Special Workshop June 5!

 Reconnecting with Nature in the Modern Age: Using our Senses to Find Our Place in the Web of Life Sunday, June 5, 20229:00 AM – 4:00 PMSandy, OR
I am very excited about this  one-day workshop I will be doing in partnership with Tom Brown III of FutureNature. We feel empty; we feel ill, but can put the finger on what’s wrong; we know there is something missing. Many people feel this void and think it can be filled with Money, Material possessions, or drugs and alcohol. We all crave peace, love, joy, and purpose. Our society teaches us that these things can be found in externals. In truth, they can only be found within.What we are missing is the connection to the natural world around us. In this full-day workshop, we will guide you through engaging your senses and learning to move in concert with the more than human world. We will share the philosophies behind nature connection and information from research on the health benefits of time spent in the forest. You will feel the pleasures of presence, learn to walk the way our ancestors did, moving with the ebb and flow of our surroundings, utilize wide-angle vision, and explore the more than human world through your senses. We will teach you skills and practices you can incorporate into your daily life to increase your well-being and feeling of connectedness. 

Register Here

 Check out his video – a taste of Reconnecting with Nature in the Modern AgeThe trees are in full bloom here in Portland, simply walking around town is a feast for the senses. In the forest, the berry bushes are beginning to flower, the ferns are unfurling, and the big leaf maple trees are offering us their blooms.

In addition to my own scheduled walks, I have upcoming walks  with Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (May 24), Forest Park Conservancy (May 17), and Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve (June 9). Click through to their websites for specifics and registration.I am loving providing the “Experiencing Gifts from Nature” program at the Harold Schnitzer Center for Living. This series of monthly programs brings the sights, sounds, feel, and even smells of nature to the residents of the nursing home. We have been to the forest, the beach, and next week, I will take them to the forests of Sweden with videos, audio clips, and the forest treasures I have brought back with me – spruce and pine cones, bark. Perhaps I will even bring them some Swedish licorice. 

Reflections on a walk…

Parenting Advice from a Mother Hemlock

Pull your branches back,
Let them reach their branches out to you.
Give them what they need underground,
the best support is sometimes unseen.
Give them the space to grow big and strong,
but no matter how far away they are,
You can still nourish their roots.


  Forest Bathing Walk on Suavie Island
Connect with the birds and oaks of Sauvie Island during this spring walk.
May 25, 2002
9am – 11am

To register for this and other upcoming walks… 
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I have been a sustainability professional for over 20 years and vegetable gardener for nearly as many. We rely on our garden to provide almost all our produce and what we don't get from the garden we try to source from local farmers. With children ranging from 3 years to 22 years old, I have a wide variety of taste buds to make happy. Cooking from the garden means needing to find variety in how we use whatever vegetable or fruit is in peak to keep my family interested and excited.

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