A Winter's Retreat by Sarah Wiseman
For 40 days and 40 nights, we will await the Light.*
Now until Winter Solstice, we will reimagine the holidays, rest in rhythm with the season,
and create original traditions that bring us joy and meaning.
This low-cost course is an annual offering for Beautiful Souls community.
As the trees shed their leaves, we’re meant to release.
As the days get shorter, we’re meant to rest.
As the nights get longer, we’re meant to retreat.
If we allow ourselves to follow this natural rhythm of the seasons, we find ourselves in the most delicious way of being:
Stacks of books.
Music for long evenings.
A candle to hold the light.
Our deep inward turning becomes punctuated by the sheer somber beauty of cold and dark: the mornings when our breath clouds the air, the afternoons when the sun is merely a valiant trickle of light, the nights when we step outside and watch the stars blaze against winter’s cold sky.
It’s all incredibly beautiful and profound: this gift of a season that helps us feel both our smallness and our greatness all at once.
And yet… so often during winter, we do exactly the opposite of turning inward, in tune with the season, nature, the very tilting of the planet itself.
So often, we waste this gorgeous inward cycle, one of the most important to our spiritual growth, by making the mistake of turning outward, into the hubbub of the mainstream holiday season.
We shock our systems with:
• The chaotic energy of crowds.
• The waste and excess of consumerism.
• The old wounds of family drama.
• Physical gluttony that makes us feel sick.
• The insatiable desire-loop of want-get-want-get.
• Rushing where we should be resting.
• Racing where we should be retreating.
The truth is you don’t have to do this. You are absolutely free to choose differently: to create a mystical, heart-opening holiday that is brimming with joy and connection.
It is your choice, to choose this reality, regardless of family obligations, of how “it’s always been done,” of tradition, of society’s sway.
This is yours to choose.
A new kind of holiday
In the next few weeks, from November until Winter Solstice, we’ll work together to create a new kind of holiday.
• We’ll create intention about how you would like to be in this season.
• We’ll create rituals and experiences that bring you to peace and harmony.
• We’ll let go of drama and dysfunction of all kinds.
• We’ll rest and retreat, and allow ourselves to unfold.
• We’ll create spaciousness and stillness, in tune with the season.
Lesson One: Intention. In which we decide what we want to create.
Lesson Two: Discernment. In which we review our past experiences.
Lesson Three: Smalless. In which we experience the magic of small moments.
Lesson Four: Joy. In which we create habits that help us feel.
Lesson Five: Family. In which we release family drama and dysfunction.
Lesson Six: More Family. In which we learn to communicate soul to soul.
Lesson Seven: Tradition. In which we create traditions that bring us joy.
Lesson Eight: Giving. In which we understand the nature of gifts.
Lesson Nine: Revelry. In which we understand our indulgences.
Lesson Ten: Celebration. In which we experience connection with others.
Lesson Eleven: Awareness. In which we glimpse the soul's perspective.
Lesson Twelve: Light. In which we await the Light.
Winter Solstice Meditation. A beautiful way to create ritual for Solstice.
Our course begins on November 13.
You will receive your Lessons every Tuesday and Thursday, November 13 through December 21.
If you start later than November 13, or get behind, no worries; do the Lessons at your own pace, on your own schedule.
ou can go back to the material at any time.
As part of this course, you have the option of participating in a private forum (not a Facebook forum, but a truly private forum for course students only) where you can share with other Beautiful Souls who seek to create a more meaningful, spiritual, and delightful holiday season.
This low-cost course is offered as independent self-study, and features the optional Beautiful Souls community forum.
• Self-paced distance learning
• Elegant written/audio curriculum
• Each lesson delivered to your inbox
• Access on computer, mobile device
• Private Beautiful Souls forum