Writing Our Way to a Deeper Connection with the Natural World

Writing Our Way to a Deeper Connection with the Natural World

Writing Our Way to a Deeper Connection with the Natural World

Event Details

Sep 21, 2024 from 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM
Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park
Holly Hughes
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Holly Hughes
Join us in September for a one-day writing workshop based on the popular program "Sit, Walk, Write: Nature and the Practice of Presence." Our instructor Holly J. Hughes brings decades of experience leading mindful writing workshops as a way of deepening our connection with the natural world.

The sea darkens;
the voices of the wild ducks
are faintly white.
— Matsuo Basho

Following in the footsteps of Basho and other 17th century Japanese haiku poets, we’ll pick up our pens and field notebooks, open our senses and walk the woods and shoreline of Bowman Bay mindfully - recording and sketching what we observe along the way. You'll be introduced to a variety of easy, illuminating Japanese poetry forms, including the haiku, haibun and renga, a collaborative form of linked verse.

We’ll spend time both in solitude and in community, gathering for lunch to share our writing and observations. In the afternoon, you’ll choose among a variety of writing and sketching prompts designed to deepen your connection with nature, your awareness of her resiliency, and explore how we might move toward a sense of reciprocity with the land and sea that nourishes us.


Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park provides a variety of natural habitats to explore, both along the Salish sea and into the forest, as well as a shelter for lunch and collaborative writing.

Bring a field notebook or sketchpad, your favorite writing implements and lunch. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for rain or shine. No mindfulness experience is necessary, and all writing levels are welcome, including poets, diarists, prose writers and the literary-curious!