West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church

“Metaphoraging” in the Hoh Rainforest

October 9, 2016

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by Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

One of the most healing activities I know is communing with nature and specifically trees. On the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, one such healing place exists—a rainforest of the temperate type called the Hoh Rainforest. During a solo visit there, I experienced deep peace and gathered a wonderful series of metaphors. Are you a part of an old growth forest or maybe a nurse log, a sapling or perhaps a variety of symbiotic moss dripping from the branches of a grand tree? The rainforest is a system much like a church system in many ways. Let's go “metaphoraging” together in reflection and image, meditation and song.



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