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Dialogue


When we have finished creating an image from the inside out or in connection with another being, we ask if there is anything it would like to share with us, and then record the answer.We open to receive messages and to fully listen.


Reflection


When practiced over time, images transform. Each session we step back and look at any patterns we see in the images and reflect on our experience of the creative process. Peri- odically we also look back at images from earlier sessions to reflect on where there is change, cycles and constancy.


Gratitude


We end a session with a reverential mindfulness towards the process. We say thank you or express our gratitude in some way, whether that means thanking ourselves for taking the time to create or thanking another for the connection shared.


A Creative Nature Connection session


There are two main phases to Creative Nature Connection: letting the inside out (creating connection with self) and letting the outside in (creating connection with nature). Each phase has three steps: connect, create and dialogue. Anyone can practice CNC although it is best suited to


youth aged 10 through to adults. Shorter playful portions of a session are enjoyed by children as young as five. I recom- mend that anyone planning to facilitate a session first explore on their own over a few encounters before they share. Be an archaeologist of your own experience. Notice what helps you stay in the flow and what jars you out again. This deepens trust in the practice and increases familiarity with its steps. To facilitate a group of students, follow the steps with


everyone in a large circle. Do the inside-out portion one day and the outside-in portion during a second session.Work for an hour each time, emphasizing that staying connected is more important than the final product. Once you feel confi- dent that the steps are clear, students can find a spot for their first creative solo. A full CNC session can be completed in 90 minutes including 15 minutes at the end for sharing with a partner and/or with the whole group.


Materials (for one person)


Paper: There are many options here. What I find easiest is one sheet of 15" x 22" watercolour paper made into two folded books. (See instructions below) Paint: one set of watercolour paints. Check a dollar store. Only non-toxic paint should go on your bare hands. Portability is the main consideration. Drawing Pens: two Sharpie ultrafine black permanent markers or similar non-toxic permanent drawing pens A small water container Moistened hand wipes


For the two sessions in this activity, cut a 15” x 22” sheet of watercolour paper widthwise. Use the instructions to the right to create two folding books.


How to fold a book


Begin with a sheet of 15" x 22" watercolour paper. Cut the sheet in half width-wise. Fold one of the two pages in half length-wise. Score the edge really well. You can use the side of a pen for this.While maintaining the fold, make two


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