In August Bloom ran a wonderful a four-day outdoor workshop called ‘Harmony in Nature’ at the Olympic Park, Stratford, one of 35 workshops put on for local young people in the Hackney, Newham and surrounding boroughs by The East Summer School, organised by the LLDC (London Legacy Development Corporation). Our workshop, based in the newly created Blossom Garden in the Olympic Park, focused on different facets of nature each day from exploring the senses and experiencing biodiversity to making a sound sculpture from natural materials.
‘This is one of the best things I have ever done’ one 14 year-old participant wrote about our ‘Harmony in Nature’ workshop.
‘It was such an incredible week, the young people on your course really blossomed (excuse the pun), over the 4 days, you provided them with such a diverse programme of activity that really did connect them with nature and also their creative talents.’ (Organiser of ESS)
Our workshop was based in The Blossom Garden, which was conceived in 2020 as a memorial to all Londoners involved in the pandemic. It aims to provide an oasis of peace, solace and beauty; somewhere visitors can connect with the restorative power of nature. All the activities we did in the workshop were designed to accord with this.
Playing The Sound Sculpture
The Sound Sculpture
Bloom Four-day Workshop
Exploring the senses
Tea tasting put on by Twinings Tea
Creating a Sensory Trail for visitors in the Blossom Garden
Team work challenge activity
Tour of the Blossom Garden by Davies and White, landscape designers of the Blossom Garden
Biodiversity in the Blossom Garden and surrounds
Learning from nature about diversity in the human world
Seeds and bread making
Exploring nature words in the Blossom Garden
Writing a poem dedicated to the heroes of the pandemic
Making chimes with natural and recycled objects
Making harps from with natural and recycled objects
Making windmills from feathers
Creating one from many: everyone’s instruments are fixed onto a ‘tree’.
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