Experiencing wilderness has immeasurable benefits for many people. Sketching what you encounter in the wilderness deepens that experience. By providing time to closely observe and respond to the details of the landscape, you become more immersed in your journey. Your illustrated journal becomes a meaningful meditation and an irreplaceable memory of time spent in the wild. That is why our friends at the Great Old Broads for Wilderness have decided to combine the two experiences with a four-day river trip down the lower San Juan River.
Joining us will be teacher and author M. L. (Peg) Herring who will lead drawing exercises to inspire you in the artful discovery of illustrated journaling.
Peg is professor emerita of science communications at Oregon State University and co-author of seven books about Pacific Northwest environments. An avid plein air artist, Peg teaches techniques of nature illustration and writing to explorers young and old. She is the past president of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology board of directors.
In addition to journaling and connecting with like-minded individuals, this trip offers extraordinary hiking through breathtaking desert scenery, opportunities to paddle inflatable kayaks and stand-up paddle boards and sleep under the Milky Way. Allow our expert guides to take care of the hard work while you experience the self-journey of a lifetime.
On this Great Old Broads for Wilderness (or just, ‘Broads’) partner trip, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with a grassroots organization passionate about nature conservation. Not only will you have the benefit of Holiday’s professional guide team and brilliant journaling facilitator, but we’ll also have a Broads leader joining us on the trip to promote connection and discussion about the importance of protecting wilderness spaces. Holiday is proud to support grassroots organizations, like the Broads, that help to protect and treasure the wild spaces we recreate in. We donate a portion of the proceeds from this trip to the Broads to fund the work they do to help protect our nation’s public lands.
Additions to the standard pack list: 1) a small sketchbook; and 2) a few drawing pencils, pens, and water-based paints if you have them. (These art supplies should be few and fully portable.)
More about our partners:
Great Old Broads for Wilderness gives voice to the millions of Americans who want to protect their public lands for future generations. Founded in 1989, they are one of the few public land conservation organizations led by women. With more than 8,500 members and supporters across the nation, they emphasize local grassroots action. They value and promote women’s leadership and experience and have fun doing serious work.
“This was my very first river rafting trip. My first time camping in over 40 years. But I did it all. A member of our group told me I should win the award for “most out of her element with the most enthusiasm”! The hikes, the kayaking, and the rafting, IT WAS ALL AMAZING. Our guides were awesome and even better cooks. We were very well taken care of. I will 100% do this again. Thank you for a trip of a lifetime and for helping me with my bucket list.” (Cameron and Wendy Marsden)