… A Holistic Approach Toward Human, Ecological & Technological Landscapes

Mapping Meaning brings together artists, scientists and scholars for a five-day experimental workshop. Inspired by a photograph from 1918 depicting an all-female survey crew, this biennial gathering provides a forum for women to explore questions of mental, social and environmental ecology.

The first workshop occurred while camping together in Dixie National Forest in 2010. The second took place in 2012 at the Capitol Reef Field Station, one of the last places in the United States to be surveyed.

Women were selected from around the United States and Canada who represented a wide diversity of disciplines including: permaculture, visual art, American Indian Studies, entomology, film, biology, architecture, American Studies, nonfiction writing, visual anthropology, geography, GIS–land surveying, ethnobotany, business, civil & environmental engineering, and folklore.

The third Mapping Meaning will take place in the summer of 2014 at Canyonlands Research Center.


(Photo from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)