Are you needing a gentle transition into the New Year that is not traditional goal setting but instead is in tune with the changes of the seasons?
This offer is for you if:
you are exhausted from the stresses of a very difficult year and ready to be kind to yourself
you would like to join in a small group intimate setting to celebrate whatever is emerging within
you love creative expression as a means to witness and welcome in your intentions for the new year
you are deeply needing connection to your own inner guidance and wisdom
you are craving spaciousness and peace
you would like to step out of the stress of a goal-oriented world, that focuses on outer achievement and tune into your inner rhythms
you are craving connection with the deeper and cyclical rhythms of nature
you would like to follow your own inner calendar and time frame, rather than one imposed externally
you are deeply in need of the sense of trust and safety that only comes from connection to something larger than yourself
you would like to step away from a world of judgments and "mistakes" and instead into a place of experimentation and exploration
you are willing and ready to play!
ONLINE OFFER: An Invitation to Celebrate Yourself in a Special Way and to Welcome in the New Year:
Imbolc is a Celtic Holiday that occurs on either February 1st or 2nd. Imbolc celebrates that time in mid-winter when the shift from darkness to light just begins to make itself known. Symbolically, at this time of year, the dark crone of winter, Cailleagh, makes room for the spring maiden, Brigit, goddess of fertility and creativity. Associated with this holiday is rebirth and rejuvenation. The fairies of the earth are busy at this time whispering encouragement to the buds of flowers and trees to begin to poke out their heads. Imbolc literally means "in the belly" and is also connected to a time in history, when people lived close to the land, where the birth of baby lambs were a tangible sign of the beginnings of spring.
For you, Imbolc can be a time to turn into a place of deep rest and connectedness. It is a time to tend to your inner garden as it is just beginning to sprout and as a new year begins to unfold. Or it can be a time of much needed rest and tending to the clearing out of any weeds and brambles that might be in the way of your inner garden's healthy growth.
What: A celebration of Imbolc, a time of year that allows deep internal exploration and attunement to what might be emerging as a focus for your new year. Where: Two meetings on Zoom, first on the actual day of Imbolc and second, a week later When: Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 6 to 7:30 PM and Tuesday February 9, 2021, 6-7:30 PM How: We will celebrate the holiday on the day, with traditional crafts and rituals associated with the beginnings of spring. And we will make altars to commemorate this experience and to embody whatever from within most needs expression at this time. We will meet once more to celebrate and share our altars and to discuss what has emerged during this time of rest and rejuvenation.
collage painting about the crone's welcoming in of spring magic!
Two events, on Zoom, including an adaptation of the traditional Imbolc ritual to welcome in the first signs of spring
Inspiration for journaling, meditation, creation and contemplation in the form of email prompts during the week between the two Zoom sessions
Instructions on how to make a personal altar, both written and in video form. The altar will serve as a reminder of your insights from this experience.
Lots of information about the symbolism and history of this powerful and deeply meaningful holiday
Lots of information about ways to bring peaceful contemplation into your life, using the rituals and crafts associated with Imbolc
Stitched cloth altar for Imbolc, celebrating the creative force of growth in spring
More Details: Once you sign up below, you will be taken to a link that includes a materials list, and prompts and musings about ways to make your celebration of Imbolc meaningful and relevant to your specific needs. You will receive a Zoom link to the two meetings as well as details about what you can bring to these sessions to make them more meaningful. During the week of February 2 to the 9th, you will receive several email prompts encouraging you to deepen your experience of this time of year. Just before the first session, you will also receive links to the instructional videos about making the paper and cloth altars.
Dates: Sign up begins: Monday January 18, 2021 Registration ends: Monday, February 1, 2021 Course duration: Tuesday, February 2 to 9, 2021