Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Circle of Trees: A Multigenerational Program about Nourishing Deep Connections with Nature


Part of Circle of Trees

To be poor and be without trees is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

This workshop encourages participants to see trees as life-giving. The story "You're Saved by Something Green" describes the most fundamental benefit for humans—life! Participants use what they've learned from their Workshop 1 "homework" in Activity 4, Tree Jeopardy.


This workshop will:

  • Increase knowledge of how trees directly affect our daily lives
  • Build awareness of the many benefits of trees
  • Reinforce the concept of interdependence as expressed in the seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part"
  • Affirm that stewardship of the earth is an explicit act of faith.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand the fundamental importance of trees through the story "You're Saved by Something Green"
  • Reinforce their knowledge of the benefits of trees by playing "Tree Jeopardy"
  • Build on their understanding of and respect for trees through multiple modes of learning, including movement, meditation, and song
  • Experience multigenerational learning.