This winter I am offering a series of Winter Retreats @ Home (online via Zoom) – retreats where we will join across time zones from the comfort of our own homes to reflect, share, and find stillness together as we mark the changing of seasons. The theme of the three retreats will be “Leaning into the Cycles of Darkness and Light,” and we will draw on insights from Celtic Spirituality, resilience practices, the Psalms, and Barbara Brown Taylor’s insightful book “Learning to Walk in the Dark” as well as excerpts from the conversation she and I had on the Psalms for the Spirit podcast on the theme of leaning into the cycles of darkness and light.
The dates for these online retreats will be Saturdays 5 November, 3 December, 7 January (check the event pages for your time zone). They are a series but are also standalone, if you can only make one or two of them. Each retreat will be £20 for nonmembers and *included* with paid subscriptions to Bless My Feet.
Befriending the Darkness: 5 Nov 2022
In this hemisphere, early November is a time when we move into the darkest season of the year, and it is a time that fills some with dread. Yet, how can we embrace this darker season and find gifts within it? We will explore together how we might befriend the darkness and find the gifts that lie within it.
Longing for Light: 3 Dec 2022
December is a time of aniticipation and celebration, but it is also a time when we become deeply aware of our longings – for light, for joy, for peace, for hope – but sometimes it’s difficult to allow space for those longings in the midst of this festive season. As we immerse ourselves more fully into the darker season of the year, we listen for what those longings might be telling us as wait for the light that is on its way. We will explore together how we might tend to our longings when we may not be able to see the way forward.
Welcoming the Dawn: 7 Jan 2023
January is a time of new beginnings, when the light increases each day and exciting plans are in the works for the coming year. As we emerge from the darker, cosier season, the year ahead can also look daunting, challenging, and overwhelming. In these early days of the New Year, we take time to welcome the newness of whatever is dawning in our lives, and to find acceptance, strength, peace and joy as we move into what lies ahead. We will explore together how we might welcome the return of light as a part of the natural cycle of seasons that we experience each year.
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The dates for these online retreats will be Saturdays 5 November, 3 December, 7 January (check the event pages for your time zone). They are a series but are also standalone, if you can only make one or two of them. Each retreat will be £20 for nonmembers and *included* with paid subscriptions to Bless My Feet. To find out more, click the image or link below.