Nature writing, with its rich and varied history can also be fulfilling as a meditative practice, a way of being in the world.
Adults with an interest in nature writing, prose or poetry. Beginning as well as experienced writers welcome.
“Nature writing is born out of love, respect, and awe. It finds its subject during days of close observation of the natural world. It finds its voice in the relationship with nature developed during those days.” Ron Harton
This workshop will examine the importance of presence, stillness and attention in the nature writer. Drawing on Diane Ackerman’s classic book A Natural History of the Senses, participants will have the opportunity to practice observation, honing their senses and do a short writing exercise. Ways in which nature writing can be utilized as a type of journaling and meditative practice will also be explored.
About Dr. Lucy Griffith
A native of San Antonio, Lucy Griffith has been coming to the hill country since she was a young child, having adventures at the famous Hillington Ranch. She moved to the Texas Hill Country full-time as soon as she could.
Lucy Griffith received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Graduate University of Santa Barbara. Before completing her doctorate she was a mental health services consultant, a mental health administrator, a school principal, a Special Education teacher, a house parent and taught 18-month-olds how to swim.
When not practicing psychology, Lucy can be found on her tractor, Ruby. She and her husband, Andrew Robinson co-manage Rusty Bend Ranch on the Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country, a property that has been in her family since 1966. She became a Certified Master Naturalist in 2013. As a regular contributor to the Texas Star, an award winning publication of the Hill Country Chapter of Master Naturalists, she has been sharing her poetry driven observations of the natural world.
“Limestone in my Bones: A Year at Rusty Bend” is a collection of monthly observations, poetry and photographic images of life at Rusty Bend Ranch. Detailed and whimsical, her descriptions make you say:” I’ve never thought of it that way, but that is exactly how it is!” Her prose reads like poetry and packs a philosophical punch. Each month’s poem, image and essay unite in shared meaning.
Lucy’s dream is to educate and inspire others about our unique hill country environment with humor and passion. She truly has “agarita in her veins and limestone in her bones.”