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 ways of seeing, understanding, and connecting that are 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. We call the learning that helps people understand and connect with Indigenous worldview Balance-Center-Connect. As you can see from the logo design we created to represent the process, the Land is an essential part of it — pines and cottonwoods, prairie grasses, whistling hawks and trilling meadowlarks, rock ledges and skies bright with morning light or spangled with stars are all powerful elements of a Tapestry learning experience and of the Indigenous worldview within which it’s situated. Some of the most gifted leaders in facilitating this process in our programs are 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 truly connect with the natural world. Even people who aren’t sure how they feel about horses usually wind up finding that at least one member of the herd reaches out and touches their heart. How do these things happen in online venues? Well, all we can say is: try it for yourself, and find out.
And yes, of course Indigenous colleagues who come to our meetings get to be with the Land and horses too!