~ 4 weeks ~
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.
(Have you taken Hibernate in the past? If so, please know that this year is ALL NEW content!)
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 will bring an assortment of simple and natural projects, recipes, and inspiration to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.
- Develop a totally low-pressure House Blessing practice. This takes very little time or effort, and the rewards are deeply comforting and inspiring.
Renee Tougas, soapmaker extraordinaire, will join us for a cleansing and refreshing cold-process soapmaking class. You will receive both a step-by-step written tutorial, as a well as a video demonstration.
Learn to make Tummy Soothing Ginger Drops.
- Herbalist Rachel Wolf, owner of LuSa Organics, will offer a collection of Cozy Winter Wellness recipes. Rachel is a talented teacher and has a way of providing clear and informative instruction, while utilizing ingredients that are readily available to most people.
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 that will add a spark of light and connection to the darkest days.
Learn to make Sourdough Pizza Crust and invite all of your hibernating friends over for a mid-winter pizza party. Plenty of tips and ideas provided as well as a great pizza sauce recipe.
Snow Day? Perfect time for some slow cooking on an open fire outdoors. Invite the neighbors or hunker down with your family. One pot recipe, perfectly suited for an afternoon in the snowy woods, will be provided.
- Celebrate Hygge - as we do every year during Hibernate, we'll enjoy the Danish art of creating sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open hearted, centered, and alive. (With a new story and a few recipes too!)
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Each Wednesday 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.
- Winter Jam! The dark cold months of winter are a perfect time to get out the canning pot, warm the kitchen, and line the pantry shelves with colorful, honey and maple sweetened fruity delights. We'll make Persimmon Jam, Orange Marmalade, and Grape Jelly (from juice!). Recipes and demonstration included.
- Corina from Marblemount Homestead joins us for a Cheesemaking Class! I've had the pleasure of getting to know Corina over the last couple of years, and have taken her in depth Online Cheesemaking Course (totally recommend), so I'm thrilled to bring her teaching to Hibernate. We'll be making Chevre, which is a perfect starter cheese, and Corina will provide both a step-by-step written tutorial as well as a video class. Plus delicious bonus recipes!
- Chaga Brews. Brew it up as a replacement to black tea, swirl it with cacoa, maple syrup, and raw cream for a delicious hot chocolate, or spice it up with traditional Chai spices for a Chaga Chai Latte. Learn about the nourishing properties of Chaga, and tasty ways to use it in your kitchen.
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- Sewing and knitting!
- You will find a knitting pattern for my Sugar Woods Hat & Fingerless Mitts. This set I've probably knit more than any other, as they provide the perfect amount of warmth, while keeping your hands accessible for the work of sugaring season... which just so happens to appear not long after the close of Hibernate.
- Follow along as I teach you to make a Log Cabin Table Runner. Full step-by-step tutorial with photos provided. A perfect start to finish in a snowy afternoon type of project.
- Join Kristin Esser, coauthor of the book, Sew Illustrated, for a morning of sewing a tea cozy to keep those winters brews warm. That her design in the photo above, though I believe she's working on something patchwork-related for Hibernate... I asked her for "winter cozy" and she thought patchwork fit the theme perfectly. I agree and am looking forward to making one with you all.
Each Friday we turn inward for reflection and calm, settling in for the weekend.
Turning in a bit of a different direction this year, our Rest portion of Hibernate will focus on seasonal essays and stories that evoke the quiet, contemplative spaces of winter. An end of the week pause.
Fridays will honor words, rest, and the importance of doing nothing.
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, 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!
- If you sign up by 12/19, you may invite a friend for free, or split the workshop fee with a friend.
- One person registers, then email me your guest's full name and email address by 12/23, and I will send them a welcome email on 1/4 (I will be away for a bit during the holidays). Please send guest info to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!