Writing Outside: A Workshop to Celebrate Community, Nature, and Creative Expression


Rancho Mark West, Santa Rosa 


Saturday, May 25th, 10am-2pm



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Oliver Sacks once wrote that gardens and nature were essential to his creative process. Experience the power of creativity in nature at this late morning writing workshop at Rancho Mark West. Lead by local essayist and LandPaths' Communications Lead Leilani Clark and Field Specialist Jesica Rodriguez, this bilingual workshop will offer writing prompts and inspiration in English and Spanish. We’ll start the day writing prompts in the organic garden, which you are welcome to share with the group, if desired (no pressure). After that, we'll take a leisurely hike around the property which includes the remarkable, salmon-bearing Mark West Creek and towering stands of Redwood trees. During the hike we’ll stop to do writing prompts inspired by the natural beauty of the Upper Mark West Creek watershed, before heading over to the lake for the final prompt of the day and a chance to share your work.  No critiques, just friendly listening and an appreciation for each other’s courageous expression of ideas and thoughts. This event is most suitable for adults and youth 12 and over. Bring a pen, journal, lunch and snacks, and a willingness to open yourself to the unique creative impulse inspired by nature and community.


Facilitator Bio: 

Leilani Clark is a writer, editor, and nonprofit communications specialist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the editor of  Made Local Magazine, a magazine about the Sonoma County food system. A former staff writer at The North Bay Bohemian, Leilani’s writing on food and culture has been featured at Mother Jones, The Guardian, Sonoma Magazine, Time, Food &, and Edible Marin & Wine Country. She  is a regular contributor at Civil EatsKQED,and The Press Democrat. Leilani was a 2014 California Endowment Health Reporting Fellow.   Her creative nonfiction has been published at The Rumpus, Fw: Riction Review, and Storyscape Literary Journal. She has a BA in English Literature from University of California San Diego and an MFA in Writing and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.


Location: Rancho Mark West-7125 St Helena Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404


What to bring:

  • A journal/notebook and writing implement. 

  • Lunch, snacks, and water for the day.

  • Comfortable shoes for walking. 

  • Weather appriate clothing (layers, sun gear, etc).

Details and what to expect

  • There are bathrooms/outhouses on the property.

  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver upon arrival .

  • No pets, no smoking and of course no smoking pets! 

  • Please note that there will be no early departures, and we will stay together as a group.

  • What if its raining? We will continue in a light rain but will cancel in case of heavy rain. If in doubt, please call 707-544-7284 (then press 1) after 11 am on the day of the outing. If there is no special message, the event is on! 


For anymore questions or concerns, please contact Jesica Rodriguez by calling our office at 707-544-7284 or by emailing

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Ag + Open Space protects land in Sonoma County and LandPaths connects you with that land. This program is made possible through a partnership between the District and non-profit partner LandPaths. It is sponsored by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax, and is coordinated & guided by LandPaths.