Asha’s story: learning in the woods

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Today’s post is from Asha. She has lived almost all her life in the woods!


My name is Asha. I’m 13 years old and have lived at Steward Wood since I was 1.

The people here are not just people I live next to and pass by occasionally, they are my family and friends.

When I was younger I spent most of my time playing pretend games in the woods with my friends here, Rowan and Ash, and that in itself has taught me so much and I can’t imagine living any other way.

 
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I have such a close bond with the little ones here. I always used to nag Mum about having another baby so I could look after it but when I think about it, I already have that in Sky (6) and Wren (3).
The other day, lots of us were down in the growing area and Sky, Wren and Myself were all chasing each other around and I just thought how lucky I was to have such a close connection with them and Sky once asked me if I’d be her big sister in my next life.

 
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When I get annoyed or need my own space all I have to do is go outside and climb a tree and I’m transported into another world of my own.
I have learned so much from living here in the woods with all these amazing people. It’s allowed me to have the choice to be home schooled, and learn in the way I want to learn.
I tried school for six months for 3 days a week when I was 10, but then I realized I was missing out on so much at home and I was always too tired to hang out with my friends here and I stopped doing all of the creative stuff I used to do before I began school.

 
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My mum teaches me about plants and herbal medicine and my dad has taught me how to make fire the primitive way.
I love this way of life, it’s amazing!


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4 thoughts on “Asha’s story: learning in the woods”

  1. Asha, this is such a lovely thought provoking story. How lucky you are. Looks like your mum and dad have done a great job in the home educating of you.

  2. Those kids look happy and very well adjusted.

    If I ever find a way to escape London I’ll certainly seek a path to the woods. Hope you win the planning battle and keep the magical home and community you’ve lovingly crafted.

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