We believe that well designed, flexible and sustainable student focused learning environments create the best learning outcomes and experiences for both students and educators.
Natural Pod creates high-quality, non-toxic wood furniture for learning spaces with an emphasis on beauty, functionality and environmental awareness. Our commitment to invest in sustainable practices is fundamental to our support of children, community and planet.
Better learning environments for all ages.
THE SIMPLE SOLUTION
By investing in flexible, multi-functional furniture made with sustainable, quality materials and construction, you are investing for the long-term.
CULTURE OF CARE + CONNECTION
Sustainable practices with natural materials support the health and wellness of the whole child, community, and the planet.
WE PARTNER WITH YOU
Better learning environments are achieved through conversation and collaboration, rather than ordering products from a catalog.
CONCEPT TO COMPLETION
We support your entire project from creating the first concept drawings, all the way through to the completion of your vision and learning space.
We’re better learning environments
Our goal is to create and support your vision of a better learning environment by offering quality, modular items that can easily adapt to your teaching and learning goals. As we enter a new era of learning where collaboration and cooperation drive innovation, education environments need to reflect this change.
Thoughtful, well-designed spaces invite new ways of interacting. By working with us to make meaningful choices, community stakeholders at all levels are beginning to create new education paradigms.
Our furniture and classroom designs support students in thriving in their work, play, and the ways they learn best. Our products encourage children to trust and discover their ideas, abilities and creativity by constructing an environment that supports active learning.
We work with educators to create beautiful, inspiring and calming learning environments.
Message from our CEO
To our community,
The Natural Pod team and myself are and always will be committed to creating the most healthy, beautiful learning spaces that welcome and inspire students and educators. Although there is still some uncertainty within education, I truly believe that by staying in a place of creativity we can support each other through this time. Students still need us to to create inspiring spaces where they can thrive, now and for their future. By creating learning environments at the intersection of pedagogy, sustainability and great design we can do just that. Educator’s wellness also needs to be at the center of decision making. Educators need to know that we care about
the environments where they work and hold space for our children. Through collaboration and open, honest conversation, we can navigate any challenges and find real solutions, together.
Please know the whole Natural Pod team is here to support you however we can.
Bridgitte Alomes, CEO and Founder
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We acknowledge these lands
Natural Pod is working to restore our relationship with the natural world by making products with sustainably harvested and managed forest materials. We are also working to restore our relationship with the peoples and cultures upon whose lands we live, work and play. Our team and business are located within the traditional territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples in the area also known by its settler name, Burnaby, British Columbia (BC); the lək̓ʷəŋən, Songhees, Esquimalt, W̱SÁNEĆ speaking people in the area also known by its settler name as Victoria, BC; the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh speaking people in the area also known by its settler name as Vancouver, BC and the Hul’qumi’num and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples of the Cowichan Valley and the Gulf Islands, BC. We acknowledge and honour that the historical relationship to the land and territories of these communities continues to this day. As a learning-service organization, we recognize that we have the responsibility to work towards truth and reconciliation.
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At Natural Pod™, our purpose is to ensure every learner and educator has a practical, healthy, sustainable environment in which to learn and be inspired, enabling them to reach their full potential. You can find all our news and stories here, where we share ideas and thinking that inspire our work to help inspire yours.
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