Frequently Asked Questions

Workshops

"Is this for me?"

 

These offerings are absolutely for you if...

  • You're a hard-working, empathetic creative who often feels distracted, scattered, and like things are out of focus. You want to prioritize self-care but aren't sure where to begin; you tend to put the needs of others before your own.

    • I can't don't know what ails you, and I'm not a therapist. But I do know that if we spend time in nature when we set intentions, get focused, stay curious, and are open to learning new things, it can have profound positive effects on our psyche, our bodies, how we cope with stress, and thus, on our lives. Time outside always helps me slow down, prioritize what's important, tune into life so that it doesn't all blur together, and be more prepared to face challenges.

  • You want to get outside more but can't seem to find the time.

    • Offerings range from one-hour sessions to three-hour immersions and are held on various days and times. Attend a workshop and you'll get tailored, actionable steps to help you weave more naturing into your busy schedule and everyday life.

  • You're new to the area, unfamiliar with Richmond parks, and/or want someone to show you the best spots for your specific needs.

    • I spend untold hours each week in our James River Park System​ and never get tired of sharing its beauty with others. A lifelong Virginian and eight-year Richmonder, I'd love to introduce you to the popular and less-visited parts of our urban wilderness for you to connect with long after our session ends.

  • You respect the environment and would never take advantage of our wild spaces.

    • I value Leave No Trace as well as the concepts of wildtending and reciprocity with nature. I combine both in a unique way and am happy to discuss them with you. However you honor the space is fine, but all participants should agree to environmental stewardship, including pack it in/out and respecting all other beings.

  • You are open-minded and value different perspectives. You are willing to challenge your own ideas about yourself and the world.

    • I know I'm a white womxn with many privileges, and I encourage participants to examine their own. I'm still learning, I'll make mistakes, and I'll do my best to right them because in the face of injustice, imperfect action is preferable to inaction. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, antisemitism, ageism, ableism or other bigotry won't be tolerated.

    • Speaking of which, these offerings are NOT for you if...​​

      • You'd rather remain well within your comfort zone

      • You prefer instant gratification over lasting results from consistent practice

"What if I can't afford it right now?"

No one's financial situation should ever keep them from exploring nature, 

and public wild spaces nationwide already have too many barriers.

No one is turned away because they can't pay.

If it's still out of reach after checking out the sliding-scale Pricing, please reach out. We'll work together to determine another form of compensation (work-trades, volunteering with a local organization, etc.) or a payment plan.

And remember, the meet-ups are always free and full of awesome experiences, too.

"How did you decide on these rates?"

First, every workshop takes many hours to develop. Second, the rates above include a $5/person required contribution to the James River Park System.

 

Below, you'll find the estimated hours I spend on each session before we meet. Still, these numbers don't reflect continuing research and education, professional training, permit acquisition and other legalities, and time spent honing these practices over the years.

Mindful Hikes & Trail Runs: 1.5 hours in route and meditation planning, plus 25 hours on initial workbook creation.

Field Sketching: 2 hours planning and practicing each subject and relevant techniques.

Eco-Journaling Immersion: 2 hours on immersion planning and writing your unique prompts.

P.S. - Transparency is important to me. After each workshop, you can see the amount donated to that session's beneficiary on the Facebook event page. If you want this info but aren't on the 'book, contact me.

 
 

© 2020 - Natalie K. Stickel