Desert Experience:  Transforming Observation Through Writing  hiker

Date/Time: Saturday, April 4, 9 AM – 5 PM, Sunday, April 5, 9 am – 4 pm
Meet at: Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Fee: $110 JTNPA/PINE member $120 non member
Instructor: Rebecca Lowry, Artist, Instructor
Hike Level: Easy

Pick up a pen, instead of a camera! Clicking a shutter takes but a moment. Documenting experience through writing takes time and focus. It requires you to pause and to look and to formulate the words needed to describe what you feel and see. This process demands careful observation, embeds experiences in memory, and results in a far more specific and personal record. This class will teach you how to use writing as a tool for seeing. Learn to see the richness that is hidden before your very eyes. Use all of your senses in experiencing a place. Gain deeper understanding through close study. Discover the lost art of focused observation. Spend a weekend immersed in the spectacular scenery of Joshua Tree National Park. Using the park as our subject, this two day class will consist of focused writing exercises interspersed with discussions, readings and short walks. The beautiful and isolated Lost Horse Campground will be our classroom and participants are strongly urged to take advantage of the opportunity to camp. See, with new eyes, the desert in her nighttime finery! This is not a workshop specifically for writers and no previous writing experience is necessary. The class will benefit artists, writers, poets, naturalists and the naturally curious: anyone interested in developing skills of close observation and understanding.

Call 760-367-5535 for more information on the camping option.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

Download the course outline:  Desert Experience – Transforming Observation Through Writing Sp 2015 (approved)

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.

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