Living seasonally and reconnecting with nature

Now that we’re settling into the new homestead, back on our farm-property, I’m ready to reconnect with nature and the natural world that I love so much. I’m looking at nature-inspired homeschool activities to do with the boys, taking walks in the snow–shoveling….  So when the chance to review Kathy Lepvic’s eBook “Homespun Seasonal Living Workbook” presented itself–I leaped at the opportunity.

Kathie’s workbook is a “guide to help you discover a path on which you can navigate a seasonal lifestyle that fits in with your busy modern life.”

The ebook offers 12 simple lessons which are short and easy to customize to suit your individual tastes and preferences, beginning with “Setting Seasonal Intentions” in week one of the season, and continuing through the 12 weeks of each season, concluding with “Planning for the Season Ahead”.  At that point you would begin again at the first lesson, beginning again for this new season.

winter seasonal intentions collageEager to get started, I set about assembling a collage of my winter seasonal intentions.  I like the idea of seasonal intentions–with a long list of annual goals, breaking them up into seasonal priorities like this makes it more likely that more projects will be completed.

Kathie urges the reader to begin a seasonal journal in which to document your seasonal activities and the natural goings-ons around you.  I’ve decided to take this one step further by starting a nature journal, which is something I’ve long been inclined to do.  In my seasonal nature journal I will keep track of seasonal patterns, first and last frost dates here on the farm, weather patterns, wildlife sightings, edible wild forage I find on the property, farm accomplishments, major events, etc.

I liked the workbook because it gave me some instruction on a lifestyle that I’m already inclined to live, but was a little uncertain on exactly how to do so.  The weekly activities are easy to do, and not time consuming.  I love that I can get as creative as I please with them, tapping into the artist in me that lies dormant; I can spend as much or as little time on these projects as I want.

Each of the boys also have journals, which I am encouraging them to write in about winter, and we put up our bird feeders yesterday in hopes of attracting some of the local birds.  I’ve also been scouring pinterest for great winter nature activities–check out my “Nature Studies” board for yourself!

Seasonal living brings you closer to nature, makes you more in-tune with the natural rhythms of the planet.  By doing things like eating seasonally you’re living a greener, more sustainable life.  If you’re interested in learning more about living seasonally, check out Kathie’s blog “Homespun Seasonal Living” or for more about this ebook Click here to view more details.

Whatchya think?  Got any great ideas for seasonal activities you’d like to recommend?  Leave me a comment below to share!  🙂

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