A 20 day winter devotional circle :: grounding rituals, stories and practices to root into the season and receive winter's blessings.
When :: January 12th - 31st
Cost :: $37
There was a wall in our home, the one we had dreamt of for so long, that was blue. It was a choice made by the family before us. Whenever I was in the living room sitting and gazing at the fire place where the blue wall was, I felt off.
I wondered if the color held some story of angst that I could feel. It was more than the color, it was an energy coming through. One day I decided it was time to paint it.
In my basement I had a can of my favorite cloud white paint. While everyone was away I spent the day covering over the blue wall. It was magical. The dark room started to glow. Light was all around. As the room became cozier and brighter with each coat of the white I could feel my body releasing the angst and absorbing openess.
I gathered some plants I had around the house that needed repotting and I spent time with my hands in the dirt, grounding the roots into new soil and terra-cotta pots. Their beauty felt like a prayer of thank you.
They sit on the mantle with pine branches I picked in the woods, all of it against the soft white wall.
This small change gives me a sense of grounding. This is my rooting in. Making home. Shifting of energy. Honoring winter's arrival.
Root vegetables and feet in the earth.
Bowls of lemons sitting on the kitchen table.
Pine branches and red berries in vases.
Persimmons and candy canes for decorating the home.
Sheepskin making couches cozy and held.
Pad Thai ingredients spread out on the wooden cutting board.
Popcorn filling small bowls for little fingers.
Sweaters and leg warmers and scarves wrapping us up.
Curried stews with eggplant and chickpeas
Watering the plants, touching the leaves, scavenging perfect spaces where the light would glow through the lace of the curtains onto them.
Egg shells piled up in a bowl on a white countertop that holds the stories of the mamas before me, as each fried egg becomes a sandwich for little hands to hold for breakfast.
The pale green of the walls that hold their beds safe, the navy stars and gold hearts on sheets covered with gray fuzzy golden blankets topped with the furry giant bears and cheetahs and tigers they cuddle at night.
The way his body feels when we fall into bed each night, naked, lips promising a tomorrow filled with deepening safety inside of our love.
We root in by making space in our life, through rituals that feel gorgeous and filling and by letting each feeling that comes through us have a place of safety.
We root in by putting our bare feet on earth even if just for a few seconds in the cold of the morning on hard wood floors.
We root in by letting go of stuff, of old stories, of chaos that breaks our connection with the ground.
We root in by letting each of the parts of us become honored and nurtured.
We root in through meditative trust and beauty as we honor the seasons.
And then we lift.
The connections of ritual. The sharing of stories, fears, photos. When another woman simply says...
...how does that feel?
...I honor you.
...you are so beautiful.
Each day becoming a walking prayer.
A daily devotional to winter's spirit.
20 days together ::
- daily emails with story, photo and simple prompts; physical and spiritual
- a circle of women; rooting and lifting
- rituals of making home in the cozy of winter; beauty and space
- the sacred, seasonal kitchen and table; service and feeding
- safety in our hearts; reverence and adoration
- shifting of space; release and opening
- the parts of who we are; feeling and being seen
- walking prayer; faith and repetition
The gift of words from past circles ::
“What you do is take women who don’t even know how to believe in what they already are, don’t know that they should, and you give them hope, give them the tools, introduce them to a way of looking at themselves, the world, each other – that illuminates ILLUMINATES the path that we failed to notice was beneath our feet all along.”
“She has a magical balance of ferocity and gentleness that speak directly to your heart while not leaving your mind out of the equation. Oh, and she rocks.”
“There are moments in our lives when someone extraordinary comes into view, bringing with them great spirit and the power of transformation. Hannah Marcotti’s deeply rooted authenticity, gentle love and soft caress, creates beautiful spaces for knowing and a safe place for revealing our most authentic dreams and wishes, guiding you toward a realization and manifestation of your true hearts’ desire.”
“Hannah is honest, real, a storyteller, authentic, magical, passionate, gentle and tough all at the same time…”
“This group, you all…this work, is the emotional scaffold I rebuild my spirit upon~”
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