At Rhythm of the Home, we love to see not only children engaging in creative play, but adults as well. Nature affords us, no matter what season, a space to come together and reflect. Nature is the perfect place to gather for any creative endeavor, to see our world in a bright and vivid light, and to record the ways in which our environment is constantly changing.
We have asked Elizabeth Sniegoki to join us here for the coming year to share activities from her nature journaling e-course with us, as a small way to help each of you either begin a journey of nature journaling as a family, or to deepen your practice. We hope that you will enjoy a few moments of the outdoor world together as a family each day, as you discover all of the creative possibilities it holds.
Spring is an ideal time to begin a new, creative journey into nature and self, through keeping a seasonal nature journal. The earth is warming up, the days are brighter and greener, blooming flowers scent the breeze, and birdsong fills the air. This time of rebirth, reawakening, and new growth begs to be discovered and explored on the blank pages of your journal. By recording your observations, perceptions, and reflections about the world around you, you will begin to connect to it in a more meaningful way, leading to a heightened sense of place.
The following journaling prompts help to encourage observation skills and foster connections with your natural word:
Spring in My Place
Write for 5-10 minutes about your current perceptions of spring in your natural environment. What do you already believe about the activities, events, objects, and symbols of this season, right where you are? This is less of an observation-based exercise and more of a memory/feeling-based exercise.
What color is spring where you live?
What does it look like, smell like, feel like, taste like?
How does this season make you feel?
What memories does spring conjure up? Does your current environment reflect those memories?
What would you LIKE spring to look and feel like?
Now, draw a quick sketch of a spring scene where you live. This may be a flower, a bird, the sky, or a little landscape scene. It can be your perception of a real image, or something in your mind’s eye, but it should reflect what you believe spring feels like where you currently reside.
Look for Signs of Spring
Look for signs of spring in your environment throughout the course of one day. Keep your journal with you and record what you observe with short notes and simple sketches. You may include:
the temperature outside.
a squirrel running by as you walk the dog.
a flower bud in your yard.
the colors that dominate the landscape.
birds flying overhead.
bulbs in bloom on a windowsill indoors.
butterflies in the neighbor’s garden.
the time the sun sets.
the heady-scent of night jasmine blooming.
the shape of the moon in the night sky.
* Be sure to record the date in your journal.
The above is an excerpt from “A Sense of Place,” a 6-week, pay-what-you-can e-course that gently guides you through the basics and benefits of keeping a seasonal nature journal. The spring session of this creative journey into nature and self begins March 18th ~ for more information or to register, click here.
Elizabeth Sniegocki writes about creating a natural and mindful environment around you and within at her blog, A Natural Nester. She offers everyday inspiration and informative feature articles on seasonal living, community building, conscious parenting, organic gardening, and wholesome cooking, from her nest in Sarasota, Florida.