Love Your Tree
Who Can Participate?
Anyone and everyone. You can choose to participate as an individual OR host an event for your class or organization. Love Your Tree is a great way for individuals, families, schools, colleges, social organizations, or professional groups to get creative together while promoting positive mental wellbeing.
What Tools Do I Need?
An open, creative mind and your favorite art supplies of any kind. Everything else you need can be downloaded here.
Like Trees in a Forest...
We are strong. We are resilient. We are all unique. We are interconnected. We bring joy. How will you express this metaphor through your art? We can’t wait to see!
Step By Step
Ready to get started? Follow our guide to get involved with Love Your Tree.
Email us at LoveYourTree@ercpathlight.com. We want to hear from you! Whether you’re an individual artist with questions about a submission or you’re a teacher or group leader looking to implement a LYT Workshop. You can also download our FAQs.
Step 1: Download the LYT Program Pack that best meets your needs.
The Program Packs contain resources and activities to help you learn about the Love Your Tree themes and provide you with important information about participating. Complete the activities on your own or host a Love Your Tree workshop for your school or organization to get involved. Love Your Tree is flexible and adaptable to almost any setting or situation.
Step 2: Have fun creating an original piece of art that celebrates who you are.
Use the activity sheets and other Love Your Tree resources to inspire your answer to the phrase, “Like a tree, I am…” and then start creating! You might choose to paint, sing, write, build, draw or film your creation – all forms of art are welcome. Artwork can be created individually or during group workshops, classes or other gatherings.
Step 3: Submit your art and have a positive impact!
Love Your Tree entries will be added to the virtual gallery and showcased for all to enjoy. Remember…Artwork is a broad term that includes ANY application of your creativity and imagination! Entries may include art in all its forms. Download the FAQ sheet for details about how to submit different types of art.
Step 4: Share the Love.
The most important part of Love Your Tree is that the message can be shared with others. Be sure to share about your artwork and the gallery on social media using the hashtag #LoveYourTree!
The Roots of the Love Your Tree Campaign
The tree is a universal symbol for growth, resilience, strength and the beauty of individual differences and diversity. Just like humans, every tree in the forest is unique, yet trees remain connected to one another and the world around them in powerful ways. Through participation in Love Your Tree, people of all ages are encouraged to explore the tree metaphor and share creative expressions of acceptance, gratitude for the unique form of our bodies and our lives, and the many ways in which we get stronger and heal through connection with others.
In the past, Love Your Tree has focused on highlighting body diversity and has helped thousands of participants use art to embrace positive body image for themselves and others. This year, Love Your Tree is growing in new and wonderful ways that provide new content and make room for a celebration of diversity that extends beyond body image to overall individual and community mental wellness.
Find everything you need to get involved here.
Program Packs & Slides
- LOVE YOUR TREE PROGRAM OVERVIEW (PDF)
- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (PDF)
- THE FIVE BRANCHES OF HOPE (PDF)
- LOVE YOUR TREE SELF-EXPLORATION ACTIVITY SHEETS (PDF)
- BRANCHES OF HOPE: SELF-AFFIRMATION CARDS (PDF)
- LEAVES OF INSPIRATION: SHAREABLE AFFIRMATION CARDS (PDF)
- PARTICIPANT / ARTIST CONSENT FORM (PDF)
- HOST YOUR OWN ART EXHIBIT (PDF)
Upcoming Love Your Tree Events
Join us for Q+A sessions, workshops, and more!
Love Your Tree Q&A: July
Love Your Tree Q&A: August
Love Your Tree Q&A: September
Love Your Tree Q&A: October
Love Your Tree Q&A: November
Love Your Tree Q&A: December