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Drawing from Nature

Where Inner and Outer Worlds Meet

What teaching does a budding flower hold for us? A rhythmic tide? An ancient redwood?

The natural world offers an abundance of sensory metaphors that teach us about ourselves, as we take the time to deepen our connection to it through the practice of drawing and painting nature. There is no need to “know how,” only a willingness to trust the creative process.

Meditative observation shifts our vision. We “see” with new eyes, allowing inner and outer worlds to meet and begin weaving together scattered threads of our lives with new meaning. The beauty of Palo Colorado Canyon inspires us to draw and paint what we are moved by. Returning to the Canyon Yurt after outings, we continue the exploration of our images, using multimedia, journaling exercises, and group sharing.
No experience necessary.
Art materials and light snacks included.
Please bring a journal and bag lunch.
Directions given upon registration.
One-day $150, Two-day 9am-4pm $225.

Professional therapists learn experientially how to use this process with clients and as their own self-care.
one-day 6 CEUs $15, 12 CEUs $25 extra (BBS provider # PCE4493)

Jennifer Allen, local author of Bone Knowing, is also an artist, art therapist (ATR-BC) and licensed psychotherapist (MFT) who leads workshops at Esalen and her Canyon Yurt. She has used art for personal process for over 30 years. For over 12 years Jennifer has participated in earth based psychospiritual groups: the Medicine Wheel, the Mystery School and currently, the Elders’ Council.

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