The Transformation of Autumn
The leaves are going to fall off the trees, and I’m not going to try to save them. When all the leaves are gone, there will still be a tree.
I’m not going to mount a Save the Leaf campaign. Save the tree.
The purpose of a seasonal retreat is to become more aware of the season’s teachings, its challenges, its gifts, and its lessons. Autumn is a time when all of heaven and earth is singing the song of that which is precious, and that which is passing. We are called to consider these questions together:
•What will I take into my inner sanctuary, that I will hold through the dark time, in order that it may come back and live again someday?
•In a limited lifetime, or a limited day, on a limited planet, what is worth preserving, and what is worth letting go?
•What do I most value? And how do I express that valuing not by going rah rah rah, but by doing the disciplined inner work that allows it to last?
How we live each season has a lot of bearing on our movement into the next season. If we are not living autumn well—reaping its gifts, and learning its lessons—then we are less prepared for a healthy winter. If we are fully present to what autumn is asking of us, then we go into winter much stronger. What’s happening to the leaves in your life? How is the tree?
A New Online Experience
This teleconference will be like no other that you have taken. We will use a variety of gentle yet effective online health and hygiene measures to create a Group Heart that will be nourishing, palpably connected, and rich with transmission.
Thea Elijah, LAc, has been a student of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for over 30 years. She is the former director of the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at Tai Sophia Institute and the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. She has apprenticed and studied with some of the most influential Chinese medicine teachers in the West. Thea is also a Muqaddam of the Shadhuliyyah Sufi Order.