Tag Archive for: Marin Tues/Thurs 2015-2016

Waning Gibbous
Lake Lagunitas

Oh what fun we had this day!!!  Before I start from the beginning I am going to jump into the middle and share what I would consider  the biggest highlight  of the day: The children being able to see, feel, and spend time with a 12″+ caught trout! I will explain more later yet wanted to begin with this joy.

Now, let us find our way to that point…..

These last days are really about being with the places we have loved, explored, developed relationships with and enjoyed.
We began our circle with some of our new ways, songs and the old way of singing to the Directions. Their “smudging” time turned into going into the center with a friend, and by the end they were all hugging me as we smudged, again, together!!!
I had thought we were going to do something today with regards to their trees yet it was clear that bringing them into a big walking adventure would serve them far better so, off we went. Michelle led us in the direction of a place I don’t think we have been back to since Xander was with us. That means, December!

We needed to walk past the parking lot, over the once flowing small creek, checking out the water dock, taking turns throwing rocks down the tall culvert and seeing how they splash in the water.  Then, Michelle wound up with 4 kids up ahead, and I with 4 children more behind. My group spent a lot of time noticing so many wonders as we walked. As we walked past the MWD truck and boat launchers next to the Lake, Alara smelled something she didn’t like.  We began to investigate by way of smelling the wood, sap, saw that was used to cut the wood. We found so many different smells. Some we liked and some we did not. When we caught up with Michelle’s group she said they smelled the same thing and wound up doing the same thing too!!!!

Once we got to our sight it was here that they wound up meeting this very, very nice fisherman that had just caught his large trout.  When my group arrived the other children were holding the fish that was hanging by the hook and line. They were all taking turns and invited the other children to quickly come down and see!!!  The man was very gracious with letting the children “play” with this fish.  They did so for a very long time. The fisherman continued fishing. Layton thought for sure that the next fish he caught would be for them as well.   However after a time I thought it would be best if the fish was given a rest if indeed this man wanted to take it home to eat!  And, it was then that we all gathered together to eat ourselves. ( Layton was fine with him taking it. 🙂

He finally left, we said good bye. Lunch ended and then the mud play, water play and enjoyment of seeing the MWD boats go by leaving a fun wake for us to watch and see how long it took for the water to come back to stillness again.

LARGE mud balls were made and creations of rock and water made as well. Then we had to wash up, clean up and make our way back.

The entire day and journey was warming to behold. As the year comes to a close it is so grand to see how the children jump into their imaginary and creative play with ease and abandonment.  A gift that they have and will be able to utilize so much as they grown up and older.

Waning Moon
Bon Tempe

What a beautiful and sweet day!  We had a visitor who is a Stanford Student who originates from and is going back to Rural China.  He wants to bring more nature connection back home.  His presence was just so very beautiful. He was like a light, soft and loving being and Io, in particular, spent a lot of time with him and loved that he was Chinese! Other children had such fun time talking with him and playing with him as well.

Velia rejoined us today from her travels and she seemed to have had such a grand time with her Mom, family and friends.
We went back to Bon Tempe and Layton said when we got there “I LOVE this place!”

It was a day of adventure back to a place that we had been once upon a time . However, as we had a playful fun time going down the road, past the Turtles, over the creek, through the old mud spot, through the great Doug Fir grove, over the hill, out in the open, we came upon a welcoming place to stop for the day. And at this spot, up on the hill we saw and heard a female and a male Turkey.  We scooted about trying to get the best view of these beings. Some saw well and others did not.  Throughout the day however we could hear them roaming about.

In this play the children’s play  was so beautiful. Lunch followed fairly soon after we arrived yet after eating it was PLAYING IN THE WATER TIME!!!  Velia, Layton, Alara and Io took off their clothes and went into the water. Rhett joined them for a little bit yet when he got a bit cold he re clothed himself.  Aaron was having a great time making a special creation in the mud with his bare feet, the girls were working very hard at making a boat.  When they tried it out they all began to sink, and with great laughter!  Io was having a fine time in Michelle’s lap drawing and making maps with utter glee.

We had to get cleaned up rather quickly and then there was the walk home.  Io started with our new friend but after a bit ran up ahead.  Velia walked the rest of the way back with our friend and this was her thank you at the end of the day.  She truly enjoyed his company so very much.  Aaron was a bit slower then our needs too so I began to play with him by way of pushing his big block of wood he was taking home that was in his back pack and singing a little song. He REALLY liked this little song and he sang with me and wanted us to sing ALLL the way back!  It turns out he was a horse and I was the cart!  3/4 of the way back Rhett met us on the road. He became a horse, there was a lot of steering them and then Rhett took off on his own horsey way.  Back in the bus we just had grand good byes and a ride back home where they wanted me to tell many stories that have remembered throughout the year.  With a lot of variations, I did! 🙂

Waxing Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Velia still on holiday.

My highlight of today was watching Michelle weave magick with the children. She facilitated conversations that needed support into a grand storytelling circle at lunch time that was seamless and beautiful with each child creating part of a grand story about a worm and a tick.  Throughout the day I just loved being a part of and observing her skill at aiding the children to find their most honorable and higher selves with each other. YEAH!!!  What a joy not only for me but for your children!!!!!

We decided to begin our day at the Potions Pot Hill.  The children immediately went up to it and began to play. Talay brought her jump rope and after circle they played with that for awhile with joy until some struggles began.  Some gentle re direction took place to allow greater ease and movement into the next flow.

Before circle Michelle and I wanted to continue with following tracks so she quietly ran off into the direction we were going to go for the day while I played many rounds of “Witch finding children.”  Io didn’t want to hide so she became a great Dragon with a pearl and stayed by me.   Io came this day with great excitement over a book she and her mother were reading and It had something to do with the Moon and a pearl I believe.  Michelle and I were so drawn in with intrigue and curiosity about this grand story!

So with that in her being, she and I and Alara went searching, searching, searching for the children.  How greatly comouflaged the children were. Talay off in the swampy area standing behind the tall, tall grasses, Rhett and Aaron behind trees, Ariel down below a big tree, and Layton standing behind a tree yet so camouflaged!!  We had many rounds and then, Michelle appeared!!! “Where have you been” they asked. “Oh, I hid so far away, you never found me!:)” she said.  (tee hee)

And then circle began with singing our directional song and on this day, as their feeling world got washed, they each got in the middle of the circle to be “smudged.”  Oh how they enjoyed being the one in the middle of the circle!!

I felt very drawn that morning to change the story that I was going to offer and read  instead The Runaway Bunny. A very fitting story for this age and for healthy attachment development. The story basically says: No matter how far you go, or how mad you get, I will always come and find you for you are my treasure and I love you.  It is truly a most remarkable and grand book. Simple, imaginative, beautiful illustrations, gentle and so very, very loving.

After circle and clean up we began our journey down the trail to find our first marker, a great big X.  There Michelle brought the children into deeper animal awareness utilizing all of their bodies, hearts and minds and off we went to continue to follow the signs along the trail.  Michelle wound up upfront with Rhett and Talay and the rest were back with me as we all meandered along this most beautiful trail!   We all finally wound up where we had gone much earlier in the year and where the water was much further out and there was land to play on. But alas, the water was still high so, where were we to go????  We kept walking until we found a great little spot with the dock to sit on though we went right down below near the water and rocks. There the children played, the Great White Egret across the way stayed the entire time we were there very still and barely moving.

The sky went from warmth, to darker clouds and Brother Sister Wind began to play harder and harder.  Finally by lunches end it was just too cold to stay so, back to the bus we went.  When we got inside we took our time and Michelle drew our adventures of the day.  They so love to tell what happened during the day and they love having certain colors used when images of them are being drawn.