In 2011, a study reported 54% of U.S. children had a chronic disease, with obesity being prevalent. Wendy offered the simple remedy of after-school walking clubs (a.k.a. kids netwalking). Weekly walking adventures to local parks and trails got kids active, brought them closer to nature and expanded their circle of friends. Spring break "Story Walking" combined nature-inspired storytelling with the discovery of new hiking trails. These kids were happier, healthier and more successful academically. Wendy is eager to share her program materials and best practices with public schools, private schools and home-school communities, and she has provided programs for both in-school and out-of-school-time.
In addition to creating the learning materials featured on the KIDS page and sharing her stories on the WALKING JOURNAL pages, Wendy tailors curriculum to different school environments. Collaborating with local businesses, teachers and environmental educators, she has developed and facilitated programs for urban, woodland and salt marsh ecologies. During the pandemic, she led the development of the virtual Nature Drawing habitat learning series for The Empowerment Factory and facilitated the teacher training.
During the teen years, kids spend more time away from home, joining after-school clubs and sports teams, trying out different interests, seeking greater meaning for their lives and looking for ways to contribute their time and skills in order to make the world a better place. In 2017, Wendy lost her son, Neil, 20. At 20 years of age, he had so many plans, which were cut short by brain cancer. Through her grieving process, Wendy began sorting through the memorabilia he had accumulated in the boxes, drawers and book shelves of his bedroom - artwork, notepads, notebooks, journals, personal letters and magic notes. The Difference Maker eBook emerged from this process. This collection of stories is inspired by Neil and written for the teenage soul.
More recently, Wendy published her own story of love and loss with nine other authors in Volume Two of Shining a Light on Grief. She incorporates a couple wonderful story walking experiences in her story.
When the pandemic suspended in-person learning and restricted the gathering of children for walking adventures (2020), Wendy had already launched the Story Walking Radio Hour. This internet-based show extends her reach to a larger audience, providing online educational entertainment for kids, parents and teachers. Through the Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network platform, Wendy continues to share story walks, environmental learning, online educational resources and interviews with professionals from the green sector who are implementing brilliant ideas for creating a healthier planet and happier people. She has produced over 50 podcasts, which people can access through the PODCASTS page.
Listen as Wendy tells a personal story about her encounter with a bee and a spider and how they spoke to her through their actions. Animals have remarkable ways of communicating with humans, if humans are aware and open to receiving.
Find out why raising native bees is easier, less costly and more productive for crops than raising honey bees. Native bees are far more critical to pollinating and propagating our food supply than honey bees.
Hear how Susannah developed her deep connection with the seasonal cycles of the earth and native bees. Learn best practices for native bee keeping and find the best materials and information resources.
This story sets the stage for guest Kristina White, Homeopathic Educator at Your Life and Land, who speaks about agrohomeopathy, a practice which applies the natural remedies and protocols of homeopathy to improve the health and vitality of pets, livestock, wildlife, plants and land.
Wendy helps listeners tune in to Nature's loving vibes through storytelling, and she spotlights guests who can connect us more closely with Nature. The most renowned Transcendentalist writers, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, emphasized the idea of human harmony with Nature; Nature can improve us spiritually, help us connect to the rest of the world, and bring us closer to Oneness.
Barbara's spiritual activism is strengthened by her Belief that changing the world begins with changing ourselves and living our principles and values. She is committed to Oneness and leads online classes and outside ceremonies and services at local beaches, parks and farms; without walls or borders, honoring nature as our spiritual temple.
Kristina's work centers around the belief that our connection to each other and nature is critical to our physical, emotional and spiritual health. She offers educational resources, workshops and individual homeopathic assessments for people, pets and plants. Homeopathy uses tiny amounts of natural substances to stimulate the natural healing processes.
Wendy Nadherny Fachon speaks with Green Teacher host, Ian Shanahan, about Food Forest Gardening. What is a food forest? How can teachers present an ecosystems approach to gardening for impactful learning? How might teachers integrate corporative learning opportunities enrich the process? Wendy has her own food forest garden, and she sees great potential for food forest gardening in environmental education. She also shares her insights about nature drawing as a powerful pedagogical tool and tells a story about a serendipitous discovery of Red Mulberry trees.
The Story Walking Radio Hour is an Environmental Education program airing on syndicated Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network (D7RN), every Monday at 9am and 9pm ET.
It is listed under the "Sustainable Living" tab of the network website. D7RN seeks more environmentally-focused hosts to help raise consciousness. Learn more at https://dreamvisions7radio.com/about-us/
If you would like to be a Guest or Sponsor with the Story Walking Radio Hour, call of text Wendy at 401 529-6830.
Wendy writes articles for Natural Awakenings Magazine Greater Boston/Rhode Island edition and D7RN's Sustainable Living News. She has also published work in Green Teacher magazine. As an environmental arts educator, she helps create and teach Nature Drawing curriculum for The Empowerment Factory, based in Pawtucket, RI. She is also a permaculture gardener and an Abundance Ambassador for Food Forest Abundance.