AE21 Coalescence, Contemplation and Creation: Nature-Inspired Practice

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Sunday February 14

3:30 PM  –  5:00 PM

Coalescence, Contemplation and Creation 
Monthly Online Talks on Nature-Inspired Contemplative Practice

ONLINE* Sunday, February 14; 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Instructors: Rebecca Caldwell & Susan Patrice with guest Sally Atkins

$15 Member | $20 Non-member


A series of conversations on coalescence -- crossing mediums and bridging disciplines -- to discuss a nature-inspired practice of creating, community building and healing. The first program in the series brings poet, ritualist and educator Sally Atkins into conversation about nature as source of healing. Other conversations in the series are scheduled for Sunday, March 14 and Sunday, April 18. 


Sally Atkins, Ed.D, REAT, REACE, Licensed Psychologist, is a poet, writer, professor, and expressive arts therapist and educator. She is Professor Emerita of Appalachian State University where she was the founding coordinator of the Graduate Program in Expressive Arts Therapy and the Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective.  Currently she teaches internationally, and she is Core Faculty of the European Graduate School in Switzerland.  Her publications include two books of poetry and four textbooks in expressive arts work.  Her most recent texts are Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy(2018) (with Melia Snyder) and Presence and Process in Expressive Arts Work (2014) (with Herbert Eberhart). 


*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in your confirmation email following registration. This is a live, interactive class and will NOT be recorded for later viewing.


Rebecca Caldwell is a writer and educator who serves as the adult education programs manager at The North Carolina Arboretum. She has taught literature and writing at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Clemson University and Western Carolina University. She is also trained as a counselor specializing in expressive arts and ecopsychology. While working in Student Affairs at Western Carolina University, she started the Women’s Center, a resource, advising and advocacy center open to all students. Her doctoral coursework and research at the University of Virginia focused on creativity, intrinsic motivation and the adult learner.

Susan Patrice is a documentary photographer, community artist, and founder of Makers Circle. She recently launched the Six Feet Photography Project, a community project that encourages photographers to make and share images of their lived experiences of confinement and social distancing. Susan's own photography and public installations focus primarily on the Southern Landscape and its people and feature intimate images that touch deeply into the questions of place, gender, and belonging.


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Additional donations are always welcome and appreciated. All proceeds go to support intergenerational education at the Arboretum.