Sensorial Perception

Gloria Dalia García Medina

Participants will use their five senses to better perceive the environment around them.

  1. Find a good spot in nature, keep a safe distance from each other, but close enough to hear the instructions.
  2. Because this time requires concentration, it will be conducted in silence, with only the facilitator’s voice heard.
  3. Take a deep breath, then focus your senses on your surroundings.
  4. Close your eyes for a moment, then open them… take a glance around at what is around the plants (ground conditions, soil color, nearby water source, height, etc.)
  5. Take a break, tune up your ears, and listen to the various sounds that are perceived in the environment.
  6. Place your hands in your lap for a few minutes, then touch the texture of the earth, the stems of trees, plants, or whatever catches your attention with your hands.
  7. Perceive the smells, and if you recognize one, follow it until you find out where it came from. You can cut a leaf and smell its aroma, the aroma of a flower, and what characteristics do the smells of the place have.
  8. What flavors can you detect? The river’s water, perhaps some fruit or a leaf that you see. It is necessary to confirm with the facilitator that it is safe to try before savoring it.
  • You must select a location with outdoor environment characteristics, such as trees, sand, bushes, animals, rivers, rocks, and so on.
  • When you arrive at the site, tell the group to spread out and find a good spot, some distance apart but where they can hear you.
  • Because this time requires concentration, it will be completed in silence, with only your voice heard at the indicated times.
  • Start encouraging them to take a deep breath.
  • Use an enthusiastic tone of voice to invite them to participate.
  • Because there are many instructions, you will give them one by one, one sense and a pause for them to do it, another sense and a time to experience it, and so on all five, slowly, giving them enough time to “feel them.”
  • Warn them to be cautious when touching a plant and to check for insects that could bite them.
  • Find out ahead of time if there is any herb that could be painful to touch or harmful to eat.
  • Determine which plants can be tested.

Garcia, G. (2021). Grass. In Collection Of Activities To Explore Nature . International Association of Christian Camps, Latin America.

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