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Living in Season from Waverly Fitzgerald

Living in Season
The official newsletter of School of the Seasons

December 3, 2007

Happy Advent!

This is not the usual newsletter — you should receive your next issue which will have a feature on calendars around December 12. I just wanted to send you a special announcement about the free opening reception party for a teleconference for artists and some wonderful Advent links.

Reception Party for SmARTist Telesummit 2008

I signed up to be part of a teleconference taking place on January 17 & 18 for artists wanting to learn more about creating and selling art. The “Virtual Reception Party” is happening on Tuesday, December 4 from 7 to 8, Eastern Time, 4 to 5, Pacific Time.

I've never done anything like this before so I'm really excited about it, especially because the line-up of speakers contains some of my mentors: Molly Gordon, who's an expert on marketing for creative folks and entrepreneurs; Eric Maisel, a psychologist who's an expert on coaching creative people; Jennifer Louden, aka the Comfort Queen, who leads amazing retreats for women; and Mark Silver, who combines spirituality with business in a way that has heart. I've taken classes from Molly, Eric and Mark, and I've been reading Jennifer's work for years. I'm eager to share their wisdom with you and I'm looking forward to learning from the other experts who Ariane Goodwin, the organizer, has assembled.

For more information on the Virtual Reception Party, go to this link:

Advent Links

Christine, one of the students in my current Slow Time class, is a spiritual director, a photographer and an artist who creates workshops and books about seasonal time. She wrote a special article in her blog about her favorite Advent books. Here's the link in case you want to see what she recommends:

I especially like her idea of exploring a new kind of art each day during Advent. I think that might be a bit too much creativity for me but I can envision exploring a different form of creativity each week in Advent.

I first learned of Lynn Jericho when several readers sent me links to her Inner Christmas messages. She also has an article on Inner Advent

in which she suggests setting aside time for meditating each day during Advent. She offers the suggestion of using the elements (earth, air, fire and water) as a focus and spending the time reflecting back on accomplishments in the areas of life suggested by these elements during the four weeks of Advent.

Although I love to spend the winter holidays in reflection, I usually don't begin that process until after Winter Solstice (though it does make sense to do it before, as the Solstice is really the birthday of the new year). Perhaps I will apply this elemental scheme to my own reflection period (the twelve days of Christmas).

Blessings of the returning light,

Waverly Fitzgerald


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