Our lives are measured in the flow of the seasons. The steady roll of the wheel of the year.
As summer ebbs and a new energy arrives, this is your invitation to join me for a guided journey through the coming season:
• Celebrate all that you’ve already achieved this year and gracefully let go of what you’re ready to leave behind
• Take practical actions to root yourself in each moment and live more seasonally, sustainably and mindfully
• Prepare for the darkest point of the year and take exquisite care of yourself as we move towards winter
Release|Receive is a mindful online journey through Autumn 2019.
Take care of yourself with weekly prompts for reflection and grounding in what’s going on in your life and in Nature right now.
Celebrate the shift with likeminded others, share your images and observations; gather together to explore the unique energy Autumn brings.
Connect to the deep energy of the season and learn how to harness it even more deeply.
You’ll learn how the facets of the season are mirrored in your life right now, and develop a deeper understanding of the wisdom this specific year has for you.
How it works
We’ll begin on 23rd September, the autumn equinox – the point when night and day find equilibrium.
Our journey will end at the winter solstice: Friday 22nd December, when daylight is at its lowest.
The space between these markers is a powerful time to integrate your experience of the year so far, and let go of what you no longer need.
We’ll explore together what it means to truly enjoy the harvest, release what’s ready to be shed from our lives, and prepare for the richly reflective time of winter.
Along the way, we’ll examine themes of nourishment, loss and letting go, of composting and spinning sadness into gold, and finding the light which burns brightly even as the nights lengthen.
“To anyone thinking of taking the course I would say, do it: it was so inspiring. Take time to devour the season – this beautiful course prompts you to contemplate the changes unfolding around you perfectly”
Heather Waring, Waring Well
This is a richly creative, deeply present experience.
And the thoughtful community we co-create, as we weave the threads of our observing together… is something quite remarkable.
Every week you’ll receive a beautifully designed message exploring a particular aspect of the season. You’ll be invited to reflect on that week’s theme, and allow it to infuse into your week – there will be suggestions for journalling, notes on what to observe around you and practices to bring the concepts we’ll explore to life.
“I love the way you asked us to observe the minutiae of nature and connect it with our lives. It was really beautiful and helped me connect with something that is very important to me. It also supported my creative energy which is essential for my wellbeing. Thank you.”
– Jo Dyer, Really Useful Gardens
Above all, you’ll be reminded to step away from the screen, and look around you.
To breathe in the time and place in which you live and pay closer attention to the changes happening in your internal and external worlds.
We’ll gather in a private Facebook group to relate our own experiences, and I’ll share snippets of my own journey from the farm I live on. Participation is entirely optional in both. If you want to experience the course privately and at your own pace, feel free to do so.
“Your email brought a feeling of stillness with it each time it arrived in my inbox”
– Nicola Delacroix, When It’s Time To Say Goodbye
What will we explore?
I’ll be sharing elements from a blend of traditions, along with my own observations of the land on which I live. Themes will include:
- The Celtic festivals of Equinox, Samhain and Solstice
- Death and your connection to your ancestors
- The cardinal points: West, the setting sun, and our direction in life
- Elements of Autumn: Water and Metal
- Preparing for winter
- Moon phases, astrology and autumn in the skies
- Compost, mulch and the nutrients in our soil
- Yin and Yang in the coming season
By investigating these very different aspects and philosophies of the cycle of the year, we’ll open up a space for reflection and inspiration that will help integrate where you are into what is happening.
“It really deepened my appreciation of my home in a period of quite a lot of change, and kept bringing me back to all that was good around me.”
– Geraldine Willcocks
The course costs 99 Euros – at the time of writing that’s approximately 109 US dollars, or £88. If you’d like to take part, click the button below where you’ll be able to make secure payment.
There’s a discount available for previous course participants. Check your email for the code, or drop me a message if you haven’t received it and I’ll ping it over.
Who am I?
I’m Madeleine. Originally from London, since 2014 I’ve lived on a small off-grid farm in the mountains of Central Portugal.
In choosing a more simple life I’ve learned to connect with the seasons on a visceral as well as intellectual level.
I live more closely than I ever had with the land and its rhythms, and I’ve been cultivating my own observations of the changes – and researching other interpretations of those shifts – for the past few years. I’m excited to share the changes I observe personally with you, as well as soaking up your experience and discovering more about each week’s theme in community.