Samantha is the Director and Facilitator at Walk The Land
My name is Samantha. I am trained in Steiner early childhood education and development. I am a nature mentor with a passion for homelearning and self-reliance for children. I volunteered and played in India and The Philippines for 2.5 years where I recognised the process of children becoming self-sufficient and resilient through their own explorations of the natural landscape. With older children imparting their guidance to the young ones, this inter-relating is forming the philosophy of Walk The Land.
I returned to Melbourne, Australia with a dream for children to live upon this Land, experience the incredible freedom and self-discovery that comes with learning and trusting their own capacities to engage and trust in this glorious home. Offering children the possibility to discover their own agency, sovereignty and sense of belonging in the natural world is my way of supporting the reconnection of humanity to the natural world. These caretakers of the future are nurtured by Nature and a deep sense of connection with this Land to feel more empowered in their lives to make a difference.
I worked previously as a natural building and eco-design architect and health and wellbeing interior designer. In my journey to explore why I felt so disconnected from the world and my work, I moved away from my job in large-scale skyscraper developments and found my love in design that honours and makes use of the changing daylight, the north sun, thermal mass, water collection and growing my own food.
I now work full-time as a guide in the natural world, imparting to children the gifts of my discoveries; finding my connection to the Earth and resourcing myself from the planet’s abundance.
Through my engagement in Steiner philosophy: in my training and research, I have gained a deepening understanding of children’s development. I am passionate about enabling children to feel necessary and included in the creation of the space and the day. I love creating a loving and caring home-away-from-home where children feel comfortable, relaxed and able to connect with other children and find ways to regulate their own systems and wellbeing.
Walk The Land values respect, kindness, tolerance and self-love.
I have attained my Certification in Early Childhood Education with a specialisation in Waldorf education. I hold a current Working With Children Card and First Aid certification including CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis training.
I also hold a Masters of Architecture and Bachelor of Construction from Melbourne University. As well as certificates in Permaculture Design and Building Biology (Healthy Natural Interior Design)
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I acknowledge the Woi Wurrung Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the First Peoples of the land and waterways that I live, work and learn on. I honour their songlines, their storylines and I express my respect to Wurundjeri elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty has not been ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.
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