Upper Watershed & Scared Dialogue with Nature

Posted on Monday 12 October 2009

Our purpose for focusing on the upper watershed is to foster our understanding of how a watershed comes into being. On Monday, November 9 our speaker will be geologist Paul Heiple. He will be covering the “Structure of the West Union Creek”. Early in his career, Paul attended Colorado School of Mines and then worked in the oil industry. He moved to the Bay Area in 1994 bringing along his inquisitive mind and love for nature. He currently lives in Portola Valley and is the Chair of the Conservation Committee that is workin with the San Francisquito watershed Council on creek restoration and removal of non native invasive plants within the creek of Portola Valley. Paul is well known within the mid-Peninsula environmental community and we are honored to have him as a guest.

On Saturday, November 14 we will have Paul heiple as our guide, for the morning. We will walk along West Union Creek, which is a feeder stream to San Francisquito Creek, while learning the structure and natural history of the upper watershed as well as exploring the variety of wildlife in this riparian corridor.

In the afternoon we will be joined by Vanessa Eyen who will prepare and guide us in “Stepping into a Sacred Dialogue with Nature.” This is a unique way of getting in touch with yourself and nature. Vanessa has her Master’s degree in Outdoor Education and Community Counseling, a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and is certified as a yoga teacher and wilderness first responder. Passionate about fostering a connection to the natural world, she worked as a teacher, program director and trainer for outdoor environmental education companies since 2001. Specializing in nature based counseling, she was the teacher assistant for the undergraduate classes Ecopsychology and Dreams, Myths, and Symbols with Mary Gomes at Sonoma State Univ. Vanessa guides youth quests for several bay area schools and organizations.

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