Science and Poetry of the Salish Sea
With Dr. Marjorie Wonham and Melanie Koenderman
August 30 - September 3, 2023
How do you see the sea? Explore the ecology and poetry of the ocean with a place-based focus on the Salish Sea.
Through a unique combination of field observations, marine biology, and poetry, we will examine compelling and timely questions in the relationship between humans and the sea. Each day features a field activity at, on, or in the ocean, a biology primer, and a poetry discussion and creation session. Field activities include shoreline exploration, plankton collection, and kayaking.
Inspired by this hands-on experience, participants produce their own integrated scientific-poetic representation of a marine species, process, or concept. Scientists and poets are welcome, but no prior science or poetry background is required. Prompts will be provided for a wide range of starting points.
- Shoreline exploration
- Kayaking, wading or swimming
- Reading and writing
- Reflection and discussion
- Themed yoga and meditation (for those who wish to join)
A detailed schedule will be available 1-2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.
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Dr. Marjorie Wonham is a marine biologist and educator who has taught inquiry-based field courses from California to Vancouver Island for over 20 years to scientific and interdisciplinary audiences. Her main areas of research and teaching are marine biology, marine ecopoetics, and innovative pedagogy. She was an active participant in…
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Melanie Koenderman works with educational institutions and foundations in Canada and abroad. She was the founding Dean of Students for Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia, and for Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She is a consultant and coach, facilitator, and yoga and meditation teacher, and brings…
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