Forest Bathing can be really good for your health! According to Dr. Qing Li’s book "Forest Bathing", forest bathing can:
For me personally, I definitely have experienced the positive effects on stress, depression, and energy. When life gets hairy, I go for a walk in the woods and it helps. Still I need to learn how to develop a more consistent forest bathing practice!
This past Saturday, I taught the Story Quilt Workshop at Spring Bird's Cottage! This was such a lovely day spent making quilts - one of my favorite things in the whole world!
I shared with the group that for me, making story quilts is manifesting parts of myself into the world. These quilts feel sacred, powerful and have their own presence - almost like sculpture.
In sewing our stories, we have an opportunity to honor them as well as to be comforted by them, because it's soothing to sew them and you might quite literally be able to curl up on a snowy day under them.
Check out the amazing work that was done. I only regret that I didn't get enough photos of the pieces in their final stages.
Per usual, I set the table with lots of colorful fabrics and threads!
We created paper templates before cutting any fabric. This helps with figuring out composition as well.
Often, laying fabric on top of fabric helps to see what works best. It's really our intuition that tells us how it should be.
We share stories as we sewed!
Our quilts came in different sizes. Some were panoramic, and others were one square that serves as a start to a larger project.
We used hand and machine sewn rough edge applique to sew down the pieces to our stories.
We also used a lot of vintage and upcycled linens, napkins, curtains etc. These older pieces of fabric added layers to our stories.
This was so much fun! I will definitely be teaching it again in 2020. I am toying with the idea of creatiing a quilting series where we'd meet several times to work on our quilts. What do you think?
A few weeks ago, Pat and I took a long walk in the woods, and the entire thing went like this cartoon. It was still lovely, but sometimes I understand why people are not leaping into the woods for hiking. There definitely can be uncomfortable moments.
Last week, I taught the Nature Notebooks Workshop at Spring Bird’s Cottage. It was a lovely day that preceded that big snow that fell a couple of short, dark days later. The leaves were are muses as we plucked them from the forest floor collage and marveled at their beauty.
Here’s what we did:
We sewed pamphlet books, our Nature Notebooks. (Forgot to get pictures of this process, but you can see a book above!)
We collected natural materials to both use as tools and inspiration, and we had to dry the leaves in order to work with them properly!
We worked on our books using leaf rubbing, leaf printing, sun printing, and sketching, painting, and drawing techniques
Then, we ended by writing our “Where I am from Poem”
It was a lovely day spent in nature contemplating our connection to place.
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.