Thank you for a lovely Saturday Shake-A-Leg Miami, our participants had a lovely time! They went out for a ride on the pontoon boat to see Biscayne Bay.
For some participants this was their first time out on a boat. They passed by spoil islands and saw many native birds pirching on the island trees. Back at the Shake-A-Leg headquarters lunch was prepared by the University of Miami girls soccer team. They were very colorful and pleasent dressed in their uniforms with smiles on their faces. A Zumba class was also offered to participants, a fun and creative way to get exercise. Thank you Shake-A-Leg !
Joseph is proud of his collage. We were visited by an Art Therapist last Saturday and this was one of the outcomes of her session.
Here students learn about sunflower seeds. The process of life from seed to sunflower and then back to seed.
Come join us on Virginia Key one Saturday! Every week is a bit different, new visitors or different activites.
Check out what Art Therapy is about here at this link: click here!
Field trip to Miami Beach Botanical Gardens and to the Bass Museum!
The Botanical Gardens were lovely, we enjoyed the open space where weplayed a few creative movement games. We walked around the grounds for a bit and ate lunch at a table under some trees. Student’s enjoyed the edible plant section of the garden most, we all got to taste fresh mint and take a few bites of nosturtiom leaves.
We walked to the Bass Museum from The Botanical Gardens. We started out in the outdoor sculpture garden and then continued on inside. The main thing they had on view was a show by Piotr Uklanski, click here to see more: http://www.bassmuseum.org/art/piotr-uklanski/
We also spent some time in the Egypt exhibit. It was mind blowing for our students to see the ancient relics they had on display.
This past Saturday at Nature Links, we did a lot of linking to Nature! Here we are on the board walk in the native plant restoration area. Behind us are mangroves, which our student leaned about.
Many of these pictures are being taken by our students in the program. We are learning to take some great pictures, especially in our garden! Check out these sunflowers!
We had an art lesson with Lourdes Fuller and her 8th grade student Ale. This is an ongoing project, the images you see below are of the first step in the process which was aging the paper using tea bags and some acryllic paint.
We began our Expressive Arts Session this past Saturday. We began the day with an extended meditation focusing on the principles of mindfulness and loving kindness. We then spent some time in our garden with some new volunteers and a new student! We are still working on story telling- having our participants document the day by taking photos of each other.
After working in the garden, we went back to the Concession stand to make lunch! We made healthy wraps using greens, turnips and tomatoes from our garden. Bean Salad, Avocado, tuna salad, cucombers, onions and carrots.
We had a fruit salad for desert with straberries, pears and bananas.
After lunch we had a an art lesson with local artist Bhakti Baxter bhaktibaxter.com ! The theme was Beach Sculpture (Sand Sculptures)
We started the day of by practicing mindfulness with Lee Jacobs. He led us through a meditation that focused on thinkinh good things about ourselves and others. Next we went and worked in the garden. Students were using our new i-pad to photograph eachother working. See a few example below:
We made a healthy and simple lunch:
a dozen eggs
olive oil – about a tablespoon
mayonaise- 6 heaping table spoons
salt and pepper to taste
Quinoa with collards and spices from our garden.
quinoa in a box
collards a touch of olive oil
a few leaves of Cuban oregano
And a huge salad with a bunch of greens from our garden.
With a lime olive oil and sea salt dressing
We would like to extend a special thank you to Commissioner Francis Suarez for his generous donation to Nature Links. We also would like to acknowledge an earlier contribution from County Commissioner Xavier Suarez. Without contributions like this Nature Links would not exist!
We have had three sections of our current session: We have been having a great time on Virginia Key – We have been covering the basics of video documentation, getting ready to create some works of art.
Seth made this video of the garden himself.
Seth learning how to take video! from Jenna Balfe on Vimeo.
We also have been doing a good deal of gardening, cooking and grilling! This coming Saturday will be our last of this session, However the next session will begin soon – on February 8, 2014. Check out the subsequent blog post for updates on that!