Here are some questions and suggestions to get you started. You can use them on your own or develop them into a group activity. (Scroll for more details.)
What or whom do you love that’s in danger from environmental breakdown?
This could be a person in danger from drought, famine, flooding, or other
extreme weather. It could be a whole community.
Or it could be a place threatened by flooding, drought, wildfires, or erosion
It could be one of the million species threatened with extinction.
More information about some of these dangers is here.
- How do you contribute to the threat and what can you do about it?
You’ll need to think about this. There are steps we can and should do as individuals, but these alone are not enough.
Research may be your first action: you could start here.
You could reflect on possible actions mindfully or prayerfully as you make your panel. Talking to other people might also be helpful: friendship and community can be wonderful sources for self-reflection.
- What’s the tiniest thing that you could do that would make a difference? What’s the most radical thing that you could do?
Jot down some of your thoughts so you don’t forget. You can add to them later. It may be helpful to reflect on this further as you make a quick drawing, painting, or collage to illustrate it. Or if you prefer, you could use words to explore the issues and your feelings about them.
If you’d like to make a textile panel, you are now ready to design this. You can make as many panels as you like! If you’d prefer, you could make one to mourn the passing of a species or the destruction of a place instead.
Don’t forget to tell other people about what you’ve done. You might inspire them to join in, celebrating what we love and making change for love’s sake.
Different Ways to Get Started
Here is a short guided meditation that may help you, or a group of people, to reflect on these questions. As well as following the links on this website, you can also print key guidance about making textile panels for the project.
You may prefer to join an introductory workshop or a longer course, offered by Woodbrooke or others. Have a look at our Events page to see what’s coming up.
Another possibility is to organise or run an event locally or for a particular community.
If you would like us to help with an event, please email us, or for Quaker groups, please email Woodbrooke.