I started teaching as a Naturalist at Walker Creek Ranch. This work continues in new ways. Since 2014, for each week during the school year, I worked with 20-25 students during their week of outdoor education. As a program, we focused on hands-on learning and community-building.
My favorite part of writing is always the community of writers, and the act of sharing space and words together. I offer three main workshops right now: Writing the Self Wild, Writing to Heal, and Poetry & Placemaking for Educators. Please contact me for customized retreats.
In my six years of leading outdoor education experiences with youth, and my three years of facilitating writing workshops with adults, I have been honored to learn and grow alongside my students. In both of these fields, I value a student-centered approach that prioritizes the voices and needs of each person. Writing workshops and outdoor education work are similar in that they need a welcoming atmosphere, ample space for listening, and physical space for exploring connections to nature, each other, and place. Trust is central to these experiences, as is humility, respect, and of course, joy! As a facilitator, I believe that it is my role to guide discussions, establish group norms and agreements, and offer activities to explore the connection to writing and nature. I offer three main workshops right now: Writing the Self Wild, Writing to Heal, and Poetry & Placemaking for Educators. Most of these workshops are taught through Point Reyes National Seashore Association and Pepperwood Preserve. Please contact me for customized workshops and writing retreats as well.