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- 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

Color walk in nature

Color walk in nature

This time of year there are so many colors emerging- various shades of greens to each color of the rainbow. One fun activity I like to do is a Color Walk. There are a few ways I like to do color walks 1. In person, 

Despondent to Dynamic! Getting out of a downward drawing spiral.

Despondent to Dynamic! Getting out of a downward drawing spiral.

Have you even gotten stuck while sketching? Or has that annoying inner voice that is critiquing your drawing skills –or perceived lack of skills sucked you into believing it?? That happened to me recently– and this is what got me out and begin to rewire 

Gratitude for my sensory scrapbook

Gratitude for my sensory scrapbook

Today I woke up to see a layer of frost on our wooden deck. The grass and the alpacas in the pasture both have a dusting of frost like powered sugar. It makes me smile. The air was so cold and crisp on my face