Learning to See Nature
A Journey of the Spirit
Saturdays, March 31, April 28, & May 5 9am-12pm
What do you desire in your relationship with Nature? What do you long for in your journey of Spirit? In this three part series, we will explore these questions using the structure of Mary Oliver’s rules for life: Pay attention, Be astonished, and Tell what you saw.
Session I. Seeing Nature: Paying attention begins with learning to see. Our opening session will view Nature and our life journeys through lenses of camera, story and image. By choosing our own entry point using camera, music, poetry, sketching, breathing and other approaches, we will make connections with our life story and Nature.
Session II. Going into the field: On a trek to local nature sites, we’ll practice Paying attention and Being astonished. You don’t have to be an expert to be a part of Nature.
Session III. Tell what you saw: Mary Oliver’s “Tell what you saw,” invites us to reflect and make connections between Nature and our journey and relationship of Spirit.
Facilitator: David Astin is a retired science teacher, naturalist, storyteller and natural history photographer. He lives in Golden Valley and his neighbors include more than human population.
“One spring, when I was seven or eight years old, our side yard elm tree was filled with birds that were the most beautiful rose color that I had ever seen. The vision of beauty provided by the grosbeaks stimulated a lifetime passion of observing and interpreting the natural world around me.” David Astin
Saturday, March 31, 9am-12pm
Saturday, April 28, 9am depart from Carondelet Center
Saturday, May 5, 9:30-11:30am