The practices we offer come from peoples who lived close to the land. Sadly, many urban schools currently have not emphasized the cultivation of green spaces. Some schools even have no windows, no natural light. When children bring heightened awareness to the natural world, they witness both its complexity and its rhythms. The presence of a tree, a field, or a stream affects how we interact in their presence. To "be in council" with the natural world is to give the environment the same respect and attention we give to a person holding the talking piece. If we "listen" carefully to the natural world, we will understand what it needs and how to care for it.
At Circle Ways we offer field trips into nature—whether that is the school yard, a local park, a camp, or retreat center. Student leadership trainings and staff bonding and intention setting retreats are often done in nature.