Solo Hour in Nature
Calming and thought-provoking activity which brings people
closer to nature
Arrange a visit to
a local natural place (such as the coast) or natural event (such as
sunset/sunrise/new moon). Scout the area first and find an
accessible but secluded area with enough room for people to spread out and
not be disturbed.
Try to ensure there
any no pressing activities on people's minds (housekeeping, etc. all dealt
with), preferably in a previous session so you can go straight into this
session without fuss.
participants are to spend an hour alone in nature.
In today's society,
just being in nature is a surprisingly rare event and most people will be
relieved to participate.
Often may think
they spend quiet time along in nature, but we usually distract ourselves
in the outdoors with
physical or social activity.
Rabbi Moshe Leib
put it this way: "A human being who has not a single to own every day is
no human being."
As long as the
group is on-side, avoid giving much up front information about the
experience, so that it is more "raw" and "natural".
Allow each person
to find a place on their own.
After approx. 1 hour, walk
around and indicate for the group to come back together.
Form a circle and
facilitate the group in sharing their experiences and thoughts about
spending time in nature.
A patch of nature. Can use
night-time on hill, sunrise, sunset, or most natural handy location, esp.
river, pond, ocean. Can add "new age" music to help alter
brain-waves into meditative state.
Total ~ 3 hours. Reconnaissance of location needed beforehand. Don't
underestimate time to
location. Include 5-10 minutes to brief and set scene for group,
then solo time of ~60
minutes in nature, plus ~30 minutes discussion, and time back to origin.
To make creative use of time to location, combine with
We are rarely "still" in nature. Visit a natural place that is
conveniently available. Spend one hour in silence. Simply
observe and be. Relaxing and opening.