The tree is the teacher of connection, and a gentle way of learning place, strengthening resolve about what your life’s work is. Sometimes this is a reflection of learning about the past, sitting with this and acknowledging the violations of people and the places of their ancestors. And then being here in the present, seeing what really is, when we stop, look and use the teachers that are patiently waiting. The stillness, assuredness and strength that taking time to connect with our own place brings, a new conversation for the future begins.
Awareness of the clearing of local bush is one thing we can become aware of in our local areas. I’m fortunate to live in the semi rural area of the Sunshine Coast Queensland, there are two council areas that I generally work within. One is Noosa and the other is the Sunshine Coast. The land in Noosa is cleared at 1% per year, it’s a small district 330 square miles, and has an established record of activism and local involvement to make sure areas are protected.