I am continually humbled by the wise magic of our life cycles. We live in a culture where movement and novelty and continual growth are idealized, and rest and fallow periods and times of quiet retreat are seen as a waste. Yet we all experience these deep cycles of change and renewal in our lives, we all require periods of rest and introspection and stillness as well as periods of intense expansion and activity. We don’t always see the beauty and necessity of the fallow times, and they can become periods of self-criticism, even depression. But if we embrace the lessons of nature, of the moon, of the seasons, of all organic life and indeed of our own bodies, we see that periods of dark stillness always precede periods of intense outward growth.
I’ve been lying fallow for a couple of years now. I’ve still been busy, I’ve made some things I am really proud of, and I have grown tremendously in inner wisdom… but I have felt a bit as if I had dropped the main creative thread of my life. In fact it dropped into the dark, below my conscious perceptions, but has continued to weave a rich pattern which only now is becoming visible to me. And now it seems that 2017 will be a period of intense creative activity. And I’m very excited. I’m very grateful to have you along for the journey, and thankful for your presence even through the dark quiet times. Thank you.
So here are a few things that are coming up next year…
This is my beautiful friend Kerina. She just moved into a villa in the country just outside of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her long term plan is to create a retreat center here, for women to come and heal and learn and make art and more. This year, she invited only two leaders to offer retreats here, the incredible ceramic artist Caroline Douglas, and myself. Caroline and I will be offering back-to-back retreats in late February early March 2017. This will be probably the most affordable retreat I will ever offer, and you should come. You should probably come to BOTH retreats! You can learn all about it here.
And this is my beautiful friend Nikiah. She is a wise-woman and priestess and the founder of the Red Moon Mystery School, a year-long program of initiation into women’s mysteries. She is doing the important work of reclaiming the sacred feminine, and she has invited me to contribute a small module each month to her program. My contribution will be for the women in their menopausal years. This is an exciting collaboration! Now, more than ever, we need to tap into the great strength we have as women united. Nikiah will be joining me on the Vivid Conversations podcast in December too!
As I enter into these exciting collaborations, I’m also making a big change in my own life. After 15 years, we’re leaving our rural island property to start a new phase of life “in town.” I’m thrilled about the move and our new community (a cute beach village) and our new place (swanky waterfront apartment) and I’m excited and curious to see what new channels my creativity will flow into with this change. Right now I’m in the surrounded-by-boxes phase, doing my best to keep it all calm and artful… you can always follow along on Instagram to share the emotional and exciting process of change with me… I’d love to see you there.