Yesterday I began Heather Bruggeman’s online retreat, Hibernate. I’ve been visiting her blog, Beauty that Moves, and viewing her Instagram posts for years now, and have finally taken the plunge! I encourage you to join in. It will be a wonderful way to meet like-minded folks who are looking for some connection during these deep winter days and nights.
I’ve always loved winter. Not sure if there is some coincidence but I was born in the midst of it (January). I eschewed southern California as quickly as I could when I was 18 years old and moved myself to Boulder, Co to be where there were actual seasons changing (and snow!!).
I’ve since never been able to live where the seasonal cycle isn’t adequately present – I love, crave the rhythm of each season following the next. No one season is my favorite; I love them all. That rhythm really affects me, always has. Living in southern California where there is no major difference between fall, winter, and spring just got to me – it was too tepid. I prefer the crunchy falling leaves, the blinding snow, the daffodils waking up, and a good hot summer rather than the barely perceptible variations of the southern cycle.
Yesterday, we steeped dried chamomile to make some tea, which is one of the projects in the Hibernate retreat. Cozy. Tasty (especially if you add some raw honey and almond cream ;).
Because the term hibernating (at least the human variation of it) is synonymous with the Nordic term, Hygge (the art of being cozy), Heather refers quite a bit to Hygge in her retreat. And as you may or may not know I’m quite steeped in the concept of Hygge too and recommended a few books on the topic in this post.
So! Join Heather’s retreat, and/OR get yourself a book either from the library or wherever else you like to procure your reading materials and enjoy some cozy days of winter hibernation in these next couple of months. xoxo