Night Forest is a game of wandering memories for 5 to 45 players of all ages. In it, we play the memories themselves as we move through a forest, park, or other open space by candlelight, sharing stories with each encounter.
- Hand-Printed Canvas Bag
- 10 page Guide Book
- 45 Tarot-Sized Cards
- 12 5-inch Paraffin Wax Candles (keep below 90F (32C), melts at 115 F (46 C)
Requires 1 match book and candle per player. Candle holders and matches not included.
Night Forest is a tool that brings people together through the interplay of histories and present experiences, weaving a beautiful web. As we play we cultivate skills of listening, sharing and creating safe community.
Night Forest is played by a group of 5 or more more people, and can be played anywhere with enough room for your group to spread out and wander; such as a park, the woods, a field, or even a large parking lot.
To play, each player receives a candle, a book of matches, and a card. The game begins as each player wanders to a spot where they find themselves alone. At this time, each player lights their candle, looks at their card, and allows the word and image to evoke a memory. The memory can be real or imagined, and may change and grow as you continue to wander and move through space.
When you come into contact with another player wandering with their card, you come together to take turns sharing your memories. While each player shares, the other witnesses in silence. When the sharing is finished, players exchange cards.
The process of wandering and sharing memories is repeated, until eventually you receive a card that you’ve seen before. When this happens, you blow out our candle and become a forgotten memory. Once forgotten, you follow the memories that remain, witnessing in silence outside of their circle of light.
Additional candles can be purchased from Heart of the Deernicorn or wherever candles are sold. (Uses 5 inch paraffin wax candles.