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An Introduction to Nature Journaling

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Barung and Sunshine Coast Council are holding two nature journaling workshops presented by Paula Peeters from Paperbark Writer  at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (MCSR).  They will be held on Saturday 30th March, at the conclusion of the MCSR BioBlitz*.   BOOK ONLINE HERE

Nature journaling is the practice of recording your drawing or writing in response to observations in nature.  It is a useful process for encouraging and enhancing a connection with nature, place and self, which is obligatory in fostering greater care for our environment.

Nature journaling is a practice that we can define and develop for ourselves. You
don’t have to be an artist or an author to create a nature journal.  Simply taking the time to stop and look, to really see, demands we slow down and observe where we are.  It is a practice in mindfulness, pulling us out of the clouds and grounding us in the present.  It’s also a way to learn more about nature, the birds, the bees, the trees, the systems that connect us all together – and about ourselves. 
The practice is as important as the end result.

Paula’s workshop description:
“This is the basic, beginner-level workshop that’s designed to
demonstrate to each participant that they can draw and write, even if
they have no prior skills in these areas. Along the way, we will explain
aspects of ecology relevant to the workshop venue, and introduce
basic materials for nature journaling.
Suitable for interested kids 10yrs and up.  Children under 15yrs need to be accompanied by an adult.  Participants are required to bring
their own basic materials including unlined sketchbook, 2B pencil and
permanent ink fineliner pen.”

For more information check out Paula's web page https://www.paperbarkwriter.com/nature-journaling/

Paula is able to supply a basic nature journaling kit of quality art materials (includes a good-quality sketchbook (Strathmore mixed media visual journal 8 x 5.5 inches), 2B pencil, permanent ink fine pen (Pigma micron), and a print copy of Paula’s book Make a Date with Nature: An introduction to nature journaling) for $25.  

* A BioBlitz is an "intensive scientific survey undertaken in a specific site within a confined period ... to rapidly quantify species diversity in a targeted area."

Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent

 and water bottle are advised. 

Something to sit on (chair, rug, etc.) if you wish

9.30 - 11.30am


2.30 - 4.30pm

Plan to arrive at MCSR around 9am or earlier, particularly if you would like to purchase morning tea from the Mountain View Cafe.  Saturday morning will be busy with other visitors to the reserve and parking is limited.  If there is sufficient interest Barung will run the Bandicoot (bus) from the Barung office at 38A Coral St, leaving at 8.40am for the morning session or 4pm for the afternoon session; please contact the Barung office (5494 3151) if you require this service.

Bookings are required

Members: $15                         Non-members: $20

Children under 15yrs must be accompanied by an adult

Bookings may be made online here
or phone the office 5494 3151

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