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

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


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 (& News!)

Read the blurbs for Writing on the Landscape by clicking here.

Please stay tuned: We, Jennifer Wilhoit and Steve Jones, have completed our co-authored book draft and are now in the proofreading phase. Our book is entitled Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits: Stories of Passion for Place and Everyday Nature; it is filled with personal and professional experiences about how nature and life are intertwined. We expect to begin scheduling book events in late spring (2019).

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.

Coming this year! Online Courses - Writing on the LandscapeThe Book Experienced and Instructors' Guide to "Writing on the Landscape"

Late Spring 2019 Grief Support Groups begin
Join others who have recently suffered a loss for bi-weekly (every other week) co-support groups. Share what hurts, what helps, and how you are taking steps on the journey forward. We'll schedule online meetings to accommodate as many people's schedules as possible. Contact Jennifer.

June 8 - 9, 2019 Books Meet Writing in the Natural World, Part II BARN bookmaking course (Jennifer J. Wilhoit with MJ Linford) $190. ($145. for BARN members) REGISTER HERE
During this weekend class you will expand and deepen your learning from the Books Meet Writing in the Natural World class (offered in April 2019 and September 2018). The book form you will create is called a blizzard book, originally invented by Hedi Kyle. This book structure allows for insertion of completed pages after the binding is completed. This is ideal for adding polished writing, and decorated pages, as you are inspired. You will be guided through simple, outdoor, creative, nature-based, and writing activities aimed to feed your inspiration, and to tantalize your muse. Please bring a willingness (and weather-appropriate gear) to go outside – rain or shine – to engage these activities. Leave class with a beautiful and writing-filled book that makes you proud. The April 27-28 class is a pre-requisite for this class.

June 22, 2019 Summer Solstice workshop

June 22, 2019 Global Earth Exchange 
This is a free opportunity to make beauty in a wounded natural landscape. (Offered as an individual contribution to Radical Joy for Hard Times' Annual GEX event)

SAVE THE DATE! July 29 - August 2, 2019 Retreat!
Nature to Nurture: Creative Intensive
Bainbridge Island, WA
Join us if you have been craving restorative retreat time.
In natural settings 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. Registration is now open. Retreat! Explore! Create! Click here for details. 

August 5 - September 1, 2019 Growing Words of Compassion: Nature and Writing Practices to Love By online course $199. Register here. 

September 21, 2019 Fall Equinox workshop

December 14, 2019 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
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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