Terra Narrativa

At the Confluence of Place, Self, and Story

Terra Narrativa is the writing studio and roving field school of Shelby Gonzalez, a nature writer and experience designer living in the Ring of Fire.

Forever chasing the reverie—the state of being so immersed in something or somewhere that you lose yourself.




nature writing

A Scientific Force of Nature

Dr. Rosaly Lopes over lava lake in Vanuuatu photo courtesy of Rosaly Lopes

From Kilauea to the outer solar system, Dr. Rosaly Lopes discovers the forces that shape our planet—and the possibility of life beyond.

(I conceived and wrote this.)

experiential placemaking

Lake Superior Storm Festival

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Each fall, as the “witch of November” approaches, this Minnesota community celebrates the power and dangerous beauty of Lake Superior.

(I conceived and helped launch this.)

narrative design

Sea to Summit Women’s Adventures

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REI Women’s Adventures are extraordinary journeys for women who want to experience the world—not just see it.

(I positioned and wrote this.)



October 20, 2018

Workshop: My Wild Life

A Fall Journaling Workshop and Mini Road Trip for Women Seeking What’s Next



September 22, 2018

Workshop: Writing with Fire

A Creative Writing Field Workshop and Volcano Experience at Mount St. Helens

Presented in partnership with the Mount St. Helens Institute


March - May 2018

Intensive: Write Like the Sea

A Program Approaching Writing as Practice, Process and Passion Through the Lens of Water


What’s Coming

Details of next year’s workshops and creative experiences will be unveiled (that’s dramatic-person-speak for “posted on this website”) in November.

In the meantime, some teasing.

The theme for 2019 is…

Lost Worlds

Don’t let them tame you.
— Isadora Duncan