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

Activity 1: Reconnecting

Part of Circle of Trees

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Container of masks from Workshop 6

Preparation for Activity

  • Read all the activities in the ritual so you will be comfortable leading it.

Description of Activity

Invite everyone to get their masks from the container they placed them in at the end of Workshop 6. Have participants sit or lie down in a comfortable position with their mask resting nearby. Ask them to close their eyes and breathe deeply and slowly, in and out, in and out.

After a moment, invite everyone to imagine and reconnect with the spirit of the being or part of nature that they envisioned in the last workshop. Ask them to feel as if they are turning into that tree, creature, or part of nature. Repeat the questions you asked them to think about last time, in these words or your own:

What is happening to me as this spirit? What are my days like? What are my nights like? What is happening to my environment? What do I want? What do I have to say? What would I like to tell the humans? What wisdom do I have to share?

Remind them to allow the answers to come to them from inside.

Give everyone a few minutes to contemplate the questions, then ask that they silently sit up while keeping their eyes closed. Invite them to open their eyes and stand quietly.