Hi! I'm Lidia, founder of Big Scrub Nature Play. This beautiful journey of nature connection for me started in 2014, after the birth of my first child. Back then I was looking for ways to connect with my baby, and to find myself in this new dimension of motherhood. It was easy to see that our happy place was outdoors. We didn't need toys, screens, entertainment.. all we craved was each other's presence and love, while we soaked in the beauty of Nature.
With this realisation came a longing for a slower pace of life which eventually led us to move out of the city. I knew I wanted to work with children and I wanted my children to be part of this journey. So I trained as a play worker and became a Forest School leader, and in 2019 I founded Big Scrub Nature Play.
My mission is to create a safe and nurturing environment where children and families can find a deeper connection with themselves and with Mother Earth. Whether we are playing, wildcrafting, or storytelling, we are guided by one fundamental principle – connection and awareness.
I love working with medicinal plants, weave with natural fibres and create art from natural resources. Although I will never stop learning, the training and qualifications I am most proud of achieving to date include:
Forest school leader level 3 certification
Mindfulness in nature
Currently I live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia with my husband and two children and I am the happiest I have ever been.