When we go on nature walks, I let my two-year-old set the pace. Adults tend to rush along trails, not allowing themselves to settle in…
I learned that I should think about "us" being nature, even when we're not within it.The second part of the walk was dedicated to taste and smell. The fourth part of the walk is dedicated to hearing, where as we walk, talk, stop, observe, we take note of how we can hear Nature speaking; and actively contrast it other conversations and verbal interactions we have had. This was especially pointed near water.
I felt happy and peaceful.The fifth part of the walk is dedicated to sight, where as we walk, talk, stop, observe, we take note of how we can feel Nature communicating with us; and actively contrast it with different experiences in our lives. This last part of the walk marks our return to the trailhead. I very much enjoyed this walk and felt it went over well. I can see how the individual dynamics of the person or group dictates the flow of the walk. I also could see how difficult it would be to keep the walk on target when individuals talk or play. I tried hard to strike a balance of letting everyone enjoy their walk WITH nature, which includes play, but simultaneously not derail the walk. I felt I did a good job managing practical issues (e.g., route, safety, and expectations), with free-play, and theme-work (i.e., exercises with the senses). © Julie Ann Gandulla
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