This workshop has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances and will be rescheduled later in the spring.

Welcoming Spring with Silence and the Written Word
Led by Tammis Coffin and Christine Ward
Pleasant Valley Nature Sanctuary, 9 a.m.–noon.
Registration: $15 includes Sanctuary admission ($10 for Massachusetts Audubon Society members and Lenox residents).
Space is limited; to register, contact

Step out of your busy life to join other women for a peaceful retreat at Pleasant Valley Nature Sanctuary in Lenox. We’ll begin by exploring nature, language, and mindfulness on a moderate hike. We’ll encounter streams, rocks, birds, and possibly a few early blossoms and butterflies. Then we’ll gather inside to write.

Tammis Coffin
, MA, is most at home in the wild places of the world. Her mission is to celebrate and appreciate ecological textures with art and language. For the past ten years she has been organizing writing groups, poetry trails, community performances, and publications to celebrate places such as Monument Mountain, Bartholomew’s Cobble, and Tyringham Cobble. She coordinates the John Hay Ecology Center at the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens near Lake Sunapee, NH.

Christine Ward is a Berkshire County native who delights in the natural world. She cochairs Great Barrington Trails and Greenways and leads hikes and trail work at many local places, including Lake Mansfield and the Appalachian Trail. Christine is always searching for the wonders that inhabit every wild space. As she learns to look and to listen with greater attention, she finds these moments of connection and clarity are the wellsprings that enrich and inform her journey on this amazing planet.