Afoot & Lighthearted: Writing in Bloom at Cheekwood Workshop

1200 Forrest Park Drive | Nashville, TN 37205
Sat, Apr 14  11:00 am
For decades, Walt Whitman’s lines have echoed through my mind, teaching me that when we go afoot, we are invited to be light-hearted, curious, and optimistic. The open garden path or trail invites freedom. To love “the long brown path before me” is to love the world. Whitman calls on us to recognize that we create “good fortune” within ourselves when we walk. Spending too much time indoors, he knew, can lead us to feel paralyzed by too much information.

It’s not hard to import Whitman’s advice to writers of our time, to imagine Whitman coaxing us to stop scrolling aimlessly through the news or social media and to spend the next hour or so setting out on the trail. The earth, Whitman insisted, is “sufficient,” and putting feet to path (not bottom to chair!) reminds us that the world is wondrous, mysterious, and worthy of our time, attention, and affection.

During our three-hour class, we’ll enjoy springtime at Cheekwood by walking through the gardens to revive creativity and refresh the imagination. We will use guided writing prompts about place and attention as we explore and write together.

Please bring a sack lunch, a journal, pens/pencils (including colored pencils if you’d like), comfortable shoes, and a water bottle.

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
-Walt Whitman, 1856
Fellow Wannadoers
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