Welcoming Winter & 2020
Let’s Gather Together Saturday, November 30th…
9:15am-4:30pm @ The Blue Heron Studio in Toronto’s East End
9:15 - 9:30 - Arrive / Tea
9:30-12:30 - Year End Review
12:30-1:30 - Lunch (Vegetarian Potluck)
1:30-4:30 - Winter Circle & Ceremony
Starting the Day
Please arrive at 9:15 and enjoy a cup of tea or little nibble before we settle into a welcome circle at 9:30.
Morning Session: Year End review
Through guided reflective writing, Life Coach Nicola Holmes will help you take stock of 2019 and harness its gifts, honor yourself in the present, and vision for a nourishing, expansive 2020.
If you’ve never made the time for a ritual like this, get ready for a treat - and if you’ve often found yourself trying to squeeze this powerful inner work around your friends/family or holiday parties and endless to-do lists at the end of the year, well, let’s get a little jump start and nourish this contemplative practice before the onslaught of December, shall we?!
Lunch (12:30 -1:30)
We’ll protect an hour of time for you to do what you wish at this point in the day. You’re welcome to enjoy a community vegetarian potluck, stay quiet & keep writing while munching, or hop outside for a change of scene in a nearby restaurant or some fresh air.
Afternoon Session: Winter Circle & Ceremony
In contradiction to the busyness of the season, Winter teaches us about incubation: to honour the dark by slowing down, resting, and storing our energy. This is the time for gestating insights and tapping into deeper truths. As we consciously follow the rhythm of the seasons, we allow ourselves to nurture what is growing inside and discover the inherent wisdom available to us all.
During the afternoon session, Kristen will lead us into a circle process of experiential learning, creativity, and personal and group wisdom gathering, concluding with a beautiful ceremony to mark the journey and welcome Winter’s dark.
Little Extra Gift
Before departing, we’ll offer some practical tips on how to make your December as sane, healthy, and nourishing as possible - at a time when social expectations, the darkness, and the pressure for everything to be ‘picture-perfect & joyous’ can create conditions that actually feel quite stressful, difficult, or painful for many. You’ll also receive a beautiful suggestion for how to celebrate the Winter Solstice, to centre yourself with conscious ritual on the longest night of the year.
We’ll complete our day with space to acknowledge our experiences and appreciate our time together.
Kristen Roderick creates beautiful spaces that offer sustenance and meaning at times of transition. She offers intentional community ceremonies, personal rituals, dynamic online courses, mentoring, and is currently creating a powerful in-person series called the Wisdom Sessions, set to launch in early 2020. She works with women and non-binary folks through a shared desire for initiation, self-discovery and personal truth making. Kristen is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant with degrees in Social Work and Women’s Studies. When she’s not chasing after her spirited toddler, she is working on her first book or apprenticing herself to the ancient ways of weaving and fibre art. For regular inspiration, sign on to her Spirit Letters, or join her popular Facebook and Instagram communities.
Nicola Holmes is an experienced Life Coach who helps women and non-binary folks step into their joyful power and realize their boldest dreams. She works with individuals, facilitates a transformative group coaching program called The Expansion Circle, and is currently creating her first online program, Level Up: A 6-Week Online Program to Get You Moving on Your BIG Dreams (set to launch Nov. 4th!). Nicola’s academic background includes human development and adult learning and she spent two decades working in the non-profit sector. Along with coaching for the past twelve years, she’s mama to two dynamic young kids, community-minded, and a voracious reader. Check out Nicola’s Facebook page or blog to access inspiration and resources to fuel the changes you yearn for.