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Art and Writing in Nature

January 28, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Forest at TARR

Join us for our FIRST session of “forest bathing” WITH opportunities for reflections and expressions, in Art or Writing– or both!

This event will offer avenues for creative expression which participants in past Forest Bathing walks have requested.  We’ll offer at least one such event each Season.

For this first Winter walk with Art and Writing, dress warmly in layers and bring along any materials you may wish to have with you, including snacks!

We will close with the traditional tea ceremony and depending on weather may return to the house or porch for closing sharing together.

We will open all of our senses as we take in the winter forest.  This event includes creative activities led by artist Jim Stilwell and writing experiences guided by Dr. Mattie Decker.

Jim is a well-known artist in Asheville, NC and has worked over many years guiding individuals to come to know their own inner artist. He recently taught a large class outdoors at Flying Cloud Farm and many were beginners who delighted in his intuitive ease of instruction (with gentle modeling and suggestions.)

Mattie is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. She also has a Master’s degree in Writing from Northeastern University in Boston, and, along with Nature, and time in the Forest, she says writing is her personal therapist!

Forest bathing (Shinrin Yoku) is a practice from Japan that has been gaining attention in the West. Forest bathing is not about getting exercise. It’s not about hiking to get somewhere. It’s about being present in the forest, taking it in. It’s about deepening our relationships between ourselves and Nature, between humans and the more-than-human world.

To keep everyone safe, these walks are limited to 12 participants. Registration is required.

Donations are not required and the amount of your gift is entirely up to you. A donation of $30 is suggested for forest bathing walks, for those who are able. Donations of $35 or more will include Conserving Carolina membership benefits.



RSVP below.

RSVPs will close at 3PM on Thursday, Jan. 26.

To cancel your RSVP, please email [email protected].



January 28, 2023
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Transfiguration Preserve
188 Mt. Tabor Way
Bat Cave, NC United States
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