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Healing with Nature 2019
We welcome Chip Thomas to Cleveland County as we explore and celebrate the communion of Photography, Nature, Community, and Healing


About Chip Thomas

Chip Thomas, aka “jetsonorama” is a native of North Carolina. His life direction changed when he attended a small, alternative Quaker school in the mountains of North Carolina (the Arthur Morgan School). He is a photographer, public artist, activist and physician who has been working between Monument Valley and The Grand Canyon in the Navajo nation since 1987. He coordinates the Painted Desert Project – a community building effort which manifests as a constellation of murals across western Navajo Nation painted by artists from all over the world.

Thomas’ own public artwork consists of enlarged black and white photographs pasted on structures along the roadside on the Navajo nation. His motivation is to reflect back to the people in his community the love and elements of the culture they’ve shared with him over the years. He sees this work as an evolving dialog with his community.

Thomas is a member of the Justseeds Artists Co-operative, an international cooperative of 30 socially engaged artists scattered between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. You can find his large scale photographs pasted in the northern Arizona desert. He’s done projects with the Peoples Climate March, 350.org and NPR.

From November 1992 to August 1993 Thomas participated with 3 intrepid cyclists who ventured 11,800 miles from the northernmost point on the African continent to the southernmost point. This effort won them a Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of the African continent.

About Healing with Nature

The Healing with Nature group is a collaboration of individuals in Cleveland County focused on community connectedness, health, and wellness from the personal to the planetary. 

Each year our goal is to host events around Earth Day in Cleveland County that focus on wellness and healing of our local community, from the natural environment we live in to the overall well-being of our individual community members.To accomplish this goal, the group organizes to bring a special guest to Cleveland County to work with various groups around the theme of “Healing with Nature”, with events wrapping up through Earth Day service projects around the county. Previous guest’s to Cleveland County have included world class authors, speakers and instructors such as adventurer Jon Turk and Poet Mary Ellen Lough, who have conducted workshops with several groups throughout the county including youth at the Boys and Girls Club, groups with Phoenix Counseling, Adventure House, and Early College High School.

The Mental Health Association in Cleveland County (MHA) serves as a partner and the fiscal sponsor for the Healing with Nature events.  An independent 501c3 nonprofit, MHA has existed in Cleveland County for more than 50 years to promote mental health, advocate for, and support individuals and families affected by mental illness. 

Understanding that mental health is about more than “mental illness”, MHA supports Healing with Nature events each year as we recognize the importance of community connectedness and the healing power of nature in the promotion of mental health for everyone in Cleveland County. 

Healing with Nature events are free of charge, but donations are needed and appreciated!


All donations are tax-deductible.  Donations by check can be mailed to MHA, PO Box 623, Shelby, NC 28151.  Checks should be written to the "Mental Health Association of Cleveland County" or "MHA" with "Healing with Nature" noted on the check.

To learn more about Chip Thomas and his work, visit his website at: https://jetsonorama.net/