compassionate guidance through writing, nature, & life's difficult landscapes

compassionate guidance through writing, nature, & life's difficult landscapes

Events

Advance registration is necessary for all workshops.
Does your group want to host a workshop on a particular topic? Workshops tailored to your specific needs are offered upon request. 

 

Book Events

Book Tour:  Details to be announced

Also, stay tuned: next book project is in the works - a co-authored volume of stories about how nature and life are intertwined. 

Upcoming Workshops, Retreats, Courses, & Presentations 

Click here to contact Jennifer for details about specific offerings.

Ongoing Online Course - Growing Words of Compassion: Nature and Writing Practices to Love By
This on-demand course is available now (register and take the course whenever you want). 
This hands-on, multidisciplinary course will help students engage with their innate capacity for tender compassion. The curriculum is designed to meet each student where s/he currently is in the understanding and practice of compassion; deepening one’s expression of compassion is the primary focus. Click here for more information.

June 15th-August 31st Walk and Write events, available upon request
Meet at a local natural area and spend two hours being guided through the outer landscape (walks) and the inner landscape (writing activities). All fitness levels and all writing abilities welcome. Email to request a date & to register.

Coming soon! Online Course - Writing on the Landscape: The Book Experienced
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September 8 & 15, 2018  (Saturdays) Taking a Deeper Dive: Writing Stories that Transform Co-Facilitators: Jennifer Wilhoit & Brenda Fantroy-Johnson

September 21, 2018 (Friday) Writing for the Autumnal Equinox Workshop

September 22-23 (Saturday/Sunday) 10 AM - 4PM Books Meet Writing in the Natural World: Coptic-Bound Nature Journal/Sketchbook Co-Facilitators: Jennifer Wilhoit & MJ Linford (hosted at BARN - Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network) 
In this two session class you will learn the techniques and gain the skills necessary for making your own nature journal/sketchbook with a Coptic binding. Learn from a writer/spiritual ecologist and a master bookmaker.You will be guided through step-by-step instructions for compiling, completing, and decorating your handmade book. Coptic-bound journals allow for pages to be opened flat, making them ideal for outdoor use. You will also be guided through simple outdoor, creative, nature-based, and writing activities aimed to inspire content for your journal/sketchbook. Please bring a willingness to go outside (with weather-appropriate clothing, rain or shine) for brief periods of time to engage in some of these inspiring activities. Students will leave class with their Coptic-bound book and a start on filling the pages with nature-inspired writings and images. Learn more and register here.

September 27, 2018  5-6:30 PM Journeying Through Emotions in Memoir Writing class for the "WhaMemWriMo" (Whatcom Memoir Writing Month) course series at Village Books, Bellingham

November 1-7, 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto, Canada 

December 8, 2018 Grief and Writing Through the Holidays
Find comfort in writing and simple ways to cope as you navigate the holiday season without a loved one.

December 15, 2018 Writing for the Winter Solstice Workshop

Popular Workshops

Writing the Inner/Outer Landscape - Introduction
Explore what it means to write from the perspective of the inner and outer landscapes. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with three evocative types of written expression: writing for insight, writing as rite and writing for outcome. Whether a novice or experienced writer, you are invited to see what emerges when writing meets inspiration and nature. 

Writing the Inner/Outer Landscape - Five Part Series, Includes:
Branching Out: Brainstorming
Stacking the Rocks: Getting Organized
Diving into the Stream: Actually Writing
The Brambled Trail: Roadblocks in Writing
Climbing the Mountain: Finding Stamina

Grief and Writing
Writing is a powerful way to work through the difficult emotions associated with loss or transition. Whether your life changes and sorrows are past or current, this workshop offers a path toward wholeness. You will have the opportunity to explore your individual expression of grief in a safe, confidential community. I will introduce a variety of simple nature-based, spiritual, and creative practices that can help you cultivate and sustain peaceful wellbeing even during hard times. 

Writing for the Equinox/Solstice
We will explore how the seasons shape and move us. Our time together will include sitting, writing, and walking solo on the land in order to experience more deeply our inner seasons.

 

Titles of Past Workshops & Trainings 

Altar-Making Workshop
Alternatives to Voice: Writing as a Means to Understanding
An Antidote to Writers’ Block
Compassionate Practices in Trying Circumstances
Crafting Your Writing Life
Developing a Body of Work: Beginners
Developing a Body of Work: Phase II
Exploring our Spiritual Roots: The Inner/Outer Landscape
Grief & Writing for the Holidays
Journeying Through Personal Responsibility Toward a Culture of Peace
Journeys into Landscapes: Travel Journaling
Meditation and Writing
Nature Journaling
Reaching Writing Goals
Season’s Greetings: Writing for the Holidays
Stories of Conflict: Calming Practices Rooted in Ecological Writing
Stories of Conflict: Writing for Insight as a Tool for Mediating

Sustainable Earth, Sustainable Lives: Writing that Sustains
Transforming Conflict, Transforming Lives: Re-writing & Re-rooting Stories
Treephilia: Global Earth Exchange, in connection with Radical Joy for Hard Times
Volunteers Who Thrive: Writing & Nature Practices in Hospice Service
Writing as Life; Life as Writing
Writing as Rite
Writing for Non-Writers
Writing for Serenity
Writing for the Autumnal Equinox
Writing for the Holidays
Writing for the Spring Equinox
Writing for the Summer Solstice
Writing for the Winter Solstice
Writing, Meditation, and Creativity
Writing No Matter What: Getting Words on the Page
Written Story Workshop

 



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