How are you like a tree? A mountain? An ocean? What nourishes your soil? How do you know when you are depleted or in need of replenishment? Which seeds have you intentionally sowed in your lifetime – and which do you still long to grow?
Join Dr. Dawnn McWatters (licensed psychologist, educator, and food activist) as she offers brief presentations on topics related to edible gardening and horticulture, and guides class participants through a mindful writing exercise – cultivating curiosity, awareness, and compassion, with the support of nature-based prompts. While not intended to be a substitute for mental health treatment, nature exposure, mindfulness, and expressive writing have been shown to contribute positively to mind/body health.
Upcoming sessions are listed below and pre-registration is required. Once you sign up for a class session, you should receive the Zoom link details within 24 hours. Be sure to check back regularly as new classes (and topics) will be added.
Mindful Writing – Seeds of Change (Online)
Explore the awe-inspiring lifecycle of seeds, and reflect upon the seeds you have planted (or wish to plant) in your life. A free condensed version of this class session is available to watch here.
Mindful Writing – Composting the Messy Stuff (Online)
Monday, June 21, 2021 – 12:00pm PST to 12:45pm PST
Learn about the organic process of composting, and reflect upon how we can use difficult life experiences to amend our soil for future growth.
Each session will last up to 45 minutes, with 20 minutes for an introduction and therapeutic horticulture presentation, followed by 10 minutes of writing practice, and 15 minutes of reflection. On the introverted side? No worries, I feel you! Choose how deeply you wish to engage in these sessions and please keep in mind – no previous experience or personal sharing is required.