Two events: a two-part creativity workshop (still registering!) on Friday, May 17th and Saturday May 18th, and "Rooted in Ohio," the keynote for our Annual Members Meeting, Saturday May 18.The ongoing preservation of Glen Helen depends upon a community of conservation-minded people who understand the importance of biodiversity and community. Few Ohioan's can convey the close connection we feel to the landscape and its creatures like Julie Zickefoose!
Zickefoose makes her living interpreting what she finds wonderful, beautiful, fascinating, and disturbing about nature, especially the boundary where it intersects with people. Her job is to look closely, figure out what might be going on and how she feels about it all, then share what she finds.
Zickefoose is the author of two well-received books: Letters from Eden: A Year at Home, In the Woods, and The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds. She's now at work on a third: a book about the day-to-day development of nestling songbirds, as interpreted in words and watercolors, made directly from life.
To truly understand the structure of a flower, it is vital to draw it. It is in translating form into line that we understand, in a visceral sense, how the blossom is shaped.
In a similar way, writing prose and poetry about one's experiences in nature teases out a deeper connection than one could build by simply moving through the natural world without attempting to relate what you find to someone else. The effort to translate your observations into a product is the alchemy that helps you understand what you're experiencing.
This workshop aims to inspire you to create a product of your own. A light lunch is provided, bring your portable creative materials (journal, pen, watercolors, etc.) and dress for some time outdoors.
The two-part workshop runs Friday, May 17 from 6-9pm, continuing on Saturday, May 18th from 10am-4pm. Participants are invited to stay for the Glen Helen Association Annual Member's meeting and Julie's keynote presentation beginning at 4pm Saturday.