If we are sensitive to the messages from the natural world,
we’ll recognize great truths that hold meaning for our own lives.
That’s the message of Rhythms of the Year, a workshop I’ve designed that draws on a variety of earth-based traditions that respect the cycles of nature- from the seasons of the year to the phases of the moon. This new workshop is a year-long study for women who requested “something more” after attending almost 2 years of other workshops I facilitated. I understand that not everyone can make this kind of a time commitment so I’m also designing a distilled version so the most important concepts can be explored in a shorter time period (maybe a week-long retreat or weekend introductory experience? Who knows what will evolve!) Rhythms of the Year teaches us to honor nature’s cycles & recognize how they impact the cycles in our own lives. I truly believe that the rhythms in each of us mirror the rhythms in nature.
As the facilitator, it’s my responsibility (& privilege) to hold a sacred space for self-discovery & exploration… a safe, inviting, nurturing environment where participants can comfortably explore their own journey in the company of others doing the same thing, in their own way. There’s laughter, tears, times to be serious, & times to be silly. It’s who we are, where we are, at that moment in time.
Rhythms of the Year is a workshop that incorporates creative expression, spiritual exploration, & intuition to enhance self-awareness & understanding of the interconnectedness of all things. Activities include the creation of vision boards, mandalas, & prayer flags; forms of writing; musical expression through dance, chanting, & drumming; mediation; prayer; & energy work. I ask participants to “come with open minds & open hearts. Take what resonates with you & leave the rest.” This isn’t about adopting another person’s belief system; it’s about creating a more spiritually-meaningful, self-empowering life experience in whatever way works for you.
I’m excited about this workshop because it incorporates many of the practices that hold meaning for me & allows me to share them with others. What I love about the workshops I lead is how they take on a life of their own. Even though I can offer the same workshop multiple times, it inevitably evolves into something unique depending on the participants & what they bring to the experience. We’re co-creators. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this journey takes me & hope to share more with you soon.