“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
The intelligence of play is to keep playing throughout life.
Children love to be outdoors in their natural environment. They love to be in the fresh air and sunlight, barefoot and naked, surrounded by trees and flowers, playing in the water and hearing the birds and the wind. It is so very important to allow our children to have the freedom to learn through play. Children are naturally interested in their surroundings and without this driving curiosity, without this innate need to explore and understand what the environment provides, children would fail to thrive and learn. As parents, it is vital that we recognize the role of curiosity in shaping our children’s lives.
We as humans make sense of the world through play and we naturally want to try and understand everything around us. If children are free to play, they cultivate an engagement with the world. It develops calmness, awareness, self-understanding, skills, confidence, curiosity and flexibility to handle stress and they learn the necessary skills of human beings everywhere – physical skills, linguistic skills, intellectual skills and social skills.
As the name suggests Galahad Clark, VIVOBAREFOOT’s Managing Direct, hails from the Clarks shoe clan, but “he would happily have us all
running barefoot” writes Paul McIntyre in The Australian Financial Review.
“Galahad Clark. It’s quite a name and somewhat apt given this Englishman is on a rather grand mission. … The 36 year old University of North Carolina anthropology graduate would prefer people ditch shoes altogether, or at least the modern running shoe with air and gel based shock absorption.” Read more…
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“I ran further and harder than anyone else! 106km”
Rarely in my life have I been welcomed with more grace and open arms than with Antoine and Sophie in their beautiful home in Grasse. I felt part of the family immediately and was sad to leave after only two days. This set the tone for a weekend on which my feet only touched the ground when I was running!
Verdon Canyon is one of the biggest canyons in the world and renowned for its turquiose blue waters. However on the way there with Antoine and Levi (a norwegian athlete standing 6’6 tall…) It dawned on me that the furthest race I have ever run is comrades at 89km and longest in terms of time is Platteklip at 11h. This race will trump both.
Verdon is a major race on the European calendar with 1000 athletes taking part from all over Europe. This was the 20th edition so a special occasion all round. It is at the outset hard to explain how big the language barrier is in the EU. The race briefing was in French, and the entries and signs and spectators, marshalls etc…. Read more…