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Kari Svenneby brings a unique Scandinavian perspective and flair to her programs about nature and getting families to embrace it daily. Friluftsliv (Norwegian: “fresh air life”) was a gift from her parents teaching and is almost impossible to accurately translate, as it is a state of being in action and interacting with nature instead of intellectualizing its parts. She walks her talk both online and in her community to pass on that way of being to her family and her audiences.

Classically trained chef, librarian, mother of two and founder of, Svenneby embraces the analogue of nature and food with the digital power of social media, television production and web publishing to champion her message.

Read Kari's bio


Recently thought to be “old school” knowledge is given permission to take its place again in communities, schools, daycares, parks and backyards.

Workshops for Conferences/ families/educators 

karinewFor familes
How to start an outdoor playgroup where you live, and how to easy connect nature into a hectic family life all year around. Embrace the season with fun activities and get out there as a family Webinar with Kaboom! Connecting families with the outdoors in Canada

Cooking with nature
Workshop how to connect nature with food and to play outside! Classically trained chef Kari will share easy and simple ideas for familes and educators. Webinar with Kaboom!

Conference report for parents Healthy Children Spaces report

For Educators
• How to incorporate more outdoor play into an early childhood education in all kinds of weather.

• How to incorporate more outdoor play/ learning in Kindergarden in all kinds of weather.

• How to incorporate more outdoor play/learning in primary schools.

Workshop about outdoor learning/outdoor play programs in Scandinavia
• Early Childhood programs in Norway.

• Outdoor Kindergardens Norway

• Norway Public Schools

The ‘Norwegian child' should live an active and outdoor childhood. Strong emphasis is placed on the relationship between young children and their wider environment, in particular the outdoor environment and more generally, with nature. Apart from being fun and healthy, being outside throughout the year is about learning to live in and with strongly demarcated seasons and extreme weather conditions... In short, being active and outdoors is both an issue of health and an issue of value, or identity”. -OECD Norway country note, 1999

• Friluftsliv, a way of life (Norwegian: “fresh air life”) was a gift from her parents teaching and is almost impossible to accurately translate, as it is a state of being in action and interacting with nature instead of intellectualizing its parts.

Webinars for educators/early childhood educators and non profit organisations

Will come soon.

Kari Svenneby has a unique cultural perspective, both as a parenting/lifestyle expert and her education. She speaks English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish understands German. Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany are countries that are leading the world in outdoor learning and outdoor family life and a lot of her outdoor play content has been inspired by her upbringing and research in the Scandinavian countries. Specifically her mantra: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” A Norwegian saying that has been widely known because of her online content. (videos, post how to dress for the weather).

Researcher for television production

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Workshop Feedback
"I coordinate family playgroup 3 times a week. These are “mommy & me” playgroups held at our preschool facility. Listening to the webinar encourage me to move ahead with plans to operate an outdoor playgroup".

"This June, we will be turning our Fun Fitness Friday Playgroup into an Outdoor Playgroup. We plan to hold each class at a different park in the area. We will incorporate nature based activities with traditional activities they expect (parachute & story time). Living in the NW, we are accustom to the ample amounts of rain, but it’s hard to imagine running this year round. It may be a program we only offer during summer months when the chance of rain drops reduces from 99% to 95%".
"Thank you for the encouragement! We look forward to introducing families to the great outdoors in our community!"

"I was able to utilize the training, I work with a program that provides education and resources to childcare providers and parents and we've discussed outdoor play a lot, especially during the snowy months when providers are more hesitant to take their children out."
Early Learning Communities Group Facilitator

"I was already running a playgroup, but it made me take the initiative to set up an "Outdoor Playgroup" within our existing playgroup. Usually we try to meet outside anyway, but during winter in New England, that's not always the first impulse- many people just want to stay inside- we also have a lot of southern people who have relocated to this area and they find it hard to get out with the kids. So, I figured starting "Outdoor Playgroup" in the winter was a good idea. We've had really great turnouts to most of the events, and now that it's getting warmer I'm hoping that attendance will increase as well. One member who came to our outing this week said they hadn't been to a playground since the fall. We definitely did a lot of the things that Kari mentioned (sledding, snowman building), but haven't really tried any specific ways of playing yet that were mentioned that I hadn't tried before. I'm waiting for a warmer rainy day to get out and put boats in water and make channels and things like that! "