A Walk with the Trees
How do you like the sound of starting your day with fun-filled activities to explore the trees around you? And you know what? This time, experience it with all your senses!
Presented by Inkweaver, the Experience Trees walk at Lalbagh was conducted by facilitators Arun Kumar, a botanist and Janet, a naturalist and experiential learning facilitator. The walk not only included trees sensing but also a variety of blindfold session activities, flora and fauna identification and background history of peculiar tree species. The 3-hour interaction provided a lot of space for participants to build a relationship one needs to have with nature.Attaining Masters in Forestry from Dehradun, Arun has been exploring trees for the past 4 years. “It is hard to notice anything when people are lost in the world of their imagination,” says Arun. “The core behind this nature walk was not just to know about tree facts that we come across but to feel and connect back to them,” he added.
With instructions from plant superheroes Arun and Janet, participants explored trees by the Lalbagh nursery by awakening and enhancing their senses through games and activities. There were also discussions centred on avenue trees that participants stumbled across over the course of the walk. Much focus was habituated towards identifying and differentiating between native and exotic trees.All the participants relished being blindfolded and walking around the botanical garden. The blindfold session activities were segmented into 3 parts. First, identifying trees in the vicinity, second, sensing the texture from a part of a tree and sketching it out and lastly, a kilometre’s walk blindfolded which helped participants familiarize with light and direction of the rays of the sun, shade and the sounds of nature. “The ultimate level is not as important as going through all the stages. The sense of trust I developed with myself, others and nature has left a deep impression on me,” added one of the participants.
“I missed my chance trying to attend last week’s Neralu tree festival,” says Aysha, a diploma graduate and painter. “I follow poetry events part of Inkweaver and am also interested in social fields and sustainability. And this mindful walk brought me sheer happiness,” added Aysha.Pruthvi is an engineering graduate from Mumbai. “This is my first tree walk after a friend informed me about it a few days ago,” says Pruthvi. “The experience was a great lesson to know more about Pachamama,” added Pruthvi.