Earthing Day 2022
Join us for our Second Annual Earthing Day celebration on Saturday, April 16th, 2022!
Mark yourself as "Going" on the Facebook Event here to ask questions, see updates, and invite your friends.
This event is free and the trails will be open for walking throughout the day (dawn to dusk). Attendance to many of the activities is FREE with the donation of any new travel toiletry product (shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, any size deodorant) for the Wings of Hope shelter in Stillwater. We will have collection boxes set up around the property where you can place your donation(s). Some workshops do have an enrollment cost (see registration details on the schedule, below).
If you have any questions or to request financial aide, please email our Nature Program Coordinator, Lori Ann Wilde.
All Day Plant Sale
Purchase plants starts for your summer garden, as well as house plants to enjoy year-round, at the information table in front of the Farmstand! Plant list will be posted closer to the date of the event.
prices vary | available at the Farmstand Information Table
9:30-11:30am Devotional Chanting with Haridas Heitz
Using the call-and-response form of chanting known as kirtan, we will sing various mantras, both Buddhist and Hindu, to the music of chant master, Krishna Das. No prior experience is necessary and all are welcome! Please bring a mask.
10-12pm Tree Planting with Garden Manager and resident Katherine
Help us plant 200 trees around the property! All ages are encouraged to help! We will provide shovels and trees. Bring gloves if you need them.
11-11:30am Percussion Making for Kids with resident Mary Lau
Kids of all ages are invited to make shakers and drums using upcycled materials, garden produce, and art supplies. Feel free to stay and put them to use during the Children's Flower Parade at 1:30 (details below)!
11:30-12 Qigong with St. Francis resident Adam Lau
Come practice Eight Silken Movements, (Ba Duan Jin) of Qigong with Adam Lau, resident at St. Francis of the Woods. Adam has been practicing Ba Duan Jin Qigong for over 7 years. Starting with a brief history of Qigong, learning the different stances, aligning breath with movement then begin Ba Duan Jin.
Pack a picnic and join Prairiewood Forest School staff and students for a picnic on our beautiful grounds, followed by a tour of some of our outdoor spaces (playing in the mud kitchen is encouraged for all ages!)
1-1:30 Spring Storytime with Storyteller Mr. Daniel
Enjoy an engaging outdoor Spring-themed storytime for kids with retired children's librarian Daniel Fields.
1:30-2 Children’s Flower Parade with musician Travis Erwin
Calling all kids! Grab your favorite noisemakers, dress up as colorfully or fancilly or flower-decorated as you desire, and join us for an "Everyone's-A-Participant" parade around the pond! Grown-ups are welcome to join in and/or to cheerily clap for the children because, after all, it is a parade!
2-4pm Macramé Make & Take with Jennifer
In this workshop you will learn several basic macramé knots while creating your own plant hanger. All materials provided.
3-4pm Tai Chi
In this workshop we'll practice some simple movements that integrate body, breath and mind to improve health, relax the mind and open the heart. All movements of Tai Chi start with what I call "finding your feet," which means rooting ourselves in the earth, our mother of life. No previous experience is necessary and folks of all ages are invited to join us!
3:30-5pm Wildcrafting Walk
Fr. Aidan will lead a short introductory level Wildcrafting walk around the property explaining the basic ethics of wildcrafting and identifying plants for food or medicinal use. Aidan was taught the art by Heritage Wildcrafter, Jackie Dill who had a deep reverence for the natural world and a respect for the rhythms and cycles of the seasons. The walk will last about an hour and a half and will be at a slow pace. All are welcome.
$15 | register on the Tickets page | meet at the library
5-5:30 Guided Meditation
In this workshop we'll enjoy spending some time to relax our minds and bring peace to our hearts. This practice of meditation helps us find an inner center, a stable, internal ground from which we can deal with life's situations with greater clarity and peace. As we focus on breathing, I will help bring your attention back to the breath with some gentle reminders and encouraging words. No prior experience is necessary. Please wear a mask.
$15 donation | email email@example.com to register | meet at the Chapel
5-7pm Dinner on the Grounds
Fresh lentil soup, homemade breads, and a variety of baked goods will be available for purchase. Proceeds support the many nonprofit projects of St. Francis of the Woods
prices vary | available at the basketball court
6-7pm Drum Circle with resident Adam Lau
This drum circle is a community event for all ages and cultures. De-stress, boost your mood, share your creative expression and connect to yourself and others through rhythm. Bring a drum and meet us at the basketball court!
7-8pm Women+ of the Woods Full Moonrise Walk with resident Mary Lau
Our Women+ of the Woods group would love to have new friends join us for a Full Moonrise Hike! Bring a headlamp (red light is best) and meet at the parking lot near the Library.
We are accepting applications for next year's workshop hosts who wish to offer a class in line with the event's themes: spring, community, Earth Day, gardening, seeds, ecological conservation, and grounding practices. Apply here by January 25th, 2023.