Treasuring Our Trees, Part 2

  • Details

  • 1/25/21
  • 8 a.m. -
  • Free
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Community
  • Outdoor

Event Description

Did you participate in our Oct. 25 online event Treasuring Our Trees: Cedar Rapids & Surrounding Areas Following the Derecho? If so, you know how powerful the experience of gathering together on behalf of our fallen trees was for our communal psyche. We began the long process of grieving and healing following the decimation of our trees from the Aug. 10 derecho. An area-wide memorial afforded us the opportunity to honor, celebrate, give thanks and remember our revered arbor-elders through ritual, poetry, prayer and song. During the wintering months, we continue the journey of healing by going deeper, listening, doing the hard interior work of reflection and healing, while learning about ongoing care for creation and planning for the future. Throughout the week of Jan. 25–29, we will offer a series of 40-minute Zoom sessions to help us learn from the trees how to plunge deeper, to renew ourselves spiritually from the battering that has been 2020, and to learn how to care for the remaining wildlife habitat, stumps, logs, hollowed out soil, water and air that have been affected by the derecho, and also how to plan for spring planting when the time is ripe. Times and topics are to be determined, so watch for opportunities to log onto your favorite sessions and make the most of the dormancy of winter! In caring for our trees, together we can learn the art of communal healing and co-creating a bright future. This online program via Zoom is free and is co-sponsored by Prairiewoods, Trees Forever, Indian Creek Nature Center, Cornell College Chaplain & Spiritual Life, Winding Pathways, People’s Unitarian Universalist Church and Coe College. You do not need to have attended Part 1 in October to join us for this session. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at or 319-395-6700.