Week Six: Drum Stalk in the Meadow

 The drum stalk is a iconic experience for Feet On The Earth Participants.

As an intern during the summer of 2013, I participated in my first drum stalk. Barefoot and blindfolded in the dark woods, to say I was nervous is an understatement! But the guidance and compassion from the counselors, and knowing I was adventuring into the woods with a dozen intelligent and incredible young people, I knew I could make it!

This week, I was able to lead the drum stalk with Robin Circle. Holding a drum I carried from Lima, Peru back to Colorado, I felt happy to provide this incredible experience for these young girls.

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Watching each girl from my post, I beat the drum, beckoning them through the meadow. Each girl ran into trouble in their own way, whether it was becoming tangled in tree branches or slipping on snow into a ditch, they all ventured bravely in blindness and found their way to me by listening to the sound of the drum. They stepped carefully and felt with their hands and hearts.

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All three of us counselors were so impressed with the girls and proud of the way they challenged themselves in this activity! What courageous girls they are! :)

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