Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time. . . We must prime it with a little solitude and idleness.
Typical Workshop Agenda
9 a.m. WELCOME. Gather. Coffee, tea, share oral stories about ourselves.
9:30 a.m. Getting ready: Chris talks about the connection of nature and creativity. Check maps and plan a 45-minute walk by yourself. Our goal is expanding time—not compressing distance or feeling rushed in any way.
Each writer takes to the outside, alone, for 45 minutes. Walk on roads or trails on property where we are working. The likely distance you’d cover would be from a few tenths of a mile to 2 miles. Treat thsese walks as an out-and-back: after about 22 minutes, turn around and retrace your steps.
NO NOTEBOOKS or pencils or pens. Do not check your phone or send messages. Simply walk and pay attention to your route. Your one goal is to watch your feet and get back in about 45 minutes.
Guided writing. Now that you are back, it’s time to write.
12-1 p.m. Lunch.
1-1:30 free time.
1:30-2 p.m. Mini-naturalist lecture. Writers who know their landscapes know themselves. A short primer on the history and ecosystem of our surroundings.
2:00-2:45: Second walk: go out again, alone, but this time take a notebook, take pictures with your phone or a camera, and record what you see.
3 p.m.: Reconvene for reflections and spiritual time.
3:30: Tea and goodbyes! Until next time.
Writing from Nature
Every child begins the world again, to some extent, and loves to stay outdoors, even in wet and cold.