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Transformation is in Our Hands

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Originally appears in the Winter 2010-2011 issue

Life’s solutions lie in the minute particulars, involving more and more individual people daring to create their own life and art, daring to listen to the voice within their deepest, original nature, and deeper still, the voice within the Earth.

 –Nachmanovitch, 1990.

When I taught elementary school environmental education in the mid 1990’s I didn’t realize what could be learned and how much we could care about nature through creative engagement.  Back then I had a limited understanding of creativity that was more art-product focused than process centered, and I didn’t appreciate the power of a creative practice to transform our relationship to ourselves, each other and the world.

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Lisa Lipsett is an artist, author and teacher whose work focuses on the transformation of human-nature relationships through the arts. Her book Beauty Muse: Painting in Communion with Nature and her blog The Drive to Create include numerous activities. She lives with her family on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Learn more at www.creativebynature.org.