Dani Lebo

Whanganui, NZ - Outdoor Educator and Teacher

Workshop title: Playing with Fire!

Participants will work through the benefits and risks of using fire with nature play groups as young as preschool aged - taking guidance from NZ standards and international literature. We will try our hand at making a fire nest, using flint to start a coal, and using a bow drill to start a coal. We will model safe fire set ups and safe fire practices with children. We will chat about native and non-native woods that can be used to make a fire using the bow-drill method.

Personal Bio: Dani Lebo is a dynamic educator and passionate community organiser. She has been an outdoor educator across a variety of settings for nearly 20 years - including therapeutic settings, school and adult groups, and guiding back-country expeditions. She brought her outdoor ed experiential teaching style into the classroom as a secondary school teacher in both NZ and the US. She holds a BA in International Intercultural Studies and Spanish and a Masters in International Education. She is currently studying her Graduate Diploma of Primary Teaching at Massey University and her second year of Te Reo Maori at Te Wananga Aotearoa. She currently runs The ECO School in Whanganui, NZ, alongside her husband, Nelson, and two children, Verti and Manu. They use their 5-ha learning farm as a setting to teach permaculture and forest schooling programs.

Dani Lebo