“Come Lord” or, as Explorers says it, "Maranatha."
In order to live into this stillness and develop a greater understanding of the world around them, Explorers practiced daily meditations guided by poetry, reflection and silence. Through these meditations, campers learned what it means to look at the world through new eyes. One camper described new eyes as, “When you trip on a rock and get annoyed that it’s in the way, you can look at the rock with new eyes and see that it might be a home to ants.” Throughout the summer, each session has repeated the mantra.
Liz Bartenstein, former Shrine Mont camper and counselor, visited the mountain to spend a day with Explorers and lead a mindful art project where campers were challenged to look at nature with new eyes by selecting sticks and leaves to make crafts.
By carefully stringing leaves and sticks together, campers created light-catchers in order to create space to observe light in a new way—with new eyes. Liz sent the campers into the woods around the Bear Wallow campsite to silently find things to make their light-catchers. After finding their supplies, campers sat together, quietly constructing their works of art.
By Katie Franzel
She is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota, where she studies sociology, Spanish, and youth studies.