Natural History Week 2022

June 19, 2022 to June 26, 2022

2022 Star Island Update

Welcome to Natural History Week 2022!

The week will be filled with connections to our natural world, to our own creativity, and our spiritual well-being. Speaker Elizabeth Murray will provide daily inspiration as she inspires us to living our lives more fully as we re commit to our love of nature, our creativity, hearts and spirit.

Elizabeth is excited to take advantage of the history and beauty of Star Island as she leads us through her four pathways to “Living Life in Full Bloom”. With the sounds of the sea, the smells of the wild roses, and the beauty of the rugged shore, Elizabeth’s four pathways include:

Gardener: deepening your relationship with the natural world

Artist: expanding your creativity and imagination

Lover: opening your heart and falling in love with life – the natural world (what you love you will care for)

Spirit Weaver: Integrating mindfulness, celebrations, and blessings into each day

Our plan includes going to Appledore Island, our sister Island in the Shoals. We will view Celia Thaxter’s garden and take time to photograph, paint, and draw Celia’s legacy to the Isle of Shoals.

Come and join us. Make new friends. Relax with old friends. Enjoy the 100-year-old history of the hotel. Chat, meditate, read or bird watch as you rock away time on the huge front porch. And don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful sunsets from Star.

Youth Programming

Young people are welcomed to join us. There is limited youth programming, yet young Shoalers often accompany their grandparents and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Theme Speaker

Elizabeth Murray is an artist, bestselling author of seven books and an international workshop leader in creativity. She is well known for being the first women to garden in Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, France and photographing them for over 35 years for publications and exhibition. She will give us a slide lecture on Monet’s Garden was his muse and how it continues to inspire and touch visitors today. Elizabeth resides in a historic home in Monterey, CA. where she paints, writes, teaches and gardens. See  to see her paintings and to find out more about her.

Minister of the Week

The Reverend Susan Suchocki Brown, BA, University of Mass, MDiv, Andover Newton Theological School

Reverend Susan is currently serving as interim minister at South Church UU in Portsmouth, NH. Formerly Minister Emerita at First Congregational Society in Leominster, MA.

Program Fee

$130.00 per person

Room & Board

NHW Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $1,072 $1,458 $1,320 $1,937

NHW 0-5 years old 6-11 12-17
Youth Rates Free $496 $710


Both the Natural History Week and the Star Island Corporation provide scholarship support for Shoalers. Please Contact Heather Saunders at for more information regarding coordinated scholarship applications.

Boat Schedule

Depart Portsmouth: 6/19: 2:25 pm

Depart Star: 6/26: 9:20 am


Contact Heather Saunders