Gillian McAuliffe

Pedagogista・Certified Zentangle Teacher・Nature Learning Consultant
Gillian McAuliffe Practical Wisdom

Gillian McAuliffe is the founding director of Bold Park Community School, in Perth Western Australia, which has been established by parents to provide children from three to eighteen years with the opportunity to engage with a social constructionist learning environment.

As Founder of Bold Park Community School, I have been dedicated to building an educational environment for children in the Western Suburbs of Perth Western Australia. Bold Park Community School started as a kindergarten in 1994 before pursuing the goal to become a school which would provide education for the whole child and a model of excellence for education in the 21st century. Understanding the challenges of a changing world but keeping hold of what it means to live in a community, successfully and with respect. By studying many educational philosophers and pedagogies, integrating nature education and applying practical Wisdom, the school has come to be known for it’s cutting-edge environments.

Bold Park Community School became my life’s work which in 2016 I have left to allow the community to continue to develop passionate and dedicated educators. Now I am enjoying with other groups of educators to help them follow their dreams.


Zentangle has become a large part of my life as an educator and artist. I love all things creative and am excited about the possibilities which zentangle offers to everyone to discover their creative soul. However zenangle is more than that it calms, it motivates, it unleashes the artist within.

As a mother of six, a creative educator and an art lover I love to share the joy of Zentangle. I offer classes at my Mount Hawthorn Studio and at my lovely retreat in Dunsborough. Classes can also be arranged for your own venue.


I have made it my mission in life to create and support children and families by making decisions which attempt to achieve:

‘ aim at the right mark’ and ‘ take the right means.’

The journey which I have taken has had many twists and turns, and the world has changed so much in the last fifteen years that perhaps more than ever it is an imperative that we seek balance and harmony in our lives. Seeking depth and seeing everything as a whole and a whole made of parts. Engaging Nature as an educator of our knowledge and our soul. Preserving and enhancing creativity.

Hear Gillian’s views on pedagogy around the topics of early childhood learning, possibilities and curriculum in this podcast series with Murdoch University, Australia