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February 29, 2020

With the rise of video games, social media, and streaming television, it’s harder than ever to get kids outdoors. However, this excess screen time and limited outdoor play come with serious consequences. Nature-Deficit Disorder is on the rise and causes issues ranging from anxiety and depression to obesity and muscle imbalances. Here are some ways the whole family can get the heavy dose of nature they need to live their best lives:

Understanding Nature-Deficit Disorder

No More "Nature-Deficit Disorder"
Study: Kids Who Spend Time in Nature Become Happier Adults

12 Reasons Why Your Kids Need Playground Play

At The Park

50 Fun Things to Do Outside With Kids as a Family

Hiking wi...

“All good things are wild and free.” -Henry David Thoreau.

I want to go to this retreat because it is a way for me to escape from my day to day reality. My schedule is crazy with dance, school, and different after school clubs. Going to the Rue Farm calms me down and keeps me centered. I feel at peace with myself and one with nature. Every morning when we meditate, I remember how simple life should be and how simple it is at that very moment. I love the smell of damp, cool air in the mornings as the smell of burning sage lingers throughout the farmhouse. Going for walks down to the pool with new friends after breakfast, and sliding down the side of the hammock everyday w...

As you know, we’re in the year of 2019 and it’s no secret that our environment is changing rapidly. Over the past 100 years, we’ve seen the American Chestnut Tree gradually diminish. We could potentially see this tree go extinct within our lifetime! (That is if we don’t do anything about it, of course).

This Fall, we will be planting American Chestnut Trees in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Join us in making sure that this very vital tree doesn’t go extinct anytime soon. All volunteers are welcome to the Fall planting events which will also include educational presentations and information on how we can help plant trees and look after our environment. Adults and famil...

September 13, 2018

By Dan De Lion and Olga Sher

(editorial support by Giuliana Lonigro)

With summer drawing to a close, the pressure of higher-paced routines will be upon us. The stressors that are triggered as we transition from vacations, beach houses, camps and retreats back to Fall routines, might not be something we want to dwell on. However, it is important to remember that sleeping, resting, and restorative needs vary with each season, and as we transition from one season to the next, we need to take time to nurture ourselves and relax to better tend to our and our children’s changes in mood, habits and energy levels.

In this day and age, it is easy to force ourselves to keep up with...

On the ridges of the Catskills region, among waterfalls and old Indian trails sits the area’s hidden gem – the artist residence of Anatoly Kurlat. A modest house with a pond, a yurt and a big mission – preserving the surrounding quality of nature through artistic expression.

This hub attracts many local and international artists, musicians and crafters, and is a home to a beautiful collection of earth arts installations made with natural and abandoned materials by their owner, each holding their unique story.

Antinanco Earth Arts is excited to participate in future creative projects and offer educational experiences on this special land

Together with children, we will build the libraries with reclaimed wood and upcycled materials. The libraries will be set up in parks of New Jersey, free and open to the public at all times.

Two important things we can give to our children: 1. A love for books. 2. A love for nature. We found a way to combine both.

2015 was a very special year for Antinanco Earth Arts School. It was our first. It was busy, chaotic, spontaneous, filled with exciting ideas, magical visions and groundbreaking initiatives.  We welcomed our first Board in March, finalized the Bylaws in April and received our public charity status in October. We were overjoyed to open our hearts and doors to our teachers and community, offering more than 20 classes, workshops, educational

experiences, panels and free community events to children and families in eight short months.   

 

While a lot of our work was centered around administrative, legal, organizational and housekeeping tasks, if I am to describe the...

June 25, 2015

Did you know that dirt is one of the most delightful play items for children?   However, in our phobia-ridden world of hand sanitizers and triple chlorine washed greens in plastic bags, we've set ourselves on our way to the great microbial cleansing, stripping our immune systems of beneficial  microorganisms and taking the delight of free play without fear of getting dirty away from our children.

 

If you can entertain the thought of letting your child play in the dirt, mud, puddles, here is the scoop: all of that stuff washes away from hair, clothes, skin, and toenails, and a few stains is a small price to pay for the benefits of free creative play and strength...

June 22, 2015

By Olga Sher and Dan De Lion

Have you ever caught yourself musing, while looking at the children of today, how different they are from the way you and your friends were at their age?  They are not those kids who used to run around until sunset without a care in the world, a phone in the pocket, or sunscreen on the skin, locked out of the house till 9 pm.  They are not the kids who spent days at the beach and in the park where parents would bring them in the morning and pick up at night.  They are not the kids who grew up in the countryside running barefoot, hopping on hay and building forts out of it.  

The kids of today are sharper, more intelligent, more...

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