Now enrolling for Fall 2021

in Inverness / Point Reyes


Emerald Heart

A forest school for three to six year olds


At Emerald Heart, we honor and nourish relationships to ourselves, each other and earth. We value the unique inner landscape of each child and the dynamic landscape of our forest home. 

Our place-based nature immersion programs are for preschool and pre-k aged children in Marin County, CA.

  • Spring 2021 in Fairfax (full)

  • Summer Camp in Fairfax (full)

  • Autumn 2021 - Spring 2022 in Inverness / Point Reyes

You are welcome to have a conversation with us!



New location +

Fairfax location

In July 2021, Emerald Heart is moving from Fairfax to Inverness / Point Reyes in west Marin.
Learn about us.


Our sister forest school, A Wilder Harmony, will be offering a similar program in Fairfax starting in fall.  Contact their director for information.

Teacher Taira. My son's first preschool experience was with Taira Restar, truly an expert at supporting early childhood.


I'll never forget that my son (aged 3 at the time) would get so overstimulated during free play that he would stand in the middle of the group and scream. How did Taira deal with it? She SAW him in all his intensity and sensitivity--really saw him. She created a plan for him to "help" her prepare snack in a different area BEFORE he melted down. Suddenly school became the safest place for him to be.


I'm not sure who learned more, my son or me.


What a gift Taira is and how fortunate that children get to attend Emerald Heart Forest School with such a master. 

Alane Freund, MS, MA, ICHS
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

International Consultant on High Sensitivity