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Nature Journaling Weekend

Deepen your experience of the natural world through close looking and reflection with artist Michelle Antonisse. We will learn the history of field journaling (recorded observations of nature) and experiment with our own practice. This is a perfect opportunity for park docents honing communication skills, scientists looking to expand their storytelling practice, teachers experimenting with pedagogies and artist leaning into their relationship with natural spaces. do not worry if you don’t fall into a previous category - this workshop is truly for anyone who wants a relaxing weekend of therapeutic deep-looking, drawing and experience with the natural world!

There will be informational lectures, sketching lessons, group activities, a field trip to observe the Elephant Seals at San Simeon, evening fireside hangs, early morning tide-pooling and of course solo time journaling in nature. Onsite lodgers will stay in cozy group cabins nestled in an ancient Monterey Pine grove. You will wake up to see families of deer tiptoeing through dappled sunlight and hear sea lions barking over softly crashing waves.


$475 for on site lodging (includes 8 meals, 3 nights lodging, bus to and from Elephant Seal observation space, lessons and workshops on sketching and field journaling practices)

$400 for offsite lodging (includes 8 meals, bus to and from Elephant Seal observation space, lessons and workshops on sketching and field journaling practices)

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required at the time of registration and the balance is due at least 30 days prior to the workshop. No experience as an artist or naturalist is necessary. A required materials list will be sent out to registered participants.

Michelle Antonisse teaches at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Angels Gate Cultural Center and the Norton Simon Museum. She is also a certified California Naturalist and Artist in Residence at Camp Ocean Pines. Her own art deals with the human relationship to “nature”, the process of creating narratives and ways of understanding nonhuman stories through a human lens.

Testimonials from former students:

“The workshop was really great and Id definitely do it again… I think everyone could benefit from taking it”

“I was surprised to learn that drawing is a calming activity in addition to being useful. I realized that sometimes when I am writing, photographs don’t illustrate an example as well as a drawing. Michelle is a very encouraging instructor with a well-rounded approach.”

“The field journaling workshop was the perfect retreat, providing a space to engage and reflect on the natural world more intimately, taking the time to see and note hidden details, learning methods for communicating perspective and texture and light, and sharing our observations with one another. Michelle facilitated a beautiful exchange of knowledge, sharing her own expertise of journaling methods and the abundant plant and animal life of Camp Ocean Pines, while encouraging all of us to engage all of our senses and abilities in our own observations and journaling! It was truly one of the best weekends of my life, and because of how we learned during the workshop, am able to tap back into the spirit of that weekend through field journaling in my everyday life.”

Earlier Event: August 18
Camp Joy (Chinese Brush Painting)