On a beautiful ranch day in late July, Sarah Wallace Scott and Jade Cooley gave everyone something new, refreshing, and very much needed. News of the ongoing climate crisis has left many of us feeling sad, anxious, angry, powerless, helpless, and guilty. Caring for our planet during these times can also feel incredibly isolating, leading to burnout and apathy. We were thrilled back in the spring when Sarah and Jade proposed a one-day ranch workshop to help people navigate the emotional terrain of climate change.

Through a series of practices and activities, everyone began to lose pent up worry, guilt and anxiety. The quiet and richness of Buffalo Peaks Ranch’s landscape did its part to — quietly leading everyone to a growing intimacy with the plants and animals the comprise the ranch’s more-than-human world. Sarah and Jade gave everyone a chance to be grateful, refresh, and refuel. What a gift from the land that day!

Jade Cooley is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver Colorado. She works with people from all walks of life and is passionate about supporting her clients through anxiety, depression, trauma, and life changes.

Sarah Wallace Scott is a Denver based multidisciplinary artist and naturalist who uses foraged, natural and sustainable materials to create artworks that explore human’s intrinsic relationship to nature. 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.