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Forest Bathing: Finding Nourishment Amongst the Trees

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Forest Bathing: Finding Nourishment Amongst the Trees
Forest bathing, originally a concept known as ‘shinrin-yoku’ was first developed in Japan in the 1980s. It is based upon the idea of slowing down and being quiet amongst the trees. This blog explains what forest bathing is, why it’s good for us, and tips for achieving a full-sensory experience.

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How to Create your own Field Journal

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How to Create your own Field Journal
Botanical Journals have been one of my most popular workshops, with some beautiful illustrations and observations being made over the years. My inspiration for them came from the wonderful mind-space and relaxation that comes from journalling, so this week I'd like to share with you how to create your own Field Journal. 

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Garden design: Some Basic Principles

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Garden design: Some Basic Principles
Learning how to create effective compositions can take a bit of trial and error, but can provide a lovely long-term project as the garden changes over the years with new plants. Following a few simple principles can have a dramatic effect on your choices of plants and the design of your garden.

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From Grisaille to Verdaille: Monochrome isn't just Black and White

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From Grisaille to Verdaille: Monochrome isn't just Black and White
Often when I am teaching workshops I advise people to give thought to the powers of using monochrome techniques in their practice. Whether that be working in a single ink colour, drawing in pencil to begin with, or viewing their subject through a black and white filter. Allowing the other colours to be taken away gives the viewer a clear and precise piece of information, particularly handy for diagrammatic purposes or identification.

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Seeking Calm and Inspiration Through Coastal Walking

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Seeking Calm and Inspiration Through Coastal Walking
This week, our blog takes a look at coastal walking, why it leaves us feeling good and why walking near blue spaces has additional benefits. It also explains how walking can help us to perform better in other areas of our lives, and to harness our creativity.

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