Corrymeela Day 3
We were fortunate enough to be given a sleep in by Dean Rasch so many of us slept in. After the extra hour of sleep, we were refreshed and ready to go after the extra sleep. The day started off with a team building in which we started holding a rope in a circle. The object was to make a square with the rope but each member in the team was blind folded. We successfully completed the task through team work and individuals emerging as leaders. Then we went to the garden and planted peas, zucchini, and peppers. First we had to pick the remaining lettuce and weeds. Then we dug holes and laid the seeds. Lastly, we watered the plants. We also put dirt and wheel barrows and transported it to nearby beds in order to plant sun flowers in “Culver’s Culling Garden”. After our hard work for about one hour, we enjoyed some free time relaxing and playing soccer.
We enjoyed lunch and some of us helped wash the dishes. After lunch, we had a debate. Our group leader named Ivan made a controversial statement. We had to stand next to a sign that said “agree”, “disagree”, “not sure”, or “don’t know”. We then shared our opinion, thought process, and personal experiences that influenced our choices. Each person had the opportunity to change which sign they were standing next to if they were influenced by their peers. It was amazing hearing other people’s opinions and their stories. I got to experience a side of people that I would never know if I had not gone on this trip. After the debate we had some free time so a group of us went down to the beach. We picked up rocks, walked along the beach, and watch the giant waves crash on the rocks.
After dinner we were given a murder mystery in which each person had a clue. We all sat in a circle and had to share our clues. We could not move around the room or let other people read our cards. We only could communicate by speaking. After several attempts at guessing the murderer, time, weapon, motive, and place, we were incorrect. Many people were getting frustrated because some people would take charge of the activity and not let others speak. It happened that the quietest voice was the correct voice. We learned that it is not always the loudest person that we should listen too. We ended up getting all the pieces to the mystery correct except the motive.
At the conclusion of the team building activity a group of us went on a walk to a haunted grave yard. We walked about a mile to the gravesite in the dark. We met Ivan outside the gravesite and walked in together. After we entered through a gate, we walked 100 yards forward passing bumpy grass with old gravestones. Mr. Behling was the last person in the group and he was standing right next to me when we heard the gate close behind us. We continued forward as the ruins of an old monastery came into view. We walked through a tunnel in the ruined building in the pitch black. Then we came into an enclosed courtyard of the building. Right in front of us was Mary McQuellan’s grave who was murdered in the walls of the monastery so her nickname is the black nun. It is said that the person that touches her grave will have bad luck for their family and their self. Luckily, no one touched the haunted grave. We heard footsteps in the building and a loud whistle-like sound. After walking around the gravesite twice, we left and walked back to Corrymeela. We enjoyed toast and hot chocolate and discussed our experience in the haunted grave yard. Then we went to bed so we could get rest before the early morning.