Outdoor skills, events and art classes to fuel your creativity and equip you for your next adventure!
CLASSES HAVE WRAPPED FOR THE 2023 SEASON- SEE YOU AT THE HOLIDAY MARKET!
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DECEMBER 2, 2023 | holiday markeT
Its that time of year! Looking for handmade gifts crafted by local artisans for the holiday season? Come to the Mercy Holiday Market to grab some sweet gifts and support local artists. Wandering Pine will be there selling prints and maybe a few originals too! Follow the Facebook event page for spotlights on each vendor leading up to the event. See you there!
August 5, 2023 | Willow River Art Hike, Hudson WI [in person] *class full*
Watercolor adventure journaling in the park! Come join the fun and learn to paint with Minnesota artist and Thrive Leader, Jen Theisen. You’ll explore and casually hike woodland trails within Willow River State Park.
July 28-30th, 2023 | Sanborn Canoe Basecamp Festival [in person]
BaseCamp is an annual celebration of the outdoors, tight-knit communities, and good old-fashioned pride in craftsmanship and quality brought to you by Sanborn Canoe Co. Join us at this fun, community-building event, where Jen will be teaching two classes along with a full list of other events!
June 10, 2023 | Art Hike – Silverwood Park! [in person]
Capture a Visual Journal of Your Adventures – Grab a friend and come paint with us at Silverwood Park! Learn how to capture memories, compose quick studies and integrate a creative practice into all of your outdoor adventures!
June 15, 2023 | Watercolor Adventure Journaling [virtual]
Learn how to capture memories, compose quick studies and integrate a creative practice into all of your outdoor adventures!
June 17, 2023 | Backpacking 101 [ in person]
Backpacking 101 with Women Who Hike + Boundary Waters Advisory Committee
April 27, 2023 | Backpacking Essentials
Want to try backpacking, but aren’t sure where to start? This two hour course covers the basics including planning and preparing for a backpacking trip, where to go, what to pack, how to cook, bathrooming, trail etiquette (and much more!)! There will also be a fun gear (Ultralight to Traditional) demo, a resource list and plenty of time for questions.
April 20, 2023 | Backcountry Hygiene: What to Know Before You Go
Before your next outdoor adventure, we want you to be prepared when nature calls! This course focuses on getting outside in an environmentally sustainable way, following Leave No Trace principles, while managing the Four Ps: Pee, Poop, Periods, and Personal Hygiene.
April 15, 2023 | University of Scouting!
Calling all Northern Star Scouting volunteers and leaders. Jen will be be teaching The 4P’s and Backpacking Essentials in person again this year at St Paul College! This event is a great way to learn the skills you need to bring quality programming to youth in the scouting program, make new connections and have some fun!
January 12, 2023 | Border Route Trail Annual Meeting | Virtual
Our guest speaker is Jen Theisen, aka Wandering Pine. Jen Theisen is a Minnesota based artist and adventurer celebrating the intersection of art, nature and joy! Her aim is to inspire, educate and empower others on and off the trail through creating supportive experiences and sharing her contagious enthusiasm. She blends her passion for fostering community, advocacy and experience as an outdoor educator by serving as a volunteer leader in various outdoor organizations and by hosting in-person + online events and workshops.
November 14, 2022 | Contour Drawing + Watercolor | Virtual
Join Jen and the Kula Academy for a blind or pure contour drawing and painting class that focuses on resting the mind and building observation skills. This class is perfect for students of all levels. Great for beginners & artists who may be feeling stuck.
October 17, 2022 | Learn to Paint Autumn Leaves and Capture the Colors of Fall | Kula Academy Virtual Class
Grab your favorite tea or pumpkin spice treat and join us for a fun night of learning how to paint your favorite Fall leaves using beginner friendly techniques. Jen will show you how to capture the leaf shape, the supplies that she uses, techniques for creating beautiful color mixes and how to create a painting that you can enjoy all year.
October 6-9, 2022 Fall Women’s Cabin Retreat – Wisconsin!
Join Thrive Women’s Outdoor Adventures Leader Jen on a relaxing getaway in northern Wisconsin at a cozy cabin on a private lake and 14 acres. Hello, fall colors! Each day will have optional, join-on adventures and delicious home cooked meals. Activities may include campfires, watercolor instruction, hikes or bike rides, with plenty of time to rest and recharge. Details on the private Thrive Facebook events page.
October 1, 2022 Kulas on the Trail! Fall Art Hike in Minneapolis
Get Your Kulas on the Trail! If you love the outdoors and painting too, join us for a hike & paint in Minneapolis’ largest park. Capacity 20 – FREE
May 7, 2022 | Art Hike – Capture a Visual Journal of Your Adventures at Silverwood Park | Kula Academy (in person)
Grab your portable art supplies for an opportunity to create and connect with others on the trail in a supportive environment. Need a supply list? Check out this post
April 26, 2022 | The Four Ps: Pee, Poop, Periods, and Personal Hygiene with Leave No Trace, Kula Cloth and Women Who Hike (virtual)
Join Leave No Trace and Women Who Hike for an interactive workshop and discussion about getting outside in an environmentally sustainable way while managing the Four Ps: Pee, Poop, Periods, and Personal Hygiene. Learn from Leave No Trace and Women Who Hike experts who spend much of the year working and living outside.
April 18, 2022 | Adventure Journaling and How to Create the Perfect Paint Kit | Kula Academy (virtual)
This class will show you what to bring to get started painting on all your outdoor adventures! It can be as simple as one tube of paint and one brush, or an elaborate set up – its up to you! Jen will show you the supplies that she uses, techniques for creating quick, small art pieces during breaks and a trail journal that you and your loved ones can enjoy for years to come.
April 9, 2022 | Beginner Backpacking Clinic | Thrive Women’s Outdoor Adventures (in person)
Does taking a backpacking trip sound intimidating? Where do you even start? What trail do you choose? Step into the wonderful world of backpacking. Learn from seasoned backpackers who were beginners once too.
February 28, 2022 | The Great Kula Mail Art Experiment: Creating a Daily Art Practice Through Mail Art
Before the social network, there was the postal network! In this class, Jen will give a brief Modern Art History lesson about the correspondence art or mail art movement and discuss the benefits of creating and releasing your art to use it to connect with other humans in a slow and thoughtful way.
December 9, 2021 | Cultivating Your Art Practice with Blind Contour Drawing and Watercolor | Kula Academy
Join Jen Theisen for a blind or pure contour drawing and painting class that focuses on resting the mind and building observation skills. No prior art experience required.