Begins January 13, 2014
~ 4 weeks ~
Registration is now open.
(Read the end of this post for a special Bring a Friend offer.)
Hibernate is a self-paced, four week, online retreat - a place to celebrate the pause that wintertime brings. A place to linger through the dark and quiet, to welcome stillness, and allow time to enjoy home and hearth.
Each weekday will follow the themes Nourish, Gather, Refresh, Create, and Rest. Content will be delivered through our private class website in the form of beautiful mini e-books and videos. In addition, there will be an interactive community to share ideas and experience, if you choose.
You will find the days in a single week thread together with projects and ideas that compliment each other.
Starting where you are, and working with what you have, you will pick and choose the projects, prompts, recipes and inspiration that speak to you.
Each Monday we'll spend in the kitchen preparing delicious, healing, whole foods for winter enjoyment. You will enjoy recipes, video demonstrations, and mindful reflections from the kitchen.
Masala Chai, 2 ways - Warming Rooibus and Wintertime Spice ~ with video demonstration.
Create a Sunday Afternoon 'Snack' Buffet.
Noticing and celebrating everyday rituals in the kitchen.
Sprouting 101 ~ with video demonstration.
Each Tuesday I'll share ways to come together with intention during this time of quiet hibernation. With friends, family, or alone in solitude - be inspired by simple, interesting themes to add a spark of light and connection to the darkest of days.
Plan a homespun Japanese inspired tea ceremony.
Game night with friends.
Fireside or candlelit dessert night.
Weekend Hibernating ~ learn simple ideas to perfect your cozy weekends.
Each Wednesday will bring an assortment of simple and natural, projects, recipes and inspiration to pamper and rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.
Make a warming winter tonic.
Reflective and uplifting journal prompts.
Plan a winter hike and picnic - with recipes.
Recipes to freshen your living space.
Sewing and knitting!
Handmade projects for the kitchen.
A written tutorial (and accompanying instructional video) for making your own Cash Budget Pouches. I chose to include this project because even though Hibernate is a time of relative quiet and ease... during the new year we feel hopeful and motivated to organize and clean-up a few areas in our life. These pouches are a wonderful tool for many people. Also, sewing can feel quite restorative!
Each Friday we turn inward for reflection and calm, settling in for the weekend. Restful, nourishing thoughts will be shared, complimented by prompts and projects in the same light.
Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary.
A simple to memorize, brief yoga routine ~ perfect for bedtime.
Recipes for natural, essential oil infused body care ~ to promote rest and healing.
Hibernate is filled with ideas to help you revel in the beauty of the season. As our bodies slow down, leaving the activity of warmer months behind us, our hands welcome meaningful activity, and our hearts open to the beauty of home.
While this retreat may seem plentiful in its offerings, by no means should you feel compelled to do each little thing. Hibernate shares a variety of activities (or non-activities), to meet the interest and schedule of many people.
If you feel ready for the warmth and peace found during this cozy time of year, than please join us.
I'd love to Hibernate with you.
Bring a Friend!
Register between 12/9 - 12/13 and invite a friend at no extra charge.
Unfortunately, I cannot split invoices. After one person registers please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your guest's FULL name and email address (you'll handle sharing the cost on your end). You must email me by 12/15 with your friend's info, thanks!
Your extra spot would make a great holiday gift! I can email you a beautiful, printable gift certificate. In your email to me, please specify that your guest is receiving the spot as a gift and I will email you the certificate for you to give them.
Please note, gift certificates will be emailed after the Bring a Friend registrations have been processed. You will receive the certificate no later than 12/20.
It occurred to my this week that December is really not the time to be making holiday gifts. Every year, the list grows. Not in a stressful, obligatory way, but in a I'd really like to make all of these great things for the people I care about kind of way. Unfortunately, my desire to bring smiles and something useful to those around me does not exactly jive with the reality of time and a calendar that rolls on a little more each day. So, given my dislike for the hottest, muggiest time of the year, I'd like to be better at using July as my holiday gift making time.
Years ago I had a fun little business making herbal tea blends, natural body products, dried floral wreaths, and so forth. I was a busy young mom, selling my wares at craft shows and through "vendor programs" at corporations in my area. Those were such different times for the craft show circuit, many of us earned a living this way, something that is so difficult to do now, in my area at least. You got to know the other crafters quite well; after all, you pretty much travelled around together each weekend, attending whichever big show was on the docket.
There was a woman named Roberta that I became friendly with who made these beautiful hand-sewn primitive sampler type creations. She even made rustic Christmas ornaments out of tin that she cut by hand and painted with the prettiest, muted colors (she made the Santa pictured above). I have a snowman too. We spent many hot and sweaty summer weekends together trying to seek shade under our ez-up canopies, all the while attempting to look fresh and happy as we greeted customers who kindly supported our efforts. In the thick of one particularly soupy day, I may have been lamenting about the week I had in my third floor (HOT) attic studio... to which she commented that she just sits in front of a fan all day doing her handwork and eating frozen grapes. (Really! Frozen grapes!) Oh my, I was so envious.
I was never able to do my craft in such a breezy, fruity setting. The shear volume of dried floral goods that kept me in the attic (medicinal and culinary herbs were stored elsewhere), hot glue guns, and hauling each huge wreaths in their own individual boxes to the van, three flights down, prohibited that. But I am taking my cue from Roberta now, looking toward next summer. Come July, if you need me, if I'm not in the garden battling mosquitoes or noon day sun (it's either one or the other), I'll be sitting in front of a fan, checking special gifts off my handmade Christmas list, with a bowl of frozen grapes by my side. Who knows, I may even attempt some of those tin ornaments... they are very cute, after all.
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On Monday I'll be opening registration to my newest online workshop, Hibernate, which will take place in the new year. All of the details will be shared on that post, so please visit on Monday if you're interested. It likely will not be until later in the day, but Monday it is! xo
There were a few reasons for taking on this Living Yoga series. I was looking to not only reconnect with my own asana practice on a near daily basis, but I also wanted to challenge myself to capture those yogic day to day moments that kind of catch me in the chest and take my breath away, if only for one sweet moment. The beauty of taking more time on the mat is that the I'm catching more and more of these glimpses in my day now. Practice on the mat (or simply on the wooden floor as the case has been for me quite often these days) equates to more and more of these bright spots throughout the day. What I have found though, is I'm often not feeling compelled to pick up my camera during these moments. Instead, I find myself choosing to be here now. Let the camera go.
So, this little project continues to surprise me with its need for silence. Sometimes I feel agitated by that and wish to move on from the whole thing and go back to programming as usual. But I'll press on, because the living these last couple of months has been as sweet as can be, it's the documentation of it all that feels a little lackluster. Staying the course and seeing something through though, there is discipline and growth in that - which was the entire point of it all, yes?
There aren't too many days left in this series and I've found myself in that sweet spot of something slowly coming to a close. Final thoughts are percolating - a culmination of lessons and insights marking the end of a journey. As expected, what I've received from this experience is not at all what I expected. For example, the 2-3 hour daily practice and fully immersed yogic lifestyle that I once led; the very things I hoped to reclaim? Well, wouldn't you know it... those things are not going to look the same in this season of my life it turns out, they are not my reality today as they were years ago. Well, the 2-3 daily practice, at least - the lifestyle is simply where my hearts lies, with or without a lengthy asana practice. I'm not sure why it took such a dedicated mindset spent trying to resurrect those days for me to learn they were indeed gone, but alas, it did, and they are.
Gone for now. Which is okay.
We have a new little addition to our family... meet cousin Molly! She is visiting from Kansas and will be here during my cousin's family's deployment overseas. At this point we aren't sure how long Molly will be here, perhaps one month, perhaps two years. The Army likes to keep you guessing, it seems. She is settling in nicely and Scout is thrilled to have an inside animal to keep track of. Chickens on the outside, Molly on the inside. All is well in Scout's world.
Though I've been visiting my corner of facebook almost each day with little snippets, recipes, photos, etc... my track record the last couple of month's tells me I likely will not post a a full blog before the Thanksgiving holiday. So, I'd like to take this moment and wish you a wonderful time of celebration, and quiet moments too, with family and friends in the days to come.
I'm not one to check the weather forecast each day so waking up to falling snow this week was such a nice surprise. I generally don't need to drive anywhere - if the snow flies I can hunker down and ride it out with some knitting, a book, and a few mugs of something steamy. So, as soon as winter approaches, I say let it snow, snow, snow. (And then I hope that other people don't have to be on the roads either - except for my husband who looks forward to driving in the snow. Crazy man.)
Lately I've been craving more heat during yoga. The floor feels cold during my mini-practices throughout the day and I'm reminded of my youth when the basement wood stove heated the floor so beautifully. I'd probably never get up once I found my way into savasana if I had a wood stove now (my parents removed it years ago). Oh, but I would take my chances... I miss having fire in the house.
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Coming soon... I'll be in touch with full details in early December (registration will open then too), but for now I wanted to briefly share a glimpse of something new, coming soon. This workshop has been in the idea and dreaming stage for three years now and I'm so glad to have finally made the time to pull it all together as one program. I do love a good hibernation.