The trees held onto their glorious shades of color and now the fierce winds are blowing off that which is no longer needed. The season of reflection and letting go is upon us. It is such a blessing to let things die. To be able to let go and dissolve. Last weekend at the beach I let go of so much that was no longer serving me. And I came back home renewed.
As the leaves fall so elegantly and the temperature drops, I am feeling such a call to rest and restore. To sit cozy indoors with a pot of tea and a stack of books feels deeply nourishing. Whether we listen or not, we are all being called to slow down and conjure stillness.
And with that, you are cordially invited to join me in retreat this December for a juicy opportunity to activate your yin. Retreats are a profound way to invoke radical self care. Being on a retreat allows one to pause from the daily rhythms of life and check in with oneself. We create a space to ask ourselves questions like, How am I really doing? What is working in my life? What needs to shift? I invite you to read my journal post on 8 ways a retreat will nourish you.
The Renew Your Chalice retreat is an opportunity to get a taste of what we will be up to in the Adi Shakti Coven. At the Bend of Ivy we will slow down, honor Yule also known as Winter Solstice, practice Kundalini yoga and meditation, eat nourishing prepared foods and drink warm teas all in sacred sisterhood. We will have lots of time for deep council and rich ceremony. And we will dive into the archetype of Inanna and her myth and story.
I first met Inanna, the ancient Sumerian Goddess, Queen of Heaven and Earth in college in a class entitled First Woman. We studied translations of the first text that some scholars believe is the first story we have written by a woman. About 7 years later I again studied her in depth when I was becoming a certified Birthing From Within Doula and Childbirth Mentor. Inanna's story is meaningful to all women and the journey we must take to honor the Underworld. It is a powerful story about the labyrinth of life and I look forward to sharing it with you in December.
For now, let's gather next Friday in my temple living room for the Dark Moon and a deep honoring of Lunar Samhain. We will take off the masks that no longer serve us, honor our ancestors, meditate and invoke the dream state to divine important messages for the year to come!