Seasons Gathered follows the cycle of the seasons and our patterns of seasonal and spiritual growth. Our internal seasons are not necessarily in line with the current environmental seasons; we can be in spring while it is snowing outside. Like stepping stones, we move from one season to the next in the great circle of life. We share common themes with each season – change, growth, dormancy, thriving, fading, life and death – our journey of self is always in one or another seasonal place.
Our ancestors had a much greater awareness and relationship with the change of seasons than we do today. They recognized each season as a teacher with its own truths, wisdom, challenges and gifts. The circles of life and death were intertwined, and the richness of each season was gathered as knowledge and passed on. In Indigenous cultures, only a person who has experienced many winters (Elders) are granted the respect and honour that comes with having lived through many of life’s seasons.
Seasons Gathered invites you to let the heartbeat of the season resonate with the heartbeat of your life, and discover a healing, spiritual companion in nature.
~ Black Elk, Oglala Sioux
We are gatherers,
the ones who pick up sticks and stones
and old wasp’s nests fallen by the door of the barn,
walnuts with holes that look like eyes of owls,
bits of shells not whole but lovely in their brokenness,
we are the ones who bring home empty eggs of birds
and place them on a small glass shelf to keep for what?
How long? It matters not.
What matters is the gathering,
the pockets filled with remnants of a day evaporated,
the traces of certain memory,
a lingering smell,
a smile that came with the shell.
~ Nina Bagley
~ Stanley Horowitz
Q: What kind of art supplies will I need?
A: A list of art materials will be provided. You’ll likely have most of them, but please feel free to substitute whenever possible.
Q: I don’t see myself as artistic or creative – exactly what kind of art will I be doing?
A: Much of what we do will be visual expression in our handmade book, however we’ll also include writing, movement in the form of nature walks, poetry and story-telling. All experiences are opportunities for exploration and creative play. No previous art background or skills are required.
Q: Why don’t you include more photos or details about what we’ll be doing?
A: The exercises and prompts we do will be an opportunity to experience and engage in playful exploration: listening, paying attention and noticing what arises. It’s a balance between giving enough direction and inviting curiosity and spontaneity to guide your choices – following a thread, listening for the next impulse to discover where it might lead… your story as expressed in the colours, images, words, etc that you use.
Q: Why don’t you offer this as a self-paced course?
A: Great things happen when women gather – creativity, community, and connection unfolds in a most wondrous and magical way. Though many love the flexibility of a self-paced class, my experience (and I’m not alone in this) is that many want and need the tangible energy and company of kindred hearts to keep them committed and engaged, and to fill their longing to be seen and heard. That said, the weekly classes will be recorded and available for you to follow on your own.
Q: I notice the cost is in CAD – what is that in my currency?
A: As a Canadian, I feel strongly that my workshops should be offered in Canadian currency. PayPal will let you know what the cost will be in your currency when you put the class in your cart, but before making the purchase. You can also check here to get an approximate idea of what the cost is in your currency.
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