The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we continued to explore the many benefits of trees for other creatures and plants in the web of life with a "Helping Tree Metaphors" activity, and we learned the popular "Rainforest Song" by Unitarian Universalist musician Jim Scott.
HOMEWORK: Before the next workshop, locate or imagine your own "special tree," and bring in a photo or a picture you've drawn of this tree. Feel free to bring extra photos to share.
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.
- Find more "metaphors" for the benefits of trees and do the activity with friends or family members; you might even try it as a charades game.
- Find out more about UU musician and songwriter Jim Scott and his commitment to the environment, peace, and justice.
- 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.