SP18 Song and Sense: Writing with Winter Trees

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Wednesday February 28

10:00 AM  –  4:00 PM

Song and Sense: Writing with Winter Trees
Instructor: Rebecca Caldwell
RESCHEDULED DATE: Wednesday, February 28; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$47 Member / $57 Non-Member
Limit: 16 students

This writing class will allow students to spend a mindful day attending to the particular stories that trees have to share. In listening, says biologist David Haskell, we learn what endures and what connects us in conversation with all of life’s community. Time outside will be spent on the Carolina Mountain Trail and other areas of the Arboretum, allowing students to observe the interconnecting relationships sustained in and around trees. Classroom time will include warming cups of tea and prompts to deepen the conversation. Optional course reading is Haskell’s “The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors.” Students should wear clothing appropriate for an outdoor walk and bring  lunch, journals, and supplies for writing and sketching. Students are also invited to bring books and resources to share for a group discussion on writing about trees and connections in the natural world.  

Rebecca Caldwell is a writer, educator and counselor in Asheville. Drawing on expressive arts therapy and ecotherapy, Rebecca leads workshops on writing and making expressive journals. She also serves as the adult education assistant at the North Carolina Arboretum.