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All Levels | Why do we care about the natural world? What moves us to react to environmental crises, such as climate change and species extinction? Where does our connection to place, land, and animals come from? We will explore the roots of compassion through poetry. In discussion, readings, and creative writing exercises, students will analyze moral perspectives on current environmental issues and examine the intersection of science and spirituality—fertile terrain which may offer potential solutions to ecological degradation and the misuse of natural resources.
Jessica Gigot is a poet, farmer, teacher and musician. She has a small farm in Bow, WA called Harmony Fields that makes artisan sheep cheese and grows organic herbs. Jessica has lived in the Skagit Valley for over fifteen years and is deeply connected to the artistic and agricultural communities that coexist in this region. Her first book of poems, Flood Patterns, was published by Antrim House Books in 2015 and her writing appears in several publications, including Orion, Taproot, Gastronomica, The Hopper, Pilgrimage, About Place Journal, and Poetry Northwest.