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Alex Douglas-Kane shares her experiences and understanding of Discover Nature Awareness

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Welcome to the Ring

Many years ago I was running a workshop at a festival. I was working with some boys doing shelter building, on entering deep into the woods we came across a ring of trees with a clearing between them, which felt quite scared.

The boys were constantly talking about blowing things up and shooting animals etc with laser guns, I think they may have been playing to many video games? I told them that we could not build out shelter inside the ring of trees. They of course they wanted to know why, I replied that this ring of trees was a scared place and very special therefore it would not be good to build the shelter here.

They asked why, so I asked them if they had seen the film 'Lord of the Rings' they had all seen the film, so I replied 'Welcome to the Ring'

Instead I showed them using small sticks the type of shelter I wanted them to build and then sent them of into the woods to build it. As they ran off to do this, one of them stopped, bent down and picked a flower. He then ran back to the shelter made from sticks and placed the flower on top of it saying to me "this is for the fairies"

This all happen within a period of twenty minutes and for the rest of the day they had made no reference to lasers, bombs or killing things.


Monday, 26 November 2012

The Earth Tree and the Invisibles

The Earth Tree and the Invisibles is one of the most powerful exercises I do with people.

It requires someone to be buried up to their ankles in the earth while facing a tree.

Then we then begin to explore the invisible parts of the tree that we cannot see with our eyes, from the inner bark to the far side of the tree, down into the roots and up to the top of the canopy.

During this journey of exploration people are invited to explore the invisible part of themselves in relation to the tree, and as they search their internal landscape, I encourage them explore the part of themselves that may have been triggered by the external landscape.

Is it the Parent, Adult or the Child Ego?

As we switch from our Parent, Adult to Child Ego and back again we can begin to explore deeper.

It is like excavating the inner part of ourselves and allowing our Adult Ego to become the Archaeologist.

After completing this amazing process everyone then unearths themselves and walks alone for a while in nature returning back to the warm camp fire to sit in silence until the time is right to share.

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