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(w)holing up + silent retreat

2011 November 25
Big Sur vista from my silent retreat in March 2011

view of Big Sur from my silent retreat in March 2011

I look forward to my silent retreat in December.

It’s a conscious choice to turn away from the noise and loudness associated with the season between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. It’s one thing that helps me stay grounded and centered in the midst of the chaos. It’s also part of my natural rhythm.

Winter is a time for reflection,  hibernation (deep rest) and rejuvenation. Kind of a “(w)holing up” until Spring, so to speak.

But I don’t feel silence is about needing to be serious, to find enlightenment, or even necessarily about stillness. There is room for movement, intense joy and laughter.

It’s about getting to know all the facets of yourself and reconnecting with the wisdom already inside in a gentle, intentional way.

I’m tickled I’ve had opportunities to talk about silent retreating since my last post on this subject. It’s been an interesting dance with visibility that has been challenging and exciting.

I chuckle when I think about talking about silence. The irony is not lost.

If you’re interested, you can find a few of my guest spots about silent retreating here:

  • Read my interview about silent retreat with smArts & Culture’s Maryann Devine: Part 1 & Part 2
  • Listen to the smArts & Culture Summer House interview by signing up here.
  • Read A Little Bit of Soothing with silent retreating on Cranky Fibro Girl here.



#augustbreak – sonata

2011 August 26



#augustbreak – fan blade

2011 August 22
by joy

summer fan blade

(fan blade, august 2011)

the irony is that i haven’t needed to turn on the fan more than twice this year.

we harvested our first sungold cherry tomatoes last week but our cool, foggy night threaten the rest of our harvest. we have cherry tomatoes, heirlooms and early girls.

growing tomatoes in my garden is a willful act of optimism, my annual ritual of hope, and this time of year, a reminder to shore up a practice of mindful non-attachment.

#augustbreak – a curious collection of bugs

2011 August 11


bugs on wood


  curious collection of bugs on an oak stump.

#augustbreak – Charlie

2011 August 9
by joy



  Charlie covering his eyes.