Wednesday, August 4
Title: Environmental Place-Based Workshop-On Site At D’Acres Educational Farm and Homestead, Dorchester, NH. Explore How to Engage Creatively and Meaningfully With Special Places Through Guided Activities Including Writing and/or Drawing, With Facilitators Mary Ann McGarry and Tammis Coffin
Bios of Facilitators:
MaryAnn McGarry- just retired from teaching environmental science and policy at Plymouth State University since 2004 where she was most recently the Endowed Abbott Professor of Environmental Studies. Originally from Colorado, McGarry has been an environmental educator since designing her own major at Dartmouth College as an undergraduate. She continued to earn a masters and doctorate focused on earth science. After continuing her education in creative writing and art more recently, McGarry fully embraces an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating creative writing and art with learning and teaching science. McGarry has conducted environmental place-based writing workshops and courses for local, national and international audiences.
Tammis Coffin- is a place-based educator who brings a passion for ecology and the creative arts to the interpretation of natural and cultural landscapes. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide who has been coordinating public programming for National & Historic Landmarks in Western Massachusetts since 2001. Her University of Maine Master’s Project, Finding Poetry in Nature forms the template for her leadership of place-based writing groups, including a new initiative: Create Found Word, Spoken Word Poetry With Anyone, Anywhere.
Description: Participants will explore the power of place-based writing and art as a way to connect to our surrounding environment, clarify our thinking, and motivate us to become active stewards of natural places in our communities. We will explore the ways that our ecological, historical and social identities contribute to our sense of place. Participants will write and/or draw, responding to place-based prompts and share their work with one other. The program includes Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing- a way to be mindful, observant and breath in the healing power of the surrounding trees). All are invited, no prior experience required, just enthusiasm for new explorations of place. The instructors will strive to provide a welcoming, comfortable, supportive learning environment.
Date: Wednesday August 4th
Time: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $45, ($15 of the proceeds will go to D’Acres to help them recover from reduced operations during Covid. Can offer a sliding scale, contact MaryAnn, contact info. provided
Equipment/materials: Instructors will provide art and writing materials and instructional handouts. Feel free to use your own nature journal and preferred art supplies. Bring enthusiasm, a zest to be creative, and don’t forget: a mat or outdoor chair for sitting, hat, insect repellant, sunscreen, drinking water, lunch and snacks and bathing suit if you want to take a dip in one of the ponds afterwards.
Camping facilities and some rooms available: https://www.dacres.org/rooms/ and https://www.dacres.org/camping/.
Registration and questions: contact MaryAnn McGarry, 603-254-6413 (cell and text), firstname.lastname@example.org.
D Acres of New Hampshire is a not-for-profit Permaculture Farm and Educational Homestead located in Dorchester, NH. Read about our mission, our weekly meals, camping and lodging, and events and workshops.