Carmel, CA, December 12, 2014 - Step Into Nature is a guide to make nature personal again, to stimulate awareness and increase our understanding of the environment while inspiring readers to develop and strengthen their imaginations. Being in nature doesn’t mean flying off to remote, faraway places. Nature is as close as opening your front door—the sky above, the miniature gardens that insist their way up between the sidewalk cracks, the river just down the road.
Patrice Vecchione shows readers how nature can support and enhance their own creative output, invigorate their curiosity, and restore their sense of connection to the earth. Plus, throughout the text Vecchione includes “Cabinets of Curiosities,” exercises and suggestions for practical and unexpected ways that readers can stimulate their imaginations, deepen their relationships with nature, and experience the harmony between creativity, spirit, and the natural world.
BOOK TOUR 2015
Tuesday, April 7, Santa Cruz Book Launch: Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, 831-423-0900. 7:30pm
Thursday, April 9, Monterey Book Launch: Carmel Art Association, Dolores, between 5th & 6th in Carmel by the Sea, CA, sponsored by Pilgrim’s Way Books, 831-624-4955, 6:00pm
Saturday, April 11, Poetry Workshop: Tor House, Carmel, CA, Patrice@patricevecchione.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:00 – 4:00pm
Tuesday, April 14, Book signing/talk: Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA, 206-624-6600. 7:00pm
Thursday, April 16, Talk/book signing: Annie Bloom Books, 7834 Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR, 7:00pm
Thursday, April 23, Talk/book signing: Bookworks, 4022 Rancho Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM. 505-344-8139. 7:00pm
Friday, April 24 – Tuesday, April 28, Imagination & Inspiration in the South West: Writing Retreat at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM and a visit to Georgia O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu. Patrice@patricevecchione.com.
Tuesday, April 28, Talk/book signing: The Ark Bookstore, 133 Romero St, Santa Fe, NM, 505-988-3709. 4:30 – 6:00pm
Thursday, May 7, Workshop/book signing/reception: OLLI@CSUMB, 100 Campus Center, CSUMB, Seaside, CA. 831-582-5500. email@example.com. 4:00 – 6:00pm
Friday, May 8: All Roads Lead to the Mother: Art Reception & Book Signing. Patrice will exhibit her collage and sign copies of her book.
Studio One in Big Sur. (Located above Local Color at the Village Shops in Big Sur, 35 minute drive south of Carmel.) Reception and book signing. 831-206-2475. 6:00pm
Saturday, May 9: Step into Nature: Making Art with Erin Gafill. Collage, painting and writing workshop with Erin and Patrice.10:00 - 4:00. Workshop includes lunch, $125. Studio One in Big Sur. 831-206-2475. 10:00 – 4:00pm.
Tuesday, May 19, Talk/book signing: Barnes & Noble, 894 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA, 805-781-8334, 2:00pm
Tuesday, May 19: Talk/book signing: Chaucer’s Books, 3221 State St, 805-682-6787Santa Barbara, CA, 7:00pm
Friday, May 15: Talk/book signing: East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 650-988-9800, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Saturday, May 16: May Step into Nature: Writing & Imagination Workshop, East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 650-988-9800, 11:30 – 3:30.
Advance Praise for Step Into Nature
"If you take Patrice hand she will take you on a walk…Then she'll deposit you back in your comfortable chair with a kiss on your head. And only later will you find that your pockets are quite full of turquoise and in your hair, feathers." – Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D. author of Blue Mind
"Patrice Vecchione has given us a true workbook for the senses, full of beautiful methods and exercises for getting ever-closer to our surrounding world. Read it and your travels into nature will be enhanced and changed. I shall never head for the woods without a ladder and a hammock again." – David Rothenberg, author of Bug Music and Why Birds Sing
“In words carried as lightly in hand as a new-found robin’s egg, Patrice Vecchione invites readers into a warm and ranging conversation… Step Into Nature illumines the intimate connection between inner and outer, contemplative and wild, and shows the reasons these connections matter.” – Jane Hirshfield, author of The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World
About the Author:
Patrice Vecchione, is the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life, about which The Writer magazine said, “Trust the voice of Patrice Vecchione.” She is the author of two books of poetry and the editor of many highly acclaimed anthologies. Vecchione offers creative writing and collage workshops—inside and out—at universities, libraries, parks, and community and spiritual centers, including the Esalen Institute. She lives in Monterey, California with her best beloveds—her husband, two cats, and a garden often in bloom. patricevecchione.com.
Marci Bracco Cain
Carmel, CA 93923