Nature tree january

A warm welcome to 2019!

Hello – and a warm welcome to our first blog of 2019.

We wanted to share some of our thoughts with you regarding the last few months for Be … Naturally – and also some of what’s to come in 2019.

2018 was a great year for us as, after 4 years of partnering informally, we finally launched Be … Naturally – with our website and our Facebook page going live in September.  We ran a range of different events and were blessed to have wonderful participants on all of them, who benefitted not only from the events themselves, but also from the enrichment it added to their lives post-retreat.  Their feedback has also helped us shape some exciting offerings for 2019 – more of that below.

We are so grateful for the learnings we receive from our participants.  So thank you to all of you that have attended our events.  It is probably true to say we have learnt something from each and every one of you.

Winter is a time of drawing inwards, of settling in, of soft darkness – and of reflection, space and rest.

The Winter Solstice of 21st December – the shortest day and longest night of the year – is behind us …. and nature slumbers.  Or does it?  Whilst the branches may look bare and the ground still, there is in fact so much going on under the surface.  We can very much relate to that here at Be Naturally; just like our beautiful trees we too have made space for ourselves to rest, prepare and plan.    So although it may seem that all is quiet, rest assured that we have lots of exciting new offerings for you – which we will keep you updated on, throughout 2019

We are moving towards Imbolc – 1st February – which marks the beginning of the lambing season and the stirrings of Spring … and of new life.  There is a gentle rising of energy from within the Earth – at Be … Naturally, we have already seen snowdrops peeping their heads above the ground … symbols of optimism and hope.  We’ve also seen patches of flower in some of the hawthorn hedgerows, trees beginning to bud and birds busily carrying nesting materials in preparation for the arrival of their new families.  The signs of Spring are all around us – and we really encourage you to pause and take time to notice their beauty.

We also encourage you to notice the gentle energy arising from within ourselves – we too are part of the natural world and are also part of the new energy of the changing seasons.

At Be … Naturally, we are really feeling this!  As we mentioned we are busily planning some lovely new events for 2019 – including a Laughter session, an 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, a Spring residential retreat and a Spring woodland mini-retreat – full details coming soon.   Jules is delighted to be participating in a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training retreat in February – so watch out for a new mindfulness course later in the year.  And Jayne is hoping to attend the ‘Evolving Forest’ conference in June, so she can immerse herself even more deeply in all things forest!

We are planning to blog throughout 2019 so that we can share our thoughts on specific topics, tell you our stories and give you a ‘Jayne and Jules’ perspective on what’s here for us – which we hope will be of interest to you.  We would also love you to share your stories with us, so that we can continue to evolve a community interested in living their best life, naturally.  Next month we will share an inspiring story from Steve – one of Jules’s lovely yoga students – and we hope it encourages you to share your stories with us too.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, nourishing and inspiring year.

Go gently, go well.

Jayne and Jules