Six Seasons Online
A year of earth-based wisdom, seasonal ritual,
and movement medicine.
BEGINS Oct.10th 2023
Practices, remedies, rituals, and reflections
inspired by the natural world.
Our ancestors (and the world's great wisdom traditions) knew that each phase of the year is unique and provides us with special "medicine." Join us for this new year-long program and tap into the power of the seasonal tides that make up the calendar year.
For this program, I've divided the year into six medicinal seasons to guide our journey. These seasons weave together the calendars of many ancient traditions - including the Celtic and Pagan wheel of time, the lunar calendar used in Chinese Medicine and Taoism, and the six Ayurvedic seasonal junctures (ritus).
We'll explore how to work with, and harness, each season's special energy for greater insight and healing. My intention for this program is to offer you meaningful and unique ways to deepen your understanding of, and relationship with, the natural cycles of time. This work is very close to my heart - it arises out of my own evolution, and long study and practice of holistic medicine and movement. We'll cover various earth-based rituals and reflections, embodiment practices like yoga and meditation, seasonal food and cooking, home herbal medicines, and more.
This program is for everyone - you don't need any special experience - all are welcome.
I hope you can join me for this special course and deepen your connection to the six magical seasons.
P.S - This course is all new! If you've taken other seasonal courses with me - this course covers new lessons, topics, practices, and handouts.
This program has 6 modules spread throughout the year:
In this module we begin at the fall equinox - a time of equal light and dark. We'll also explore earth-based traditions surrounding Samhain (Oct.31st). In eastern systems like Taoism and Ayurveda, this is the time of metal, air, and ether. It's a time to let go and surrender. We'll explore practices, inquiries, rituals, and remedies to support our descent into the darker seasons to come.
For this module we explore rituals around winter solstice and Yule (Dec.21st), and the power of the water element in eastern systems like Taoism and Ayurveda. This is the season when we can access our deep potency, and nourish bone and nerve tissue most effectively. We'll explore somatic and restorative practices, self led inquiries, and herbal remedies to support rejuvenation and rest at the deepest level.
Early Spring Stirring
This is a relatively short season marking the obvious changes occuring as the days get a little longer. In this module we'll focus on the natural energies surrounding the earth-based holiday of Imbolc (Feb.1st). Early spring is a time of rising Qi/Prana according to eastern systems, but also stagnancy - we'll use foods, movement, rituals, and remedies to support good flow in body and mind.
We start this module with spring equinox. The light is now returning - we'll honor renewal by celebrating the earth-based holiday Beltane (May 1st). In eastern systems, spring is a time of cleansing, growth, and creativity. We'll support the Livers natural cleansing capabilities, and use our practices and inquiries to nourish rasa - the life-giving juice of the body according to Ayurveda.
During this season we celebrate summer solstice and the earth-based holiday Litha (June 24th). Mid-summer brings joy and connection - we'll use ritual and remedies to honor this light and playful energy. We'll also explore food as medicine, herbal allies, and movement practices to temper and support fire and Tejas in the body and mind.
Late Summer Harvest
In this final module, we use the harvest festival of Lughasadha or Lammas (Aug.1st) to guide our journey. The natural world is abundant right now! With all of this plentiful food from the earth it's time to ensure our digestion is strong and our mind is balanced. We'll use our practices and rituals to accomplish this, along with honouring the earth and our place in it.
ALL 6 SEASONS INCLUDE:
- Access to an exclusive online portal which contains all of the course materials.
- MULTIPLE GUIDED VIDEOS - outlining my reflections on the energy and teachings of the season. We'll draw on the pagan and pre-Christian earth-based traditions of Europe, Ayurveda, Yoga, Chinese Medicine, and Taoism to guide our exploration.
- YOGA, MEDITATION, SOMATIC MOVEMENT and BREATHING VIDEO CLASSES - Movement classes are appropriate for all levels and are a mix of slow somatic work, yin yoga, restorative yoga, mindfulness, and active standing poses.
- HERBAL MEDICINE VIDEO LESSONS - In each module we'll cover herbal medicines in detail and recipes you can make on your own.
- COOKING and KITCHEN MEDICINE DEMO VIDEOS - these classes go over key seasonal ingredients and how to make some of my favourite seasonal recipes.
- INQUIRY AND RITUAL SUGGESTIONS - Audio, video, and written lessons to deepen your study and understanding.
- OPTIONAL LIVE ONLINE ZOOM CLASS for Q&A (with a recorded replay) - Every season has one optional live zoom class where we'll do some practice together and you can ask questions.
- DOWNLOADABLE HANDBOOK for each module
- Full time access to a technical support team to help with any concerns
MEET YOUR GUIDE
JENNIFER RAYE, TCMP, ERYT 500+
LICENSED TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER, HERBALIST, HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST, AND YOGA AND MEDITATION TEACHER
Jennifer holds a doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a licensed practitioner, acupuncturist, and herbalist. She is also a holistic nutritionist, published author, and an ERYT 500 (experienced) yoga and meditation teacher qualified to lead teacher training.
Jennifer's offerings reflect her varied expertise in the fields of contemplative practice and integrative medicine. Her extensive background and training create a learning environment that is deeply informed and instructive. As an experienced teacher she has been teaching in-person and online for over 15 years, and has been faculty at a number of educational institutions.
Steeped in the wisdom of Buddhist mindfulness and deep respect for the beauty and magic of the natural world, her teachings emphasize true self-care and are holistic and therapeutic.
Jennifer has worked with thousands of students and clients all over the world. Currently she teaches classes, retreats, and teacher training related to yoga, therapeutic movement, anatomy, Chinese Medicine, herbal medicine, seasonal wellness, nutrition, and mindfulness, along with running her private medical practice.
For more info about Jennifer visit: jenniferraye.com
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
+ I took Jennifer's Seasonal Self Care course(s). Is this course different? Will the lessons and practices be the same?
Each season you'll receive an email letting you know that a new module has been unlocked inside the course portal. Each season includes a mix of pre-recorded videos, audios, and lessons, a handbook, and one live zoom call where you can ask questions. Live attendance is not required, and there are replays if you wish to watch later.