We’d like to send out a big wave of gratitude to all you Nature Evolutionaries who have joined us on our seven month Trees of Life journey and especially the Trees of Life Global Gratitude ceremony. This has been an especially soulful journey into communion and relationship building with Trees. We have heard the voices of Trees from around the world through the hearts of those that have presented and shared during the teleseminars as well as through articles in the newsletters/blog. We've been heartened by the immense love and commitment surrounding trees and we’ve witnessed our wider community building stronger relationships with Trees-- with the Trees themselves coming forward to help us, to guide us in our unfolding path.
We are so thankful for the collaboration with ForATree which manifested in the Trees of Life Global Gratitude ceremony last weekend.
On Saturday, in many communities, small groups, families, and individuals stood or knelt before beloved trees and offered their love and gratitude. Here is a glimpse into just a few of these Tree-honoring ceremonies.
Tree Gratitude Ceremonies
ForATree gathered a large circle of friends in Sheffield, MA for a beautiful tree ceremony near the boulders of Bartholomew’s Cobble.
In Charlotte, VT, members of a co-housing community trudged through the snow to celebrate the community’s Mother Oak. They breathed prayers of thanks into the waters which the children poured onto the tree. They surrounded the massive oak and poured out love to her in beautiful words of praise, then passed a long golden ribbon hand to hand. After more declarations of love and thanks, and more wrapping of ribbons, each little family chose their own tree to encircle with ribbons and love.
In Washington state there was a small gathering to honor and give gratitude for the young trees taking up home in a pollinator's sanctuary garden. In Florida there was a ceremony that took place before the local Students March for our Lives rally. Participants of this ceremony included a squirrel that during the offering came down the tree and hung upside down, and listening for about three minutes to the chants of gratitude. On Martha’s Vineyard,a quiet ceremony bringing gifts to the twisty old oaks of Quansoo, bearing love to the “mighty, ancient, kind, strong and beautiful community, nation, world, of trees.”
On Sunday, activists staged a march in Burlington, VT , requesting a “stay of execution” for the trees in the City Park that have been slated for removal. Before the march, a small group made prayers of blessing and gratitude in a ceremony for these trees. And at the end of the march, many activists gathered to hear Native American speakers offering eloquent praises along with tobacco and drumming to the trees. The group had been ordered to remove the colorful tapes and ribbons previously put around the trees, with help from the homeless folks who love the park. This was carried out with great tenderness. Tears were shed and all the trees were hugged and touched with love.
In Circle with Trees
As the tree ceremony radiated over the globe, friends reached out to each other long distance, strengthening the connection between trees around the world and trees with their people.
We know the Trees are calling us to come forward as Nature Evolutionaries, and as advocates and lovers of Earth. And their presence and medicine is powerfully with us as we sew daily action for nature into the seamless fabric of our lives.