Journaling in Nature

Writing Workshops

““We write to taste life twice: once in the moment and again in retrospection.”

– Anaïs Nin

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

Fall 2021 Workshop to Be Announced Soon!

Palmer Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan

$22 per participant

Workshop Details

Are you interested in exploring a journaling practice, but aren’t sure where to start? Do you already love journaling and want some special time to write in the forest?

Join us for 1.5-hour workshops that will bring you into nature to practice the art of journaling. During these workshops, our program guide will offer a unique blend of forest bathing techniques and writing prompts to help you relax into the natural environment, and explore how journaling can encourage a deeper relationship with both yourself and the world around you.

All writing ages are welcome!


What to expect:

  • After a short guided walk into the forest, we will carefully step off trail to seek a private place among the trees.
  • Enjoy a short meditation and guided forest bathing invitations to help you relax & tune into the natural environment.
  • Take time to wander and build yourself a solitary “writing nest” in the forest.
  • Explore journaling prompts to help you dive into both your inner world and the environment around you.
  • Join a closing community circle and guided hike back to the parking lot.

What you’ll need:

  • A paper journal & a pen
  • During summer programming: bring along some water and any comfort items you’d like to have.
  • During winter programming: bring a blanket or two to build a cozy “writing nest.” Remember to wear warm clothing and comfy shoes, and feel free to bring along a thermos with a hot drink.

What we’ll have for you:

  • During summer programming: Bug spray (DEET & DEET free options and a cushioned stadium pad to sit on.
  • During winter programming: Hot stone, eco-friendly hand warmers to put in your mittens or in your nest, access to a small portable propane heater where you can come to warm up throughout the workshop, a personal tarp and stadium pad to sit on.

Meet Your Workshop Guide, Katie Venechuk:

In addition to Katie’s training and experience leading IYE’s core classes and forest therapy walks, Katie is a passionate writer and has journaled daily for more than ten years. She’s also the author of the blog World Maps and Yoga Mats, which was inspired by her love of journaling.


Upcoming Workshop:

Fall 2021 Workshop to be announced soon!

Palmer Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan

$22 per participant


Additional Details:

  • These workshops run with a minimum of 4 registered participants. Please share with others to help us host these opportunities.
  • Registration in advance is necessary to join us, so don’t forget to sign up!
  • No experience in the outdoors or with journaling is needed, and all writing ages are welcome!
  • Workshops are located at Palmer Park, 1275 52nd Street SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. Ample parking is available and there are restrooms available.
  • COVID Safety Measures:
    • Workshop size is limited to 18 participants total (including our guides)
    • Face masks are not required and are the choice of each individual participant.
  • If the workshop is cancelled due to weather, refunds will be issued. We are not able to issue refunds for drop-outs or no shows. Thanks for your understanding!
  • Check out our What to Expect page for more information & other FAQs.

Thank you!

We’ll see you in the forest!

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