Join Good Hart Artist in Residence Christina Clancy, Little Traverse Conservancy staff, and Petoskey District Library for a unique winter afternoon experience. You may attend one or both parts of this workshop.
We will begin with a one hour winter walk at the Offield Family Viewlands, located at 1055 Hideaway Valley Dr. in Harbor Springs, where forest bathers will be provided with several prompts designed to help them generate and/or interrogate ideas for their work. We'll meet after the walk at the Petoskey District Library lower level classroom to write, discuss, and share our experiences. Registration is required. Please be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket or yoga mat to sit on during the walk.
We've all gone for walks in the woods, but what if we move more slowly and purposefully, registering the feel of the earth under our feet, touching the bark of the trees, looking up into the branches, paying closer attention to the sounds, wind, wildlife and weather? This technique, called forest bathing, originated in Japan as a way to relieve stress and improve sleep and health. It's also great for writers. Dedicated forest bathers say the process sparks creativity, helps them solve problems, and improves their ability to write convincingly about place. While forest bathing can be done individually, it's especially powerful with a group.