Tag Archive for: Wednesday 2016-2017

Sept. 28, 2016
Waning Crescent Moon
Lake Lagunitas

What a beautiful, beautiful third day. This was the first day without any parents and the first day of being on the new bus. They did really well with all of this!
As I look at the day and ask myself what I think the theme of the day was, one word that comes up immediately was, Unity. I have just posted some photos on our FB page for you to see what I am describing.

There was a lot of hand holding today either in pairs or in the entire group. Jasper was in pure JOY over holding hands with Ruthie, often, and would say to either Linda or I ” See,we are holding hands” with his most sweet, innocent and radiant smile!!! Oliver wanted to hold Avaline’s hand but she wasn’t sure about that until there was a little support? explanation? understanding? about what he wanted or the safety of it from Linda and then, holding hands happened with joy!

We had a beautiful circle and then off to our adventure. This group is very physical, alive and ready for action and adventure so up the stairs we climbed with much gusto to the top. There they found the side of the hill that they climbed on the first day. Puma and Avaline went scampering up the big side of the hill and to the top. Vita needed only a very small amount of help if I recall correctly and Oliver needed a little more. Linda was helping them all up and then, that was it! They were on their way and commenced to go up and down and up and down and up and down and around this hill. They would go to the top, run down the hill at the top which led to the trail back to where the deck was and then do it all over again!! Ruthie and Jasper were more interested in going up and down the first part of the hill as choo choo trains. Jasper would sit behind Ruthie and then they would slllliiiiidddeeee down together. They LOVED!!!! this and did it over and over and over again.
After a while it seemed good to carry on to a place to eat lunch so off we went. They made it to the spot that we went to the first day and settled in.
What mostly happened? They all went down to the waters edge and began to play in, around and near the water together watching the fish, noticing all the bubbles that were coming up and figuring out what this might be. It appeared that this was teeny fish that were making this happen. Oliver went back to putting mud on his head and the other children let him know that they didn’t want it on their heads!! Jasper doesn’t like, so far, to get his hands or body dirty like that and he moved a little away. There were a couple of “pee parties” and checking out the little house that was there before. We discovered Dragon flies and ducks and Light Fairies dancing all upon the waters surface.
At lunch time Oliver discovered that putting all that dirt on his head wasn’t really great because it started to get in his eyes and food. He did not like that so he brushed it all off and that was that for putting all the stuff on his head. At least for this day. 🙂

Ruthie had a beautiful day playing with Jasper and she is very grounded in her ability to say what she likes and doesn’t like with kindness and her radiant smile! Avaline is filled with fun, adventure, strength in her body and great openness for the adventures of the day. Puma loves to share with others his great physical skill and I can see his easy, kind and generous smile radiating to the whole group throughout the day and every day that we have been together. And Vita, well she is such a delight with her warmth, kindness, strong body and adventuresome self!!

This group is possibly the first group that I have encountered that pretty much has no stick thing going on. The only one actually that wants to pick up or play with sticks is Avaline and she does it by way of noticing it’s many shapes and then using them for walking sticks. None of these boys so far have played with sticks. Though I find it a normal thing I confess, it is very peaceful with out sticks being used for flying or swinging around and being used for some weapon.

When we had to leave for the walk back all were alive and energetic and by the time we got back to the bus they were well spent and quite settled down for the ride home.

September 21, 2016
Waning Half Moon
Roy’s Redwoods

Today Ruthie was with us and our group was all here. Ruthie’s Mom joined us as well and that was a true treat!!!!
They are such a precious bunch of children and we are so happy to be with them.
Today we needed to sing our song that we will only sing once:
Summer Good bye, Summer Good bye. You can no longer stay, Autumn is here today. Summer good bye, Summer Good bye.
Even though the true Autumnal Equinox is on the 22nd, tomorrow, it sure felt like summer was gone as the wind was beginning to blow and the air temperature dropped serveral degrees from yesterday, AND, today was our day that we were together to sing it. 🙂
The story was basically the same as last week, it is good to repeat it especially since they only hear it once a week. It takes awhile for these things to settle down into the psyche and soul. They seemed to be engaged and very present with it. I will be able to see when it is living in them more when the themes of the tale begin to show up without them even knowing why they are sitting still and listening to the animals or walking quietly when they want to get near our non human friends.

Before and after circle we explored the area and found two wonderful “bouncy” trees. They went about trying to climb up them in many different ways and challenged themselves so very much.

Oliver was filled with much more vim and vigor today and was running about with gusto! Puma LOVES to be our guide on trails and the other children enjoy following him. Vita is strong, vibrant and very energetic and Aveline LOVES to runnnnnnn. Probably my favorite part of the day was seeing Jasper find a new friend that he really enjoyed, Ruthie!!! After lunch the two of them were playing so sweetly with some sticks and then Ruthie’s Mom guided them into a game of making the sticks into a bridge that they would go under. All the other children, after awhile, discovered this and joined in. I went ahead of my self though.

After exploring the area we were in it was then time to go on our adventure from our circle time and play area. Backpacks went on and off we went. On this day I specifically wanted to take them to one spot so I did far less letting them just wander to a place we would like, randomly. As stated earlier, Puma loved finding the trail and Oliver shared a game of, “you go this way, and I go that way and we will meet up.” Puma liked this and started that game too. It was really a vigorous walk for them through the woods, over and under logs of big and small dimensions and zig zagging through the woods.

We finally made it to the great big Redwood “Cathedral”/ many HUGE Redwood trees in a circle where the center has burned out. We went in there with awe and this is where we ate lunch. They were all thrilled with climbing up, on and over this thing as well as playing on a great bouncy tree branch near by. Avaline loved running back and forth here and Oliver wanted to play a great game of hide and go seek. Right as he wanted to Avaline needed to pee so, that stopped and then we had to go back to the bus.

When we got back to the bus and settled in we drew pictures up on the front of the bus of things we saw during the day.
There were really so many more things that happened but these are a few of the highlights of a very beautiful second day. We are looking forward to so much more unfolding and blossoming of the children and the group throughout this year.

September 14, 2016
Lake Lagunitas
Waxing Moon

The day began with a call that Ruthie had to go to the Dr. and due to a miss communication Jaspers Mom was not able to come. What this meant though was that some of the parent’s could drive with us on our first trip in the bus and others graciously said that they would drive their own cars.
You parents were a joy to be with and so fun to have the opportunity to see you outside with your children. Thank you for coming!!!
Jasper did really well without his parents and we very much look forward to having Ruthie join us next week!!!
From my eyes the day was simply beautiful. They are a robust and explorative group, very present, loving and involved. Both Linda and I greatly look forward to the unknown adventures to come. And I look forward to writing to you each week about these adventures.