Author: Melinda

A moment in time: learning FROM nature versus learning ABOUT nature.

A moment in time: learning FROM nature versus learning ABOUT nature.

Nature is constantly changing- the sunrises and sets, the weather changes, every living thing goes through a perpetual cycle of birth, growth and decay. So no two moments are alike. Fleeting moments When we can take a few moments to step away from our screens 

Wander and wonder

Wander and wonder

This week I had a desire to get to the forest. I wanted to wander among the trees, take in the smells, sights, and feel the fresh air. I decided it was time to visit the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos, California- 

What’s special about your nature journal?

What’s special about your nature journal?

This past week we had another lovely bookbinding workshop where we hand made books to use for nature journaling! It was great to be in community with others, having conversations, talking about nature, journaling, life, and making/creating something with our hands! We had 9 wonderful 

In the news! Nature journaling is more than drawing

In the news! Nature journaling is more than drawing

I was recently interviewed for an article that came out in the Monterey County Weekly paper. You can read it here. or read a PDF version here. It so exciting to have nature journaling getting more exposure! I’m celebrating this will all of you who 

Bookbinding: Make your own nature journal–to keep or give as a gift!

Bookbinding: Make your own nature journal–to keep or give as a gift!

Can’t find the perfect ready-made nature journal?? I had that problem too. Nothing had the right combination of paper type, size, shape, binding and cover. That is, until I began making my own custom hand made journals!! Want help making your own too? Come get 

Unexpected kaleidoscope of colors

Unexpected kaleidoscope of colors

Its fall now and deciduous plants have leaves that turn bright colors before they drop. During this window of time between fresh color and dry brown, they are like jewels dangling from tree limbs and carpeting the ground. The other day as I was walking 

Nature journal safari on Elkhorn Slough

Nature journal safari on Elkhorn Slough

Nature journals wild sea otters and other wildlife in their habitat! I’m offering a very special workshop- very limited seats so save your seat now! The workshop will begin with practicing some strategies for nature journaling- and I’ll show you how to easily and simply 

Trusting yourself: Listening and tuning into your heart

Trusting yourself: Listening and tuning into your heart

There’s something that I’ve been experiencing and getting more clarity about and I’d like to share with you. Its about trusting ourselves. My life has been an incredible journey going from NOT knowing what I truly wanted to having beautiful access to my deep, heartfelt 

Pausing for deep nature breaks

Pausing for deep nature breaks

Summer is in full swing and I’ve enjoyed some quiet time in the mountains, rivers and the ocean. But for the past month I have not nature journaled as much as I normally do. I’m not sure why I’m not recording things in my journal, 

Journaling around the world

Journaling around the world

International Nature Journaling Week, June 1-7 is a celebration of how we experience and record nature in our journals. This was another amazing year of INJW. I was part of the team supporting Bethan Burton. I loved the themes for each day, and had so