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Current Nature Journaling Classes

Current Nature Journaling Classes

Check HERE for currently offered Live and On-demand classes. What people enjoy about Melinda’s Classes: Melinda is an amazing teacher and her classes are very well organized. She nurtures an inclusive and supportive community so even newbies like myself don’t feel overwhelmed. Her style of 

Bustling Spring, and moments of stillness

Bustling Spring, and moments of stillness

I invite you to open your mind to this idea: Time for rest is necessary for productivity, creativity and clarity. I know it may sound counter-intuitive. But here’s what I’ve been pondering recently. I have been noticing a feeling in my body in the past 

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Mushrooms keep popping up on my walks, and this time I saw a really neat looking one. It was rubbery, wrinkly and had cool holes on the stalk! I wanted explore more details and nature journal it- but it was nearing dark and had to 

Take a winter wander

Take a winter wander

Winter is a quieter time for nature. Deciduous trees have dropped their leaves and prepare to rest. The shrubs and herbaceous plants have shriveled or died back, and underground, bulbs and tubers prepare to push new leaves in the coming weeks. Some animals that have 

Making progress rather than seeking perfection

Making progress rather than seeking perfection

Practicing something new is a great way to keep expanding your skills. Its also a way for me to stay in the beginner’s mind, humble, and remembering that I am here on earth to keep learning. I have been really taken by the gorgeous clouds 

Found nature objects: Sand dollars

Found nature objects: Sand dollars

Found nature objects: I have a collection of nature treasures that I keep on a nature table. Seedpods, stones, shells, leaves, etc.. When I can’t journal them right away, I leave them here until I’m ready. My daughter came home with these sand dollars a 

A little inspiration sparks wonder: Leaf quest

A little inspiration sparks wonder: Leaf quest

Earlier this month I led a nature journaling session about leaf diversity for the Monterey Bay Nature Journal Club Online. I introduced some basics about leaf type, shapes, arrangement on the stem, and vein patterns. There are a bazillion examples in nature, and I focused 

Cahaba River: Virtual nature journaling trip (video)

Cahaba River: Virtual nature journaling trip (video)

Topic for today Monterey Bay Nature Journal Club (MBNJC) Member Amy Sides takes us down to get our feet “wet” at her nearby nature in Alabama to explore the Cahaba River and the special lilies that live there. We’ll be taking a virtual trip through 

A whale of a wonder: impromptu nature journaling

A whale of a wonder: impromptu nature journaling

A few days ago we came across a dead fin whale on our beach while on a walk, at Asilomar Beach, Pacific Grove, California. This was an unusual and wonderful opportunity for impromptu nature journaling. It was cold and windy but I managed to spend 

Sketching in the moment

Sketching in the moment

Being on screens so much these days for teaching, communication, emails, etc, I often don’t realize how much I am missing out on nature. I know that I need time out in the natural world to offset technology time and help me feel centered, and