How to Heal: Resilience

A creative eco resource from a queer perspective

In partnership with Queering the Wye

“In an age of detachment from nature and mass-produced goods, building resilience through working with nature and craft offers a subversive yet transformative path. By engaging directly with raw resources, whether it’s wood, clay, or plants, individuals reconnect with the earth’s rhythms and tap into the ancient wisdom of connecting to craft directly.

Through this process, they not only create functional products but also foster a deeper sense of connection to the natural world. Each step, from gathering materials sustainably to shaping them with hands and tools, becomes a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

These handmade creations, infused with intention and care, serve as tangible reminders of our capacity to adapt and thrive. They are more than just objects; they are manifestations of resilience and sources of wellbeing, bridging the gap between humanity and the natural world.”

A young man with stubble and glasses stands in front of a detailed embroidery of a man with tattoos and emojis.

Oliver Bliss is a textile artist based in Worcester.

Make an eco zine

Using natural materials  is a way to slow down our consumption. It can also help us  to feel more connected to the environment. This technique for Tumeric Eco – Printing can help us reflect on the beauty and diversity of the natural world.   You can also use it as a base for your creative journaling or as part of a zine.  Visit makingforchangeexpo.com/how-to-make-a-zine for more information about zines and a how to instruction sheet.

Use turmeric to stain paper, lay objects on top and develop your image using the power of the sun!

Download the full instructions below.

How Nature Supports Us

Being in nature can help us to feel strong and overcome challenges.  Helen shows us how being in nature makes her feel allowing her to become her full queer self.

Writing activity

Writing our thoughts down can helps us to get ideas out of our head. We can then play around with the ideas to make new queer connections between them. Use Annie’s writing prompts to help you get some ideas out.

Start with free writing. Set a timer for 5 minutes and start writing whatever comes to mind. Break through any blank-page anxiety and just start writing. If it helps, try starting the page with a big scribble or just introduce yourself – anything to get your pen moving on paper. Then spend five minutes putting down any thoughts as they come. Try not to judge what you write, it’s all about warming up and getting used to writing while you think.

Download the full instructions below.

Book list

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Discovering the Folklore of Plants by Margaret Baker

What Inuit Have Always Known to be True by Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit

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Gathering: Women of Colour on Nature by Durre Shahwar, Nasia Sarwar-Skuse

A bright graphic print of a country scene including trees and green bushes. It is made of layered colours: yellow, blue and pink.

Queer Ecology

Read about queer ecology.

A simple outline pencil drawing of some primroses.

Resilience

Explore resilience in nature.



Where Next

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How to Heal: Fluidity

Explore resilience in nature.

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How to Heal

Learn more about Queer Ecology.



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