Nature Writing and Journaling Workshops

I offer nature writing and nature journaling workshops at venues around Maine.

Upcoming Workshops
Fall Nature Journaling ~ Event Mappping, October 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Viles Arboretum, Augusta 
Winter Nature Journaling ~ Trees, January 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Viles Arboretum, Augusta 

 Schedule a Workshop

I lead workshops in a variety of formats from a one-hour Introduction to Nature Journaling session to a multi-week Nature Writing series. Workshops can be modified for different audiences and age groups, can focus on particular subjects, and can be conducted either indoors, in the field, or both.

Examples of Past Workshops:
Introduction to Nature Journaling
Family Nature Journaling
The Winter Nature Journal - Trees!
Spring Nature Journaling ~ Birds!
Summer Nature Journaling ~ Wildflowers!
Nature Poetry
Nature Writing (both a 6-week series and one-afternoon workshop)


"[S]uch a great workshop. I feel inspired and much less intimidated about bird journaling and I also think the tips [Andrea] taught will help my bird observations in general."

"[Andrea] gave us all a new perspective on observation and the real purpose of journaling. I loved the whole notion of using drawing to develop and enhance my relationship with what I observe...not to create a work of art."

"I think [Andrea's] curriculum hits the spot. Multi-layered, progressive. Do it again the same way!"

"Andrea did a great job. The class was more formal than I expected, and in a good way."

"I really loved this course. It pushed me a bit more than the typical adult ed-type courses, and I liked that. I liked that each class was organized and focused on specific topics."

"Well-organized and complete, but sorry for it to end."


Andrea Lani has been an avid nature journaler for more than twenty years. She has a BA in Human Ecology, an MFA in Creative Writing, and is a Maine Master Naturalist. Her essays about the natural world have appeared in The Maine Review, Orion, About Place Journal, Kindred, Northern Woodlands Magazine, and Snowy Egret, among others, and her essay "Nature Journaling as Meditation" appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Rhythm of the Home. She wrote and illustrated the book Deer Tracks and Dragonflies: A Year at Viles Arboretum based on years of recording her explorations of the arboretum in nature journals.


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