Weedy Woods and Flowers: A Exhibit

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Ahh, the joys of a day job. It can keep you from other pursuits and goals, and yet feed you heartily on the way–as well as financially supporting those pursuits and goals.

For the past year and  a half, I have been building my day job life, and with this November, I am returning here to offer regular reports on my business, and on my writing blog to share new essays, poems and photography (OfTheEssenceBlog.com) which will be updated soon!  Thank you for your patience, and I look forward to sharing the walks I have been offering on a smaller scale, and exciting plans for the future.

Meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to recently–the reception is today, November 4, and the exhibit will be up all month.

Weedy Woods & Flowers:
valuing the tiny
and overlooked

Photos, Writings, Other Media
Diane Kavanaugh-Black & Carole Fults

For the month of November, 2018

William K. Sanford (Colonie) Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville NY

Opening Reception
Sunday, November 4, 2018
2-4 pm
Viewing hours:
Monday – Thursday 9 am to 8 pm,
Friday 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 1 to 5 pm

Sanford Show Flyer 2

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Forest Therapy Experience at Hope Club Garden: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 6-8 pm

 

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On the night of my introductory talk this early June, rain gushed out of the sky, pooled in the streets, and alternated dark and light, heavy and sprinkling. A small group gathered around the cozy kitchen table at Hope Club in Latham, New York, and shared our deep experiences of nature, along with what science tells us about the healing effects of the natural world.

Because of the cooler temperature and the storms, we stayed indoors and sank our senses into photos of nature. Over pizza and salad, we talked about how being in or even thinking about the outdoors moved us–from thoughts of illness or anxiety to the “blessings of blooms and butterflies,” as one participant put it.

The scary and rushed sensation of getting to the building through rush hour traffic and bad weather faded; somehow, we became more ourselves.

It was decided, unanimously, I’d return to Hope Club to do an actual walk-experience, and this will happen in their beautiful garden on Thursday, July 20, from 6 to 8 pm.  Again, the evening is free, some food will be provided, but please pre-register with Hope Club, (518) 220-6960, or through the Contact Us tab on this blog.

*Programs with Hope Club are open to ANYONE whose life has been touched by cancer, not just patients or family members.

This announcement is cross-posted on my writing blog, OfTheEssenceBlog.com 

July 20 FTG Experience, Hope Club (updated)

Forest Therapy Guiding Talk at HopeClub: Monday, June 5, 2017

I understand this is a late announcement, but my new day job has kept me from social media almost entirely.  Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.

The American Cancer Society’s local HopeClub in Latham offers programs “for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.”

This free evening presentation/experience includes dinner, so please RSVP to me and I will get the word to them you are joining us!

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“The Forest is the therapist; the guide opens the door.”

An Introduction to Nature and Forest Therapy

Monday, June 5, 2017, 6 to 8 pm The HopeClub, One Penny Lane, Latham

Unplug.

Breathe with clouds, trees, water, flowers.

Come, live in the untamed world for a while.

Do you feel intuitively that being outdoors in nature can make you feel better or centers you?

Have you heard about Japanese shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” and wondered what it might be like to experience? Would you like to know more about this scientifically researched restorative practice and try it for yourself?

Diane Kavanaugh-Black, Nationally Certified Forest Therapy Guide, yoga instructor and local writer, will talk about what a Guided Forest Walk is, what it isn’t, and why you might participate in one! We’ll try it out with a short nature invitation and then together choose where Diane will lead a full Guided Walk this summer for HopeClub.

 

HopeClub Ask the Expert Forest Therapy 06-05-17

Forest Therapy Walk August 21st

At the minimum, I had hoped for a lovely day among the shady apple trees, next to the pond and tiny bubbling stream–even out on the hot July grass. As we slowly moved past water lilies and the nodding raspberry bushes, then shared in a circle later, the morning expanded into an even larger and more important experience for everyone, far beyond what I had hoped for.

This is some of what the participants shared after my first forest therapy walk in July:

[I have] become more aware of the small and large beauty around us, and the greater possibility and actuality of greater PEACE.

You would only be helping yourself [to do a walk]; you have to disconnect to reconnect.

Wonderful for helping you take yourself to another level of mindfulness…

I am calmer. Slowed down. More peaceful.

Won’t you join me on Sunday August 21 from 10 am to 1 pm in Troy on the next walk?  

It’s FREE. (More information below and in the pdf flyer.)

****Use the Contact Us tab above to register for the event.*****

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NATURE & FOREST THERAPY WALK

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016, 10 AM TO 1 PM

at a six acre private residence in Troy NY

Led by Diane Kavanaugh-Black: Forest Therapy Guide, yoga instructor, local writer & photographer

This introductory walk is FREE, though donations will be happily accepted.

**Forest Therapy is a series of guided sensory invitations into a deeper connection with nature, that takes place in state parks, nature preserves, arboretums, gardens and private spaces. Light hearted and yet potentially profound, the approach slows us down and opens us to possibilities.

**Forest Therapy allows individuals and groups to experience the healing effects of the outdoors and is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical condition. The walks are generally under a mile and on easy terrain. No special knowledge or background is needed.

**Nature and Forest Therapy is a research-based restorative practice which comes out of Japanese shinrin yoku or “forest bathing.” Among other benefits, it has been shown to lower blood pressure, decrease cortisol (stress hormone) levels, and increase immune function. You may have seen recent articles in the Washington Post, Yoga Journal, USA Today or U.S. News & World Report, or on National Geographic Explorer channel.

**Further information and links to scientific research and media reports about Forest Therapy can be found at the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs .

08-21-16 Forest Therapy Walk flyer

Forest Therapy Walk in July

Mandala: bird's foot trefoil.

Mandala: bird’s foot trefoil.   ~~ Let nature do the healing.~~

Here is the first of the promised summer walks in upstate New York, and a .pdf to pass on to anyone who might be interested.

July 22 Forest Therapy Walk flyer

**Please indicate your interest through the “Contact Us” link at the top of this site, and more information will follow.**

Light over the water: breathe in the calm.

Light over water: breathe in the calm.

NATURE & FOREST THERAPY WALK

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016    10 AM TO 1 PM

at a six acre private residence in Troy NY

Led by Diane Kavanaugh-Black: Forest Therapy Guide, yoga instructor, local writer & photographer

This introductory walk is FREE, though donations will be happily accepted.

**Forest Therapy is a series of guided sensory invitations into a deeper connection with nature, that takes place in state parks, nature preserves, arboretums, gardens and private spaces. Light hearted and yet potentially profound, the approach slows us down and opens us to possibilities.

**Forest Therapy allows individuals and groups to experience the healing effects of the outdoors and is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical condition. The walks are generally under a mile and on easy terrain. No special knowledge or background is needed.

**Nature and Forest Therapy is a research-based restorative practice which comes out of Japanese shinrin yoku or “forest bathing.” Among other benefits, it has been shown to lower blood pressure, decrease cortisol (stress hormone) levels, and increase immune function. You may have seen articles in the Washington Post, Yoga Journal, USA Today or U.S. News & World Report recently, or on National Geographic Explorer channel.

**Further information and links to scientific research and media reports about Forest Therapy can be found at the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs .

 

Nature Art Show in March at Emma Thacher Center

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“Swizzle stick,”on the Red Belly Snowmobile Path, Partridge Run; more photos from this trail are in the Thacher Nature Center show.

On Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 1 to 4 pm, I invite you all to visit Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville NY for the opening reception of their 13th annual Nature Art Show. I have three photographs in the show–come and enjoy them, at the 50 artist celebration, nestled in the center next to Thacher Lake. The opening reception includes live music and refreshments, and there are trails to walk outside near the nature center or back at John Boyd Thacher State Park (don’t miss the escarpment overlook!).

The show runs through March 25 and the Center (free admission!) is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 to 5.

Directions: If you approach from John Boyd Thacher Park on 157 (off 85/New Scotland Road), you will drive THROUGH Thacher Park, take a right on 256 (Ketcham Road), pass the small Farm Stand on the right, and soon after take a left on Nature Center Road (small sign for Nature Center), which is gravel and leads to the parking area & center.

Nature Photography Show, about Partridge Run, at Bethlehem Library

Photo in the show: "First, Center Yourself: Ox-Eye Daisy, unopened," July 2014

Photo in the show: “First, Center Yourself: Ox-Eye Daisy, unopened,” July 2014

Hello all. The project I have been concentrating on in lieu of workshops the past six months has bloomed in its first public venue.

My hiking partner Carole Fults and I are working on a series of books about the natural areas near Albany, NY, beginning with Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area in Berne.  Below find the announcement of our exhibit at Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, NY (south of Albany). The show runs through December, in the lobby; there is also an exhibit by a local printmaker and collage artist (link to follow) in the entryway.

Since Bethlehem Library does not have accommodations for formal receptions, I will be at the library for two informal opportunities to ask questions while you look at the photos:

Sunday December 13, from 12:30 to 2:30, with a short talk at 1 pm

Tuesday December 15, from 5 to 7 pm, with a short talk at 6 pm.

Getting to Know Pickerel Ponds photo show flyer