Forest Therapy: Call to Action! A Grassroots Effort to Reconnect With That Which Connects Us All
Whether you are voting for Hillary, Trump, one the “other guys”, or just happen to be lucky enough not to be dealing with this US election year crisis, there are a few things we can all agree on: the wild and crazy weather patterns that are causing tornadoes in unusual places, the horror of the hurricanes that hit our coasts yearly, or the quantity of earthquakes ruining peoples’ lives is increasing exponentially. What can we do about it, we ask. That question has been answered in many different ways, by just as many different people.
We as lovers of nature, wild and not, have always had our way. We constantly ache for our time out of doors. We camp in it, hike in it, walk barefoot on it, sit in it, write about it, draw pictures of it, and basically love on our dear Mother Earth in anyway we can think of. We would never think that the practices of today’s money-driven economy as wise, prudent, kind, or respectful in any way. Apparently, there are many that are not in agreement with us. That is the perfect place to allow our work as guides to step in.
What better way to speak out than to share our nature connections and help others rediscover theirs?
In connection with WECAN, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, International, and The Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice, I’d like to propose we do “10 walks in 10 days”. This action is a peaceful and very grassroots effort to help people understand better how the earth is being abused and how we can make small efforts to change it. Isn’t that a place to start and isn’t that what we, as nature lovers and Forest Therapy Guides, are all about?
This quote from the website states, “Women Act for Climate Justice: Ten Days of Global Mobilization is a worldwide call for women and girls to bring light to their climate struggles and solutions by sending in photos and statements; or through escalated actions including but not limited to educational events, community projects, protests and marches.” This works for us, as they are including both educational events and community projects. This can be our very quiet protest.
We would like to invite not just women but one and all to join us in this noble effort to bring awareness to the healing our Earth needs. We welcome all who in anyway can help to bring to light the importance of this cause for the sake of our home, our joy and our future.
The world needs to understand what we are losing, how rapidly, and what it is costing us and our progenitors. Maybe people don’t all need to know how trees talk to each other, how to sit and let the breeze carry all of their thoughts away and let them FEEL, or how to sit in council and pass a talking piece. But, maybe if they did…just maybe…the conversation inside themselves would change, one at a time, until the conversation outside becomes meaningful and beautiful.
Taking people into the forest, slowing them down and turning on their senses opens their minds to sometimes minute changes, but sometimes monumental changes, we can make in our lives to find more peace with ourselves and the world. Our goal: to aid in the reconnection which connects us all.
The dates that have been set for the mobilization are October 28-November 6, 2016, the days that lead up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Morocco. Let’s use our work as forest therapy guides to bring awareness to the need.
As a member of the Treesisters group, a few weeks ago I listened in on a phone call with Osprey Orielle Lake, the co-founder of WECAN (Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network) International. She was very inspiring, to say the very least, so I felt the need to look into her organization. This is a little of what I found that resonated with me. See if it does with you.
“The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions. Our strategic focus is strengthening and building the capacity of women’s leadership worldwide as an essential ingredient to solving critical issues of climate mitigation and adaptation, while also transforming and healing our relationship with Nature.” She also authored the book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature. Seems like something we would read, right?
With this opportunity coming, and soon, I propose that we, as women forest therapy guides, schedule walks for these days, submit them as our peaceful action and start a relationship with these groups. We already know how important our work is. This cooperative action on our part will be a public demonstration of how we believe that work can change people’s hearts and desires to be more at peace with our dear Mother Earth.