Collective healing with nature on a NZ beach…

“I had accompanied my husband to a local beach where he was going fishing. There was a mountain of seaweed that had been washed up, and I just set about making a ‘piece’ of beach art.  As I was doing this, a group of three people walked past and one of the women stopped and chatted with me about what I was doing, and she said, “You’ve inspired me to do one” ..  She beckoned me over later to come and have a look at what she had done, and when I went to have a look at it, she said it was a heart (clearly) .. and inside it were 50 pieces of bunched up seaweed to represent each of the 50 people who lost their lives in the Christchurch Mosque shooting last week.

I made this

and she made this..

I felt hugely touched that my humble picture inspired someone to do a memorial like that.  I was amazed at how this all came about.  We talked about how her ‘piece’ was a way of processing and expressing something that has shaken our nation to the core.  It somehow felt healing for us both.

Guest blogger Jennie Gill, Diploma of Ecotherapy Student, Aotearoa NZ

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