NOURISHED BY WINTER : DARKNESS, KIDNEY ENERGY, & THE WATER ELEMENT
A workshop via ZOOM
Thursday December 8th
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Mountain Time
*Sliding scale available- please email Sarah
Our transition from Fall to Winter is an essential yearly passage into a season meant for nourishment, replenishment, dreaming in the dark and rest. Yet, we often resist and miss this medicine. In Chinese Medicine, Winter is ruled by the Water Element and governs the Kidneys, an organ system that is connected to our deepest energy, our bloodline ancestry, the dreams we were born to bring to bear, the marrow of our very bones, our sexual energy and desire, and the waters from which we come and one day will return to. When our Kidneys become depleted, we manifest fear, loss of energy, disconnection to wisdom and a lack of faith in life itself.
Winter is a time for gestating and nourishing these realities. It is a time for stillness, reflection, surrender, and soul-nourishing time in the origin point of all of life. There is, in Mary Oliver’s words, a “dazzling darkness” inside of Winter that offers us deep nourishment and resource. Though instead of drinking in these gifts, many of us slip into depression, and fear of isolation as the darkness settles in. We often crash in exhaustion, rather than resource in this stillness because we drive ourselves to burnout during the rest of the year.
This workshop will offer teachings and physical practice (archetypal qigong and primal movement) to help tend to our honest transition into Winter- it will offer deep nature-supported nourishment in this season, as we near the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The health of our wholeness depends on this dark and rich passage. You will be amazed at the ground, peace and support you find in this workshop, dedicated to the mother of us all…the Water Element.
This arc of change traces our path from the phase of letting go (think leaves falling back to Earth in the Autumn) to a necessary period of dormancy and gestation before any new life can begin to stir. There is time of stillness after a death, a breakup or any kind of ending or letting go. How well do we do this? Do we jump to premature growth and ambition out of fear of this fallow time? Are there personal Winters that we never allowed, still waiting their turn in the cycle of things? Are we still inside of a false Winter from years ago? There is no true Spring- without a true Winter.
All bodies are welcome. No Qigong Experience required.