Phase Three began Decmember 21! Observe, interact with, and immerse yourself within an outdoor place of your choosing and take pictures, write in a journal, or create art pieces or video diaries to chronicle your experience. Then, come here and under each week's "stories" you can share what you've written, experienced, and created. Sit with your chosen place for any amount of time that suits you: 5 minutes a day, two hours a week...whatever works.
This phase will focus on connection with place through deep exploration of geography and history.
We believe that through regular, sustained, and intimate contact, and through increased awareness with natural places, humans experience shifts in consciousness, shifts that lead to action on behalf of place and feelings of stewardship toward place. We expect this project to have some of the following effects on those who participate:
• Feeling calmer, less stressed, greater connection
• Creating closer ties with neighbors, family, friends
• A growing sense of protectiveness toward place
• Increase in community-level activity
• More interest in learning about local flora and fauna
• Interest in where resources, food come from
• Increase in resource conservation
• More regular and deeper spiritual practice
There are not rules about how often you're supposed to sit with your place or if you have to be stationary. You can hike, move around, sit in different spots in one locale. Just try to visit your spot as often as you can.
This is a valuable pilot study that demonstrates the effects of consciously sitting with and observing place.
The idea for this project was inspired by the work of Craig Chalquist, PhD, who coined the term "terrapsychology." The work we're doing here is terrapsychological...meaning we are studying "how the patterns, shapes and features of the human and nonhuman world sculpt our ideas, habits, relationships and even culture and sense of self," as Craig defines terrapsychology. The project is a collaboration between Craig, Katrina Martin Davenport, MA, and the Powers of Place Initiative.