Fall 2018 Workshops

I’m super excited to announce my fall workshops with the Portland Underground Graduate School. Like all of my courses, these are offered with the intention of exploring together our relationship with the land we live on and the earth’s cycles – and how we can reconnect with nature and find our role as humans within our ecosystems. Two powerful paths for this work are embodied by these courses: coming together in community to learn about indigenous ecology, and observing/listening (in this case, by drawing) to plants and seasonal rhythms. Please join us!

Drawing Plants: Fall  Session  – Connecting to Place by Slowing Down
Dates: Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24
Time:  7-9 pm
Location: People’s Co-Op || 3029 SE 21st Ave
Space limited to 20 students
Registration and details at pugspdx.com

Drawing can be a way of knowing a place, a season, a moment. Drawing is a connection between eye, hand, heart and mind that can allow us to tune in to nature’s rhythms and the “more than human world.“ It’s a simple practice that can bring us to a mindful state anywhere we go. In this course, we’ll cultivate an openness to unexpected outcomes as we celebrate the deepening of the year.

Braiding_Sweetgrass_MMM_2_sqReading Braiding Sweetgrass – Restoring our world and ourselves through ecology and Native American wisdom
Dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27
Time:  6:30-8:30pm
Location: Wayfinding Academy, Portland, OR
Instructors: Christine Dupres and Mulysa Melco
Space limited to 25 students.
Registration and details at pugspdx.com

Are you compelled by the thoughts on reciprocity and meaning that run so deeply through Braiding Sweetgrass? Do you want to deepen your attachment to the living entities of this land? Are you aware that your thinking on indigenous knowledge could be much deeper? Are you searching for ways forward given the current crises of personal and planetary health? Join PUGS’ highest rated teachers Christine Dupres and Mulysa Melco for a four-week class they’ve created to help you more fully embody the lessons of Braiding Sweetgrass.

Prerequisite: Prior to class, read the first section of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Christine Dupres (Cowlitz/Cree), Ph.D., is a writer, teacher, and Native citizen. She is the author of Being Cowlitz: How One Tribe Renewed and Sustained Its Identity (University of Washington Press). She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oregon.

Mulysa Melco is an ecological landscape designer, horticulturist, and artist with a lifelong passion for plants and exploring our connection with the land. She teaches botany and ecology classes for PUGS. 

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