Mindful Wanders across Buffalo Peaks Ranch

Buffalo Peaks Ranch’s summer season comes to a close on September 14th, in a very quiet way, perfect for the changing seasons. Jaime Kopke, a certified forest therapy guide, will lead a day-long workshop combining ephemeral art making with the Japanese practice of forest bathing.

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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 will offer a series of invitations to help everyone connect more deeply with the land. These mindful wanders are slow paced and accessible to all fitness levels.
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After lunch, we will explore the ranch and river 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 everyone can participate in.
For more about Jaime Kopke and Forest Bathing, be sure to visit Jaime’s website!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION & HOW TO REGISTER!

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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Songlines & the Rhythms of the Ranch

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Join artists Sarah Wallace Scott and Eileen Roscina Richardson at Buffalo Peaks Ranch on Saturday August 31st, for a day of immersive learning about the local land in an intimate and sensory way.

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Inspired by Australian Aboriginal songlines, or dream tracks, we will explore Buffalo Peaks Ranch by foot, listening to the languages of the other animals, noticing the rhythm of the topography, and the various traits of the landscape.

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Can we become attuned to the shifting sounds and gestures surrounding us, and inform our own lives through the life of the land?

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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 describe and celebrate the land, landmarks, animals, insects, plant life, and other natural phenomena of the area.

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Headdresses by Sarah Wallace Scott, for an earlier iteration of Songlines at Buffalo Peaks Ranch.

Our day will conclude with a performance of our creations under the wide skies of Buffalo Peaks Ranch.

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The Songlines 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.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO REGISTER!

 

 

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….

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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
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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.

A Book List for the Moon

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With the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s successful landing on the Moon, we know we’ll be reaching for our binoculars often this summer. It’s amazing the details of the Moon that you can see with a simple pair of binoculars. You can spend a minute, or an hour, exploring the lunar landscape. And maybe dream a bit about what it would be like to be there, and to look back at our Earth.

Of course, we’ve been looking through the Land Library’s books on the Moon, and the historic journeys mankind took more than fifty years ago. Here’s some of our favorite books:

Exploring the Moon Through Binoculars and Small Telescopes by Ernest Cherrington

21st Century Atlas of the Moon by Charles A. Wood

The Book of the Moon: A Guide to Our Closest Neighbor by Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Beyond the Blue Horizon: Myths and Legends of the Sun, Moon, Stars & Planets by E.C. Krupp

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaiken

Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America into the Space Age by Robert Stone

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys by Michael Collins

The Last Man on the Moon by Eugene Cernan

PLUS, one of our favorite space travel books for kids!

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Denver’s Little Hive Library

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One of the Rocky Mountain Land Library’s largest book collections is on bees & beekeeping. Over the years the collection has expanded to books on all pollinators, such as mason bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and many others.

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So here’s the idea: with the help of inspired partners, let’s build a simple structure (a hive) to house a small library full of books on bees, beekeeping, honey, pollination and pollinators. Place the library alongside (or in the middle of) a pollinator garden complete with pollinator-friendly plants, mason bee hotels, and a variety of different bee hives. 

Then provide classes and gatherings for learners of all ages!

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Denver’s little hive library will feature hundreds of books like these:

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What do you think? Please let us know!

 

 

 

New Ranch Programs coming soon

Experience Buffalo Peaks Ranch this Summer!

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Writing the the West is an art history and creative writing adventure led by the creative staff from the American Museum of Western Art and Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Every month at Writing the West, participants learn a little bit about the Museum’s paintings and artists, use engaging writing prompts to respond to the art, sharing and discussing their findings all within a framework of Western themes.
At August’s session Landscape Re-Imagined, instructors from Lighthouse and AMWA will pair paintings from the Museum with the Land Library’s distinct landscape, which includes the Mosquito Range, South Platte River, skyscapes, the Buffalo Peaks Ranch homestead, and other points of interest to inspire your writing.
The workshop fee is $25, plus a $3.16 ticketing fee. More details and directions will follow. Feel free to send any questions to jeff@landlibrary.org.
The American Museum of Western Art – The Anschutz Collection is an art museum in Denver. You will be surprised to see more than cowboys and landscapes on view. The three floors of galleries reveal a range of styles and subject matter, from the historic to the contemporary. AMWA invites you to step back into the American West and allow western art to take you on a journey.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop works to ensure that literature maintains its proper prominence in the culture and that individuals achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings.

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Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you are,” wrote Jose Ortega y Gasset. Whether we climb mountains or stroll through neighborhood parks, we ascribe meaning to the landscapes that surround us, and our personal and communal identities are shaped by the people, place, and history of the places we live. And sometimes we are left wordless and deeply moved in the landscapes that speak to us.
In this daylong class at Buffalo Peaks Ranch, we’ll explore the meaning of landscape in our lives through writing, reading, guided meditation, and exploration of the ranch. Among the questions we’ll consider: How does where I live shape who I am? What about certain places causes a sense of wonder in me? How can I deepen my connection to the places I live and visit?
This class welcomes journalers, meditators, outdoors people, and writers of fiction and nonfiction who wish to better understand the role of landscape in their work. Please bring something to write with. Readings will be emailed in advance of the class.
Emily Sinclair is an essayist and fiction writer based in Golden, Colorado. Her work has been published in numerous journals and has been recognized by Best American Essays and Best of the Net. For more information, please visit Emily’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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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
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Buffalo Peaks Ranch, the headwaters home of the Rocky Mountain Land Library

Explore the Rivers & Wetlands at Buffalo Peaks Ranch

Join us at the Headwaters this month!

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This field course examines the chemistry, physical features, and biology of stream ecosystems. Principles of stream ecology will be used to sample the ranch’s local stream ecosystem. Participants will learn how to test the water’s chemistry, evaluate the habitat, and sample stream insects. We will also study the links between a stream and its watershed, floodplain, and riparian zone, and we’ll discuss the impacts we all have on streams.
Prepare to wade in the water and enhance your knowledge of streams!
Ashley Rust is an Aquatic Scientist at DiNatale Water Consultants, and is also a post-doctoral researcher on streams at the Colorado School of Mines.
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At first glance, South Park appears to be a never-ending expanse of shortgrass prairie. But the waters of this high mountain grassland are rich and varied.
We are thrilled to have Denise Culver back this summer to share much of what she has learned from a lifetime exploring wetland plants.
With a special focus on grasses, sedges and rushes, we will amble along the banks of South Park’s streams (including the South Platte River), and explore the ranch’s fen, a very special peatland environment with many globally rare plants.
Denise Culver is a botanist & ecologist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. She has been happily mucking across Colorado’s wetlands for over 20 years. Denise is also the co-author of the wonderfully comprehensive Field Guide to Colorado’s Wetland Plants.
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The Middle Fork of the South Platte River at Buffalo Peaks Ranch (last summer). photo by Samuel Bell