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


Jan. 12, 2020 (Sun.) Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits book reading Elliott Bay Book Company Seattle Free
3:00 PM


Jan. 22, 2020 (Wed.) Writing on the Landscape book reading Barnes & Noble 
Orange, California Free
6:00 PM


Jan. 25, 2020 (Sat.) Nature and Story writing workshop Heritage Future, 1888 Center
Orange, California $30. 

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
This workshop focuses on helping stuck, aspiring writers face their writing blocks and write with fluidity and confidence. It is also for anyone who is interested in how nature informs creative pursuit. Using creative and nature-based practices from her book, Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew, Dr. Wilhoit will give participants practical and inspiring ways to put words on the page and to begin developing a writing life suited to their unique constraints and abilities. Jennifer has guided writers of all skill levels through these practices via TEALarbor stories, and has an international clientele. Register here. 


Jan. 25, 2020 (Sat.) Writing on the Landscape book reading Heritage Future, 1888 Center
Orange, California Free
1:00 PM

 

Jan. 26, 2020 (Sun.) Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits book reading Barnes & Noble 
Orange, California Free
12:00 PM


Jan. 28, 2020 (Tues.) Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits book reading Bookmine 
Napa, California Free
7:00 PM

 

Jan. 29, 2020 (Wed.) Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits book reading The Avid Reader 
Davis, California Free
7:30 PM


Jan. 30, 2020 (Thurs.) Spiritual Ecology in Action presentation/book reading Many Rivers Books 
Sebastopol, California Free
7:30 PM

Gain insight into what it means to nurture one's written expression through natural landscapes and ecological images, as well as to enrich one's time in wild places through insightful writing and beauty-making rituals. Drawing from more than two decades and exploration on seven continents, a multidisciplinary spiritual ecologist, published author, hospice volunteer will share stories about how she compassionately nurtures the inner/outer landscape in her professional work and personal life through the lens of spiritual ecology. Jennifer J. Wilhoit, Ph.D. will also share relevant passages from her two newest books: Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew (2017) and Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits: Stories of Passion for Place and Everyday Nature (2019, co-authored with Stephen B. Jones, Ph.D.).


Feb. 3, 2020 (Mon.) Spiritual Ecology: A Nourishing and Practical Approach webinar Free
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This free, two-hour long Zoom webinar will offer attendees simple and practical ways for incorporating nature-based and creative activities into everyday spiritual practice. This is not a sectarian offering; rather, it is intended to support people of all faiths and religions in finding and deepening their own relationship to self, nature, and others through peaceable, compassionate, interdisciplinary practices. This event is part of World Interfaith Harmony Week 2020, UN Official Observance - 1st Week of February. (Click here to join at the time of the event.) 


Feb. 3 - Mar. 8, 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. 


Feb. 29, 2020 (Sat.) Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits book reading Edmonds Bookshop Free
12:00 PM


Mar. 21, 2020 (Sat.) Spring half-day retreat, Fort Ward, Bainbridge $45. 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join me on Bainbridge Island to contemplate the spring through your choice of walking, sitting, writing, making art, etc. Bring whatever you need to create and be comfortable. Register here.  


Apr. 2, 2020 (Thurs.) Spiritual Ecology: What, How, Why presentation Bainbridge Island North Kitsap Interfaith Council 
Venue TBD Free
7:00 PM

I have been invited by our region's interfaith council to speak about spiritual ecology. 


May 2020 East Coast book tour
Details coming...
 

May 2020 Retreat in Staunton, Virginia
Details coming...
 

Jun. 6 - 7, 2020 (Sat. & Sun.) Books Meet Writing in the Natural World bookmaking/writing class $TBD. ($TBD. for BARN members) 
Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network Jennifer J. Wilhoit with MJ Linford
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM 
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. Please email Jennifer with your intention to register: tealarborstories@gmail.com (registration link coming soon)
 

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, Fort Ward, Bainbridge $45.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join me on Bainbridge Island to contemplate the summer through your choice of walking, sitting, writing, making art, etc. Bring whatever you need to create and be comfortable. Register here. 

 

Aug. 3 - 7, 2020 TEALarbor stories Annual Retreat in WA
Details coming...

 

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, Fort Ward, Bainbridge $45. 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join me on Bainbridge Island to contemplate the autumn through your choice of walking, sitting, writing, making art, etc. Bring whatever you need to create and be comfortable. Register here. 

 

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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