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

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

Events Calendar

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

Upcoming Book Readings, Workshops, Courses, Retreats, Presentations

Click here to contact Jennifer for details about specific offerings


May 4 - Jun. 7, 2020 Writing on the Landscape: The Book Experienced online course
This online course will guide students through the book, Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew. Upon registration, we will decide as a class which two dates we want to meet in real-time (via Zoom videoconference). The rest of the coursework can be done per a student's individual schedule and will be supported (during the course dates listed above) via email and the online course platform. Learn more and register here. 


Jun. 10, 2020 (Wed.) Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits book reading through Charter for Compassion's Environment Sector
Online Webinar Free
7:00 AM
Please email Jennifer with your intention to register: tealarborstories@gmail.com (registration link coming soon)


Jun. 20, 2020 (Sat.) Summer half-day retreat, via Zoom $60.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Join me via Zoom to contemplate the season of summer through poetry, meditation, writing, visual art, etc. We will spend a portion of our time going outdoors in our respective locations and then reconvening online. Please have near your computer art supplies, paper, pens, and whatever else you need to feel comfortable. To register, send an email: tealarborstories@gmail.com


Jun. 30, 2020 (Tue.) Nature as Tool, Antidote, and Inspiration in Writing, class offered through Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network's Writing Studio, via Zoom $78. ($60. BARN members)
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM 
Learn and practice Earthy ways for engaging your writing process and feeding the content of your written work. Come to understand how the natural world and ecology can be used as tools, antidotes (especially for writer’s block), and inspiration for your writing and your life. Specifically, students will be: given foundational information about the nature/creativity connection; guided through a sampling of free-writes and practices; guided through general ways to incorporate nature into their writing projects and creative process, coming to understand the role and benefit of such; given an opportunity to receive feedback about how to implement these practices specifically in relation to their own projects or creative impasses. This class is appropriate for all authors and aspiring writers; the practices can be effective regardless of genre. Be sure to bring to class a few pens, a stack of paper (preferably unlined), as well as an open-heart and open mind. Together, the students and instructor will create a nurturing and nourishing creative environment so that everyone can flourish. Register here. 


Aug. 3 - 7, 2020 TEALarbor stories Annual Retreat, via Zoom
Join us if you have been craving restorative retreat time. With nurturing guidance, practical suggestions, and the intimacy of a group with shared interests, move forward with your creative ideas. Whether you’re a writer, artist, dreamer, or beauty-lover, this retreat will hold you as you ease into your fertile edges. (No project is too small or too large for this retreat.) Alternatively, if you just want to be nourished by the retreat activities (rather than pursuing a specific project), you are very welcome to join us. Learn more by clicking here
 

Sep. 14 - Oct. 18, 2020 Writing on the Landscape: The Book Experienced online course
This online course will guide students through the book, Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew. Upon registration, we will decide as a class which two dates we want to meet in real-time (via Zoom videoconference). The rest of the coursework can be done per a student's individual schedule and will be supported (during the course dates listed above) via email and the online course platform. Learn more and register here. 


Sep. 26, 2020 (Sat.) Fall half-day retreat, via Zoom $60. 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join me via Zoom to contemplate the season of autumn through poetry, meditation, writing, visual art, etc. We will spend a portion of our time going outdoors in our respective locations and then reconvening online. Please have near your computer art supplies, paper, pens, and whatever else you need to feel comfortable. To register, send an email: tealarborstories@gmail.com 
 

Growing Words of Compassion: Nature and Writing Practices to Love By (Online Course)
On-demand - available now (register and take the course whenever you want): This course is a hands-on, multidisciplinary curriculum that will help students engage with their innate capacity for tender compassion. The course 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.

NEW! Instructors' Guide to Writing on the Landscape (Online Course)
On-demand - available now (register and take the course whenever you want): This course is designed as an instructional aid for professors/facilitators who are using the book, Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew as part of their curriculum/group work. Click here for more information

NEW! Writing on the Landscape: The Book Experienced (Online Course)
On-demand - available now (register and take the course whenever you want): This online course will guide students through the book, Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew.
Click here for more information

 

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.
 

 

 

Sampling 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
Taking a Deeper Dive: Writing Stories that Transform
The Journey Through Grief
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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