BESSONOVA OUTDOOR IMMERSION SCHOOL

"For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them". Aristotle: Nichomachean Ethics, around 350 BC

Bessonova Outdoor Immersion School (BOIS) was founded as a method in 2016 by Julia Bessonova, who was joined by active parents, teachers, and activists, who wanted to bring innovative outdoor education and forest school model in Belgium and meet a community need for alternative school options. This pioneer group was inspired by nature-oriented educational programs, widely spread in Northern Europe, where children have more space and freedom to play, discover, and grow in accordance to their individual rhythm and capacity. Since then, the BOS' focus has been on the 'whole child': an holistic approach to learning not only limited to academic ability.

In January 2018  a pilot project "Brussels Outdoor School" was launched: one day a week of bilingual outdoor education for children from 3 to 6 years old in order to conduct a research on method effectiveness.

In June 2019 the research results were presented at the International Symposium on Bilingualism at University of Alberta, Canada. The research confirmed the statistically significant improvement in both languages acquired in the natural environment. 

Now it is time to set up a working group to launch this method school on full-time basis aiming at September 2020. 

BIO Education - Be Inspired Outdoor!

Our Mission

To inspire creativity, inner harmony, and free play as the main drives to natural self-development of the child.​

Our Values

- Play-based learning

- Environmental Sustainability

- Parent Involvement

- Cognitive and Creative Development 

- Montessori Basis

Our Educational Paradigm

- Child-led learning

- Free play

- 3 and more languages

- Child-parent-school 'ecosystem'

- Real-life experience

- 21 century learning skills

- Multiple Intelligence Theory

- Whole-brain approach

Key Features
  • up 70% time outdoor

  • Mixed aged group – 2.5 to 6 y.o.

  • High child:educator ration

  • Extra-curriculum activities 

  • Nap/rest time

  • Accommodating different learning styles

  • Inclusion of children with special needs (up to 25% in the group)

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