JOURNEYS: Urban Forest School in Atlanta
June 16-18 Jonesborough Summer Workshop
June 23-25 Chattanooga Summer Workshop
July 27 Louisville Forest School Day Trip
October 14-17 Minnesota Fall Retreat
Forest School Teacher Institute's

June 16 - 18 Jonesborough Workshop

Forest Schools: Children Learning in Nature

Join Dr. Jean Lomino at The Camp at Buffalo Mountain, the home of Seedkeepers Forest School.  Experience three days of sweet communion, nature-inspiration and focused professional growth. The training is designed for both experienced forest school practitioners and those who wish to learn about the philosophy and practice of forest school education. There will be time to explore over one-hundred scenic acres onsite with creek, pond, gentle trails, plus easy access to numerous public trails and waterfalls in the area, including part of the Appalachian Trail and the Nolichuckey River.  This workshop is conducted in partnership with, and endorsed by, the Early Childhood Education Department of East Tennessee State University.  Limited to 15 participants.  


The Camp at Buffalo Mountain (and Seedkeepers Forest School), 201 Methodist Camp Road, Jonesborough, Tennessee

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Included in the workshop:

  • Multiple Forest School training sessions
  • Observation of students and debrief at Seedkeepers Forest School
  • Conversations with FS leaders and teachers in the field
  • Nature Journaling, sit spots, and naturalist training
  • Personal consultations with Dr. Jean Lomino
  • Certificate of Completion for 18 hours of training, endorsed by FSTI and ETSU Department of Early Childhood Education


The Director’s House includes 5 bedrooms with accommodations for up to 12 guests with 3.5 bathrooms. Additional cabin space is available if needed. Porches and decks overlook beautiful views of the mountains and forest.  Meals are included with lodging fee (continental breakfast, sandwich lunches and catered evening meals) Thursday-Saturday. 

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (More details coming soon!)

Day One -- Thursday, June 16

Nature Inspiration: Journaling and Sit Spots

Foundations of Forest School: Philosophy, Key Features, and Benefits

Day Two -- Friday, June 17

 Visit Seedkeeper's Forest School: Observations and Debrief

Teaching/Learning Strategies: Place-based Education, Emergent Learning, Inquiry-based Learning, and STEM

Day Three -- Saturday, June 18

Nature Inspiration: Naturalist Training

Developing Emergent Learning Frameworks: Learning Standards, Seasonal Themes, Backwards Lesson Planning


$510 Workshop (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), all Meals (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) and nightly Lodging (Thursday, Friday) 

$425 Workshop (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) and all Meals (Thursday, Friday, Saturday); no lodging

$350 Workshop (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) no meals and no lodging

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Forest School Teacher Institute's

June 23-25 Chattanooga Workshop

Forest Schools: Creating Emergent Learning Frameworks Pre K-5

Join Dr. Jean Lomino at Lookout Lake, the birthplace of Wauhatchie Forest School and the new Nature Kin Farm and Forest School. This training is designed for both experienced forest school practitioners and those who wish to implement emergent learning in their individual teaching practice.  Workshop limited to 24 participants.

Location: Nature Kin Farm & Forest School, 3708 Elder Mountain Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Participants will:

  • Practice observation strategies to uncover children’s areas of interest during exploratory play
  • Learn to use questioning for creating on-the-spot activities that enrich/extend children’s discoveries
  • Understand backwards-lesson planning and create learning frameworks
  • Discover how to incorporate emergent learning in STEM/STEAM programs
  • Take home a seasonal learning framework to use in their individual teaching venues
  • Receive a FSTI Certificate of Completion for 14 hours of training (2 days) and 21 hours (3 days)

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (Daily sessions run 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Day One -- Thursday, June 23: Observation of PreK-5 students and teachers in forest school summer camps. Observations will be followed by debrief sessions to uncover themes of interest arising from the children's explorations. The day will conclude with a presentation on the subject of emergent learning foundations and strategies and a discussion with local forest school teachers and leaders.

Day Two -- Friday, June 24:  Participants, working in grade/age groups, will create emergent learning seasonal frameworks, processing through the steps of: 1) studying the children to discover the themes of interest, 2) developing a general outline of follow-up enrichment and lesson extensions, 3) creating lessons and activities and/or finding resources for lessons and activities, and 4) connecting lessons and activities to academic standards.

Day Three -- Saturday, June 25:  Naturalist training at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center guided by a professional naturalist and nature journaling with Jean Lomino.

REGISTRATION FEES:  3-Day Workshop (Thursday-Saturday) $300; 2-Day Workshop (Thursday-Friday) $200

NOT INCLUDED in Registration Fees: Meals, transportation, and lodging.

Participation limited to first 24 reservations. 

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To learn more about the host site, Nature Kin Farm and Forest School at Lookout Lake, visit

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 Forest School Teacher Institute

 Northwoods Fall 2022 Retreat

at Camp Widjiwagan 

October 14 - 17

A message from Jean: As I considered a place for our FSTI fall retreat, I felt a distinct heart tug, for a return to the Northwoods. Seven times in the span of fifteen years I joined a group of grad students on a journey to Camp Widjiwagan, from where we launched on a six-day wilderness canoe trip into the Boundary Waters. During those trips I discovered that this was a place like none other. My soul was rekindled there. I fell asleep each night to the song of the loons and the rhythm of waves crashing on rocky shores. Each day gifted me with something new—cushioned quilts of lichens and mosses on ancient granite; air pungent with the scent of fir, spruce and pine; perfect V’s carved by beavers on glassy water; then at day’s end northern lights dancing on the horizon and timber wolves howling at the rising moon. So I’ve decided I’m going back to this spectacular place. It is where I need to be right now, and I invite you to come with me to meet with our nature kin in the forest and lakes. Come find time for quiet solitude and reflection. Join me as we nurture mindfulness and return to our true selves and to each other. Spaces are limited—sign up now! I look forward to greeting you in the Northwoods!

Join us for three mindful, soul-filled days in the Northwoods.

  • Experience the wonders of nature and moments of quiet reflection, walking the trails, canoeing the lake, and just being.
  • Fellowship with kindred spirits. Become acquainted through story-telling, art, naturalist presentations and learning from this land’s native people.
  • Sample a variety of health and wellness practices including Finnish sauna and works of the hand.
  • Come for an unforgettable experience that will nurture your body, mind and soul!

 Location: YMCA Camp Widjiwagon, 3788 North Arm Road, Ely, Minnesota

Dates: Friday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. thru Monday, October 17, 12:00 p.m.

Cost:   $850 (All inclusive: 9 meals, 3 nights lodging, all programs and sessions)

Terms and Conditions: A $200 deposit is required at time of registration with the balance due by September 14. Full refund granted if requested on or before September 1. In the unlikely event the retreat is cancelled by FSTI, full refunds will be given.  

Lodging: Comfortable cabins with bunk style beds accommodating 12 people in 3 separate bedrooms. Cabins include a full bathroom and living room heated by a wood burning stove. Additional bathrooms and shower rooms are in close proximity to each cabin.


EVENTS will include:

Sunrise Yoga

Nature Hikes

Nature Journaling, Poetry, Drawing

Herbal Workshops: Health and Wellness, Aromatherapy

Bread making

Spa Offerings

Silent and Solo

Nature Literacy: bird watching, geology, tree study, mammals, astronomy

Guest Presenters: Naturalists, Forest School educators

Work of the Hand: Traditional Ojibwe cooking, skills and art, basketry,
carving, whittling, fire-making, cording

Songs and Stories

Wilderness Adventures

Sunset Sauna 

Star Gazing

Form more information about Camp Widjiwagan visit


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 Forest School Teacher Institute's

 Louisville Forest School Summer Day Visit

July 27, 2022 

Louisville, Kentucky

Enjoy a day-long sojourn observing, conversing, and communing with a network of forest schools. 


Jean and Joe will be presenting at the Natural Start Alliance Conference in Cincinnati July 28-30.

We plan to spend the day before in Louisville doing some site visits, reflection, and visioning. Would you like to join us?