We encouraged rituals as a means of reinforcing the values of the program and to enhance the sense of belonging to the community. We all had nature names, at first as anonymity for our students but it evolved to becoming important personal identity markers.
We developed a waste watch king/queen skit to collect and measure waste at meal times. We also took turns providing a reading or quote before meals. We held sharing circles and ran coffee house nights open to all of our students and alumnus, where students performed music, told stories or read poetry.