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ERIC Number: ED342590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 9
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When Nature Speaks to Me Herself.
Legualt, Maurice
This paper describes an approach to wilderness education that facilitates a productive dialogue between the individual and elements of nature. During a 7- to 10-day period, participants are guided into intimate interactions with the elements of nature through body movement. Daily activities involve meditation, sensory activities, kinesthetic activities, and dance. These internalization and externalization activities lead the participant into the "encountering of his element." This encounter is a psychological process of identification with an element of nature. This whole daily process is finally completed, at the end of the day, by the use of symbolic drawing and writing in a personal journal. The daily process is presented under the theme "identification with one's own element" in the first days of field work, "identification with its opposite element" in the days to follow, and "identification with a blend of these elements" in the last few days. Several phenomenological studies of this approach used a self-report, an interview, and participant observation to explain the essence of the experience. It was found that: (1) the meaning of an element or symbol for a participant takes the form of a universal symbol; (2) participants had a different kind of relationship with their blend element in relation to the other two elements; and (3) the first identification experience with an element tends to naturally lead the participants to identify with an opposite element, and eventually, to live the blend experience. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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