Community Connections

Powhatan State Park (Powhatan, VA) E. Floyd Yates Conservation Area Parking Lot

Mindful Movement Hike, Sunday, October 29, 2023, 2:00 pm. Nature has so much wisdom to share! Join us as we connect to nature with purpose and intent as we fully engage our senses and our body on this mindful movement hike through the pine forest. FREE program, but parking fees apply.

Powhatan State Park (Powhatan, VA) Equestrian Parking Lot

Ways of Seeing Wander, Sunday, October 15, 2023, 2:00 pm. How can we tap into and fully feel the emotions of beauty, joy, wonder, awe, love, gratitude, and peace? Through nature, of course! Join us on this wide-open, meadow wander as we observe nature through different perspectives, gain her insight, and grow our own feelings and emotions, and empathy towards others. FREE program, but parking fees apply.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (Richmond, VA) Adult Education Series, Lessons Through Nature

Exploring Our Ecological Self is offered in-person at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA, Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. The reciprocal relationship between nature and people has significant, research-supported positive implications on physical, social and emotional health and wellness, and on human communities and culture. But most of us never pause from our busy lives to closely examine our place in the natural world, or our relationship with it. Using the Incanto sculpture, Ancestors, as inspiration, we’ll delve deeper into our relationships with our ancestors and the role they play in cultivating our relationship with nature. We’ll explore the development of our “ecological self,” or a self that transcends individualism to recognize the healing that we can achieve for ourselves, our community, and our natural world when we live in harmony with all living beings. 

Finding Connection Through Awe is offered in-person at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA, Wednesday August 30, 2023, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Finding awe deepens our connection with the natural world, ourselves, and others. In this workshop, we will examine our own story with nature, stretching back to our earliest memories of the natural world. We will share our moments of awe, unearth our feelings around nature through photos, explore our ecological self through a series of reflective questions, and find awe in the Garden by observing through different perspectives. Sharing and discussion will be encouraged! Click on class title for more information and registration!

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Adult Education Series, Lessons Through Nature

Second in the series, Voice: The Language of Flowers, is offered in-person at the Garden, Saturday, April 15, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am. Click on class title for more information and registration!

University of Richmond Ecochallenge 2022: New Zealand

November 14, 2022 – I had the pleasure of facilitating a small group of enthusiastic faculty and staff through an activity titled Ways of Seeing. They wandered the beautiful Eco-Corridor on the University of Richmond campus and photographed different locations through four different perspectives, or ways of seeing. We shared our experience and discussed what nature has to teach us about perspective.

Foundation for Family and Community Healing Collaboration

I am excited to announce my collaboration with the Foundation for Family and Community Healing! I am not only a newly appointed board member for this unique, non-profit organization, but will also be sharing and creating content, including blog posts, for their online, educational platform. Their mission, to empower us all to create healthy, positive, rewarding relationships with ourselves, each other, Earth, and the loving force greater than ourselves, very much aligns with my mission for From the Outside, LLC and my own purpose. I encourage you to explore their website ( for a comprehensive description of the self-guided, self-facilitated, learning modules centered around building healthy relationships, creating a sustainable future, cultivating conscience change, and celebrating our individuality, creativity, abundance, and joy. These courses are offered to individuals, families, schools, and workplaces. Stay tuned for more content announcements!

Friday, 11/18/22 Silent Auction and Art Event at Crossroads Art Center, 5-8 pm, to benefit the Foundation for Family and Community Healing

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