365 Days of Nature Walks: Day 1

This series takes you through an entire year of our nature walks and is part of our non-profit project #Earthschooling365 at www.Earthschooling.orgThe photos and posts in this series are all copyrighted. Please do not share or re-print them. Instead, share the link to this blog with your friends.

Along the way I will be sharing our favorite photo of the day, an inner work meditation for the day, photography assignment/tip for the day, nature walk theme for the day and a short verse for circle time (children) or meditation (teens/adults). We invite you to “walk along with us” this year, take some time to use the inner work meditation, be inspired by the nature walk theme of the day and perhaps even start a photo series of your own. To join the community on FacebookTwitter and Instagram please tag your photos #Earthschooling365. To receive these inspirations in your e-mail inbox daily please subscribe to our blog alerts HERE. Don’t worry about missing days – you can join us as many days as you want this year!

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#Earthschooling365: Day One

March 1

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Note: Our notes this first week will be longer to help get you started but will become shorter as the journey progresses…

Inner Work Meditation (Heart): Sometimes we start a journey with one idea but it turns into something else. Meditate today on where you are at in a journey you are on. Is it a homeschooling, relationship, diet, health or spiritual journey? Choose one and focus on why you started the journey. Do you remember why? Do you need to reconnect with that reason today or do you need to re-focus your journey? Take ten minutes to focus on these thoughts today and keep them in your mind all day.

Nature Walk Idea (Head):  Today we are starting a journey. Take some time to write down why you are starting this journey. If you have children/students you are taking on this journey have them write or draw pictures about what they think they will see this year and why they want to do 365 days of nature walks. Or talk to your students and write down what they say. Revisit these notes on the same day next year. You can start your journey any day of the year. It does not need to be today.

Photography Notes (Hands): Decide what your lens will be. Is it a mobile phone? A telephoto lens? A crayon or colored pencil? Watercolors? It does not matter what you choose but take time to choose something today. As this journey progresses I will share photography notes with you each day. However, you will easily be able to see how these notes could also apply to your writing, collecting or drawing. Similar techniques are used in each process. It is just the canvas that is different. I have chosen my lens to be the Nikon Coolpix P510. It is an older model Nikon automatic camera. It is not as bulky as a professional SLR but it takes good photos and has a zoom lens. It is also easy to carry around and won’t detract from my connection with nature. Keep in mind that your choice will guide your journey. For example, if you choose a drawing pad then you may find you need to sit more during your walks to take time to draw. If you choose an iPhone you will be restricted to subjects you can get closer to. If you choose to write you may need to bring a note pad along so you won’t forget thoughts that pop into your head.

Verse: Portrait of a Doe*
Copyright Kristie Burns

Brown, beige, cocoa
Tan, coffee, mocha
Reposing in the woods
Doe dreams a portrait

*These poems have been created for many purposes – from early childhood circle time verses to inspirational or expressive. They vary from day to day so you may find the way you use them or enjoy them also varies. If you would like to set these poems to music consider our tutorial: Creating Your Ow Waldorf Verses or Finding Your Inner Voice.

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