For thousands of years, people have used stones to mark boundaries, borders and trails. A stone bowl is a way to mark your own path. Even if you don't have a rock collection now, you probably did as a child. Starting a stone bowl can be a symbolic way of grounding yourself...
Undertake this project with respect for nature. Many places, like national parks, prohibit people from removing anything from the landscape. In protected places, buy a stone or search outside the area's boundaries. Riverbeds, beaches and fields are all good places to find small, smooth stones. Remember to fill any holes you've created: it's good practice for safety and shows consideration for the landscape.
It's impractical and unnecessary to bring back lots of heavy stones, so stick to one or two on a trip. Place them in a favorite ceramic or metal bowl. You'll quickly fill your bowl, with room for more. If you like, you can mark the date or place on each stone or decorate them with drawings. Once your collection grows too big, just give the stones back to nature by placing them in a garden or field. It's a nice reminder that even the most solid-seeming things are changeable, and that the journey is never finished.
Written & Photographed by Sarah Coffey