hey there, i'm nicole.
Welcome to my little corner of the internet.
Thanks for coming!
If you want to learn more about what I am working on and why, read all the way to the bottom of the page. . .
In the meantime, here is the brief version !
I am a creative mother of three young boys living a slow life off grid in Nayarit, Mexico with a bunch of animals.
Originally from Buffalo, New York in the US, I have been living in the Bay of Banderas region of Mexico for 2 decades.
Over the past 20 years, I have worked as an event planner, tour guide, teacher, fundraising coordinator, photographer, workshop host, student, writer and so much more.
My experiences are diverse.
I am always learning, always inspired.
Take a look at my history page for my full CV and who else I've been learning from.
Now, a little bit more about why I am here...
I am here on the internet to share open-heartedly about my experiences as a woman and a mother living in these challenging times, in hopes of inspiring others in the process.
I am also here to share my knowledge and personal experiences around alternative education, living connected with nature, holistic nutrition, slowing down and living simply.
I believe in disconnecting from the systems that bind us and honoring the natural cycles of life, bringing it all home....
birth, nutrition, education, community, wellness and even death.
I also value nourishment and rest, creativity and self expression,
being a good human and a showing up as a steward of this earth.
I am passionate about photography, handmade and homemade, creative collaborations with friends and slowing down.
I am an educator and a lifelong learner.
I support and actively participate in the alternative education community in my region (and online).
I believe strongly in the power of play for our children, interest led learning models, nature immersion practices and using creative and curious approaches to learning in general.
I also believe that cultivating connection with our natural world is critical for our learning to happen; individually and collectively. Nature based learning brings that connection in and lays the ground for our children to become true caretakers of this earth.
I currently offer unplugged play opportunities and nature immersion experiences for children and their families in my community through our project, Iyari Play.
I am also in collaboration with several other educational projects and organizations that I would love for you to learn about.