When you intuitively feel something is missing in your life, come to  Cedars for a personalized Nature and Art Journey and experience natural  connections to re-discover creativity and re-awaken your senses.
           Sitting on a ridgetop at Colwell Cedars is almost like flying.  You  look across the fertile North Fork Valley to the distant San Juans and  the nearby West Elk mountains, and you can feel the energy of nature.    That energy will unlock your creativity as you explore the natural world  abundant at Cedars.   We will guide you and hold your hand.


Look Up. Look Down. Look All Around.

Nature and Art Journey explorers discover and draw wildlife in the creek at Colwell Cedars Retreat.

          You will be refreshed and inspired through immersion in details as you collect and record Nature’s patterns.

Exploring Beyond the Forest and the Trees.

Nature and Art Journey explorer examining grasses and forbes in a wet ecosystem at Colwell Cedars.

           You will be immersed in the Forest as Trees and the Trees as Forest  through a mosaic of color, line and detail to experience cedars young  and old. 

Nature’s Gifts and the Spirit of Sumi-e.

Examples of personal "Nature's Gifts" sumi-e landscapes by Nature and Art Journey participant.

         You will honor your intuition as you express a personal landscape with Haiga, Kakemono, and Shikishi. 

Nature in 4Rs.

Family creating Nature and Art Journey "book" covers after their hike together at Colwell Cedars.

         Going beyond the basics of  aRt – ‘Rithmatic – wRitin’ – Rememberin’,  you will explore a variety of arts media with drawing, poetry, a personal map, and memory. 

Extraordinariness of Holes.

Lichen-covered boulders stacked with "holes" illustrate the extraordinariness of holes in nature.

          As you slow down to look for holes in nature, you will find them full of life and dreams. 

Nature: A Closer Look.

Examples of "A Closer Look" books created from Nature and Art Journey at Colwell Cedars Retreat.

          Choose your  favorite Cedars’ ecosystem and revel in using all your senses to explore  it through list-making, prose, poetry, sketching, and measuring. 


All of Colwell Cedars’ Nature and Art Journeys include a nature walk.

If you have limited walking ability, we provide Journeys with our bench-seat 4-wheeler.

The Art portion of your Journey takes place in Katherine's art studio.

Length of Journeys varies from 3 to 5 hours, and are held anytime of year.
For individuals, families, and small groups, ages 8 to 80.  Maximum of 5 participants.

The  four miles of walking and hiking trails at Cedars yield diverse  habitats and ecosystems, through a variety of terrain—from easy and flat  to steep and rocky—to suit your ability and interests. 

$50 for 3-hour journey for 1 to 5 participants.
$75 for 5-hour journey for 1 to 5 participants.
Some classes require $5 materials fee per person. 

Everyone leaves their Nature and Art Journey with an object they create which documents their creative Journey. 

There's much to see and explore at Colwell Cedars during a Nature and Art Journey.

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