Living Treefully

THE WHEEL OF SEGAIS – LIVING TREEFULLY can be used to plot the paths and cycles, of your business, your projects, your relationships, your dreams and your life through the four stages of Initiation, Emergence, Maturation and Manifestation (Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn).

Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of humankind is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nest of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation’s hoop.

Black Elk

The understanding of the Cycle of the Seasons is profound and universal. It is a way of describing the world and ourselves found in the wisdom of the great philosophers and teachers worldwide.

“Wise Druids were the priests, philosophers, scientists, judges and teachers of their people, and reached a standard in each of these fields that at least equalled, and probably exceeded, that of any other practitioners in the ancient world . . .  [T]heir knowledge of the natural world was based on close, intelligent and accurate observations; and their arbitration of civil disputes and judgement of criminal cases were regarded as final, so absolute was the respect in which they were held by the communities whom they served.  They were exemplars of personal sanctity and sagacity, working within a tradition of received wisdom, training and mutual support that brought out the best of which humans were capable.”

Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol

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The Wheel of Segais – Living Treefully

The Druids, as with other ancient cultures, used their observations and understanding of the planting cycle and the cycle of the seasons to offer wise counsel on the order of all things.

WINTER – the time of SEEDING, of Potential and Possibility, of Beginnings. The seed beneath the Winter soil is excited by the spark of life, promising what is to come.

SPRING – the time of EMERGENCE.  The passion for growth is nurtured by the warming Spring rain.

SUMMER – the time of MATURATION. Under the harsh glare of the Summer sun, the plant’s abundance requires some discipline and structure, laterals are pinched out and a trellis is erected, to ensure the best possible harvest (outcome).

AUTUMN – the time of MANIFESTATION.  A time of completion, of Harvest. A time of satisfaction and reflection.

And the cycle goes on.  We can choose DECAY or GENESIS, an ending or the planting of a new Seed.

LIVING TREEFULLY is an invaluable tool for supporting and managing  the Cycle of Change and for creating Effective Teams in healthy organisations.

All projects start with initiative, idea, potential, big picture (Winter). The idea then needs some support and nurturing in order to discover its potential and help it grow (Spring).  When it is ready, the project/idea must be given structure and subjected to intellectual rigour to make sure it can mature (Summer) and, finally, it must be practically completed (Autumn).

Unfortunately, in our western society, we almost always leave out nurture)and go straight to intellectual rigour before the poor idea has had a chance to be fed or, even worse, we go straight from Winter to Autumn, i.e. from idea to ‘do it’!

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As a companion to the book I have produced a set of  Living Treefully cards – 36 ‘Way-Showing’ cards and 16 ‘Wisdom’ cards. These cards can be used for finding an answer to a personal question you have when taking a walk in a forest or a labyrinth. These cards came out of a workshop with a number of colleagues who were working around the Wheel of Segais testing the ‘Living Treefully’ metaphor for me. I have a beautiful, large labyrinth on my farm and I thought walking it could also help test the metaphor. So we took a few questions and wisdom statements from the book and out to the labyrinth we went. It was a great success. Participants kept saying things like, “How did it know?” or “The answer was so right for me but I would never have thought of it!” and so on.  The book benefited and the Cards were born. Happy Wheel!

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These days I use THE WHEEL OF SEGAIS – LIVING TREEFULLY in all my Life Coaching work. As well as doing personal sessions, I run 3-monthly ‘Wheel’ workshops here in New Zealand. The students at these workshops are learning to plot the paths, the cycles, of their projects, their relationships, their lives, through the four (inevitable) stages of Initiation, Emergence, Maturation and Manifestation.

In Aotearoa New Zealand I run several one-day facilitated workshops for up to 20 people following the 12 streams that flow from the Well of Segais: Transformation, Openness, Affinity, Passion, Commitment, Alignment, Identity, Discrimination, Ripening, Healing, Harvest and Reflection.

I am exploring the possibility of making these workshops available online for those of you in other countries or out of town.

Hopefully, I will be travelling to Australia, the UK and Europe in 2022 and I am keen to run one-day Wheel of Segais – Living Treefully workshops. If you would be interested in attending one of these please register your interest. If you would like to organise a one-day workshop for me (promotion, venue, admin, etc.) then I would be happy to offer you a place for free.

To register interest contact Pamela Meekings-Stewart.