Novel Creature

Hey y'all!

I'm Marissa Barrett, school counselor and Nashville native. I help women reconnect to the outdoors through retreats and meet-ups.

Forgiveness and second chances are important to me. I don't believe that our past defines us. That's why a portion of profits supports mental health counseling in Nashville.

It's my goal to empower women to find rest, healing, community, and self reliance through both traditional forms of therapy and connection to the outdoors.

Nashville's my home town. After graduating college in California, I had to come back- I love it here! Nashville is such a beautiful place, where heritage meets creativity and people come together to inspire and serve one another.

Hallelujah, every breath is a second chance.
— Jon Foreman, Switchfoot
 Rock City 2018

Rock City 2018

 
 Big East Fork Overlook, Franklin, TN 2018

Big East Fork Overlook, Franklin, TN 2018

Community focused.

Since starting online in 2011, Novel Creature bags and accessories have been sold in 5 stores in Tennessee and featured in Southern Living, Nashville Lifestyles, and on the Nashville Mom Blog. I've participated in several festivals and craft shows including Porter Flea, Made South, Made Market, Nashvember, and the Good Makers Market..

To connect with other women for local adventures and service opportunities, request to join our facebook group here: Novel Creature Group

 

 Hiking on the Fiery Gizzard Trail, July 2016

Hiking on the Fiery Gizzard Trail, July 2016

On my days off you can find me with my husband Chris and dog Tobias at our local nature and wildlife reserve, Radnor Lake, after we shop at the farmer's market or at the Crag, our local climbing gym.  I'm a big fan of Americana music (especially Chris's band Bearheart), but in the car and my studio can frequently be caught blasting Beyonce. I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Halo!