Balance, Center, Connect

If you’re not an Indigenous person, you might feel a little anxious about attending your first Tapestry meeting. Or you might wonder what what will happen when you sign up for one of our programs.

If so, don’t worry!

Tapestry has spent more than 20 years developing programs that teach Indigenous ways of knowing and connecting (rather than specific cultural practices of ritual or ceremony) to people from all walks of life. Working with Indigenous colleagues from around the world, we have learned how to help people discover a way of seeing, understanding, and connecting that is every human’s fundamental, if sometimes long-forgotten, birthright. The key has been creating learning environments in which the natural world itself connects with and teaches people. And some of the most gifted leaders in facilitating this process have been the Mustangs and other horses who’ve come to us specifically to help people of the dominant culture learn how to balance and center so they can connect with the natural world. Even people who aren’t sure how they feel about horses wind up finding that at least one member of the herd reaches out and touches their heart.

And yes, Indigenous colleagues who come to our meetings get to be with the horses too!

*Yakoke (thanks) to Dora Wickson of the Choctaw Language Program, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, for helping us further refine the word we use to mean “connection.” The type of connection is one of unity: the way that the trees of an aspen grove, for example, are connected because they all grow from a single source underground. You can hear a sound file of how the word is pronounced here.