Create a nature journal - A workshop
by Liesl van der Hoven

The soul yearns for one thing and one thing only: To be at peace.

If you feel the need to escape from constant busyness and/or to reconnect with nature and with yourself, this workshop can put you on the path towards finding peace.

Start the practice of being mindful in nature and create a beautiful nature journal as part of your process of paying attention. I will teach you to capture your nature experiences in one or a combination of the following ways:

  • Sketches
  • Illustrations
  • Writing
  • Pressed leaves/flowers
  • Photographs
  • Poetry

I will teach you how to document your experiences in your own unique way though:

  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Drawing techniques
  • Writing prompts

This workshop will borrow a little bit from each of the following “disciplines”:

  • Botanical and Scientific illustration
  • Photography
  • Mindfulness / Paying attention
  • Journaling and creative writing

No artistic, writing or photographic abilities are needed, just an interest in expressing yourself creatively and a willingness to learn.

Allow yourself to explore your creativity and you may be surprised
at the hidden talents you uncover!

Who this workshop is for:

You don't need to consider yourself an “outdoorsy” person to enjoy this workshop. We all appreciate nature in our different ways. This workshop is all about the quiet, gentle ways of admiring and celebrating the beauty of nature.

If you have a love for nature and often find yourself wishing that you could capture a beautiful moment or object, this workshop is for you.

This workshop will be really valuable for you if one or more of the following statements are true for you:

  • You want to create space in your routine for being quiet and escaping the constant rush of modern life
  • You would like to reconnect with yourself, your thoughts and feelings
  • You would like to develop your creativity
  • You would like to start a regular sketchbook/writing practice
  • You are interested in creating a beautiful journal - either as a private record of your own thoughts and explorations or to show to others


Next Workshop dates:

Workshops for adults:

Date: No more dates are planned for 2017, but I will definitely be resuming the workshops early in 2018. Please contact me if you would like more info.
Venue: Chatters Somerset West
Investment: R450


Included in the workshop costs are: 

  • Tea/coffee and something delicious to eat
  • Inspiration and drawing reference material


Please bring your own:

  • Sketchbook or journal (If you would like to use watercolour or other wet media, I recommend paper weight of at least 160g or heavier.)
  • Art materials: pencils, pens, watercolour, brushes, etc.

Please click here to find a complete list of required materials and suggestions for selecting a sketchbook.

Please click here to see the inspiration I've been gathering on Pinterest!


Parent/grandparent and child workshop:

Recommended age range for children to attend this workshop: 5-9 year-olds

I will be introducing a shortened version of the nature journal workshop for a parent/grandparent and child to do together. Working together on an art project offers a wonderful bonding experience for a parent or grandparent with a child.

For this workshop, I will be showing each (grand)parent and child pair to create an artwork together that is inspired by nature (we will be creating shadow boxes). By the end of this workshop, they will leave with a finished shadow box that they created together over the course of the morning. (This workshop will not require a sketchbook/journal. All art supplies will be provided.)

Date: No more dates are planned for 2017, but I will definitely be resuming the workshops early in 2018. Please contact me if you would like more info.
Venue: Chatters Somerset West
Time: 8am - 10am
Investment: R750 per adult and child pair

Included in the workshop costs are:
Tea/coffee for adult
Juice/cold-drink for child
Something delicious to eat for everyone

We will be making our own shadow boxes - please click here to see some of the inspiration I have been gathering on Pinterest!

Materials for creating an artwork together are included in the cost of this workshop.


Create a shadow box with your child or grandchild! Everything you need to create a shadow box just like this one will be provided in this workshop.
Create a shadow box just like this one!
Liesl van der Hoven

About Liesl van der Hoven

I am an artist and storyteller who creates stories and exquisitely handcrafted toys for children.

My products are sold and shipped all over the world from my online shop called Fairy Caravan.

Every single Fairy Caravan product starts off as one of my hand-drawn illustrations on paper. My illustrations are then printed on fabric and turned into three-dimensional toys and dolls - characters that can become ‘real’ for children.

Once I've created a character, I enjoy writing stories about him or her. I believe that these stories help children to form an emotional connection with the characters. The message my stories communicate, is always one of mindfulness.

I have a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Stellenbosch University and have also studied Graphic Design and completed several courses in children’s book illustration.

I firmly believe that all humans are creative and that we need to nurture this quality, as we need creativity to navigate the ever-changing world we live in.

Contact me

Contact me to book your seat at my next workshop!

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 8 to ensure that I can give each person individual attention.

Do get in touch if you have any questions about the workshop that I can help you with!

Please contact me through one of the numbers below or send me an email by filling out the form.

+27.21.853.0609 | t

+27.82.563.0721 | c

Booking and cancellation policy:
Payment confirms your place in the workshop. If you should cancel 24 hours or more before the workshop, you can choose between either receiving a 50% refund or to be accommodated at a future workshop. Cancellation less than 24 hours before the workshop or on the day: regrettably no refund.
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