Current Course Offerings

Below is a current list of workshops being offered by Molly Murfee. Check back often for updates on courses to be offered in the various seasons as the year progresses.

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Writing Through the Changes

December - March - June - September
2021 - 2022

A Self-Directed Study Course!

Seasonal pivots in our calendar are times of transitions, profound places to contemplate what is shifting in both our internal and external worlds. Writing through the Changes is a self-directed, writing-driven experience marking the changes of winter, spring, summer and fall. Contemplative exercises included in seasonally delivered Portfolio Packets include journaling and meditation prompts; connecting to nature exercises; and inspiring readings to incite calm, balance, grounding and a sense of belonging to self, community and place.

Portfolio Packets are delivered before each Winter and Summer Solstice and Spring and Summer Equinox. Materials are formatted in various downloadable modalities: video, audio and pdf document so you can complete them anytime, anywhere, and for however long you choose. Individual seasons: $60 each, multiple season discounts often available.
 
This course is made possible through the generosity of the Artistic Enrichment Grant of the Crested Butte Arts Festival. 

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Weaving the Web:
Myth, Metaphor, Meaning & the Muse 

Friday, May 27. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$45
with the Mountain Words Literary Festival 

Writing is a lifestyle, a physical practice in mindfulness and awareness, ending in a story. As authors, it is up to us to find the seemingly disparate thematic threads floating in the air, and weave them into a cohesive web of metaphor and meaning. Work with your core beliefs, translating them into a defined theme in your story, and iterating them through writing devices such as characters, conversations, symbolism, and landscape. This interactive, immersive, experientially-based workshop first taps into the muse through a sensory conversation with physical nature, and what Greek philosopher Plato called the anima mundi, or World Soul. What inherent metaphors exist in the red-tailed hawk spiraling overhead, the wind in the trees? How do these players of an animate nature spur memories of mythology, folklore, fairy tales, or natural history from your past knowledge? We’ll bring in Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung’s theories of the collective unconscious and archetypes to tap into the universal themes and characters in relationship with your own. How might they be showing up through synchronistic conversations you hear on the street, or serendipitous encounters giving you just the piece of information you were missing? Bring in your own emotions around your theme, as well as identify what stands in opposition to it. In the end you’ll weave the web, pulling together all the threads into a cohesive story shimmering with layering, depth, and meaning.

 

Any genre—fiction to poetry to creative nonfiction and beyond—is welcome. Generate new material or apply the activities to a current project (consider bringing a copy). This is an outdoor workshop with a small amount of easy walking, and sitting on the ground. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a small backpack with water, warm layers, and a portable camp chair if you have one. We will work visually with the material, bring colored pencils if you have them. Otherwise, they will be provided. A journal or blank paper and pen or pencil is strongly recommended for the generative freewrites and other activities (instead of a laptop, tablet, or cell phone).

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Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

Come hike with me in the wildflowers July 8 - 17!

Wildflower hikes are one of my absolute most favorite things. I love the natural history, folklore, medicinal uses, and role in the ecosystem these bright blooms play. And you can learn all of these things too on a hike with me through the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. I'm leading half days, full days, easier saunters, and more difficult hikes to mountain passes. Click on the links below to find out more on individual hikes. You'll be taken to the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival website where you can register. 
 
Lily Lake Wildflowers: Friday, July 8. 8:30 a.m.  - 1 p.m.

Splendor on Snodgrass: Saturday, July 9. 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Wildflowers & Waterfalls of the Oh-Be-Joyful Valley: Sunday, July 10. 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lily Lake Wildflowers: Monday, July 11.  8:3o a.m. - 1 p.m.

Poverty Gulch & Daisy Pass: Thursday, July 14. 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Trail 403 to Viewpoint: Friday, July 15. 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Scarp Ridge:
Saturday, July 16. 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lily Lake Wildflowers: Sunday, July 17. 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Private Guided Hikes

Hiking, peak climbs, backpacking, snowshoeing and more!

I guide with Colorado Backcountry, an awesome, independent guiding company here in Crested Butte owned by long-time locals Janae and Ben Pritchett. You can ask for me by name when you book hiking, peak climbing, backpacking, or snowshoeing trips. I'll cater the trip to fit your needs according to distance, strenuousness, and what you want to do be it make some miles or doddle about looking at wildflowers. In all of my trips I'll offer information on wildflowers, natural history, local history, and other information gained from my multiple decades living and guiding in the Gunnison Valley and beyond, to help make your hike more in depth and enjoyable. I know the area like the back of my hand, and I can share it with you!

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Mountain Savvy Backcountry Hike

Custom, educational LNT hikes
through Colorado Backcountry

Want to learn the skills, not just be guided through? Get mountain savvy by learning from a local and gather the necessary skills to hike independently with knowledge, confidence and respect! This full-day hike not only takes participants into a beautiful wilderness setting, but teaches backcountry skills and natural history along the way. Make friends with the wildflowers by learning their names and interesting natural history facts. Gain exposure to the perfect equipment to bring in a backpack; what a first aid kit should contain; and confidence in navigation and reading maps. Learn Mountain Manners by becoming proficient in Leave No Trace skills to reduce physical impacts on the landscape such as trail etiquette; choosing the best lunch and camp sites; making a low impact fire; preserving flora and fauna; “toilet” practices; dealing with trash; preserving water quality and more. Have an inspiring day hiking and learning in the backcountry, making future independent adventures even more enjoyable and respectful! 

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