Tag Archive for: Marin Tues/Thurs 2014-2015

Roy’s Redwoods
Waning Moon

What a fine and full day at a place we all know and love. The day began with a little story, in the bus, about some trouble that some of the Stuffed animals were having.  They weren’t listening to each other and their feelings were hurting.  The animals weren’t sure what to do so we asked the children what they thought would be helpful.   The children wound up comforting some of the animals with warm words and gentle hugs.  There was more unity and quietness on the bus at this point and  the ride was kind and caring.  When we got to our destination they enjoyed showing Michelle how to go where we usually go in this different way.  We parked up above our normal place. She has never gone this way.
Throughout the day there was such great joy bouncing on the bouncy tree.  Everett, Julian and Theron found their own little home and really wanted it that way. At first they didn’t want Thea and Nico to join them but after a little support they all wound up sharing different “materials” to build up each others homes and to play with one another and shared much together.  The others were with Michelle gathering a lot of plants for teas and such.
Julian had gone on a great adventure with Michelle and then he took me where they went.  He showed me a place that we had never been before and I hope some day we will all take that great adventure.
Velia and Hana had their incredible poop adventures throughout the day as we dug holes and I became their chair for them to lean on as they squatted for their poop times.  Ariel and Thea continue to love to come and “see” what was made from their friends bodies.
AFter lunch and at about 12:30 I read them a beautiful story about The Guardian of the Birds.  It was a perfect story for them, which is why I brought it in, about; In the beginning all the Birds quarreled and squabbled and did not work together.  They needed a “Guardian” to aid them in this. There was a big contest to find who would be the Guardian. The story shared how the Birds all finally accepted the winner, little Wren, who truly was a wise and great Guardian even if he was so little.
After this most of the children became birds and had nests and laid eggs all over our area until it was time to go.
Throughout the day they found many different spots to play and create in, bounce on the nature swings, build houses, become different animals, climb logs, hide  in fun places and sit and eat in the great Redwood Tree Cathedral.

Waning Moon/ Last Quarter
Lake Lagunitas

We were blessed to have Michelles son with us today who is 6 1/2 years old.  This was nice for the boys as they played with him joyfully.
And it was another beautiful day which we had a “backwards” day= circle comes after they eat their lunch due to needing to make fire and cook.
Straight away Velia and Hana had to poop and Ariel and Thea wanted to watch.  This is their current theme and curiosity one with the other. Also, asking permission if they can do so. 🙂
This took quite a while as they both pooped a lot in the Tender Tracks Potty yet, they said there was more so we had to go to the porta potties to finish because I ran out of plastic bags to line the potty with. Nico at this point joined us.
The others were HAPPILY busy gathering wood with and for Michelle and getting the fire area ready for cooking Elder Berry Flower fritters and making Horse Tail and Yeba Buena tea.
The Elder Berry Flowers are blooming all over the place and Yerba Buena you can find along the walks you take in our area.  If you wish to learn more about this please get a copy of Mia Andlers book: The Bay Area Forager: Your Guide to Edible Wild Plants of the San Francisco Area. She is local  and runs outdoor programs as well here in Fairfax.
So, by the time we got back the wood was stacked, the area swept, boys happy and Michelle and I got going with our hand drills.  I got a coal pretty quickly and she got the “nest” to put the coal in.  Unfortunately it went out so I made another coal and this one took. All the children worked together to make the fire a light.  And, they had been working with the hand drill on Thursday and at it again with enthusiasm to do it again on this day.   A favorite moment of mine was watching Enzo pick up a stick and a board and pretend to make a fire with his hand drill and fire board. As we got the fire together we called them in to  remember how to be safe and care for one another around the fire and to see who would be fire tenders. There then were other tasks to tend to: Getting water in the pot for tea, stripping the Horse tails to put in the pot with the Yerba Buena and mixing the batter for the fritters.  Mixing the eggs and stirring the batter was fun for all.
When the fritters were all cooked up and the tea was ready, we got into our cirlce, which is now created with our mats. ( this is aiding them a lot in coming in)  We ate and had two story songs: 1: There was a tree, in the middle of the woods, the finest tree , that you ever did see…. I think you all might know this call and response song. Then I told them a very funny story that they all had to partake in that ended with a great deal of fun and laughter.
For the children remaining after all this I brought out some Turkey feathers, a skeleton from a snake that past Tender trackers found and a Coyote Skull.  The taxi dermed birds will have to come out later because their attention had wained by this time.
The energy got a bit harsh at this time for most so we got them all together but alas, it was disturbing to Michelle and I so I called them together with our special talking stick that comes out at this time to see if we could create agreements to behaviors and treatment one to the other.  It kind of went over and after that they were much more settled as we migrated to a different spot and fully ate the rest of their lunch. And for those that had finished lunch and snack I brought another snake out, dates and walnuts that got consumed!
Theron found some of their nails that they had pounded in to the ground prior and wanted the nails and hammers again. But alas, those things were just too far so I made them some wooden nails and they used those with rocks for hammering. We then went further to a beautiful spot where they settled in and settled down to the sweetness of the lake, sun, eating wild plants, throwing rocks in the water in a way where everyone was safe and the like.  We then had to make our way back after an out breath here and a receiving the beauty of a different spot.

 

 

Waning Moon
Soreich Park

All were here and it was a sweet and alive day.   They were happy to be back here and remembering the things we had done there in the past.
They ran straight to the big rock: Boys playing guardians and defenders and girls playing house and who will be who.  It was joyful to watch where they go in their play.  We then had circle and Theron and Michelle went on a different adventure while the rest of us sang, ate and listened to the story from Tues., One Fine Day.
We then packed up and made our way to one of our favorite spots “Natures Playground” where all the swings and stones to climb are.
They had to find the trail. Theron and Everett went straight to a trail but alas, it lead them straight back to where they started!!:)
I, with them, found the others and then all of us made our way up and up working at remembering, “Was it this trail or that trail?” , looking for remembered signs all the way.
Once up at the top we discovered that, every time we go there, the swings are in different locations, or altered in some way.  Therefore, new discoveries on how to now play with these swings came about.
Michelle found that one of them had a carabiner on them so she was able to relocate it to a tree branch where the children could play and swing.
There was much trying to get up on this one large branch that is good for swinging.  Velia, though she thought she could not get down from a part of the tree, was finally able to and she was very happy with herself. Ariel and Hana had fun taking scissors and harvesting some Oat Straw plant to make tea for next week.  Everett had a great time and was very skilled at sewing.  The children are beginning to sew pouches to make into pillows stuffed with either Cattail down or wool.  Julian was having fun sewing as well as a few others.  The rest will  get a chance next week to sew their bags as well.
We all got together at lunch and played a game of, Close your eyes and listen to someone chew and guess what they are eating.  This was a great game that they all had fun with.
There was much joy with swinging on the swings and trying to swing on the main one as it was much higher then before and they couldn’t really get on it.  Nico did though and that was very thrilling.  There was another rope that was fun for climbing up one of the rocks and that was enjoyed as well.
Going back was, as always, seeming too soon but alas, we had to down the hill we went.  Velia and Hana had to fix their shoes and such so we took the “short cut” and caught up with the rest of the group and then, off we went back to Deer Park.