First we will gather nearby a natural spring and a 150 year old adobe ranch house. We will spend some time there reading from a collection of poems inspired by nature. Marianne Moore and e.e. cummings are two of my favorites and you can expect to hear from them, among others. We will next do a one hour nature walk. We will enjoy a very leisurely pace as we stop to explore any plants along the way that fancy our interest and write some verse. I will give simple and fun instructions to craft your lines. I will share tidbits of the natural history and ethnobotany of various plants. We will stop in several locations to write, including the shade of a sycamore and a magical forest of oak trees. We will share our poems, and if there is time you can get personalized feedback, and continue to perfect it or write additional poems. I will be there to give you ideas, suggestions, or guidance as needed. If there is time and if the group is interested, we can also break into pairs and give feedback to each other in a guided format. The final few minutes will simply be spent returning to the original location by the ranch house, spring, and of course parking lot.
I have an MFA in Poetry & have taught both poetry and science writing. I am so excited to invite you into a secret magical canyon & share how nature can inspire your inner creative writer!!! I also have a bachelor of science in ecology & conservation biology, so I can share with you ethnobotany & natural history of many of the area plants as a source of inspiration. As a certified health coach, I help people create the healthy lifestyle they crave, & I have learned that slowing down & connecting to yourself, as you do writing poetry & being in nature, is essential to holistic wellness.
Spa Water (ex: cucumber)
Beautiful paper and pens
Santa Maria de los Penasquitos Ranch House is definitely off the beaten path. Even people who hike in this area will normally be directed to the main trails that do not come here. The trails we will follow are about 75% off the beaten path (we do join the main trail in order to make the nature walk a loop). Most locals do not even know about the ranch house, much less the history of the area or the spring! This place is a true hidden gem.
最多6人參加，年齡須滿12歲。 If you bring a guest that’s under 18, it’s your responsibility to read the description and make sure that this experience will interest them.
-Dogs welcome on leash. -The area is warm July-Sept or in "Santa Ana conditions" (desert winds). For healthy individuals this can be done year round. -In rain, both 1st & final stop are sheltered.
Nature Poetry 101 in a SD canyon