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Welcome to Raising Wildlings, a podcast about parenting, alternative education and stepping into the wilderness, however that looks, with your family. Each week, we’ll be interviewing experts that truly inspire us, to answer your parenting and education questions. We’ll also be sharing stories from some incredible families that took the leap, and are taking the road less travelled. Whether you’re a parent looking for tips on how to better handle those sibling squabbles and tantrums, a couple ...
 
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Technology has come so far, so fast. With cyberbullying, sexting, and exploitation, parents today have a big challenge to face. It may feel daunting, unknown, unescapable, and we can often feel helpless, but we don’t have to navigate this alone. In today’s episode, we talk with Kirra Pendergast, founder of Safe on Socials, and an expert on the ways…
 
In this episode, we’re chatting with education consultant Dr. Claire Warden about the importance of nature connection, nature pedagogy and her kindergarten, Achlone Nature Kindergarten in Scotland. 👉 Claire and Nicki Discuss Her journey in finding nature pedagogy Her unique and impressive PhD research Her theory about the primary and secondary mean…
 
Halfcut.org in 2020 raised just shy of $400,000 and protected 139,117 m2 of the Daintree Rainforest. Which is the world oldest rainforest and soon to be given back to the Traditional Owners the Kuku Yalanji as a Ranger Station to be managed for the long term. Jimmy Halfcut is a leader for this organisation and more so a leader in our community, spe…
 
In this episode, we are thrilled to be chatting with one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and experts, the perfectly named, Queen of Common sense, Maggie Dent. We chat about getting kids off screens, the importance of failing, and self worth and how to support boys in their big emotions and the importance of a well-timed fart. 👉 Maggie sh…
 
Donnie Campbell tells us the tales of his recent journey travelling between and summiting all the 282 Munro's of Scotland, in a new record of 31 days, 23hrs and 2min. What makes this even more Jedi like is that Donnie did this all under his own power, kayaking, running, hiking and cycling. Munro's are the mountains of Scotland that are over 3000ft …
 
In this episode, we wrap up the crazy year that was 2020. From expansion plans, to coronavirus, a podcast, online courses, awards and rapid growth, we chat about what’s happened in the Wildlings world this year. And a recap of some of our favourite guests this year. 👉 Nicki and Vicci reflect on Wildlings and this wild year The creation of Raising W…
 
Dean Leslie of Wandering Fever.We get to know what drives Dean as a creative and a person. Dean is driven to create work that is humane and expansive, addressing the struggles athletes face with empathy but without drama, and exploring far-flung locales with curiosity but without blindly exoticizing foreign place and peoples. And remember: 'Storyte…
 
In this episode, we chat with Pasi Sahlberg, author, Professor of Education Policy and Deputy Director of the Gonski Institute at the University of New South Wales, about inequality in the Australian education system, some of the excellent things happening in the Finish education system and how we can help rebalance this inequality. 👉 Pasi shares H…
 
Matt Taylor is the Founder and CEO of Tracksmith. Tracksmith is a thread in the running world which honours the Amateur Spirit upon which the sport was founded and champion the Running Class – the non-professional yet competitive runners dedicated to the pursuit of personal excellence. And remember to ask: What keeps us going? #StokelyPodcast Links…
 
It’s been a rough year across the globe, particularly on parents. With lockdowns, quarantines, working and schooling from home, financial and health concerns, we thought it was a good time to get Rebecca Branstetter in. Rebecca is a school psychologist, speaker, and author on a mission to help children thrive by supporting school psychologists, edu…
 
In this episode, we’re talking to Nathan and Anita from the Homeschool Project Podcast to hear their perspective on the most common questions we homeschoolers get asked. How do we manage financially, what type of curriculum should I follow, what made you start homeschooling and the most common question of all, what about socialisation?! A few month…
 
Two weeks ago, we had a lot of fun when Vicci interviewed Nicki about her family's unschooling journey. In this episode, we flip the table and Nicki interviews Vicci about her family’s journey. We delve into her story of how they made the decision to homeschool based on their children’s personalities and how, after doing all the research, she took …
 
Outdoors People for Climate Action with Vicki AdamsAfter connecting deeply with the Australian Outdoors through expeditions on the Larapinta Trail and Australian Alpine Walking Track, Vicki has been spurred to dedicate her time in creating greater protection for the Outdoors through the Outdoors Community. And Remember: It is for the love of the Ou…
 
In this episode we chat to Off-Grid and Unschooling mama and activist, Lucy AitkenRead. We discuss how unschooling allows you to stand back and watch your child bloom and how unschooling your own children can heal your own school wounds. We also chat to Lucy about how to show up as your authentic self in business and her new book 30 Days of Rewildi…
 
In this episode, I’m chatting with Nicki about how her family ended up going from a teaching family to an unschooling family with two home businesses. This is part two of our series on families that unschool, homeschool, wildschool and world school that will run until the end of the year. Wondering if home schooling or unschooling is for you? Then …
 
Running the length of the UK in second-hand kit with Dan Lawson of ReRun Clothing We have the pleasure of speaking to Dan after he completed LEJOG, Land's End to John O'Groats an 822-mile journey in 9 days 21 hours 14 minutes and 2 seconds, beating the previous peer acknowledged and authenticated record by Richard Brown which had stood for 25 years…
 
Kelly is an Aussie who helps parents fall in love with homeschooling via blogging, summits, and courses. She's a wife plus mum of five never-schooled children. With no fixed address, their long-term travel provides endless adventures and ways of connecting with people and the world. Kelly is also the creator of the Fearless Homeschool and the host …
 
Whittling wood is one of the most calming and meditative crafts we do at Forest School. If you’ve ever taught in a classroom, you wouldn’t believe the calm, focus and engagement you’ll find in a whittling circle of usually rambunctious children. It has to be seen to be believed. In this episode we talk about all things whittling: how to keep childr…
 
Wildlings Forest School founded by Vicci Oliver and Nicki Farrell - adventurous nature playmakers, risk-takers and children’s rights advocates. Wildlings aims to get more children outdoors connecting with nature, creating the village parents are yearning for and inspiring change in the education system. They let kids be kids - because children can’…
 
In this episode, we get some tips and tools from Social Worker and Author, Jessica Sanders about how we can help our children love their bodies, accept who they are and help process their emotions. 👉 Discussion Points Jessica’s journey to becoming a social worker, author and advocate The inspiration for penning her beautiful books, Love Your Body a…
 
Miles Johnson is uniting the worlds of design and sustainability. Miles is a responsible and environmental design consultant with a specialist focus on how to action change in the fashion industry. He had lead teams in companies such as Patagonia as the Design Director bringing advances and inspiration to their sustainable design and development. I…
 
In this episode we break down three of the barriers that often hold centres and educators back from starting a Forest or Bush School program. Bush or Forest Kindy’s are growing in popularity, and for good reason. There are plenty of educators who are almost ready to take the plunge, but there is something holding them back. Well today we are going …
 
Leah Scott is a certified Level 2 Wim Hof Method Instructor, breathwork specialist, extreme cold tolerance practitioner, mother of two and accredited Snowy Mountains guide. For Leah, the combination of breath, ice (cold exposure training) and nature, are the gateway to greater self-awareness, improved physical health and a more resilient mind. It’s…
 
Today's episode is a little different. Join us as we take a trip to Tasmania, to Nature Be In It, run by the ever passionate, Kara Spence, where we will hear what the children of Howrah Primary School and their educators love about her Forest School programs. 👉 About Nature. Be In It At Nature. Be in it. we believe nature connection is a deep human…
 
Kate Gazzard is a paediatric doctor, who is passionate about addressing the climate crisis to protect the people she works with — our next generation. Along with the day in and day out work she is contributing to the young people in her immediate community Kate is also using her time and energy to create change through the medium of politics on a l…
 
Did you spend much of your childhood climbing trees? Did you know that 1 out of 4 Australian children have never climbed a tree and that this quintessential childhood experience is banned in most of our educational settings? In this episode talk about why sharing the view with birds from the branch of a tree is so beneficial for children! In a 2011…
 
In this episode we chat with Occupational Therapist Kaya Lyons of Active OT for Kids about how Child Development occurs naturally through play, connecting & exploring. We discuss trauma and the impact on development and interactions and how therapy can and should be integrated into daily life. Discussion How occupational therapy helps children to l…
 
Emily Toner is passionate about helping people transition through fear and overwhelm into states of motivated action for the earth. Emily is a Clinical Psychologist, mindfulness teacher and speaker based in Byron Bay, Australia. She has a research background in behavioural neuroscience and positive psychology from the University of Melbourne. Also,…
 
Episode Description In this episode, we’re talking about nature playgroups, why we’re so passionate about them, and some of the misconceptions people might have when they go to attend one. So, wondering if nature playgroup is for you? In this episode, we answer that question. 👉 Discussion Points What is nature playgroup? Aimed at 0-3, immersed natu…
 
A true adventurer of his passions and someone who seeks mastery in his interests, Robbie, does not hold back on sharing his learnings and opinions gathered through some incredible experiences and life in general. To name a few of his escapades Robbie & Co. have crossed Iceland, set an FKT on the 650km Jordan Trail, finished his first bike race of 2…
 
In this episode, we’re chatting with conscious parenting expert Katherine Winter- Sellery from Conscious Parenting Revolution, about non-violent communication, habitual parenting responses and how many of us haven’t learnt how to question what comes out of our mouths in response to our children’s behaviour. We also discuss childism, how labelling c…
 
Dave O'Brien sincerely wants to help people feel amazing inside and out and to steer people away from blindly chasing the purely aesthetic look, they see on the cover of magazines. Co-Founder & Technical Director of 5th Element Wellness, winner of Australia's Best independent facility 2019 and Melbourne's first Holistic Gym, David and his team of h…
 
Today, we’re bringing you five parenting hacks on how we foster a family environment that helps raise children who are more independent, and why autonomy is the end goal. 👉 Key Points 1. Allowing Children to Make Choices - Dinner - Shower - Utensils 2. Let children struggle safely - For example, children climbing trees and ‘can’t get down’. We migh…
 
Adam Gibson weaves a thread through business and consciousness. Leading the Wild Idea Incubator program in 2020 and heading up Venture Organic, Adam has been a huge influence in directing practical learnings, guidance and information into startups businesses who are having a positive contribution to conservation, biodiversity and regenerative agric…
 
In this episode we learn about Democratic Education and the theory of the Play Cycle from Educator and Parent, Mathilda Element, from Pine Community School in Brisbane. We chat about the key concepts behind democratic education and consensus decision making that underpin the values at Pine Community School, as well as the importance of multi-age pl…
 
Have you heard of Regenerative Agriculture lately? We look at it in-depth with Mark Gardner. Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services. It aims to capture carbon in soil and aboveground biomass, reversing current global t…
 
Michaela Davis-Meehan is the 28-year-old female snowboarder representing Australian in the Freeride World Tour (FWT). Changing kickers and slopestyle for the untracked powder faces of some of the worlds most iconic mountains, Michaela stick true to the rule that setbacks are just a setup for your comeback and If you love something, never give up! A…
 
Do you love the sound of turning your household from chaos to calm? We are joined by the Child Charmer and parenting educator Chrissie Davies where we discuss why our role as parents is one of the most important in the lives of our children. We also discuss the glaringly obvious gap in parenting education when it comes to raising toddlers in terms …
 
On top of making some of the world’s best apparel, Taylor Stitch is asking questions about how they can protect wild, forever. We warmly welcome the shift in creativity and execution, Michael and his team have taken with their offering at Taylor Stitch. Labelling their work as being 'Responsibly built for the long haul'. Taylor stitch provides solu…
 
Do you have a fireplace or a fire pit at home? Do you let your children light and manage fires? If not, why not? Today, we’re talking about the benefits of children working with fire, why children will seek it out, why it’s important to incorporate it into your outdoor play and how to do it safely. 👉 Key Discussion Points: The purpose of fire activ…
 
Matt Barr is in the Stokely podcast spotlight this week, nothing out of the ordinary as Matt hosts the hugely successful action sports podcast Looking Sideways and Type 2. Matt has held significant space in the action sports industry for over 20 years and through his storytelling and personal connection to people, place and their intersections with…
 
In this episode we look at the way the Australian Curriculum is embedded through the lens of nature at one of Australia’s newest independent school in Port Macquarie – The Nature School. Their early learning and play programs include bush immersion for their playgroup, early years and vacation care as well as their independent primary school. We ar…
 
As we entered into another 6-week stint of heightened restrictions on our physical movements in Melbourne, we called upon Tyson Yunkaporta, for a yarn. Tyson is a senior lecturer of Indigenous Knowledge at Deakin University in Melbourne and the author of an incredibly potent book titled Sand Talk. I hope you enjoy this vast-ranging conversation as …
 
In this episode, we talk about autonomy, creativity and resilience - the Wildlings way and how we’re on a mission to change the education system from the outside in, in the hopes that others can change it from the inside out. We shine a light on what we do here at Wildlings and why we want to see the Forest School philosophy incorporated into schoo…
 
Episode Description In this episode (part two of two) with author and principal, John Marsden, we chat about how children are not all sweetness and innocence, how adolescents are not worthless and depraved and that parents need to be adults most of the time! If you’re curious as to why teens need to (metaphorically) ‘kill’ their parents to become a…
 
He is supporting climate justice and public land preservation along with being one of the best and dopest mountain running dudes in the game. We talk about the balance of these two ways of being. Dakota drops gold nuggets of personal insight intertwined with the reality that we live with a level of hypocrisy as humans. Remember:'I'm working on bein…
 
In this episode (part one of two), we talk to author and principal, John Marsden, about his schools, Candlebark School and Alice Miller School and how they are different to traditional schools. We talk about Candlebark’s fabulous school motto: ‘Take risks’ and how first-hand experiences are the essence of the schools educational philosophies. John …
 
ReRun is a Community Interest Company aimed at prolonging the life of running clothes and equipment. Extending the life of clothes by just nine months of active use would reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by around 20-30% each.Remember:'Our choices, our voice, CAN make a difference.'I’d like to thank Charlotte and Dan for their willingness …
 
Has your child ever done something that has made you gasp and want to cover your eyes? Early climbers climbing out of their high chair, children scaling trees so high you can barely spot them or swimming beyond their depth, or teens wrestling like they’re in a WWF match? Good! We hope you may find some relief in the fact that your child is doing EX…
 
A thought-leader and modern-day explorer. He has focused every endeavour on documenting his adventures and making a contribution to the communities in the places where he explores. Ben will strike you with a humble tone as he talks about successfully completing objectives which had never been achieved previous to the attempts of his teams. With a h…
 
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