NatureArt Lab

Studio and Field Workshop (Maleny): NATURE, CREATIVE JOURNALING AND SELF CARE, 24 June 2022 (Beginner to Intermediate)

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This one day workshop with published author and artist Petra Meer is designed to allow you to pause and connect more deeply to your self and to nature, using nature journaling, mindfulness and the creative arts. Experience how you can use writing, drawing and relaxation techniques to slow down, re-center and refresh, even when you are amidst the business of daily life.

About the Course:

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is known as he natural jewel of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains landscape. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which will delight with its tranquility and beauty.

In this one day workshop held in the Discovery Centre, Petra will offer you an experience of how to combine journaling, creativity, mindfulness and time in nature to assist you to return to your centre. Even if you have never drawn, or kept a creative journal before, you will find that these techniques offer an accessible and useful start for your creative self care practice.

We will begin by covering a few of the basics of using and keeping a creative nature journal, with time to explore and play with various art media. We will look at how journals can be used broadly as a ‘creative space’ and experiment with simple but effective writing, drawing and relaxation techniques that can help you to create more personal calm, (this experience is particularly enhanced when used in nature).

At the end of the day you will have experienced several new skills to enable you to begin using your creative nature journal for increased connection, wellbeing and self care.

Dates: Friday 24 June 2022
Times: 10am - 3pm (with one hour lunch break)
Venue: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny

Learning Outcomes:
• Knowledge and experimentation with materials and equipment used with Creative Nature Journaling.
• Experience the use of some key drawing, writing and relaxation processes used in creative journaling.
• Knowledge of how to use creative journaling and relaxation/mindfulness for connecting to self and enhancing the experience of being in nature for self care.
• Knowledge on how to make the creative journaling process an effective part of your daily life.
• Have experienced the calming and connective effect of working in natural settings.

Level of course/workshop:

Suitable for students from beginners through to intermediate students who wish to develop their creative self care and wellbeing skills.

We will occasionally be working outside in the grounds of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve through out the day (weather permitting).

A materials list will be provided prior to the start of the first class.


About the Tutor:

Petra Meer travels everywhere with a creative journal, while riding an adventure bike along the Oodnadatta Track to the Red Centre, sailing up the Eastern Seaboard on a yacht or on countless bush walks into wild places. She also carries a journal for daily life; to travel well through the transitions of living in a busy world with all of its ups and downs. Journaling for Petra is a part of a lively and creative, wellbeing focused practice; of which nature journaling is an integral part.

Petra has degrees in Art and Design and also a Masters of Counselling. She works as an artist, illustrator, maker, wellbeing facilitator, community arts worker and counsellor. Petra has exhibited to a national level and her natural history illustration is commissioned by Parks and Wildlife Services and local councils to illustrate endangered species and to bring awareness to fragile ecosystems. Petra has also recently launched a detailed habitat focused colouring book for Mary Cairncross Scene Reserve.

Petra has worked consistently in the arts, health and wellbeing area for many years facilitating art workshops for people of all skill levels, ages and abilities. She believes that making art in nature with meaning and purpose, can be accessible to anyone. It can offer us new insights and opportunities for growth, and bring with it an increased sense of joy, relaxation and awe, as we become more attuned to the natural world and our interconnectedness to it.

Along side her work as a freelance illustrator and workshop tutor, Petra also works part-time in the disability sector facilitating creative environments and experiences for people of many varying abilities and levels of wellbeing. Her work is focused on creating access to the joy and health enhancing benefits of art-making and nature.

Refund Policy: Any changes or cancellations made by NatureArt Lab for any reason are 100% refunded or credited (for use on another course). Any cancellations made by the purchaser are refunded (or held in credit) for the total amount LESS a $60 administrative processing fee. Special consideration for waiving the $60 fee for compassionate/ extraordinary circumstances can be granted by NatureArt Lab by writing to

COVID-19 Policy:  Students on NatureArt Lab studio courses or workshops are required to comply with all stated COVID-19 requirements specified at the time of booking. This includes showing proof of double vaccination prior to entry at the NatureArt Lab premises, use of masks, use of sanitiser on entry and during the course/workshop and maintaining social distancing. Any additional COVID-19 related restrictions and/or requirements will be conveyed by email prior to the course/workshop. This policy will be reviewed and amended as Queensland Government policy is changed and these changes will also be conveyed to students prior to commencement.

Discount Policy: Students may be eligible for Seniors Discount and/or Member Discounts on checkout. If you are unsure about eligibility or how to claim this discount, please email

Images: Peter Meer