Mindful Writing in Nature

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, community educator, and nature advocate) as she offers brief presentations on topics related to edible gardening and therapeutic 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 exposuremindfulness, and expressive writing have been shown to contribute positively to mind/body health.

Through Winter 2021, Mindful Writing in Nature sessions will be offered on the 3rd Monday of each month. Pre-registration is required. Once you sign up for a class session, you should receive the Zoom link details within 24 hours.

Mindful Writing – Seeds of Change (Online)

September 2021: Explore the awe-inspiring lifecycle of seeds, and reflect upon the seeds you have planted (or wish to plant) in your life. Enjoy a free condensed version of this class session.


Mindful Writing – Composting the Messy Stuff (Online)

October 2021: Learn about the organic process of composting, and reflect upon how we can use difficult life experiences to amend our soil for future growth. Enjoy the post-session blog post as well as the recording of this webinar.


Mindful Writing – Extending Thanks to Nature (Online)

November 15, 2021 (12:00pm PST – 12:30pm PST)

Learn about the mind/body health benefits of engagement with nature, and celebrate diverse leaders who are centering nature in their work. Reflect on gratitude in our writing.  Registration is now closed, but check back soon for a recording of this webinar.


Mindful Writing – Sharing Nature Gifts (Online)

December 20, 2021 (12:00pm PST – 12:30pm PST)

Seeking last minute gifts? Join us for a quick tutorial on making a nature-themed present with materials available close to home. Reflect upon how you can “give the gift of nature” to yourself and others, year-round. Register today!

Additional details:

Each session will last 30 minutes, to include a short therapeutic horticulture presentation that we all can apply to our lives, followed by 10 minutes of writing practice, and a few minutes of reflection. On the introverted side? No worries, I feel you! No sharing required – although starting in November 2021, participants are invited to stay for an additional 30 minutes to share and reflect upon their writing (although this portion of the session will NOT be recorded).

Registered participants can choose to participate live or watch the recorded presentation (of speaker only) at a later time. You’ll receive the recording link automatically via email, within one week of our session.

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