The Art of Letting Go – A Nature Journaling Retreat

October 25-27, 2019

Do you remember when you were a child, when there was no schedule – when wonder, curiosity, exploring and making things came easily?

Nature Journaling is about opening yourself to the natural world – and finding the wonder you had a child. It’s about slowing down and re-connecting with the small things you haven’t really SEEN since you were small. The moss under your feet. The songs of the birds above you. It’s about asking questions, and being curious again, like we were when we were young.

When you nature journal, you’ll renew the skills of observation, curiosity and creativity you were born with –

Join me on a Pilgrimage Retreat to one Georgia’s 35 Natural Wonders and let’s explore together!

Tallulah Gorge at sunriseTallulah Falls, a Georgia Natural Wonder 

Stunning Tallulah Falls &

Clayton, Georgia in the Blue Ridge Mountains

I invite you to come with me and experience this beautiful part of Georgia in the height of its fall glory.

We’ll adventure on trails and along waterways, and I’ll guide you through a few quiet sessions of introductory journaling – no artistic talent needed! (I’ll show you how to make your journal “shine” with a few quick tricks so you can bring home a beautiful memento of your trip you will treasure.)

Above all, it’s a chance to re-connect with nature, restore your soul, and maybe learn a few things too!

The Retreat

Each day will include an moderate hike outside one destination each day – Tallulah Falls and one of the surrounding nature destinations, such as Warwoman Dell or Dicks Creek Falls. We’ll take time to savor and enjoy, and along the way, I’ll point out the native plants and geologic features. We’ll “tune in” to the songs of nearby birds and insects, and the rhythm of nature’s fall activities . And we’ll be immersed in the amazing colors, sights, sounds and scents of northeast Georgia in October.

Each day you will experience a guided journaling session – practices for listening, waking up your senses, drawing and recording your thoughts in a number of approaches to unlock your innate perceptions.

We’ll return to our home base each afternoon for a period of quiet and free time, for reflection on what we’ve seen, a glass of wine together or a cup of tea and rest before dinner.

Accommodations

We have reserved a lovely vacation home in the Chattooga River Wilderness for our retreat. Surrounded by quiet fields and trees, it offers a fire pit, and a long front porch for drinking morning coffee and watching the mist lift off the fields across the lane.

The home has 2 Private Rooms, each with a queen bed, and one Shared Room with 3 beds.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning, as well as a hiker’s lunch for the walk. (Dinner is pay your own, in one of the several lovely restaurants in this college town set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. )

Nature Journal Drawing of Joe Pye Weed and BeesGuided Walks

I’ll bring field guides and phone apps to help you learn to identify the native plants, animals and geology of the surroundings. I have a Master Naturalist Certification, which means I know enough to bring references for questions I can’t answer!

Transportation

For participants attending both nights, transportation (my van) is available for the drive to and from our Retreat home.

Supplies

I’ll provide drawing supplies for our Nature Journal sessions. At the end, you’ll have a bound Nature Journal of your memories to bring home. (Alternatively, you can order your own supplies – contact me for the list.)

Reserve by September 4 for Early Bird pricing

3 Days, 2 Nights Retreat

– Private Room     $290. ($320 after September 4)

– Shared Room     $190. ($210 after September 4)

2 days, 1 night Retreat

– Private Room     $210. ($230 after September 4)

– Shared Room     $165. ($180 after September 4)

Last day to reserve your spot September 30.  Limited Number of spots available!   

 

50% Deposit required with registration, remainder due by September 30. We hope you won’t have to cancel, but refunds are available until October 10. Contact me and I’ll get your credit card information (or check)

Call or text  678-640-8217

Or Email Ann@annlitrel.com

I look forward to journaling together!!

Ann

 

Comments

  1. Laurie poole says:

    This sounds amazing. I hope I am able to attend

    • Tallulah Gorge is beautiful! Let me know if I should hold a spot for you, there is still room but the early pricing expires this week.

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