In the Belly of the Dark: The Life / Death Goddess of Winter – A 5-Week Series

A 5 WEEK SERIES in the Heart of Winter’s Darkness

Wednesday evenings via ZOOM

December 14th-January 11th

5:00-7:30 pm Mountain

*intentionally during the evening hours of darkness


*Sliding scale available- please email Sarah

The Cailleach, or “Veiled One,” in Celtic mythology was a goddess who ruled over storms and Winter. As the old  “veiled woman”, she was both creator and destroyer, the maker of landscape, the queen of the night, ensuring that daytime and Summer did not flourish when it was time for Winter and night.

In this series we will tread along the veil of seasons, walk beautifully into the dark night and gestation of Winter’s call, drink from the bottomless sea of cold clear water like the deep-sea fish of Arctic waters, fortify ourselves to the bone with the wisdom, hidden power and deep life of this dark time of year.

We gather in community and turn to story, archetypal qigong and primal gesture, writing, handmade art-play, sharing, silence and darkness for this journey that will carry us into the deepest darkness of the year and across the threshold of the New Year. This series is a boat crafted to bring us into intimate contact with the deep waters of our life force, with the solace and quiet of night, with the nourishment of darkness, Kidney Energy and the Water Element.

The nourishment and richness that we long for resides in the “Yin Field”- in that which lives inside, underneath, behind, below.  In the primordial underbelly seas of life. In the darkness, in the center, in the unseen. This is where we must turn for replenishment, wisdom, power and sustenance that truly can sustain us.  We are so often afraid of this place, palpable and magnetic, a place that calls us home. This place is both our origin and our final destination. It is where we come from and eventually will return to. Winter is its season. And Winter herself is is a Life/Death/Life Goddess, a mother of death, of the fallow field, of  destruction, of darkness, dormancy, and therefore the mother of creation too. Winter is  the deepest Yin time of the year- a necessity that we too soon forget in our modernity.

This series is not a a celebration of the return of the light. It is a celebration of our sacred walk into the richness of the dark. The quiet, rest, pulsing life force, chthonic power and black soil of Winter and the Water Element is the food that we need. It is the antidote to our exhaustion, overextension, loss of inspiration and hope. It is the answer to our deepest longing as animal bodies in need of deep restoration and a return to right-cycle.

This series has been intentionally scheduled in the evening time, during the dark hours. Please come in low light, with a candle if that is comfortable for you.

MATERIALS: Please bring MOLDING CLAY such as this example here. This can be found at any arts and craft store. We won’t use this in our first meeting, but in the subsequent ones.


Please note : Sarah Byrden no longer endorses the MogaDao Institute or study with Zhenzan/Zhenevere Dao, no longer teaches or studies in association with MogaDao, operates under the designation of “MogaDao Teacher”, nor represents or endorses MogaDao as a tradition or entity in any way.