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Nature Journal Retreat

October 30, 2015 @ 9:00 am - October 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Come join artist/naturalist/educators Clare Walker Leslie and John Muir Laws in a two-day journaling retreat. This is a unique opportunity to learn basic skills for setting up your own Nature Journal that you can continue using throughout the seasons in your own place. No skill in drawing, writing, observing necessary. Just bring curiosity and a love for being outdoors. We will both be doing simple demonstrations, showing our own journals, encouraging you in specific ways you can overcome your fears of the blank white paper! The world of nature is constantly changing, with much to absorb and learn about. The Nature Journal provides a fantastic opportunity to record your own observations, insights, wonderments.
The Field Journal is a historically important tool that scientists and naturalists used throughout the world, before the advent of the camera. Discover why your own record-making is even  more fun than taking a photograph! (Photographs, articles and  clippings, e-mails and text messages of course can be added to Journals and we will show you how.)
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Journal Share Table

Claire and John will bring a selection of their field journals that participants my browse and read. Bring your own journals for the journal share table to inspire others with what you do.

Art Supply Swap-out

Do you have a selection of cool art/journaling materials that you no longer use? This is your chance to clear the closet. Bring those materials to the Swap-out Table and take anything you see on the table that you like to add to your own kit.

Book Signing

Both Clare and John will have copies of their nature journaling books available for purchase and signing. Finish all of your holiday shopping in October! Fill out this short survey to let Clare know which books she should bring for you. Preorder with Clare Walker Leslie.

Cost and accommodations

Participants may stay overnight at the Headlands Institute or, if they have other housing arrangements, can join us for workshop sessions and lunch only. The Bonus Fieldtrip on Sunday is open to everyone.
  • Extended Retreat: 3 days, 2 nights with room and board. Includes room and board Friday and Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning. Recommended for people coming from out-of-town and wishing to attend the Bonus Fieldtrip on Sunday. $308
  • Full Retreat: 2 days, 1 night (Friday) with room and board $235.20
  • Days Only (with lunch and dinner): 2 days with lunch, Friday evening program and Friday dinner $217
  • Days Only (with lunch): 2 days with lunch $207

Confidential financial assistance available upon request. Contact John Muir Laws.

Register now to reserve your place.

Retreat Schedule

Friday Oct 30

9:00 Welcome Coast Room
Workshop: Tips and Tricks for Field Study – suggested tools to take into the field, and Simple Drawing Techniques
Field Study #1: with Instructor assistance/suggestions – using just pen or pencil; plant close -ups/ How to Draw Plants
12:20 Orientation from Nature Bridge Staff

12:30 -1:30 Lunch
Workshop: How to Draw Landscapes
Field Study #2: option now for using color – colored pencil, watercolor, etc; beginning to work on landscapes/ 
5:00 Check in at Raven Dorm
5:15 Sunset Sketching: Learning the Hows of Sky, Water, Clouds (6:13 Sunset)
6:30-7:30 Dinner
Evening Program
Saturday, Oct 31
Bird Walk (7:33 sunrise)
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
Workshop:  Techniques for Drawing BirdsField Study #3 
12:30-1:30 Lunch
Workshop: Techniques for Drawing Animals
Field Study
Sharing Field Journals and Celebration of what folks have done 
6:00-7:00 Dinner (for extended retreat guests)
Sunday, November 1 Bonus Field Trip
8:00 Breakfast (for extended retreat guests)

10:00 Join Claire Walker Leslie, John Muir Laws, and the Nature Journal Club for a field trip to Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds. These settling ponds are a known hotspot for migratory waterfowl. Learn tricks and ideas to describe what you discover in your nature journal. As with all Nature Journal Club field trips, bring a bowl, and spoon and a potluck treat to share for lunch. Food may stay in the car while you sketch in the morning. If rain is in the forecast, visit johnmuirlaws.com in the morning to learn the alternate venue. $20 suggested donation.


October 30, 2015 @ 9:00 am
October 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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Nature Journal Club
(415) 310-7592


Headlands Institute
1033 Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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