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Plants are our Teachers Workshop 3: A Morning with Moss and Lichen

29 June @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


“Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and open heart.”

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Over a series of bi-monthly weekend workshops participants will be led on a journey of learning from plants through deep attention. Different approaches to drawing, painting and printmaking will open up new ways of seeing, to build a conversation and kinship with the natural world. Workshops take place at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, working outside or in the shelter of the A+E project space (in the Chapter House). Participants will be expertly guided through different approaches to drawing, painting and printmaking by the experienced artist and teacher Sarah Gittins – with additional input from guest artists and ecologists.

These workshops are suitable for all levels of experience and ability, from beginners to advanced.

A Morning with Moss and Lichen: explore the world of mosses and lichens in the Cathedral grounds and under the lens in an introductory workshop.

With ecologist and nature guide Ian Edwards.

Mosses and lichens are fascinating, ubiquitous, incredibly diverse and have an important ecological role and yet they are frequently overlooked. Their exquisite and varied forms can create a rainforest in miniature covering the forest floor, rocks and trees; and moss-dominated communities form most of our peatlands.

All weekend workshops run from 10am to 4.30pm and cost £120. (Block booking all 5 workshops qualifies for a reduced fee of £100 per workshop.)

The half-day workshop with Ian Edwards runs from 10am to 1pm and costs £40.

All materials are included in the fees.

A limited number of subsidised places are available on each course.

Please contact A+E for further details.


29 June
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


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St Mary’s Cathedral
Palmerston Place
Edinburgh, EH12 5AW
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