Exploring Ocean Mysteries: The Science and Poetry of The Salish Sea
With Marjorie Wonham, Ph.D. and Melanie Koenderman
May 31 - June 5, 2024
The ocean has long inspired curiosity and imagination in scientists and poets alike. Join us in a lively, embodied, place-based experience of the beautiful waters and life of the Salish Sea. In this unique program we will explore ocean shorelines and ocean poetry, and create our own poems that deepen our understanding of how we see the sea.
We will be outside daily at or on (or in!) the ocean to hone our capacity to notice and be astonished by the intricacies of marine life. Reading a curated selection of scientifically informed poems by diverse poets, we will open ourselves to this intersection of science and art. We will use a variety of prompts to inspire daily creative expression based on our experiences. Participants will integrate their explorations and impressions to write and share their own poems about the mysteries of marine life.
We welcome scientists, poets, and curious adventurers in lifelong learning to join us in exploring the ocean in this interactive and energizing outdoor program.
- Shoreline exploration: tidepooling, hiking, optional swimming
- Reading, writing, and sharing
- Meditation, mindfulness, and yoga
A detailed schedule will be available at least 2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.
Dr. Marjorie Wonham teaches and conducts research as a faculty member in Marine Biology at Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington. She has taught inquiry-based marine biology and biology-poetry courses from California to Vancouver Island, to scientific and interdisciplinary audiences. Her main areas of inquiry are marine biology, marine ecopoetics,…
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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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