Emerging: Self Healing, Self Care and Seasonal Attunement, Spring 2017

A Holistic Non-Residential Retreat with
Carly Forest and Dr. Kristin Schnurr, ND

Location: Roundhouse Farm (formerly Sleeping Dog Farm)
Dates: March 10-12 Friday night 6-9pm, Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-4pm
Cost: $320, Early Bird Pricing $275 until February 10, 2017.

Early March brings the beginning of transition from the place of deepest yin – inwardness, quietude and stillness - into the first stirrings of yang.  We sense something coming to life and look for expression of this, both within and around us.  In Five Element Theory this is the transition between the elements of Water and Wood.  It is a time to bring the formless into form.  This can be a challenging seasonal transition both physically and emotionally.  It is also, however, an opportunity for us to bring forth emerging aspects of our essential nature.

In our retreat we will be exploring practices and teachings that integrate eastern and naturopathic understandings of self-care and self-healing.  In acknowledging our intrinsic connection to the earth and all of life, we develop an increased awareness of how our personal inner landscape is deeply connected to and affected by the seasonal landscape.  With the arrival of Spring we will be focusing on emerging within ourselves with connection, direction and patience.

Together we will explore alchemical Taoist teachings interwoven with naturopathic principles of health and well being as they relate to this season.  And, through the practices of yin yoga, meditation and personal inquiry, we will create a potent container for self-healing and transformation.

To register, please contact: office@drkristinschnurr.com or carlyforestyoga@gmail.com.  

Spring is here

What an absolutely beautiful weekend!  It was wonderful to spend time in the garden prepping the beds for planting, doing some much needed weeding (with some help from my little one) and picking bowlfuls of fresh leafy greens for dinner.
So much is in bloom, nettles, fawn lilies, shooting stars…Spring has definitely arrived.

In Acupuncture theory, Spring marks the beginning of the yang cycle.   After resting through the Fall and Winter, you should notice that you are feeling more energetic and social.  Spring is a good time to take action on plans that have been developing through the winter months, with clear vision and a sense of purpose.  Many people feel the urge to de-clutter and do a ‘spring’ clean.   And, with increased daylight hours and warmth, we spend more time outside interacting with friends and family.  This often supports a shift in perspective.  Spring is the time for growth and change, a great time to let go of old patterns that no longer serve us.  

The element associated with Spring is Wood.  In traditional Chinese medicine, the Wood element represents the liver and gallbladder.   The liver from this perspective provides us with our vision of the future, helping us to find the direction we must take to live our lives harmoniously.  The gall bladder gives us the ability to make decisions and judge wisely.   When the Wood element is unbalanced, decision-making and establishing a clear sense of direction can be difficult.  It is not uncommon in this state, to feel frustrated, stuck or even angry.   Alternatively, when these organ systems are in balance we are able to see new possibilities and to consider wisdom of the past, in making decisions.

Support yourself through this transition by adjusting your diet:

  • Consider starting your morning with fresh lemon juice in water,

  • Incorporate lots of leafy greens, beets, carrots into your meals

  • Enjoy high quality protein rich foods – eggs, fish, raw nuts/seeds and whole grains.

  • Harvest some young spring nettles, full of minerals and excellent lightly steamed and added to soups/stir fries.

Certain herbs also support this organ system, and acupuncture can be effective in helping us to transition smoothly with the season.

The Wood energy of Spring is an expression of life at its strongest, a time to expend the energy you have conserved through the winter months.  Enjoy!