For this invitation, I pair people up and ask that one closes their eyes as the other guides their partner through the trail. The guiding partner kindly indicates flowers or other plants with whom the “blinded” person can "share their breath," without touching but having the air in between become part of the inside and outside of this newly formed pair. I tell them I will ring bells respectively to indicate switching and ending and indicate particular spots in the trail where this will happen. This is a version of the "Camera invitation" (a commonly used Forest Therapy invitation) adapted to the sense of smell. This invitation tends to be very lively as the pairs talk amongst themselves, after a very short time one can hear everyone laughing. It is usually a very playful moment and this indicates that they are really dropped in. The invitation is followed by a longer council to process.
Commentary by ANFT Trainer and Co-Founder, Sky Maria Buitenhuis:
"I love how this invitation builds much needed gentle intimacy with the more-than-human-world. It's also a great example of how many of our invitations, such as "Camera," can be adapted to all of the senses. Great job, Bibi!"
Bibi Calderaro is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been shown internationally since 1995. Most recently her participatory sensorial walks have been part of Open Engagement, New York and the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA. Bibi is also a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, a practice based on the Asian practice of forest bathing (Shinrin Yoku) and is currently pursuing a degree in sustainability and education. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. You can find Bibi's work at www.bibicalderaro.com.