I’m a kid at heart and a naturalist by birth. So when I was asked to teach a workshop atNorthwest Indigenous Youth Day for Climate Justice NIYDCJ (longest title ever!) I thought about our relationship to nature as it pertains to health.
My goal was to teach the youth that little things matter and to take time appreciating it. My project involved moss. Yes, the very same moss we step on or totally bypass. The little bits of nature that can be amazing.
We used rocks and recycled old jar covers as the foundation. Than they went to town decoupaging (is that a word?) their own eco-creation. This was the best idea I ever came up with. I had little ones from 2-years old and beyond creating their own oasis.
- Discuss our relationship & responsibility to nature. How the health of our land reflects our own health.
- If possible, take them on a hike with gloves, grabbing sticks & trash bags to collect discarded trash that pollute the landscape. Once the trash is in it’s proper place they can move on.
- Gather small bits of nature. The goal is to find vegetation that grows quickly and is plentiful. (Aka: moss) Than use decoupage glue on their rocks or recycled lids.
There were other instructors who taught weaving with cedar and other materials. The day was filled with guest speakers, food and storytelling. Overall I hope they had fun and continue the conversation of home/life sustainability.
The instructor featured above, which happens to be my cousin Mahealani, was teaching lauhala weaving using cedar. Before she would allow the children to participate she taught them about the significance of the material. The purpose was to build awareness of natural resources and to MALAMA HOUNUA. Take care of the land. (Hawaiian saying.)
The best part was munching on these delightful treats called TANKA BARS. OMG ??!!! Just the type of protein bar that I’ve been looking for and wish I had more right now.
TANKA BAR website
PS: Start your own holistic practice here with a challenge I created to boost your overall health. (Clean eating & intentional fitness.)