The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. — Chinese proverb
IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP ... we explored our relationship to trees and heard a story about the interdependence of the ancient forest. We affirmed the value—for ourselves and for the group—of treating each other with respect by creating a covenant for our time together.
HOMEWORK: Before the next workshop, investigate the ways in which trees benefit humans.
MAKE TIME FOR TREES: There are several ways to take today's workshop home, for example:
- Share your thoughts and feelings about today's workshop and the Circle of Trees program with family members, housemates, or co-workers. You may gain particularly valuable insight from people of different faith traditions.
- Try to spend time outside each day, paying special attention to the trees near where you live. Think about your relationship to nature in general and trees specifically. How close to your home is a tree? Have you thought about what trees give us and how we depend on them to survive?
- Create a nature journal to record your observations and feelings about trees as you deepen your connection over the course of the Circle of Trees workshops.
- Think about ways you can engage with people and trees with respect.
EXTEND THE TOPIC: Explore some of the many wonderful books about trees found in Handout 2, Selected Bibliography.