"Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath it's shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping."

Dr. Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child


Welcome to Wattle + Fern, a Homeschooling and Simple Living Collective for the Southern Hemisphere, collective for homeschoolers, unschoolers, wild hearts and all of those looking to embrace an intentioned and simple life.

Here at the Wattle + Fern Collective, we believe in joy, wonder and curiosity. We seek reconnection with our earth, our natural rhythms and ways of being and a return to slower and simpler ways of living. We recognise that education is life long and wisdom develops and evolves over time through our commitment to learn and grow.

We know that life is full and time is precious, so we have thoughtfully curated a collection of simple, wholesome resources to inspire and cultivate meaningful and intentioned living for you and your folk this summer as well as beautiful, natural educational materials designed to spark your child’s natural wonder and curiosity, to educate the whole child; their hearts, will and mind.