The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 31, 2014

Voice from the Land workshop scheduled

CLINTON — Openings are still available for a June 17 and 18 workshop designed to bring people together with nature and art.

Ashford University, 400 N. Bluff Blvd., will host the Voices from the Land Project workshop, presented by Erik Mollenhauer and other instructors. This project, funded by the New Jersey public agency Educational Information Resource Center, was started six years ago. The workshop has been held throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and parts of Europe.

“It can be done anywhere, where there are people and landscape and language,” Mollenhauer said.

The workshop is a celebration of oral and written language, as well as art. Teachers and other adults attending the workshop in June will learn to help children work in small groups to explore and discover nature, using art, poetry, prose and other mediums.

“It’s a way of engaging with nature,” Mollenhauer said. “It’s an outdoor experience, but it’s rich in art and language and creativity.”

The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17 and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18 at the university. The cost of the event is $99, but people can apply for a $50 grant. For more information, contact either Marion Johnson at or 243-5350, or Francie Hill at or by calling (563) 249-1654.

Mollenhauer encourages people to take part in the workshop, saying that today’s modern life has taken people away from the outdoor experiences they used to have.

“This (program) is one sort of activity that can bring some of that back,” Mollenhauer said.

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