New Cusco Retreat Dates

New Cusco Retreat Dates

It is with great delight and excitement that we announce new dates for Cusco retreat. We will be travelling to the Inka heartland in October. This retreat has been several years in the making and has been made possible by the wonderful support of my friends in Cusco...

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day

Today, 8th March 2019 is International Women’s Day. This day is observed in many cultures and celebrates the achievements of women all around the world. Over the past hundred years, this day has also been a mechanism for raising awareness of social, political and...

Becoming a Child of the Storm

Becoming a Child of the Storm

Have you ever marveled at the sky during a thunderstorm and wondered what it would be like to be touched by lightning? I can tell you from experience that it is a truly transformative experience. In this blog, I share with you my story. After my encounter with...

Creating Joy with Pachamama

Creating Joy with Pachamama

In more recent times, studies have shown that spending time outdoors is very beneficial for your health and wellbeing: for example, it can help fight short-term memory loss, reduce anxiety and stress, and improve your ability to focus.I have myself experienced some of...

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