2017 - a year of nature

Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely holiday season and feel refreshed and ready to take on 2017! Over Christmas I was thinking about how little I had managed to get outside, and that it was really affecting my mood. Although I know the power nature has to make us feel better, both physically and mentally, I don't always make it a priority to get out and spend time outdoors.

winter trees nature challenge

In 2017 I am going to do something about it! Every week I will make an effort to explore nature in some way, either by physically getting out as much as I can or studying some aspect of the natural world creatively, or some combination of the two. I will be documenting my Wild Year in my art/nature journal, and sharing it here and (more often) on Instagram. If you would like to join in let me know in the comments or share your own explorations using the hashtag #52weekswild.

catherine mason nature challenge

I don't want to restrict myself too much a whole year in advance so I'm not using any specific weekly prompts but I thought it would be fun to have a guiding theme for each month. That will give me something to focus on if I'm struggling to get creative, and will help with a sense of community for anyone joining in on social media. These themes will follow the seasonality of the natural world so they shouldn't be too difficult to stick to, although sometimes it I might only follow them loosely! If you want to join in don't feel you have to stick to the monthly themes if they don't resonate with you, pick any bits you like and leave the rest.

52weekswild nature challenge themes