Ssh. It’s quiet time. Pour yourself a cup of steaming, fragrant tea. Light a candle. Close your eyes. Hush.
What do you hear, in the space between the icy raindrops and the snowflake’s fall?
Soft, seductive silence.
Ssssh. Your soul is calling you: This is the time of rest, of reflection and of visions. Let me pull you down into the depths.
I’ve said for many years that the deepest gifts of the midwinter holiday season are the twin companions of Solitude and Community. We need both. But our contemporary culture tends to glorify the festive aspects of the season, and rarely sanctions the honoring of silence and solitude.
Yet that is exactly what Mama Gaia is calling us to do. . .
“30 Days of Yule” will help you make room in your frenetic holiday schedule for personal creative expression, silence and stillness.
Every day for 30 days, beginning December 7th, you’ll find beautiful photos, art, quotes, practices, journal prompts and art/photo prompts landing in your inbox. They’ll guide you gently into becoming present and alert to the deeper, hidden messages of the festival of Winter Solstice / Yule, and all the celebrations of light that take place during this time. We’ll celebrate many Goddesses of Yuletide, like Santa Lucia, Rozhanitsa, Saule, Frau Holda, and La Befana. We’ll note the holy-days of many cultures.
I’d love to have you join me.
People are talking . . .
“What a timely addition to my life; it has been like having a friend alongside during the crazy holidays. I have learned many new things about myself in these quiet moments we spent together. What better gift can anyone give themselves at any time of year than the knowledge of who we are.”
“I really loved this process. I looked forward to sitting down with my journal every morning and spending 10 or 15 minutes exploring my thoughts and feelings via the prompts. I felt complete in the process even after such a short time, and it felt so sacred to pause and to carve out this time for myself. I loved reading the poetry and creating my own — there was no pressure to share, so this felt completely personal to me. I look forward to the next session!”
“There is so much that I have gained from being a part of this group! A huge thank you to Joanna for making it possible and for being a gracious and supportive hostess. It has been both a blessing and an honor to be able to share some of myself and more importantly, to be able to hold space for the stories of others. This experience has served to reinforce that it is imperative for me to fulfill my dream of somehow organizing and facilitating a group of likeminded women. I have never had a ‘tribe’ and now more than ever, I acknowledge the need for one. A deep bow of gratitude to each and every one of you.”
30 Days of Yule is open for registration now. Your daily emails begin on Thursday December 7th and will continue through January 6th.
How it works:
~ You’ll receive an email every day for 30 days, beginning Thursday December 7th.
~ You respond, in the privacy of your own journal, or share online. I encourage you to set your timer for 5-10 minutes, and free-write in response to the journal prompt. Some days you won’t have time, and that’s OK. Other days you’ll write more.
~ You can also pick up your camera or smart phone, and take a photo each day in response to the photo/art prompt. Or you may want to sketch or make art in an art journal.
~ You’re most welcome to share your writing, art, or photos on social media using the hashtag #30daysofyule.
~ We will also have a private Facebook where you can post more privately.
~ At the end of the 30 Days, you’ll receive a PDF with all 30 of the quotes and prompts.
This is one of my new “30 Day” courses that have grown out of the “Gaian Soul Seasonal Practices” courses I offered for several years. Watch for other courses throughout the year.
If you have found this page after December 7th, you can still sign up for this course. But your emails start the day after you sign up, and you won’t receive the ones you’ve missed. At the end of the 30 Days, you will receive a PDF with all 30 of the quotes and prompts.
HG, British Columbia