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

Activity 3: Council Among the Trees

Part of Circle of Trees

Activity time: 30 minutes

Preparation for Activity

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

Description of Activity

As participants are gathered in the circle, remind them that each being or nature spirit will introduce themselves to the Council Among the Trees-saying who they are, what their life is like, and how they spend their time. After each spirit speaks, all the spirits will respond by saying:

We hear you, [name of spirit].

Conduct the ritual.

When all beings have introduced themselves, say, in these words or your own:

Our Council Among the Trees is now formed.

Ask the beings or nature spirits to each speak again, this time telling the Council what is happening to them, what people have done to them, and what they would like to say to people. Again, after each being or spirit speaks, the Council responds by saying:

We hear you, [name of spirit].

When all have spoken, ask each to speak once more, sharing whatever wisdom, knowledge, or gifts they have to offer and what they might teach people who are willing to listen. Have the Council respond after each spirit speaks by saying:

We thank you, [name of spirit].