A week ago, friends gathered in our cosy fire-lit living room to trial the new board game from Jil Hemming. With anticipation for the unfolding journey ahead we aquainted ourselves with the pollinator discs we had been assigned and set out to pollinate our first flowers.
At each level of complexity we learned the fascinating particulars of our pollinators – birds, insects and gecko and the peculiarities of each native plant. For instance, who knew that our famous honey-producing manuka had so few pollinators compared to that aloof giant of the forest, rata.
We worked in teams as well as co-operatively to do the work of the wind, insects, birds and gecko. What a fantastic evening, and we look forward to playing again and sharing the game with more of our friends.
Thought I’d share this lovely comment I received in October. Perfect place to play the game!!
Just thought you might like to know how much our family love your card game. It was a real highlight taking it in our pack on our tramp on the weekend. We stayed overnight at a tramping hut with another family and introduced them to the game. With a 7,8,10 and 11 year old we played until after 10pm in candlelight. Only stopping to hear the morepork and to check out possums with torchlight. Was a great location to play the game in!
Walking down onto Waikanae Beach last evening, was looking skyward for the flock of black dots of titi (sooty shearwater) that have been around. . .
. . .when my attention was caught by a massive seagull. Well, that was my first thought until it unfurled long wings & folded them in again.
No seagull then!
I began tracking giant bird foot-prints toward the water’s edge. Webbed & as big as the palm of my hand. Dwarfing the dog-prints.
Closer – but, not too close – I found three birds distanced along water’s edge. They weren’t so keen on meeting me! One shuffled (on short-legs) into the water & landing a safe distance away, folded those giant wings into its body again.
So – here’s what I could see from my (short-sighted) distance. Pale curved petrel beak, white body, black back. Giant body on short legs.
Here’s a pic to toroa, who range throughout the NZ coast all year. Might have been???
Home again & playing the game, last Saturday night with a bunch of primary-school teachers – I realized how much better the game has become since it first left my hands.
Partly it’s the Hundredth Monkey Principal.* But it’s more than that!
It’s as if Cloak of Protection has been played often enough, with real meaning, that it’s generated a life of its own!
ie the game now appears to have generated its own force-field! One which is due to all of you.
Scientists acknowledge that his can happen in a creative process.
Rupert Seldrake in his book A New Science of Life says “the creative process can be seen as a successive development of more complex and higher-level wholes, through previously separate things being connected together”.
I stand in awe & wonder.
*The Hundredth Monkey Principal was observed by Lyall Watson. After a group of monkeys on an island learned a new behaviour, suddenly other monkeys on other islands with no possible “normal” means of communication learnt that behaviour too. (Lifetide: The Biology of Consciousness)
We had a fabulous evening with friends at the Mahara Gallery. Launched the game. Opened Morgan’s exhibition of illustrations for the game (he did 75!). And Sasana played (Morgan is the centre musician).