JULIE POINTER ADAMS is an artist, floral designer, and most recently, author and photographer of a book on hospitality called Wabi-Sabi Welcome: Learning to embrace the imperfect and entertain with thoughtfulness and ease. She lived in Portland, Oregon for a number of years where she developed and directed the international community events for Kinfolk magazine alongside Editor Nathan Williams. Julie currently resides in Santa Barbara, California with her husband, Ryan.
3 words to describe Nature?
Healing, calming, worshipful
3 things Nature taught you?
To let go of worry; to be still and listening; to find beauty in unsuspecting places.
3 most treasured Nature spots?
Sauvie Island, Oregon; St. John River, New Brunswick, Canada; beaches along the Santa Barbara, California coastline
When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel…?
Powerless and grateful
When you see a forest, it makes you feel…?
When you see a volcano, it makes you feel…?
Small and temporal
When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel…?
Happy-sad and hopeful
When you hear thunder, it makes you feel…?
When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel…?
Alive and reflective, as if a change is coming.
Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?
Share with us a childhood nature memory?
Most summers as a child were spent visiting my mother’s extended family in New Brunswick, Canada along the St. John River. I remember long days spent outside swimming, canoeing and exploring, but I particularly recall one day sitting hidden in the midst of tall grasses on a sloping hillside, shaded by birch trees. I felt in that moment that nature would always be a safe hiding place—a place to retreat to and be cradled by.