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Simple practices to quiet the noise in the world around you
and see the quiet intricacies in nature that are right there.

What it is


The workshop, A Closer Look, is an opportunity to start learning, in a small-group setting, to:

  • notice the nature that is all around you, right where you are, as you go about your day

  • experiment with tools and practices such as photography, writing, drawing/tracing, observation and comparison, stillness, etc., to take in greater details in nature

  • grow in appreciation of the intricacies in nature and the connectedness of everything

  • get a taste of the wonder and the calm in nature observation



What it is not


A Closer Look workshop is not a photography, writing or drawing/nature journaling course.  We will learn some simple ways to use these tools to help everyone in observations (regardless of skill levels or experience), but the mechanics/technology of photography, etc., will not be part of this workshop.


The act of going through those practices

can help you in the future as you take time to simply be still and observe.



What you will receive


In addition to learning and experimenting with simple practices to grow in your awareness and observation of nature, each participant will receive:

  • A nature/writing journal

  • Coffee, tea and snacks

  • Complete notes from the day, including a list of resources for further growth

  • Access to a private Facebook group for anyone who has attended A Closer Look workshop to continue to encourage each other in observations of nature in our everyday lives




Dates and Times

This is a one-morning workshop offered on two different days (they are the same workshop). Both workshops will be held outside and on a porch from 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  The workshop will still be held in the event of light rain. In the case of heavy rains or thunderstorms being likely, a rain date will be set for the next day. (Please see specific dates for rain date times.)  

  • Wednesday, October 19 (rain date Thursday, October 20, 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

  • Saturday, October 22 (rain date Sunday, October 10, 1:15 - 5:00 p.m.)

There is a limit of 5 people per workshop. 


A Closer Look Workshop will be held outside at the home of Susanne Swing Thompson.  Susanne lives inside the perimeter of Atlanta in the Northeast section, just inside I-285 near Tucker.


The workshop costs $45 per person.


Important to note


When you fill out the form below, an actual registration, waiver and payment form will be sent via email. Registration is considered confirmed at the time of payment. Cancellations must be made by 72 hours in advance of the registered class' 8:45 a.m. start time in order for a refund to be issued, unless someone is on the waiting list and can fill that spot.  Waiver must be signed in order to participate.


Susanne Swing Thompson is the photographer, writer and the owner of Wren. In addition to this experience and its built-in time spent observing nature that is "right there," Susanne was previously a teacher for 13 years.  Through her passions of nature, art and teaching, she loves to encourage others to take in the beauty that is all around them.

A Closer Look

To receive detailed workshop information, payment info and a release form, please complete the information below.

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