Fire holds us in so many ways.
Our attention. Our emotions. The food simmered and roasted so we may fill our bellies. The water boiled for tea, and the warmth we feel when our hands wrap around a freshly poured mug.
It also holds community, that's what I believe.
The magic in the flickering light and the crackle that soothes the gaps of silence so that we feel no need to fill them.
For someone who puts their whole heart into deepening relationships with the "real" world, it's been fascinating to venture into the depth of the virtual world. Not a replacement by any means, but a tether - to people and places I've known or wish to know.
That's why I created the Virtual Community Fire.
A virtual gathering space for community and connection. It's my way to nurture an international community away from mainstream social media networks. Because I need that and I know some of you do too.
Members of the Virtual Community Circle are my inner circle, those with whom I share everything first. And my way to help you meet each other too. For those who feel isolated in this work, you are not alone. And for those who don't, know you can provide support for those who do.
Come take your space by the fire.
Hi, I'm Caylin. Lover of the more-than-human world who wholeheartedly feels the reciprocal relationship upon which health and wellbeing depends upon, with a desire to both fiercely protect and gently nurture. Inspired by children, and what they can teach us through the ways they see and be in the world. A passionate storyteller.
I bring together an international network of educators and caregivers who are experienced or just getting started in outdoor and Nature-rooted programs, to deepen our professional learning and practice through reflection and community building so that we can enrich and adapt our practices to meet community needs over time, make space for diverse perspectives, and move towards mutual understanding and restoration (or re-story-ation*) of our connections with the natural world.
* "As Gary Nabhan has written, we can't meaningfully proceed with healing, with restoration, without "re-story-ation." In other words, our relationship with the land cannot heal until we hear its stories. But who will tell them?"
- Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass, p. 9
I consider members in the Virtual Community Fire like tree rings closest to my core. I share everything I offer through Forest Schooled with members in the Virtual Community Fire before I share it anywhere else. That means as members you will be the first to know about any new blogs, resources, courses, and more.
I'll send members a weekly email called "Fireside Fridays" that sums up everything shared in the previous week plus a bonus...
When building a fire the components may be different sizes, yet they are all just as important as each other. So ALL membership levels receive equal access to this community space.
To encourage membership from people who truly want to engage, plans are Pay What You Can. These will help support Forest Schooled's scholarship fund because I believe everyone deserves access to learning. If you're in a position to give more please consider the "Firewood" and "Sparks" options (and take note of the gifts you'll receive from me in return 😊🌿)
All 3 plans give you the chance to try everything out for free. Those who continue on with the paid plans will receive their gifts.
If cost is a barrier to you in any way, I'm happy to offer membership to you for free. Please follow this link for a free membership if you need it.
This community is for active engagement and discussion in a safe and supportive environment. It takes all of us to ensure this is possible! Before joining, check in and make sure the following apply to you:
If you say yes to all the above, please sign up and review the full Group Agreements post once you're logged in. Welcome!