For details of day 1 click here.
We arrived with trepidation on Tuesday morning hoping that our animals had survived the night.
To our relief they were still hanging at the edges of our camp, looking even more beautiful as the morning sun shone through the leaves.
It was quite magical setting up for day 2 in the late October morning sunshine.
This mornings activity was to release some tree spirits by familiarising ourselves with the trees surrounding our camp. We began working in pairs to lead each other blindfolded to a chosen tree. We then had to find our way back unaided.
She showed us how to mould the mud to the correct consistency……how to rub a small amount into the tree bark to prepare a ground… ….then throw the mud at the bark and start to release the spirit of the tree. We could add leaves, stones, berries, moss, sticks, ferns and other found materials to create special effects.
We could make lots of different shapes
We all had a special quiet moment with our tree spirit!
We then started work creating paths and portals to lead to each spirit, we would line the way with veils and lanterns to create a magical environment to show our parents
We used the knots and lashings learnt yesterday to make pyramid shaped lantern
Once we had 16 lengths the same size we carried them back to base.
We then worked in groups to make holes in the ground and hammer the legs into place.
A few giant spider webs began to emerge
They entered through the thin veil separating our world from the next! We were delighted to show them what we had made and retell the Samhuin stories of tree spirits, trapped souls and how we had released them. Thank you to everyone who made this fabulous two day adventure such a success.
The children had a wild time, creating, playing free in the woods and making new friends.