I love my end-of-the-year rituals and this year I am happy to be able to share them with you through two on-line classes.
Twelve Days of Christmas Class (December 26-January 6)
Every year I do a reflection on the past year during the Twelve Days of Christmas. You can learn about this process by ordering the 12 Days of Christmas book (see below). Or you can join me for the online class. I will be sending you assignments via email for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas, ways to reflect on the year past by focusing on certain aspects of your life, for instance, memorable books read, social events, spiritual insights and accomplishments. At the same time, you will be flagging new ideas and dreams that you want to carry forward into the new year.
You will have the opportunity to share your work with me and with other students in a private Facebook group. This class is designed so that you can carry out the day’s assignment in fifteen minutes. Students who want to do a thorough review or a creative expression of each day may want to devote even more time to the reflection process.
$12 for the 12-day classYou will receive a welcome email within 24 hours of your order.
Twelve Days of Christmas E-Book
I’ve been celebrating the magical time interval between Christmas and New Year, when time is suspended and miracles can happen, for over 15 years and it’s become one of my favorite holiday rituals and one I love to share with others. This illustrated book contains some of the traditions I’ve created, as I review the year past and create visions for the year ahead, and some I learned from my students when I offered this as an online class, plus
- Folklore about the 12 days of Christmas
- Ideas for celebrating each of the 12 Days
- History of the famous 12 Days of Christmas song (and alternate versions)
E-book (will be sent as a PDF file to your Paypal address within 24 hours of your order): $15.00
New Year Dreams Class (January 5 through 26)
This four-week online class will follow the format which is also available in the New Year Dreams workbook (see below). The advantage of doing this with a class is the greater accountability. It’s easy to get stuck or stay on a superficial level when you’re working through exercises on your own. The structure of the class will encourage you to go deeper.
For four weeks you will receive a weekly assignment via email on Thursday and be given the opportunity to report on what you learned in carrying out that assignment in a private Facebook group. Our topics include Wishing, Sorting, Finding the Time and Making Dreams Real.
$40 for the 4-week classYou will receive a welcome email within 24 hours.
New Year Dreams E-Book
This introductory workbook helps you discern your goals, themes and dreams for the year ahead, and can be used as way to plan your course through the year at whatever time of the year you want to set course. Most of my readers use this at the start of the calendar year but you might prefer to use it at the start of spring or on your birthday.
E-book (will be sent within 24 hours of your order to the email address on your Paypal account): $15.00
Addon the class (get extra support and accountability): $25.00
A year-long online class which helps you connect with the plant world wherever you live. Four times a month (on Wednesday evenings) you will receive a short illustrated lesson sent via email which contains an assignment for you to carry out where you live. Most of the assignments can be completed within 15 minutes or the length of your favorite walk around the block or through the woods, depending on your landscape.
These lessons work well as projects to do with children (except maybe the cocktails in August). They have also inspired knowledgeable plant folks who want to immerse themselves in a new type of flora. I focused on flowers during the two years I spent developing this course but you could also choose to focus on trees, weeds, herbs, grasses, fungus, any flora that you wish to know better.
If you want to deepen the knowledge you gain from the class, I’m establishing a private Facebook group for people enrolled in the class where you can post a brief description of what you learned or a photo of your creation (when we got to the topics of drinking and eating, drawing and arranging).
The topics covered in order by month:
- Naming (January): I always like to begin by learning the names of the plants, a practice which encourages you to identify what you already know and find out the names of the strangers, always leaving room for mystery. This lesson will also help you identify the experts in your neighborhood.
- Phenology (February): the art of tracking changes in nature, and ways to become a citizen scientist, noting the effects of climate change on your home place
- Identifying Plants (March): learning to identify plant families and the things I learned going on keying expeditions with the Native Plant Society and plants walks with master Seattle botanist, Arthur Lee Jacobson
- Foraging (April): how to gather wild (not cultivated) plant materials, both ethically and safely, plus lessons from a professional forager
- Portraits of Plants (May): how drawing can help you learn more about plants, and simple lessons for the art-impaired, based on a class in botanical illustration I took at the Volunteer Park Conservatory; those who are drawing challenged can focus on photos instead
- Capturing Scent (June): my attempts to learn how to capture scents including classes with legendary herbalist Jeanne Rose in distilling and natural perfumery
- A Feast of Flowers (July): edible flowers used in salads, vegetables that are flowers and flowery desserts and a menu for a flower feast prepared one Midsummer for my writing group
- Drinking Flowers (August): favorite recipes for teas, beer, wine, and liqueurs employing plants plus interviews with Seattle bartenders who specialize in making simple syrups and bitters from fresh ingredients
- Healing with Plants (September): herbalists I’ve known and their recipes for salves and lotions, syrups and cordials, elixirs and tinctures and essential oils
- The Art of Arranging (October): lessons from an ikebana class I took plus the way arranging flowers alters your perception of your environment, plus an interview with Slow Flowers advocate Debra Prinzig
- Flowers in Ritual (November): how plants are used in offerings during rites of passage (weddings and funerals) and delivered to the gods (as incense and garlands and alter decorations) plus exploring flower associations with various deities
- Talking to Plants (December): how plants communicate and what happens when we listen to them, lessons from a weekend workshop with Pam Montgomery and reading Stephen Harrod Buhner’s books
For a sample of the very first lesson, go here.
The class begins the first week in January with Naming. If you register later in the year, I’ll send you the lessons for that month and enroll you for the whole year; you’ll get the earlier packets the following year. To register for the class, go here
If you’re not certain you will have enough time to devote to your exploration of the flora in your region for the entire year, you can sign up for a single month here and there, when you have the time and when the topic appeals to you.
Be sure to sign up before the month starts; if you sign up after the first Tuesday of the month, I’ll sign you up for the following month. See the topics listed above. You can also sign up in advance for several months at a time. Just select the quantity of months and indicate in the notes section of the Paypal screen what months you want.
To register for the class, go here