A friend from Adelaide who is a retired minister does wonderful wood-turning. He decided to make the off-cuts into small, irregular pieces – sets of 6 standing stones that could be stacked in multiple ways. After I saw a picture, I wanted some to use in retreat spaces, so I ordered 5 sets.
I like offering non-verbal, contemplative activities. I can imagine using these with individuals or groups as a quiet activity.
Making a stack requires concentration – it’s not easy! It requires attention to balance. I experienced frustration, and needed to slow down and lose myself in the task.
I’m really looking forward to using them myself and on retreats.