As the Earth Must See Itself

Experience Buffalo Peaks Ranch this Summer!

“Her prose watches now from the point of view of the eagle, now from that of the walker, now from that of the creeping juniper. In this way we are brought – in her memorable phrase – to see the earth ‘as the earth must see itself’. – Robert Macfarlane on the Scottish writer Nan Shepherd, author of The Living Mountain.

Our Summer Ranch schedule is coming to a close – but not yet! We have three more workshops that will help you experience the land in unique ways….

eileen and sarah

Join artists Sarah Wallace Scott and Eileen Roscina Richardson at the Rocky Mountain Land Library for a day of immersive learning about the local land in an intimate and sensory way. Inspired by Australian Aboriginal songlines, or dreaming tracks, we will explore Buffalo Peaks Ranch by foot, listening to the languages of other animals, and noticing the rhythm of the topography, and the various traits of the area. Can we become attuned to the shifting sounds and gestures of the local earth, and inform our own lives through the life of the land?
Through careful observations and further research utilizing the printed resources of the Rocky Mountain Land Library, we will create stories, songs, poetry and dance that celebrate and describe the land, landmarks, animals, insects, plant life, and other natural phenomena of the area. Our day will conclude with a performance of our creations under the open sky of Buffalo Peaks Ranch.
More about Sarah & Eileen:
Sarah Wallace Scott earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009 and a BFA from The Academy of Art University in 2005. Motivated by a desire to maintain an environmentally sustainable practice, she has sought to adapt her materials and art practice to the age of human-made climate change. In her work she strives to learn more about the systems and creatures that inhabit our planet, to promote a greater understanding and appreciation for the interconnectivity between all living things, and the morality of how we choose to live with others. She is an alum of artist residencies at RedLine, Denver and the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium. Her work has been exhibited internationally and locally at The Arvada Center, RedLine Denver, the Edinburgh College of Art, The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art Michigan, and the Emmanuel Gallery. Her work is also on permanent display at the University of Denver. She is a founding and current member of Tank Studios, LLC.
Eileen Roscina Richardson is an artist, experimental filmmaker and naturalist from Denver, Colorado. She earned a BFA from Emerson College in Boston, MA and trained at the School of Botanical Art and Illustration in Denver. Through biomimicry and the study of biophilia, her work examines human’s spiritual and social (dis)connection with nature, and seeks to raise questions about realizing a radically different metaphoric mapping of time, space and our place in the world. She has exhibited film internationally, was the 2019 Resident Artist for the National Western Stock Show, and is a current resident at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver.
The workshop fee is $50, plus a $4.67 ticketing fee. More details and directions will follow. Feel free to send any questions to jeff@landlibrary.org
celeste nossiter
Join us as we use an extraordinary mountain and historic ranching landscape to inspire the design of a stranded hat or cowl. First we’ll explore, sketch, take photos and make notes. A brief experiential overview of color theory will follow. After that you will choose colors and yarns, and practice combining colors.There will be lots of time to revise the swatches to see what combinations of colors produce the desired effect. You will end the day having started a hat or cowl, and have notes to knit an even larger garment.

This will be a one-day intermediate knitting class for students with some stranding color work experience.

More about Celeste Nossiter:

Celeste Nossiter loves color and experimenting within the traditional stranded knitting technique (one version of which is Fair Isle, but it’s a technique practiced in many cultures). Celeste has taught at the Taos Wool Festival, Estes Park Wool Festival, and at several yarn shops in Albuquerque, Taos, Santa Fe, Flagstaff, and Sedona. A lifelong study of color and an MFA in Painting sparks Celeste’s curiosity to keep learning, and to share that enthusiasm with knitters. Be sure to visit Celeste’s very informative website, www.CelesteNossiter.com !

Materials List:

– 16″ circular needles, size 2 or 3

– graph paper, pencil & eraser

-digital camera or phone camera

-stitch markers

-During class you will choose 5 skeins of Shetland Spindrift wool (Celeste will be providing the yarn, and the cost is included in the $95 class fee).

The workshop fee is $95. More details and directions will follow. Feel free to send any questions to jeff@landlibrary.org

Slow down and immerse yourself in nature. This day long workshop combines the Japanese practice of forest bathing with ephemeral art making. In the morning, we’ll start with a two and a half hour forest bathing walk. Forest bathing, known as Shinrin-yoku in Japan, is the practice of opening up the senses to connect with nature. Jaime Kopke, a certified forest therapy guide, will offer you a series of invitations to help you more deeply connect with the land. These mindful wanders are slow paced and accessible to all fitness levels.
After lunch, we will explore the land of the ranch in a more playful way by creating ephemeral art. Having tapped into our senses, new possibilities and inspirations may emerge. Using only the natural materials we find, we’ll work within the constraints and freedoms we discover, forming a new partnership with the more than human world. This session is meant to be accessible to all – it is a creative practice anyone can participate in.
More about Jaime Kopke:
Jaime Kopke is a certified Forest Therapy Guide, trained by the Association of Forest and Nature Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT).  She has worked designing public programs at museums and libraries for almost a decade, and is also a practicing artist, focusing on work that intertwines the boundaries between people and the natural world.  In her years spent producing public programs, she has seen a deep desire from people to re-connect – with one another, their passions, but also with something bigger than themselves.  Forest therapy provides a doorway for people to tap into a greater sense of being – through nature connection emerges cultural repair. For more on Forest Bathing, be sure to visit Jaime’s website!
The workshop fee is $50, plus a $4.67 ticketing fee. More details and directions will follow. Feel free to send any questions to jeff@landlibrary.org
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Buffalo Peaks Ranch, the Rocky Mountain Land Library’s headwaters home.

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