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
IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we learned that trees truly are "providers of life"—we cannot survive without them! We are indeed "saved by something green." We played Tree Jeopardy and learned some of the many benefits of trees.
HOMEWORK: Before Workshop 4, locate or imagine your own "special tree." Bring in a photo or a picture you've drawn of your special tree to share with the group.
MAKE TIME FOR TREES: There are several ways to take today's workshop home, for example:
- Share your thoughts and feeling about today's workshop and the Circle of Trees program with family members, housemates, or co-workers.
- Try to spend time outside each day, paying special attention to the trees near where you live.
- Design another Tree Jeopardy game and play it with others.
- Create a nature journal to record your observations and feelings about trees as you deepen your connection over the course of this program.
- Think about ways that you can engage with people and trees with respect.
EXTEND THE TOPIC: Explore some of the many wonderful books about trees found in Workshop 1, Handout 2, Selected Bibliography.