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

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

Event Calendar

Contact Jennifer here for details.
To read about past events, click here.

Online Courses

The following three courses are "on-demand": register for and take the class whenever you want.

Growing Words of Compassion: Nature and Writing Practices to Love By More info here.
Deepen your innate capacity and expression of tender compassion. 

Writing on the Landscape: The Book Experienced More info here
Let the author guide you through her book, Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew. 

Instructors' Guide to Writing on the Landscape More info here
This instructional aid is for professors/facilitators using Writing on the Landscape in their curriculum/group work. 

2021 Offerings

Register here for all paid events. 
Please note that all times listed are in the Pacific Time Zone in the U.S. 

Feb. 1st, 2nd, 3rd4th, 5th (Mon. – Fri.) Spiritual Ecology: Nature and Creativity for Soul Nourishment (part of World Interfaith Harmony Week, A UN Official Observance) via Zoom Free (click here to register)     
10:00 – 11:00 AM
This interactive event will offer participants simple ways to incorporate nature-based and creative aspects into everyday spiritual practice. It is designed so that participants are guided through the various activities with opportunities for question/answer, sharing, and discussion. Each day we will focus on a different topic including: contemplative writing, gratitude, nature mandalas, compassion, service. This is not a sectarian offering; it is intended to support people of all faiths in finding and deepening their own relationship to self, nature, and others through peaceable, interdisciplinary practices that they create consistent with their specific beliefs. This event is part of World Interfaith Harmony Week 2021, A UN Official Observance. Participants may join one day, some of the days, or all five days that this event occurs. We will gather each day (Monday Feb 1st – Friday Feb 5th) on Zoom from 10:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time/United States. Participants are kindly asked to bring any of the following that they have available: paper, writing pens, colored pens or paints, photos of nature, objects from nature (leaves, cones, flowers, shells, rocks, soil, water, etc.). Everyone is welcome. Limited to 100 participants. Register in advance.

Feb. 9th (Tues.) Second Tuesdays Lunchtime Webinar Free (register to get access)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Listen to a thirty-minute informal talk interweaving such topics as creativity, beauty, nature, gratitude, and kindness. For those who can stay for the full hour, the second thirty minutes will be Q/A and discussion. 

Feb. 10th, 17th, 24th (Wed.) Wellbeing Wednesdays via Zoom $20. per session 
12:15 – 1:15 PM
Join others who want to find a moment of calm and beauty midweek. Bring your lunch, pen and paper, art supplies, and your heart to our Zoom gathering. Each week we will enjoy a reading or video clip, poetry, calming activity, and opportunities to share the small ways in which we seek great wellbeing. Come once, or all three times.

Feb. 15th, 22nd, Mar. 1st, 8th (Mon.) Gratitude Course via Zoom $80.
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Celebrate, learn, practice, share how gratefulness can become an extraordinary part of your everyday life.

Mar. 9th (Tues.) Second Tuesdays Lunchtime Webinar Free (register to get access)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Listen to a thirty-minute informal talk interweaving such topics as creativity, beauty, nature, gratitude, and kindness. For those who can stay for the full hour, the second thirty minutes will be Q/A and discussion. 

Mar. 20th (Sat.) Half-Day Spring Retreat via Zoom $60.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Join me to contemplate the season of spring through poetry, meditation, writing, visual art, etc. We will spend a portion of our time going outdoors in our respective locations. Please bring art supplies, paper, pens, and whatever else you need to feel comfortable.

Mar. 29th (Mon.) Overcoming Writing Blocks via Zoom 
10:40 – 11:40 AM
I will make an author visit to college classroom #1 using Writing on the Landscape as their course text. 

Mar. 30th (Tues.) Overcoming Writing Blocks via Zoom 
10:40 – 11:40 AM
I will make an author visit to college classroom #2 using Writing on the Landscape as their course text. 

Apr. 5th (Mon.) Early Bird Registration Opens for TEALarbor stories Annual Retreat
Receive $100 discount if you complete registration by April 30th

Apr. 13th (Tues.) Second Tuesdays Lunchtime Webinar Free (register to get access)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Listen to a thirty-minute informal talk interweaving such topics as creativity, beauty, nature, gratitude, and kindness. For those who can stay for the full hour, the second thirty minutes will be Q/A and discussion. 

Apr. 21st (Wed.) Working Despite Creative Blocks via Zoom $40.
10:00 – 11:30 AM
Troubleshoot your creative stuck places through simple activities, compassionate guidance, and individualized support. 

Apr. 28th (Wed.) Nature as Tool, Antidote, and Inspiration in Writing via Zoom (or in-person, if possible) $50.
10:00 AM – 12:00 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. 

Apr. 30th (Mon.) Early Bird Registration Ends for TEALarbor stories Annual Retreat
Receive $100 discount if you complete registration by April 30th at 5 PM Pacific Time. 

May 11th (Tues.) Second Tuesdays Lunchtime Webinar Free (register to get access)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Listen to a thirty-minute informal talk interweaving such topics as creativity, beauty, nature, gratitude, and kindness. For those who can stay for the full hour, the second thirty minutes will be Q/A and discussion. 

May 14th & 21st (Fri.) Nature Journaling via Zoom (or in-person, if possible) $80.
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn how to capture your nature experiences on the page via evocative images, words, creativity. This is especially for people who lack confidence in their artistic skills (though everyone is welcome). Leave with beautifully completed pages in your nature journal. 

May 17th - 20th (Mon.-Thurs.) Writing on the Landscape via Zoom
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Alabama Huntsville. Using my book, Writing on the Landscape as the class text, students will have an opportunity to understand the nature/creative connection and to delve into their inner/outer landscapes via reading, hands-on activities, and discussion.

Jun. 2nd (Wed.) Making Writing Easier via Zoom 
8:30 – 9:30 AM
I will make a second author visit to college classroom #1 using Writing on the Landscape as their course text. 

Jun. 3rd (Thurs.) Making Writing Easier via Zoom 
8:30 – 9:30 AM 
I will make a second author visit to college classroom #2 using Writing on the Landscape as their course text. 

Jun. 8th (Tues.) Second Tuesdays Lunchtime Webinar Free (register to get access)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Listen to a thirty-minute informal talk interweaving such topics as creativity, beauty, nature, gratitude, and kindness. For those who can stay for the full hour, the second thirty minutes will be Q/A and discussion. 

Jun. 19th (Sat.) Half-Day Summer Retreat via Zoom (or in-person, if possible) $60.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Join me 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. Please bring art supplies, paper, pens, and whatever else you need to feel comfortable.

Jun. 30th (Wed.) Sensory Delight in Nature and Art via Zoom $20.
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Journey with me in pursuit of the restorative goodness of creativity, the natural world, and beauty. Through simple activities, we will awaken our senses and cultivate joy: that substrate of wellbeing that carries us through difficulty. Join us in adding your own sense of aesthetics to your workday. 

Jul. 2nd (Fri.) General Registration Ends for TEALarbor stories Annual Retreat

Jul. 9th & 16th (Fri.) Nature Journaling via Zoom (or in-person, if possible) $80.
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn how to capture your nature experiences on the page via evocative images, words, creativity. This is especially for people who lack confidence in their artistic skills (though everyone is welcome). Leave with beautifully completed pages in your nature journal. 

Jul. 13th (Tues.) Second Tuesdays Lunchtime Webinar Free (register to get access)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Listen to a thirty-minute informal talk interweaving such topics as creativity, beauty, nature, gratitude, and kindness. For those who can stay for the full hour, the second thirty minutes will be Q/A and discussion. 

Aug. 2nd – 6th  (Mon. – Fri.) TEALarbor stories Annual Retreat: Beauty $950.via Zoom (or in-person, if possible)
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. Our special focus for the week will be on beauty. 

Aug. 10th (Tues.) Second Tuesdays Lunchtime Webinar Free (register to get access)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Listen to a thirty-minute informal talk interweaving such topics as creativity, beauty, nature, gratitude, and kindness. For those who can stay for the full hour, the second thirty minutes will be Q/A and discussion. 

Sep. 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th (Wed.) Wellbeing Wednesdays via Zoom $20. per session 
12:15 – 1:15 PM
Join others who want to find a moment of calm and beauty midweek. Bring your lunch, pen and paper, art supplies, and your heart to our Zoom gathering. Each week we will enjoy a reading or video clip, poetry, calming activity, and opportunities to share the small ways in which we seek great wellbeing. Come once, or all four times.

Sep. 14th (Tues.) Second Tuesdays Lunchtime Webinar Free (register to get access)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Listen to a thirty-minute informal talk interweaving such topics as creativity, beauty, nature, gratitude, and kindness. For those who can stay for the full hour, the second thirty minutes will be Q/A and discussion. 

Sep. 18th (Sat.) Half-Day Autumn Retreat via Zoom (or in-person, if possible) $60.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Join me 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. Please bring art supplies, paper, pens, and whatever else you need to feel comfortable.

Oct. 12th (Tues.) Second Tuesdays Lunchtime Webinar Free (register to get access)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Listen to a thirty-minute informal talk interweaving such topics as creativity, beauty, nature, gratitude, and kindness. For those who can stay for the full hour, the second thirty minutes will be Q/A and discussion. 

Oct. 20th (Wed.) Working Despite Creative Blocks via Zoom $40.
10:00 – 11:30 AM
Troubleshoot your creative stuck places through simple activities, compassionate guidance, and individualized support. 

Oct. 29th (Fri.) Day of Reflection and Gratitude via Zoom $95. 
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Spend the day engaged in nourishing activities to deepen self-reflection and gain clarity about your next steps as a change agent in the world. Experience a host of ways to foster gratitude in all circumstances. And immerse yourself in the interconnections among contemplation, gratefulness, and service. 

Nov. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd (Mon.) Gratitude Course via Zoom $80.
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Celebrate, learn, practice, share how gratefulness can become an extraordinary part of your everyday life.

Nov. 9th (Tues.) Second Tuesdays Lunchtime Webinar Free (register to get access)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Listen to a thirty-minute informal talk interweaving such topics as creativity, beauty, nature, gratitude, and kindness. For those who can stay for the full hour, the second thirty minutes will be Q/A and discussion. 

Dec. 4th, 2021 - Jan. 9th, 2022 Writing Sabbatical/TEALarbor stories offline
I will be offline and immersed in work on my current book project. Client services will resume on January 10th, 2022. 

 



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