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SACRED GROVE

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Leaves Shadow

Weave yourself back into kinship with the living world guided by nature-based wisdom & spirituality.

The Sacred Grove is a facilitated community space where you will be supported to orient your life in harmony with nature's rhythms and nurture your relationship to the sacred deep within yourself, others and the living body of Earth. 

$45 USD / Month

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

 GUIDED MORNING SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

NEW & FULL MOON RITUALS

SEASONAL CEREMONIES

SEASONALLY INSPIRED POP-UP EVENTS

ECOLOGICAL STORYTELLING CIRCLE

MOON RITUAL GUIDE MONTHLY CHAPTERS

WHY ORIENT TO NATURE'S RHYTHMS?

Under industrial growth society (aka. colonial capitalism), we have learned to follow chronological time and experience life in a linear, objective fashion. This orientation propels us toward unchecked accumulation, productivity, urgency and external growth while ignoring the necessity to counter such movement toward greater harmony.

 

This mode of being dissociates us from the web of life by cutting us off from embodied wisdom rooted in natural rhythms. The cost of our collective forgetting manifests as disconnection and unwellness in our personal, social, political and ecological contexts.

 

In the past, however, when we lived in close relationship to nature, time was perceived as cyclical. Life was steeped in place-based relationality, experience was informed by seasonal rhythms, knowledge was shaped by encounters with more-than-human-kin, and intution was strengthened through conversations with the natural world.

Orienting to nature's rhythms supports us to be in right relationship with the wider web of our relationships because it nurtures embodied wisdom and intuitive ways of being that support our ability to listen deeply and live in balance. 

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SEASONAL LIVING 
HARMONIZE WITH NATURE'S RHYTHMS

All of life is a sacred dance between the polarities of light and dark, expansion and contraction, giving and receiving, movement and stillness.

You rise to greet the light of day and lie down to rest in the dark of night.  Breathing in, your heart rate quickens, breathing out it slows. 

 

Nature is cyclical, yet under the influence of industrial growth culture we have forgotten the inherent ebb and flow of life and move through our days under great pressure, ever quickening speed, and overstimulation. 

Orienting to nature's rhythms will bring clarity, ease and flow into your life and awaken within you a sacred dimension of existence!

THREE SACRED RHYTHMS

Practice slowing down and attune to nature's Three Sacred Rhythms:

DAILY RHYTHM // MORNING DEVOTION

LUNAR RHYTHM // LUNAR WISDOM

SEASONAL RHYTHM // SEASONAL CEREMONIES

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THE BENEFITS OF THIS JOURNEY

  • You will share in rituals orienting you toward the rhythm and movement of a day, lunar cycle and seasonal turning. This is a powerful lifestyle embodiment practice that nurtures ecological awareness and relationality.

  • You will develop routines and practices that support you to check in with your inner felt sense and stay attuned to how your needs and desires ebb and flow with change over the course of the seasons.

  • You will nurture a relationship with your interiority and practice coming home to your center on a regular basis. This will strengthen your capacity to be with and embrace the unknown.

  • You will create intentional space in your life to honor who you are becoming and d​irect your life force energy with intention aligned to nature's rhythms.​

  • You will be supported to create space in your life for meaningful encounters in the natural world and to engage those relationships through writing and storytelling.

  • You will step into a sacred grove of fellow earth mystics where you will be seen, held and witnessed in your authentic expression with lots of room to share your gifts, wisdom and learnings. 

  • You will engage in regular practices that will strengthen your sense of power, purpose and place of belonging in the world.

APPRENTICE YOURSELF TO THE WAY OF NATURE

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Morning Devotion

Monday / Wednesday / Friday

Many of us long to feel connected to a sense of the sacred and to make more space in our lives for what truly matters. A morning devotional practice supports you to remember and connect to the heart of your longing and how you want to live in relationship with the gift of life.

 

Join us every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning to engage in contemplative practices such as meditation, centering, gentle movement, sound and breath to nurture a felt sense of inter-being and belonging to the unity of life.

WHAT YOU'LL ENJOY:

  • A committed morning practice that strengthens your relationship to the spirit of life.​

  • Companionship as you walk your spiritual path and deepen your practice.

  • Developing internal awareness, mental focus, and mindfulness through devotional practices.​

  • Ground into truth and open to receiving wisdom, clarity and guidance.

  • Connect to an inner felt sense of gratitude, vitality and aliveness.

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New & Full Moon rituals every month

Lunar Wisdom Circle

The moon is ruler of the tides which includes your psychic, intuitive and emotional tides. Every season presents archetypal initiations and energetic portals that we each must pass through. This is mirrored to us in the arc of the zodiac throughout the wheel of the year. 

 Through restful introspection, connection and feeling we invite felt sense wisdom to support us on our spiral journey through the seasons.

 

WE MEET EVERY NEW & FULL MOON TO:

  • Slow down, cultivate our relationship to the dark,

  • Explore and touch into the feeling landscape of our lives and uncover themes in relationship to the changing moon tides.​

  • Explore astrological insights and the energy available to support you through current life circumstances.

  • Practice honoring cycles of life/death/rebirth and learn to soften our resistance to the natural ebb and flow of life's changing tides.

  • Welcome new ways of being as we integrate change,

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Seasonal Ceremonies

Wheel of the Year Ceremonies 8 Times of  Year

Seasonal Ceremonies are based on the Wheel of the Year, an annual cycle of eight Celtic pre-Christian festivals.  Under industrial growth culture our lives, modes of thinking and relating have been shaped by the concept of linear time, however in the past, when our ancestors lived in close relationship to nature, time was perceived and experienced as cyclical. The Wheel of the Year is a calendar focused on this cyclical journey of the seasons. ​ The heart of our Seasonal Ceremonies is a reverence for the movement and continuation of life through cycles of death and rebirth.

WHEEL OF THE YEAR DATES

Ceremonial gatherings will take place on or close to these dates

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  • Samhain: October 31 – November 1

  • Winter Solstice: December 21 - January 1

  • Imbolc: February 1-2

  • Spring Equinox : March 20

  • Beltaine: May 1

  • Summer Solstice: June 24

  • Lughnasa: August 1

  • Fall Equinox: September 21

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Earth Stories

Once a Month

Earth Stories is an intimate space where we nurture our interconnections with one another and the natural world through ecological storytelling.

 

Together we will explore what we are learning about ourselves in relationship to the larger cycles of life and how we are being shaped by intimate encounters in nature.

You will be encouraged to make nature connection and tracking a regular practice in your life (even if its just 15 minutes a week) and in doing so, apprentice yourself to the way of nature. We will provide you with a free printable PDF nature connection guide to support you with this!

 

Each month there will be an invitation or creative prompt as a practice for deepening your relationship to place. You will then be given the opportunity to share your stories about your apprenticeship with the more-than-human world.

$45 USD / Month

THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOU LONG TO...

Reclaim your sacred relationship to the cycles of life.

Reconnect to the healing ways & wisdom of your earth-rooted ancestors.

Remember your purpose, place & power of belonging in the web of life.

Create space in your life to slow down & take care of your soul.

Strengthen your spiritual foundation & nurture faith in the Great Mystery.

Soften your resistance to what is & flow like a river with change .

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“The earth is our origin and destination. The ancient rhythms of the earth have insinuated themselves into the rhythms of the human heart. The earth is not outside us; it is within. Our bodies know that they belong... Guided by longing, belonging is the wisdom of rhythm. When we are in rhythm with our own nature, things flow and balance naturally."

- John O'Donohue

MEET YOUR GUIDE

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Hello dear one, my name is Jessica Cudney and it’s my great honor to be your guide on this sacred journey of reclamation, reconnection and remembrance as you weave yourself back into kinship with the living world.

I’m an eco-somatic practitioner, multidisciplinary artist, nature spirituality guide and  transformational life coach. I’ve been on the path of reclaiming  ancestral earth-rooted wisdom for more than ten years.

I live to sow the seeds of a life-giving culture that only future generations will know. I see it as my sacred responsibility to live as beautifully and boldly as I can in service to earth as an expression of my indebtedness, love and devotion to this precious existence. 

I believe that earth is calling to humanity to rise and radically re-imagine our world and reclaim our purpose in service to planetary healing.

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THE SACRED GROVE

A Sacred Grove is a vortex of being & becoming. Sacred Groves were temples and places of sanctuary and ritual for the Indo-European tribes in pre-Christian times: the Germanic nimidas, Celtic nemeton, Latin nemus, Old Irish nemed or fiodh-neamheadh. The core meaning of the root word is “sacred.”  The Celts, in general, did not build temples, but rather practiced their spirituality in sacred groves or nemetons which were abodes of dietiesSacred Groves have been found throughout the world in various cultures across time.

 

There was a time when my Gaelic ancestors gathered in Sacred Groves to worship the magic and mystery of the cosmos. A place of sanctuary to commune with the ancestors, spirits and deities of the land. A place where the human world intersected with the divine and Otherworld. Although we are living in different times and with new technologies, we are being called to remember and reclaim our relationship to the natural world. 

$45 USD / Month

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“We will not save what we do not love. It is also true that we will neither love nor save what we do not experience as sacred"

- Thomas Berry

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