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Let Us See the Beauty Everyday

Alana Park's fundraiser supporting the p.i.n.e. project in Sit-a-thon 2017

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On October 21st, I will be sitting for 2 hours at my favorite nature spot, right on the rail trail.

I'm doing this sit spot to raise money for the p.i.n.e. project's “Best Day Ever Bursary Fund” which helps to cover the cost of life-changing nature-connection programs for participants in financial need.

I know first-hand that the p.i.n.e. project can change lives and create resilient, adaptable people who care about themselves, others and nature. 

I worked for the p.i.n.e. project for the first time this past summer as a mentor at their summer camp program and it opened the door to a whole other world that I was not previously aware of. In this world, the forest, that I had lived beside for the past 13 years of my life, suddenly came alive. It now was home to complex but interpretable systems of communication, sounding from treetops and long grasses; plants that protected the forest by giving out rashes and blisters; and animals with interesting lives and secrets of their own, which could be learned by following the puzzles and clues they left behind. In this forest, I witnessed children connecting to nature and each other in beautiful ways. One day, we tracked deer for hours on end. We camouflaged ourselves with plants and mud, and mimicked their behaviour by stepping quietly and munching on garlic mustard. At the end of one week, we went around the circle and shared gratitude for one another. The responses were genuine and perceptive to a heart warming degree I did not expect. It was clear that the mindset and frames of reference of these children were shifting.

Once through the door, there is no going back. I have found that now that I am back at school and officially have transitioned back from my role as "p.i.n.e. mentor" to my role as "student", the effects that p.i.n.e. has had on my life are incredibly noticeable. Everyday, I find myself compulsively crouching to the ground, or pausing to stare up into the trees, or closing my eyes and immersing myself in the sounds around me. p.i.n.e. has instilled in me, a curiosity and fascination for nature (especially bugs!); a yearning to slow down and give time for tranquility, reflection and gratitude; and a stronger desire and confidence to share my voice with others in song and in sharing of experiences.

the p.i.n.e. project is not just teaching people about nature – they are teaching people how to learn, how to be better human beings and how to grow from facing obstacles and challenges. How amazing would the world be if more people were inspired about learning? If more people looked at a challenge or obstacle as an opportunity for growth and learning? If there were more people dedicated to continuous self-improvement?

I desperately want to open this door for others, though unfortunately the path that some must take presents more obstacles than some.

Please help us reach our goal of $15,000 which will help approximately 40 different individuals and families participate in our programs!

Much love,

Alana

Let us see the beauty every day

And source our lives from its presence

 

I want to know if you can see the beauty

Even when it’s not pretty every day

I want to know if you can see the beauty

And source your life from its presence

Song by Lauren Cole and inspired by poem “The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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