Treecreate and Supercluster at ISEA Barcelona

It was fantastic to get The Meeting of the Waters : Locative Media Oceania at the recent 27th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Barcelona. The project was discussed at a panel conversation between our founder Tracey and Treecreate partner, Geert Vermeire with video editing from Fred Adam, from Supercluster.

It was great to share this wonderful project with the ISEA community and we look forward to evolving ideas with Supercluster around similar themes.

Treecreative walk again at Ginninderry Conservation Corridor

It was fabulous to facilitate another walk at Ginninderry Conservation Corridor. We walked a different path this time, avoiding some of the muddy patches along the way.

Thank you Ariana for sharing your knowledge of the conservation corridor along the walk. Also thank you to Danusha for pointing out a scar tree, some black cockatoos and a wombat hole <3.

Here are some pics from the walk.

Thank you to Ariana and Danusha for the photos. Featured image is a lovely drawing from Diana.

Creative communities in Yarun (Bribie)

Hi all

We are running a short survey to see what sort of interest there is for hosting creative workshops, exhibitions and residencies on Bribie Island in the near future.

Your feedback is very valuable as it will help to guide local creative programs for Treecreate over the next 2 years.

Thank you for participating ❤

Glasshouse Mountains in the distance

Upcoming walks | CBR Tree Week and Ginninderry

New walks for April and May

Tracey M Benson || Bytetime

Very excited to announce two new Treecreate walking projects for April and May. One project will be onsite at Ginninderry Conservation Corridor on 9 April and the other one is a virtual guides meditative tree walk as part of Canberra Tree Week on 1 May.

You can find more details and register on eventbrite:

Hope to see you soon under the trees ❤

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Meeting of the Waters: Locative Media Oceania

The past week has just flown by since we kicked off the program for Meeting of the Waters: Locative Media Oceania. There have been some really inspiring engaged conversations and our speakers have been stellar!

We started with a wonderful Welcome to Country by Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell and then followed on Sunday with a panel from First Nations speakers from 4 different Nations along the Murray Darling Basin. Speakers included Tati Tati traditional custodian Brendan Kennedy, Yorta Yorta researcher Lee Joachim, Wiradjuri woman Nola Turner-Jensen and Murrawarri water warrior and climate activist Bruce Shillingsworth.

  • On Monday, we had a presentation about how western science and Indigenous knowledge could find connection points from Ross Thompson and Bradley Moggridge.
  • Tuesday featured a presentation and conversation with Pasha Ian Clothier about Polynesian navigation.
  • Last night Desna Whaanga-Schollum talked about the work she does across the spaces of tikanga Māori, design, policy and environmental management.

Tonight we shifted gears and entered the space of dreams with a wonderful workshop with Kate Genevieve, Paola Bay with special guest Sandy Sur. This playful ceremony was a chance to listen to each other’s dreams across the Equinox in support of unfolding creativity and connection with the living waters. More at: Language of the Dream – Dream Session

Supporting the space of dream is always about holding space for the new; creating space for that which is just being born to grow. Dream-tending listens to what lives within and between people in community; honouring the living streams of spontaneous creativity inside each one of us.

Kate Genevieve

We will share another update soon about this wonderful program. To follow what is happening you can go to our social media accounts:

Web and social media

Thank you to all the speakers, to Supercluster, the participants and to the Centre for Water Science for all your support in making this program happen.

Meeting Oceania

Treecreate is proud to be collaborating with Supercluster to co-create this creative and educational program.

Tracey M Benson || Bytetime

It is really exciting to announce the Meeting of the Waters: Locative Media Oceania program.

Between 18 September to 5 October Treecreate and Supercluster will work together to bring an incredible range of speakers and activities for a group of 36 participants.

The program is hosted and funded by the Centre of Applied Water Science at the University of Canberra.

Speakers include: Tyson Yunkaporta, Lisa Roberts, Sandy Sur, Michelle Maloney, Andrew Constable, Kate Genevieve, Nola Turner-Jenson, Desna Whaanga-Schollum, Leah Barclay, Brendan Kennedy, Lee Joachim, Bruce Shillingsworth, Josiah Jordan, Nina Czegledy, Pasha Ian Clothier and Trudy Lane.

There is still time to register to participate.

You can keep up to date on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

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Imagining your ‘inner plant’

At our latest Treecreative walkshop, Tracey shared a reading of a wonderful paper by Natasha Myers, titled Sensing Botanical Sensoria: A Kriya for Cultivating Your Inner Plant

Sensing Botanical Sensoria: A Kriya for Cultivating Your Inner Plant by Natasha Myers

Never forget this: your body does not end at the skin.[1]Your contours are not constrained by physical appearance. Your morphological imaginary is fluid and changeable [2].Indeed, your tissues can absorb all kinds of fantasies.[3]Your imagination generates more than mere mental images; its reach extends through your entire sensorium. Simultaneously visual and kinesthetic, imaginings carry an affective charge. They can excite your muscles, tissues, and fascia, heighten or alter your senses. You can fold semiosis into sensation.[4]Perceptual experiments can rearticulate your sensorium. [5]And by imagining otherwise, and telling different stories, you can open up new sensible worlds.

Consider tying on the habits, comportments, and sensitivities of other bodies. Becoming with and alongside others, you might begin to see with new eyes, smell with a new nose, and taste with a new tongue.[6]Indeed, we have opportunities to do this every day in our entangled mimetic dances with others — human, more than human, and machine. These encounters can incite other ways of seeing, feeling, and knowing. Altered perceptions can destabilize entrenched sensory regimes and bring otherwise imperceptible phenomena within grasp. What you once thought were stable boundaries between bodies may begin to break down. The very order of things may come undone.

Consider this as an invitation to deepen your already multispecies Yoga practice. Cat, Cow, Dog, Crow, Scorpion and Fish Poses torque your body into mimetic affinities with animal forms. Here I invite you to cultivate your inner plant. This is not an exercise in anthropomorphism – a rendering of plants on the model of the human. Rather, it is an opportunity to vegetalize your already more than human body. In order to awaken the latent plant in you, you will need to get interested and involved in the things that plants care about. Follow the plants.[7]Let yourself be lured by their tropic turns and you will acquire freshly vegetalized sensory dexterities. Try this Kriya. [8]Tree Pose will never be the same again.

Find a patch of sunlight. Stand tall, let your feet sink into the ground below you, and close your eyes. Reach your bare arms outward and feel the sun warm your skin. Drink it in. Now, let go of your bodily contours. The skin and flesh of your arms thins and fans outward, becoming membrane thin. Your bones dissolve, and your muscles melt away. Begin to pump water through your veins until they elongate and branch into turgid vessels. Draw water up your growing stem into your leaves. Play with this new buoyancy, feel the lift and lilt as your leaves and stems reach for more sunlight. You are becoming phototropic. Lap up the sunlight through your greening leaves.  Feel a cool pocket of air forming on the underside of your leaves as you release atmospheric vapours. You are photosynthesizing: eating sunlight, inhaling gaseous carbon, exhaling oxygen and releasing water. 

Now drop down into your roots. Extend yourself into the cool, moist earth. Feel your strength as a downward thrust that inspires an upward lift. Experiment with gravitropism. Feel the rush as you redistribute your awareness through this thin, filigreed tangle of roots and that branch and branch until they reach the width of just a single cell. Find one of your root tips. Taste the wet, metallic soil; smell that musty gradient of decaying matter flush with nitrogen and phosphorus. Propel yourself towards the source. Experiment with your strength. Push yourself up against the soil; grow through minute crevices between crumbling pieces of earth. Wherever the soil resists, just release your chemical stores to dissolve whatever is in your path.

Now multiply this sensation. Feel two searching root tips. Then four. Can you extend your awareness to five? What would it like to feel one thousand root tips extending through the soil? Feel the rush as you expand your awareness to millions of sensitive root tips. Dive downwards and run outwards, drawing water and nutrients in and up through all of them simultaneously. Feel your whole root system humming with an electric charge. You have become one giant nerve cell merging with soil. [9]Now hook yourself into a thickening mycelial network of fungi, microbes, and other roots all around you. [10]Feel the energetic thrill of connection. How far can you extend your awareness? Run with it, in every direction. [11]

Without letting go of this excitation, draw your awareness back up your stem and into your leaves. You no longer have eyes, a nose, ears, a tongue, or nerves, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see, smell, hear, speak, taste or feel. Can you feel the play of light and shadow across your leaves? The surface of each one of your leaves is a visual organ registering and remembering minute shifts light intensity. And you can see in colour, indeed, a wider range of colours than your human eyes have ever beheld. You don’t need a central nervous system to process this “information” into images. Your leaves are filmic media, recording colour movies of the lush, shifting light patterns around you. You can “see” the dancing shadows other plants cast as they list and play in the wind; and you can tell that the person standing over you about to prune your limbs is wearing a red shirt. [12]

Experiment with light at dawn and dusk. Can you feel the energetic shift when the far-red light of the rising and setting sun clues your body in to the earth’s rotational rhythms? In time you will be able to remember precisely when those long rays last excited your tissues. You will not only acquire a bodily memory of the play of light and colour as they change over the seasons, you will learn to anticipate and prepare for future events.

Continue this practice daily and you will no longer need a nose to smell or a mouth to speak. Your entire body will become an olfactory organ sniffing out the richly fragrant world around you. Indeed, the atmosphere is a collaborative ecology of volatile chemical signals to which you actively and volubly contribute. [13]Take pleasure in the art of synthesizing and releasing complex b
ouquets of fragrance from your tissues. This is your way of telling the world what you are up to, moment to moment. You can talk to other plants and animals, reporting on the condition of your leaves, flowers and fruits. You will be able to lure pollinators and complain audibly about the damage done by feeding insects. Indeed, you not only feel insects crawling up your stem and slicing into your tissues, you can discern the distinct species eating your leaves by tasting the specific chemistry of its saliva. If you are quick you can synthesize volatile compounds to warn your neighbours so that they can prepare their tissues with toxins to keep the offending insects at bay. Or you could call out for help from other insects who will prey on these herbivores. Soon you will discover that you are an effusive catalyst at the centre of an affectively-charged chemical ecology.

Now, it’s time to let go. Draw in your roots until your rhizome remembers its feet. Let your leaves thicken into arms. Feel your turgid vessels soften. Drop your arms back down to your sides. Come back to your breath. Come back to your body. But remember to ask yourself: Is this really the same body? What has changed?


[1] Donna Haraway (1987) “A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s,” Australian Feminist Studies 2 (4): 1–42. 

[2] Judith Butler (1993) Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex,” New York: Routledge. 

[3] See for example, “The Lesbian Phallus and the Morphological Imaginary” in Butler’s Bodies that Matter.

[4] On the kinesthetic imagination see Natasha Myers (forthcoming) Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter

[5] On articulation see Bruno Latour (2004) “How to Talk about the Body? The Normative Dimensions of Science Studies,” Body and Society 10 (2-3): 205–29. 

[6] Donna Haraway (2008) When Species Meet, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

[7] You could make yourself over into a body without organs. Or you could, as Deleuze and Guattari suggest, “follow the plants.” See Deleuze and Guattari (1980) A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

For resonant discussions of plant phenomenology see Michael Marder (2013) Plant-Thinking a Philosophy of Vegetal Life, New York: Columbia University Press; Craig Holdrege (2014) Thinking Like a Plant: A Living Science for Life, Lindisfarne Books; and Natasha Myers (2005) “Visions for Embodiment in Technoscience,” In Teaching as Activism: Equity Meets Environmentalism, edited by Peggy Tripp and Linda Muzzin, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 255–67.

[8] A Kriya is the Sanskrit word for action, deed, or effort. In various Yogic traditions, it refers to a technique or the set of actions to be practiced.

[9] Today the field of “plant neurobiology” is burgeoning. See for example, Anthony Trewavas (2005) “Green Plants as Intelligent Organisms,” Trends in Plant Science 10 (9): 413–19.  

[10] On the intimate association of plants and soil microbes and fungi, see Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan (1997) Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors, Univ of California Pr.

[11] At what point do you lose track of “you”? When does “I” dissipate? Plants are not autonomous individuals with clear-cut boundaries. Plants are porous to the very atmospheres they make, and they ingather a multispecies ecology around them, catching all kinds in their whorl. 

[12] On the sensory dexterities of plants see Daniel Chamovitz (2012) What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses, Scientific American.

[13] On chemical ecology see for example Gary Felton and James H Tumlinson (2008) “Plant-Insect Dialogs: Complex Interactions at the Plant-Insect Interface,” Current Opinion in Plant Biology 11 (4): 457–63; Baluška (2010) Plant Communication from an Ecological Perspective, Berlin: Springer; and for an “involutionary” reading that works athwart the evolutionary imperatives that underwrite chemical ecology narratives see, Carla Hustak and Natasha Myers (2012) “Involutionary Momentum: Affective Ecologies and the Sciences of Plant/Insect Encounters,” Differences 23 (3): 74–118. 

EVENTS | Treecreative at Australian National Botanic Gardens

As part of CBR Tree Week we held another Treecreative walkshop on Saturday 8 May 2021 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG). With a small group participants joining us for a morning of connecting to place, guided meditation and creative play, we explored the gardens looking for endangered trees.

Treasure hunting endangered trees – 8 May 2021

The walk was an interactive part of an exhibition currently on at the ANBG Visitor’s Centre by our founder Tracey Benson.

You can see one of the tracks on AllTrails.

Many thanks to Karen Maloney, Tamera Beath and all the staff at the ANBG and CBR Tree Week for supporting this project.

Contact us if you would like us to work with you to co-create a walkshop for your team or community group.

Tree grounding meditation

This simple guided meditation is a great way to connect to place, feel grounded and aligned with nature. We use this meditation in our Treecreative workshops and it is suitable for all ages. We also offer this grounding meditation as part of in-person and virtual workshops.

Getting ready
Imagine yourself as a tree.

If it is comfortable, stand with feet planted on the ground. 

If you are outside, you can take off your shoes to feel more connected with the earth. You can also sit or lie down for this grounding meditation.

Imagine your back as a trunk and that you have long roots that grow from the bottom of your feet, deep into the Earth.

Take a moment to scan your body, noticing any areas of tension. You may wish to gently realign your body so you are in a relaxed position.

Firstly we will take a deep breath in though the nose, feeling our lungs expand.

Then let it all out with a big exhale, imagining all the energy you were hanging on to is flowing out of your body, down through your roots, and into the Earth.

Close your eyes. Breathe deeply in through your nose, and exhale through your mouth, focusing on the sound of your breath and the bodily sensations of breathing.

Stay with it. Use your breathing to focus you and help you slow down your body’s internal activity.

You are standing in an open field with the sun shining down upon you. You are tall, strong, and solid. You are old and wise.

Bring awareness to your feet and first notice them in contact with the ground. Now feel them firmly anchored to the ground.

Now imagine strong roots extending from the bottoms of your feet, pushing downward through the surface below, eventually reaching into the soil below.

Feel your roots reaching even deeper into the earth, winding around rocks, and pushing deep through the many layers of cool, dark earth. Your roots grow and spread both downward and outward.

Feel yourself anchored very solidly to the ground by your extensive root system.

As you become more anchored, feel your tree-body, your trunk, straight and strong. Feel your leafy branches extend upward toward the warm sun.

Letting go of stress
As you are breathing, imagine with each exhale, that you are pushing any tension or stress down toward your feet and out through your roots into the surrounding soil.

Feel tension draining from your eyes, your jaw, your shoulders, your chest, your belly, and all areas of your body.

Notice how is receptive the Earth is and how the ground absorbs what you want to release. Feel grateful and lighter as you begin to “clear”.

Breathing in feelings of wellbeing
When you feel properly grounded, take a deep breath and reverse the process.

You will now absorb healing and calming energy from the Earth.

As you breathe in through your nose, imagine with each breath that your roots are absorbing healing white light.

Feel the rich nutrients of the Earth gently feeding your root system until it reaches the trunk of your body. Feel the light entering your legs, your stomach, your chest, your arms, hands and finally your head.

Be aware of this sense of oneness with the earth.

Feel this grounded, earthly energy fill your body, washing over you with feelings of wellbeing.

Feel the sun shining down on your tree-body, and know that with each ray of sunshine, you have the ability to create your own energy.

Take a moment to step back from yourself and look at the tree. See how you are one with the earth, and one with the sky – solid, steady and expansive.

You are able to both sway with the breeze and be connected and grounded.

When you are ready, gently come back to the here and now, carrying the grounded energy of the tree with you through the rest of the day.

Walking meditation along Tuggeranong Creek, Urambi © Martin Drury
Walking meditation along Tuggeranong Creek, Urambi © Martin Drury

EVENTS | Treecreative at Ginninderry Conservation Corridor

We ran our first public walkshop under the banner of Treecreative on Saturday 1 May 2021 at Ginninderry Conservation Corridor. The walkshop was booked out with 15 wonderful participants joining us for a morning of connecting to place, guided meditation and creative play.

Ginninderry Treecreative walk 1 May 2021
Ginninderry Treecreative walk 1 May 2021

Our journey took us up the hill, past an eagles nest and then to some remnant woodland for a tree meditation before we then walked to the dam for some time to play creatively. We had lots of great feedback from our group and some ideas we can incorporate in our future walks.

You can see our track on AllTrails.

Enjoyed walking through the treed areas, learning about native grasses and management of the land. Mindfulness meditation practice refreshed my mind and body, very welcoming, inclusive walk. Thank you.

Walkshop participant, Palmerston ACT
  • Yellow Box Elder at Ginninderry Conservation Corridor © Martin Drury

Many thanks to Ginninderry Trust for supporting this project.

Contact us if you would like us to work with you to co-create a walkshop for your team or community group.

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