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Why you should play in nature this Children’s Week

As we celebrate Children’s Week, it’s an ideal time to reflect on the importance of play in our children’s lives. Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child says children have the right to play and rest. I like this statement – it’s perfectly formed in its simplicity. Not only is play a child’s global right, it’s essential to children’s intellectual growth, social development plus their physical and psychological wellbeing. I fear however, that for some children the definition of play may now be described as an hour watching YouTube videos, or a chaperoned walk to a couple of swings at the local park.

My fear is unfortunately confirmed by numerous worldwide studies including one Australian longitudinal study that found in just one generation, children’s outdoor play had declined from 73 per cent to just 13 per cent of total play time. Our sedentary indoor lifestyles have not only increased obesity rates and caused a myriad of problems associated with excessive screen-time, they have also added to a growing a disconnect between children and their natural world. According to some researchers, children who are exposed to free play in nature before the age of 12 are more likely to have a lifelong fascination, care and respect for the environment. Those that don’t, run the risk of developing what one US author terms “nature-deficit disorder”, which he coined to describe the loss of the innate emotional affiliation we as humans have with nature, in-built over millions of years of evolution to enable us to survive.

So where does nature fit into the play equation? There is a growing mountain of research showing exposure to nature is associated with a range of health benefits to children including; improved cognitive function, increased creativity, better relationships with adults, reduced ADHD symptoms and reduced rates of aggression. And now the “nature play” movement is gaining momentum worldwide, including Australia. Nature play is defined as: “any activity that gets children active or thinking actively outdoors, with the end goal of building skills and ability to play without the need for parental or adult control”.  So what does that look like? Allowing kids to get dirty, climb, jump, create, splash and explore without a hovering parent or teacher limiting or controlling their actions. Letting kids, be kids, in nature.

So this weekend to celebrate Children’s Week and your child’s fundamental human right to play, why not get them playing in nature?  Visit one of our many national parks for the day and let them roam, discover, get dirty and create. Why not consider a weekend farm-stay or a longer farm-stay break next school holidays, rather than a packaged trip to Bali?

Making some simple and conscious decisions about when, where and how your children play today, has the potential to have a profound on their future, and the future of their children and generations to come.

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Perth Day Tours

Perth Day Tours

A Day tour is a great way to experience the real Australian culture and Perth tourist attractions and this unique Day Tour from Perth, Western Australia would be one of the most popular. Check out Trip advisor search ‘Boshack’.

Boshack Eco Adventure Day tour, departs Perth, Western Australia at 8 am heading to Boshack Eco Farm for lots of farm fun and outback adventure. Read more

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Perth Beaches

Perth Beaches

Western Australia has to have some of Australia’s best beaches and we are lucky enough that Perth is home to some of these spectacular beaches. There are so many things to do in Perth with our beaches being a highlight. When visiting Perth we suggest that you step foot on these 4 beaches. Read more

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Ten steps to create a healthy vegetable patch

VEGETABLE PATCHDr Ross Mars is a well know teacher and permaculture expert who spent time at Boshack Outback. During his stay we he helped us to create a healthy vegetable patch. Here is what we learned during his stay.

  1. The vegetable patch base can be raised or lowered depending on your preference. If you create a raised patch it is recommended that you have raised wall.
  2. Try and make the base 1.2 metres wide at the most
  3. You need wettable soil to successfully grow vegetables. To test the soil pour a cup of water into a small hole, if you can count to 10 before the water is completely absorbed then it is not to satisfaction.
  4. Use non wetting soil – wax
  5. Choose your preferred vegetables and fruit.
  6. Do not plant the same things too close together as they attract insects
  7. Plant tall plants as shade
  8. When planting, push soil against roots to minimise oxygen around roots as they dry out
  9.    Drown plants in water before planting and separate the plants.
  10. Use cross sticks to train plants to grow up

Tips

  •         Don’t plant Kale and Broccoli in rows. Mix it up to disguise plants from bugs, butterflies and other pesticides.
  •         Tomato works well with basil

We are grateful to have Dr Ross come and help us set up our garden as we are able to use the plants in our cooking. Our vegetable patch is now thriving!

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Yoga Retreat – Farmstay Perth

12967507_10153621594678041_9089442400483065822_oRecently we held a Yoga/Meditation/Nutrition Retreat overlooking the lake which is the perfect place to be in the moment and enjoy nature. Satyen was the instructor and he is extremely knowledgeable as he is a medical doctor and Yoga teacher. Satyen is known for his unconventional teaching style, passion, dedication, with a profound knowledge in the vast field of yoga and nutrition. He also has a good sense of humour which made for a fun weekend.

The weekend started with everyone arriving on the Friday afternoon and settling into their accommodation. A quick welcome followed by a delicious vegetarian meal. Then we were straight into learning about deep relaxation techniques. The perfect way to wind down before bed, drifting off to sleep while listen the sounds of the bush.

Saturday was a full day learning many different techniques and all about nutrition. The day included light stretching, meditation, yoga, yogic breaching exercises, mantras (sound vibrations) and nutrition.

The yoga practise catered to everyone as it suited every level from the beginner to the advanced. Yogic breathing techniques energised the body and balanced emotions.

Sunday started with light stretching, meditation, yoga and lots more information on nutrition. We ended the weekend in a closing circle and everyone really enjoyed the weekend.

Yoga and meditation are great ways to slow down, quieten the mind, strengthen the body and bringing our minds into present time. It was a successful weekend with delicious vegetarian meals and the outlook onto the lake was a perfect backdrop to do our yoga practice.

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Wild Nature Play

Boshack Outback is your ultimate wild nature play ground with 300 acres of land that features a fresh water lake,  pristine bushland and the property is surrounded by Wattening Springs Nature Reserve.

In today’s society children are spending less time in nature and more time indoors on modern technology. We want to change that and at Boshack Outback, we want our children enjoying the land and playing in nature. We want them to explore, use their imagination and give them the opportunity to be free range kids!

At Boshack Outback children can explore the bush, build cubby houses, catch tadpoles and frogs, feel the mud between their toes in the lake, catch fish and look for turtles. The options are endless and children are only limited by their imagination.

Fishing the Boshack

As per Nature Play WA research has proven that children benefit from playing in natural surroundings and you may be surprised at how much of a positive effect it can have on our children.

 Benefits of Wild Nature Play

  • Children who play regularly in natural settings are sick less often. Mud, sand, water, leaves, sticks, pine cones and gum nuts can help to stimulate children’s immune system as well as their imagination.
  • Children who spend more time outside tend to be more physically active and less likely to be overweight.
  • Children who play in natural settings are more resistant to stress; have lower incidence of behavioural disorders, anxiety and depression; and have a higher measure of self-worth.
  • Children who play in natural settings play in more diverse, imaginative and creative ways and show improved language and collaboration skills. Single use, repetitive play equipment becomes boring quickly.
  • Natural, irregular and challenging spaces help kids learn to recognise, assess and negotiate risk and build confidence and competence.
  • Children who play in nature have more positive feelings about each other.
  • Bullying behaviour is greatly reduced where children have access to diverse nature-based play environments.
  • Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder are reduced after contact with nature.

With all these facts proving the benefits of wild nature play take action now and book your family a weekend getaway and stay at Boshack Outback!

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Accommodation Perth

The New Year is upon us, holidays maybe drawing to an end. Its important to keep a balanced lifestyle and enjoy short getaways from Perth city. Accommodation Perth and surrounds means you dont have to travel too far to getaway. Boshack accommodation Perth, is only 90 minutes from Perth, Western Australia and offers a quick getaway on weekends with family & loved ones to reconnect with nature and themselves. Boshack Accommodation Perth, offers lakeside Glamping stays to allow a unique immersion in nature with a few of your comforts of home. The Kids activities like animal feeding, canoeing, boomerang throwing, yabbi netting, fishing to name a few, will keep the kids entertained. With the kids activities well taken care of the adults get to relax lakeside and enjoy the natural surrounds. A million stars in the sky at night, lake Moon & sunrises and lots of rest & relaxation. Regular immersion in nature has been shown to help relieve stress & clear the mind, giving you a fresh start to the working week.

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Nature Eco Stay

Nature, tranquility, relaxation, meditation, farm activities, trailer rides, freshwater crayfish , Dreamtime all adds up for the positive feedback that we get from Trip Advisor visitor comments.

We are all asking for some downtime and 5 star luxury doesnt always give it. We originated from Nature environment and from the comments we get it seems so important that we still experience this nature environment to keep our lives on a normal plateau.

Boshack simplicity in building a lifestyle endeavoring to depict our early settlers and whilst they didnt have a lot perhaps they had everything as we now experience a similar lifestyle.

Small periods of living off the land and what it can produce makes one feel so good without the preservatives and all the sugary enticing niceties.

The isolation gives the feeling of tranquility to the point thaq different levels of meditation are reached by being just in the environment, we are told. One of the best comradeship experiences came from a popular shoe Company group from Malaysia, was when the group huddled around the fire near the water, drinking champagne, under the stars.

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Nature Play ground for children Perth Western Australia

Nature Play seems to be the best way to describe what our children are doing when spending time in a natural environment, away from their computers and TV’s. Lets see if this school holidays the children play more in a nature.

I have seen this first hand at Boshack Outback Eco Stay, the changes in the children from when they first arrive and within a couple hours they revert back to simple, creative child’s play.

Boshack is only 90 minutes from Perth city, so come up and immerse you and the children in nature, leave feeling refreshed with a sense of clarity that nature brings. Of course we can’t go to Boshack every weekend and school holidays, so let’s suggest ways of getting our children out and about and in touch with a natural environment everyday.
Some days it may mean the back yard, my kids are rugged up and outside at 7am each morning, while I get dressed and get their breakfast. My mindset around the cold mornings changed when I saw a documentary on a lady in Iceland that had her kids outside most of the day in temperatures way below 0. We just don’t have cold enough weather here in Perth. Boshack lakeside this school holidays is really special and you know you are alive when the sun peaks over the haze of the lake and the campfire is crackling, with the smell of the fresh country air and the children being in the most natural setting they could be.

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Simple Living, trek bushland, Canoe a Lake, Relax in the sunshine, Watch the kids play, as the busy life of the city melts away. Nature has been shown to be an excellent way to clear the mind and relax the body.
“The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”Richard Louv argues that by tapping into the restorative powers of nature – by getting a strong hit of ‘vitamin nature’ – we can boost mental agility and creativity; promote health and wellbeing; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds”.
Boshack Wilderness Oasis – A Nature Playground, word of mouth seems to be spreading to families, schools, corporate & overseas visitors who are looking for something different to experience. Only 90 minutes from Perth Western Australia, an excellent family weekender or a short coach trip for school groups looking for a nature play camp. Corporate groups have also found the close proximity to Perth, Western Australia, provides a easy retreat for meetings & team bonding experiences. Our Overseas visitors can join our Perth Day tour and enjoy the scenic ride through the Swan Valley and Avon Valley. Our Perth Day tour picks up from Perth city, enjoying a Day tour or overnight stay. There is lots to see and experience with Farm animals, marron fishing, Australian Culture, blue skies, canoeing and lots of great food.
Our new 180 seater diner accommodates larger groups, offering a unique Wedding Location. with Lakeside Glamper accommodation, only 90mins from Perth, accommodation is unique and refreshing.

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