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The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times


Winter: the power of rest and withdrawal in difficult times

February 17, 2021– “Wintering is a cold season. It is a fallow period in life in which you are isolated from the world, you feel rejected, marginalized, blocked from progress, or put in the role of an outsider. Perhaps it is the result of an illness or a life event, such as grief or the birth of a child, perhaps due to humiliation or failure. Perhaps you are in a period of transition and have temporarily fallen between two worlds. “Poignant book and Katherine May’s staff, “Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Hard Times,” weaves together ideas from literature, mythology, and the natural world. It makes a compelling case for the transformative power of slowing down and taking a step back. Read an excerpt here. (36 readings)

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To take actionFind out more about the book and some of the personal struggles May “wintered” in her own life, in this NPR interview. [more]

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