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creative encounters in nature

what we do.

what we do
kawakawa leaves

01.botanical monoprinting.

blue radius exhibition

04.sea level rise

land radius 2 screenings.

collaborative ecoart print reveal

02.nature printing.

Tuakana Teina


tara iti SOS

08.creative collaborations.

inking a lithography stone

03.ecoart lithography.

sustainable coasts talk


blue lanterns lanterns.


Making art together in nature can have a significant impact on how we perceive the living environment. 

Joanne Kyriazopoulos, 

Kaipātiki Project

"We have had the pleasure of working with Laura for over three years now through her ecology-based arts programmes. Laura’s approach gently guides participants, and keeps the group engaged throughout the workshop, encouraging participants to explore the materials and creative process at their own pace, with some beautiful results for beginners and seasoned artists alike."

Molly Chen,

Asian Community Engagment Trust

"Laura gave our clients fantastic eco-art experiences through the botanical monoprint workshops. She is a warm and wonderful teacher. The workshops offer Asian families the chance to learn more about New Zealand's natural world, explore eco-art techniques, and create something beautiful together." 

Workshop Participant,

Titirangi, Auckland

“So knowledgeable - the walk was wonderful and the leaf printing workshop really amazing. I learned so much about pushing myself to explore my creative side”


Eco Art Botanical Monoprinting

Date       03/06/2023

Time       9:30am - 4pm

Location  Kaipātiki Project EcoHub,                                     17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale

              North Shore, Auckland

What to expect on the day:

First, a botanical expert from Kaipātiki Project will guide us on a bush walk, identifying important native species, as we gather interesting plant materials from the forest floor. We then move to a hands-on workshop in monotype printing and colour theory as you make your masterpiece to take home with you! 

Cost: $50   No prior experience necessary. All materials provided. Event is proudly supported by Creative Communities Scheme.

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This blend of art and nature is a unique creative workshop devised and led by ecological artist and founder of LimenLab, Laura Donkers
why we do it

why we do it.

At this time of catastrophic biodiversity loss due to extractive practices, climate change, pollution, and changes in land use, we have to help nature to heal. We can work towards this by reconnecting more intimately to nature through making art together, to help us alter our perceptions of the living environment.


LimenLab is the concept of ecological artist, Laura Donkers. She collaborates with environmental and community organisations to deliver creative encounters in nature to engage people with the perspective that we owe our existence to the natural world and, just as we take responsibility to look after our families, so we carry a responsibility to protect the natural world from harm and restore damage that we have caused.

What we do

We design and lead creative workshops and projects in collaboration with artists, activists, community groups, and organisations.

We deliver 'hands-on' exploration of nature to expand creative and ecological awareness.

Through direct sensory experiences, participants get to explore, connect with and develop empathy for nature.

Our values

We develop agency by sharing stories about nature, environmental regeneration and climate change adaptation.​

We support nature through pro-environmental approaches that safeguard biodiversity and nature’s processes.

We value transparency by being open, upfront and honest about what is possible within timeframes and resource limitations.

Best Practice

We draw from respectful, traditional practices to design workshops and projects that demonstrate respect for all life forms.

We reduce ecological impact in how natural materials are harvested and in terms of considerate energy use and recycling/disposal of materials at end of workshop/project.


a not-for-profit creative agency working with community and environmental organisations

to expand engagement with nature through art

experiential learning in nature arouses curiosity and stimulates discussion around ecological responsibility


eco art workshops, collaborative exhibitions and projects connect people

through the experimental and cognitive effects of creativity

our funders + supporters.

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