A Comfortable New Year

Comfortable New Year

This past year has been a time of great change and difference. Unlike the previous year, it’s been a time of new beginnings and reunions. It’s been a time for us to find new narratives and to change the way we look at the world. And because of all the new and old together, it’s been a year of transition.

As we move into the winter months it’s a good chance for us to look back and reflect on the year. Winter is a time of relaxation, and an opportunity for us to let go of everything that’s built up in our minds and hearts. It’s a time for us to be with family, and to understand that stress doesn’t have to be a constant companion.

Yet, even in winter, and now especially, it can still be hard to slow down. That’s why it’s best to know how you can make the most out of your winter. Here at Hawkwood we’ve found some suggestions, but it’s important to find the way that works best for you.

Be creative

One of the biggest ways we can relieve stress and truly let ourselves relax is to be creative. Often when we’re feeling low or unwell it’s hard to let that spirit come out of us, but it’s at times like that when it’s best to try. It’s easy to forget that diamonds form under pressure, as they say.

And in winter, when the weather outside is frightful and you’re warming up after a hard day’s work, being creative is the best thing you can do. Whether singing, writing, dancing or drawing, many creative activities can be done inside. Stay safe from the dark clouds and frozen ground.

But if you don’t want to do it alone, or you’re someone who thrives from collaboration like we are, you don’t have to be alone. Here at Hawkwood, there are plenty of opportunities for friendly, cooperative creativity. For those who can’t travel or like writing, Writing our Way to Winter Solstice is perfect for you. For the artist among us, Lifelines: A Midwinter Drawing Retreat, where you can break away from the pressures of convention and approach your art in a form authentic and natural to you.

Take care of ourselves

Taking care of our spirit isn’t the only thing we need to keep an eye on in winter though. It’s at times like this that our body is at its lowest, and it’s a time when colds and illnesses tend to make themselves known. Now, more than ever, we’re aware of how dangerous they can be, but luckily we can take care of them.

As long as we look after our bodies and stay fit and healthy there’s nothing to worry about. Eating properly is one way to do that, and getting enough rest is another. The third way is through exercise that you can do to comfortably strengthen your body and mind. Yoga is one of the best ways to do that.

Yoga is a practice steeped in a millenary tradition, and one that involves looking inward and actively listening to what our body needs rather than doing what we think it needs. This is a process that can be hard to learn, but it can be taught and learned through time and practice. Where better to start than with Iyengar Yoga in the New Year for those wanting to start the year with good practice and an uplifted heart. And for those wanting to explore the feminine side of their spirit, or to look inward as their lives process this time of change, A Wild Soul Woman™ will guide them on a journey to explore the inner soul of the woman, the feminine, and the untamed, unashamed, unstoppable Self.

Pick up a new skill

There’s also one other way of brightening your mood and taking care of yourself that is often overlooked. One method that goes hand in hand with winter, with a new year, and with a new beginning, so it’s the perfect thing to do now. Take an opportunity to learn a new skill.

We, as people, are always evolving and learning. There’s nothing we like more than learning to do something that we couldn’t before. It revitalises us when we may have been feeling down, and shows us how far we can progress. That’s why it’s never too late to learn a new skill.

Luckily, Hawkwood offers a range of skills that someone could learn. It could be drawing, writing or art to something less known but still as applicable today; like blacksmithing. There’s always something new to learn, or a new passion to take you somewhere you didn’t know you wanted to go before.

Take a moment

Of course the most overlooked thing when it comes to taking care of yourself is to take a moment. Often daily life has us pulled in all directions, especially when it’s festive. It’s easy to find yourself overloaded by everything going on around you.

If we listen to our bodies we’ll know exactly what we’re looking for, be it exercise, relaxation or creativity. So a moment to listen is, without a doubt, the best place to start.

Take a look at the courses in the blog!

Writing our Way to Winter Solstice

With Mary Reynolds Thompson

The Winter Solstice is a time to gather, to celebrate, and honour this special time of year with community and ritual.

Midwinter Drawing Retreat

Lifelines: A Midwinter Drawing Retreat

With Morag Donnelly

Lifelines is a sacred, sensitive art practice that weaves together movement and drawing, providing a space for opening our senses and becoming more present with ourselves, our materials and each other.

Iyengar Yoga New Year Retreat

With Jenny May-While

Enjoy a combination of asana class, pranayama, philosophy and contemplative practices, with time for rest and walks.

A Wild Soul Woman™

With Mary Reynolds Thompson

During the course, you will travel into the deepest and most untamed aspects of the soul. You will enter an inner world of archetypes, metaphors, symbols, dreams and imagery, where ancient Earth energies shed light on the fullness of who you are.

New Year Blacksmithing Day

With Arian Leljak

Employing centuries-old technology and techniques, you will be introduced to basic processes of tapering, bending, twisting, cutting, hole-punching and flattening hot steel.

Will Tuckett studied writing at Bath Spa University. During that time he explored writing for a range of platforms and forms of interaction. Following that he went to Stockholm University to study Teaching and Literature. While starting in script, he moved to write for digital media and specialises in long-form. Will is now part of Hawkwood’s Marketing Department!


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