If you’ve wanted to participate in a TreeSpirit photo, here’s your next opportunity to artfully, tastefully, vulnerably and safely demonstrate your affection for trees and the natural world.
TreeSpirit Project photographer Jack Gescheidt here with the news. I’ll be hosting the first large group TreeSpirit photograph of 2009 on Saturday, February 21st @ 11am in San Geronimo, CA. (This small town in west Marin is five miles west of Fairfax, one mile (west) past Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre.)
Save the day—Saturday, February 21st—on your calendars if you’d like to join the fun. As with all TreeSpirit photos, it’s fun, it’s safe, and it’s open to everyone. In these challenging economic times, it’s also FREE (but for the price of transportation)—one of the many joys of being in the great outdoors.
All ages, sizes, body types and levels of fitness are welcomed and appreciated. No tree climbing ability is required.
The only requirements are an appreciation for trees and the willingness to be respectful of your fellow participants. Come play, make art, and be together outdoors with like-minded, warm-hearted tree huggers and nature lovers for a memorable, one-of-a-kind adventure.
Email me if you’d like to be on the guest list for this event, read all the details below, and save this email.
Yours in the trees,
San Geronimo, CA
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The TreeSpirit photo will be held rain or shine (or cold). February weather, skies and light are unpredictable and changeable, but rest assured we can make a dramatic photograph with whatever weather we’re presented: sunny and warm, rainy and cold, or completely fogged in (see attached jpeg of San Geronimo trees).
A tolerance for cold helps, but you need not be unclothed for more than 15 minutes. Bring warm clothes, a blanket or bathrobe to stay warm just before the photo, and a thermos of hot liquid to warm up with afterwards. (See “What To Bring,” below.)
As with every TreeSpirit photo event, you will be asked to sign a photo release so the final image may be used (only) as part of the TreeSpirit Project and website. In return, you will receive a print or digital file of the artwork we make together.
Magic typically happens at these gatherings; our collective intention to peacefully make art together in nature is a powerful force that creates not just an artwork, but community and an unforgettable experience.
WHEN & WHERE:
Meet @ 11am, Saturday, February 21st, 2009, at the San Geronimo town post office on San Geronimo Valley Drive, across from the Two Bird Café @ 625 San Geronimo Valley Drive. (Google map aficionados, Google: Two Bird Café, San Geronimo, CA.) From here we’ll go to the private location as a group, approximately 1 mile along a hilly single-track trail, not wheelchair or vehicle accessible. If you are late, you may not be able to find our private location.
We will be done by 2pm, but then of course, we (and you) must hike back out to civilization, another 20-40 min.
Note this is a participatory event; no spectators please. To maintain a safe atmosphere, women who are undecided about joining in may attend and decide in the moment. Clothed male observers may not. (Their presence can be unsettling to some women.) I take great care to keep TreeSpirit events safe and fun. Email me if you have questions about this policy.
WHAT TO BRING:
1. Warm clothes, even if it’s warm. Weather is changeable in February; it may become overcast or windy or rainy, or differ dramatically from the East Bay or SF weather. Better to have three too many layers and shed them, than one too few and shiver;
2. Blanket or bathrobe for quicker, easier readying for the photo;
3. Water bottle and snacks;
4. Thermos of your favored hot beverage;
5. Backpack for all of the above;
6. Footwear for rocky trail (2 mile r/t walk).
Only credentialed media (newspaper, magazine, radio, TV) that have spoken with me in advance of the photo may attend. Interested journalists may contact me by email, email@example.com, or phone, 415.488.4200.
DIRECTIONS to San Geronimo Post Office from Fwy 101:
I urge you to print & bring these directions if you’re new to west Marin.
From Fwy 101 EXIT Sir Francis Drake Blvd. WEST (toward San Anselmo)
Go 10 miles (west) on Sir Francis Drake Blvd (SFD). For those new to Marin, you’ll pass through the small towns of Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo and Fairfax. In San Anselmo watch for small signs pointing you west (left at light at “the Hub”) toward Fairfax. In Fairfax, pass The Good Earth Market on the right, after a traffic light.
Continue west on Sir Francis Drake (SFD). SFD climbs a steep 2-mile-long hill (White’s Hill), then descends back to flatland. Pass signs for the town of Woodacre and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. When you see a golf course (San Geronimo Golf Club) on both sides of the road, get ready to…
Turn LEFT onto little Nicasio Valley Rd. (If coming from Pt. Reyes and points west, turn RIGHT onto Nicasio Valley Rd.)
Go 50 yards to STOP sign, turn RIGHT onto San Geronimo Valley Rd.
Go 100 yards to see San Geronimo Post Office on right. Park in dirt parking area on left, near The Two Bird Café.
San Geronimo, CA