Nature connection

General Aim

To get in contact with themselves and the nature.

Learning goals

The assignment addresses the following competencies: calmness, relaxation, awareness, mindfulness

Short description/background/Introduction/Tips for the trainer

In the fast-paced and noisy world around us, exercises are needed to regain silence and calm. These activities can help young people feel better.
The facilitator can invent a sign (could be a bird sound) – to get the people back, after wandering around in the forest

Target

Any age

Suggested group

Max. 20

Materials

Nature, Blind folds, rope, extra person (helps on the end of the rope / or sign with extra info)

Duration

120’

Procedure/steps

The first part of the exercise helps people to become more aware about the surroundings and theirselves.
● Breathing – the facilitator asks the participants to take 3 deep breaths – in through the nose – out through the mouth – and to imagine their feet putting down roots that go deep into the earth.
● Sense meditation – the facilitator asks the group to focus on the surrounding sounds: the sound closest, the sound farthest away, the sound coming from the left, the sound coming from the right, and so on.
● Barefoot walk – participants walk barefoot, taking care not to make any noise.
● Owl sight – participants are asked to put their arms out in front and wiggle their fingers, then slowly move their arms to their sides, always looking ahead of themselves-this is a useful way to stretch the limbs and relax the body.
NOW participants see, hear, and feel a lot more than in the beginning!
● Leading blind: Pairs are created. One of the pair is blindfolded. The companion takes the blind man to a place, takes a photograph, and brings him back to the starting point. The blind man has to find the place.
● Ropewalk: 30’ depending on the size of the group
A rope is placed between trees for the exercise, which participants can follow blindly. Each person should keep a slow pace especially when approaching someone else. At the end of the blind walk, there will be a sign that says, “Find a spot and listen to the forest. When you hear the call, return to the meeting point.”
● Reflexion

Evaluation/Final debriefing

At the end of the activity, it is important to find time for a moment of reflection during which participants can express what they have experienced.