Nurturing hope and belonging in a world of social chaos through landscape experiences
Climate change, racism, food and job security, addiction and mental illness…what heavy burden it is for a young person to live in a world that is deemed “damaged” and that they are responsible to fix! Commonsense tells us not to go into a dark forest without a flashlight. Similarly, to find resilience in a world of social-ecological chaos, we need to cultivate a light within us that reminds us of the inherent beauty, hope, and worthiness of life. Landscape experiences can be that spark of hope and belonging.
Duration: 40 minutes
Note: This was originally a workshop prepared for high school students at York University’s Change Your World 2022 event. It includes reflection exercises and a workbook PDF.