The first thing you are going to do today is walk (not ride) with your horse
or dog into a "place of power", (your animal will show you the way.) Just
follow the animal and let the animal lead you. Once you feel comfortable,
sit down and perform the following exercise.

In the upper right hand corner of your note paper, write your name, date,
place, and time.

Then continue as follows:

Note your first impressions of the place your animal has taken you to.
Include in this narration the exact weather conditions you find. Take a few
moments to orient yourself, sit and become silent. Listen carefully and note
the first sounds that you hear. Listen to all the sounds in the environment
and write them in narrative form. It can be in prose, poetry, word song,
etc. Be as free about the form as you wish. Do not limit your
self-expression by conforming to what you "think" you are being asked to do.
Instead allow yourself to "feel deeply" what the environment has to teach
you. Your animal will help.

Then note the direction of the wind, if there is any.

The cloud patterns and/or amount of cloud cover.

The ground cover and its characteristics.

Then, at eye level, write what you observe on the horizon, in front of you,
on both sides, and behind you.

Then, note overhead observations, birds, trees, planes, sky, clouds, sounds,
colors, smells, feelings, etc.

Then putting all these together, comment on the whole landscape, again in a
narrative or prose style. Do not just take "notes," or write in single word
sentences, unless it is what the moment requires.

Focus instead on one single aspect of the landscape or the whole landscape
and begin to pencil in your observations in sketch form. Let these images
and shapes flow through you. They do not have to be perfect, or even
realistic at all. There is no right or wrong. They can be simple line
drawing impressions.

Take 30 minutes to do this exercise before returning to the workshop area.
Do not return too soon. It is important that to take your time. If you are
with a horse, return him/her to the corral and return to the workshop area
and remain silent until everyone else has returned.

Enjoy !

The first thing you are going to do today is walk (not ride) with your horse
or dog into a "place of power", (your animal will show you the way.) Just
follow the animal and let the animal lead you. Once you feel comfortable,
sit down and perform the following exercise.

In the upper right hand corner of your note paper, write your name, date,
place, and time.

Then continue as follows:

Note your first impressions of the place your animal has taken you to.
Include in this narration the exact weather conditions you find. Take a few
moments to orient yourself, sit and become silent. Listen carefully and note
the first sounds that you hear. Listen to all the sounds in the environment
and write them in narrative form. It can be in prose, poetry, word song,
etc. Be as free about the form as you wish. Do not limit your
self-expression by conforming to what you "think" you are being asked to do.
Instead allow yourself to "feel deeply" what the environment has to teach
you. Your animal will help.

Then note the direction of the wind, if there is any.

The cloud patterns and/or amount of cloud cover.

The ground cover and its characteristics.

Then, at eye level, write what you observe on the horizon, in front of you,
on both sides, and behind you.

Then, note overhead observations, birds, trees, planes, sky, clouds, sounds,
colors, smells, feelings, etc.

Then putting all these together, comment on the whole landscape, again in a
narrative or prose style. Do not just take "notes," or write in single word
sentences, unless it is what the moment requires.

Focus instead on one single aspect of the landscape or the whole landscape
and begin to pencil in your observations in sketch form. Let these images
and shapes flow through you. They do not have to be perfect, or even
realistic at all. There is no right or wrong. They can be simple line
drawing impressions.

Take 30 minutes to do this exercise before returning to the workshop area.
Do not return too soon. It is important that to take your time. If you are
with a horse, return him/her to the corral and return to the workshop area
and remain silent until everyone else has returned.

Enjoy !