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  • 14
    Oct 2017

    Sacred Skinny Dipping (a how-to for you)

    Last week was one for the books.  I started off the weekend by leading over 70 women in a Full Moon Ceremony.  Whoever said New Englanders were a bunch of preppy puritans was very VERY wrong.  The magic is alive and well here in Massachusetts and I am so honored to give it another home at Hawthorn Farm.

    Future Full Moon Circles and Workshops will be coming out soon, so keep an eye on your email.

    After the ceremony Thursday night, I spent the rest of the weekend with 30 wise and beautiful souls at HOME: A retreat to remember your body is sacred.  The first day I led the women through releasing and processing all of the pain, anger and fear we build up in our bodies as modern women.  The day was hard and the women did some deep work.  It’s never easy to go there, but there isn’t any space to grow unless we get rid of what’s holding us back.

    The second day I led them in the most incredible body ritual, one where I saw each woman come alive and fully embrace her unique beauty and power.  It was so transformative that I wanted to give you the steps so you can perform this ritual at home.  

    During the retreat we changed out of our clothes into sarongs and walked down to the lake.  We each connected with what we wanted to release, dropped our sarong and scrubbed our skin with Amazonian clay.  Not only does this sluff off dead skin, but the clay actually removes toxins from the body. We imagined the emotional junk we’ve been carrying around being pulled out by the clay as we scrubbed our own bodies and helped out our sisters with their backs.

    Then we all jump in the lake completely naked and rinsed off the clay and the stuff we’ve been carrying around. It was one of the most joyful, free moments I’ve ever witnessed.  Just imagine all of these beautiful, naked women splashing, screaming and smiling ear to ear.  In that moment, there was no shyness, comparison, or feeling like our bodies are here to look at.  We each stood so confidently in our unique and interesting Homes.  So healing!

    Then we dried off, put our sarongs back on and came inside where we gave each other rose oil massages while we sat with the question, “What is my body the temple of?”  Seeing these women nurture and take care of each other with the candles flickering and beautiful music playing, gave me chills.  It was like I was witnessing a deeply ancient ritual.

    After the massages, the women put on their favorite dresses, braided their hair and adorned themselves with flowers, feathers and face paint.  What a sight! Each woman was glowing, fully embodying her Queen and standing in the temple of her essence. 

    To do a version of this ritual at home, you’ll need the following supplies:

    • Towel
    • Clay, like this one
    • Rose oil
    • Candles
    • Water (lake, ocean, bath or shower)
    • Hair brush and Hair tie
    • Beautiful dress
    • Optional: feathers, flowers or leaves gathered from outside

    Here are the steps to take: 

    1. Clear your ritual space by clearing clutter and saging. Set out your candles (dont light yet) and your supplies.
    2. Get undressed
    3. Sit with what you want to release and get clear.
    4. As you scrub your body with the clay, imagine what you are releasing being sucked out of our body and brushed off of your skin.
    5. Close your eyes and set in the intention to release this emotional junk.
    6. Dive in the lake, get in the bath or step in the shower. 
    7. Imagine all the things you no longer want to be carrying being rinsed away and going down the drain.
    8. Step out and notice how you feel. Do you feel lighter? Empty? More free?
    9. Dry off and lay your towel on the floor.
    10. Dim the lights and light your candles.
    11. Give yourself a rose oil massage, while asking yourself, “What is my body the temple of?”  Rose essential oil opens the heart and brings the energy of love and femininity.  Do this for at least 10 minutes.
    12. Brush your hair and braid it if you like. I love all of the tutorial and ideas at How To Hair Girl
    13. Put on your favorite dress (it’s ok if youre not going anywhere special, this is just for you).
    14. Put some flowers, feathers or other fauna in your hair to remind you how connected we are to nature.
    15. Behold your raw, powerful beauty.  Your body is a temple. Honor it.

    I hope that you experience the same deep acceptance, joy and embodiment the women did last weekend.

    Sending you so much love beautiful.

    Xox,
    Sarah

  • 21
    Sep 2017

    The Magic of Autumn. Literally. Rituals included.

    Autumn is the number one reason we moved to Massachusetts.  When temperatures dropped in July in San Francisco to the high 60s and the sunny afternoon was cut off by a blanket of cold fog every day, I felt so depressed.  But when the temperature climbed back up to 85 in September and left my beloved flannel shirts hanging in the closet, I felt like dying.  The kids would get sun burnt apple picking, there wasn’t a red leaf in sight and hot cider was the last thing I ever wanted to drink.  

    It’s also my birthday next week, so I have an even deeper connection to this incredible season.

    You see, Mother Earth has an intelligence, and every physical shift and change is a message on how to be in the flow, to embrace our natural power and be more ALIVE.  

    Fall starts with the harvest, a time when farmers pull food from the ground, harvest the wheat and the corn and get busy prepping and storing it for the winter.  The animals are following suit gathering acorns and building winter proof homes.  It’s a time of great activity, business, and organization.  No wonder we’ve naturally chosen this time to go back to school.  

    We’ve been in the sign of Virgo for almost a month now which carries that same energy of business and organization.  My Annabelle is a Virgo and I see her organizing her toys, crayons, spoons, and clothing all the time, totally naturally in her free time.  She carries a part of this fall energy with her everywhere.  Virgo is also the sign of the Great Mother.  In early September, I felt myself wanting to shirk my motherhood responsibilities after a whole summer of being with the kids.  But Marshall was having the hardest time adjusting to his new school (probably because he could feel my exhaustion and pulling away).  So I had to sink into the natural rhythm of the season and recommit to how I wanted to mother him through this transition, while also honoring the natural energy of my own work, it was a lot to hold!  When I was in the middle of unraveling this dance between wanting to go into my red tent and create and being fully present for Marshall, a Mother Deer and her Baby walked through my backyard. Message received.

    The 23rd is Mabon or the Fall Equinox, the day that measures equal hours of light and dark; night and the day are the same length – balance. It is also when we move into the sign of Libra, whose symbol is the scales – again, balance. Traditionally in the Northern Hemisphere, it is a time to have a great Harvest Festival, to really celebrate all of the hard work of the year and rest after a month of the hard work of harvesting.  

    I define Magic as aligning with the natural power of what’s happening around us.  The Goddess/God/Divine (doesn’t matter what you call it) has created a world that moves in a certain pattern (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) which also corresponds with the moon phases (Waxing, Full Moon, Waning, New Moon), which also corresponds with our menstrual cycle (Follicular, Ovulation, Luteal, Bleeding).  This is the rhythm.  We can’t stop it, we can only ignore it.  But when we align our own energy and intentions with that of the seasons or moon cycle or menstrual (or all of them) we have double the power backing us up.  It’s like getting on the moving sidewalk in the airport, if you get on the one going the right direction, you get to where you’re going twice as fast.

    This time in autumn is telling us to celebrate, to be grateful of what we have created in our life and to contemplate balance.  The magic of this is that when we are grateful for the abundance in our life, it multiplies and puts us in a high energetic vibration open to receiving more.  And in a few weeks, we are going to start seeing the leaves fall off the trees and have more darkness than light – a message to release, simplify and start to go in.  

    In my own life, I have found that just by paying attention to the messages of the season and doing very simple rituals to root into the lessons and align myself, crazy shit happens.  

    Here are two rituals you can do this week to connect with the Magic of Autumn:

    Divine Dinner Party

    Consider gathering a few friends on Mabon (Autumn Equinox) or a night near to it for dinner at your home.  Create a centerpiece with seasonal fruits and vegetables (lots of orange and red) and some orange and red candles (or any candle you have laying around, don’t over complicate it).  Ask your friends to bring a dish (we are celebrating balance after all).  

    Set sacred space around your table.  This can look like holding hands and saying grace, saging each guest, a moment of silence or singing a song.  I know this can feel weird but trust me, creating this container is so powerful, you’ll be able to feel it.

    When it feels natural, simply go around the table share, speaking openly about one of all of these topics:

    1. What was going on last spring?  What seeds were you planting that you may be harvesting now? It’s amazing how this cycle happens naturally without us even knowing it!
    2. What hard work of you proud of yourself for? What are you celebrating?  This is a great chance to invite heavy bragging.
    3. What are you most grateful for?
    4. How do you want to achieve more balance in your life?

    That’s it!  Rituals can be complicated, but they can also be as simple as gathering with people you love, setting a sacred container, eating and sharing.  If you do this, please post a picture to Instagram and tag @sarahjenks! I’d love to see you making some magic.

    Releasing Ritual

    I find that releasing rituals are most powerful on a Full Moon because it’s when the moon starts losing light and get smaller.  So I would consider doing this on October 5th so you can get the energy of the moon and the energy of the season. This part of fall, on the other side of the equinox, is all about releasing.

    Materials you’ll want to gather: A Candle, matches, paper, a pot or something you can burn something in, sage or salt water.

    • Find a quiet place in your home or outside if it’s not freezing.  You can clear a place on the floor and layout a blanket to sit on, or sit on your couch and clear off your coffee table.
    • Have your unlit candle and matches on the table and your paper and pen.
    • Dim the lights or turn them off.
    • Close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths, imagining your day and all of your to-dos leaving your body.
    • Light your sage or sprinkle salt water around your body, the room and the space you’re writing.  Set the intention to clear out any negative energy.
    • As you light your candle say a prayer or intention for this ritual.  Say anything that comes naturally to you like, “May I be open, may I be clear, may I be connected.”
    • Now take your paper and your pen and start writing about all the things you want to release. Consider…
      • Are there obligations you want to say no to?
      • Are there people you want to spend less time with?
      • Is there a boundary you need to set like no personal phone calls before 4 pm so you can focus on other things?
      • Is there a pattern you want to release like emotional eating? Or saying you’re fine when you’re not?
      • Are you holding onto grudges you want to let go of?
      • Is there a belief you have about yourself you want to let go of? Like you’re not beautiful or smart enough?
      • Do you want to release any things from your life like clothes, objects, houses, old food?
      • Anything else that doesn’t feel like it’s for your highest good?
    • Keep writing and writing until you get everything out.
    • Then read your list out loud to the Goddess. “I release my belief that I am …. I release my attachment to….” Let her be your witness.
    • Hold the list to your heart and say something along the lines of “Thank you for being there for me for protection, for safety, for love.  I am now ready to release you.
    • Burn it in your pot (you can also burn it over your toilet and flush it).
    • Just be silent for a few minutes.  Notice if you feel any different.  Maybe lighter or empty?  Where in your body do you feel a shift?
    • Celebrate any way you want to! Scream, dance, shake it out. Text some friends. Take a bath.
    • Resist the urge to fill the space with anything for a day or so.  Try not to overeat, over plan or over goal set.  Just be with the lightness.

    As you can see, rituals don’t need to be complicated or require lots of special gear.  The whole point is to connect with your soul and with a higher power (which are made up of the same stuff). Often space, intention and some fire are enough.

    Please please PLEASE let me know when you do this ritual.  You can tag me on Instagram at @sarahjenks or leave a comment on the blog.

    Wishing you a magical week.

    Love,
    Sarah

    P.S. I am holding the first Full Moon Women’s Circle at my new home on Thursday, October 5th!
    If you are in the area, you’ll have to come and experience the magic for yourself.
    To reserve your spot simply click here (it’s a $20 fee).

  • 19
    Sep 2017

    FULL MOON WOMEN’S CIRCLE


    Full Moon Women’s Circle
    October 5th • 8pm
    Hawthorn Farm • Medfield
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    I am SO EXCITED to invite you to the first Full Moon Women’s Circle at my new home on Thursday, October 5th!

    Women have been gathering under the Full Moon since the beginning of time to celebrate, practice magic and connect with the divine energy that flows through the stars, the trees, and our blood.

    Something truly unexplainable happens when women gather in a sacred space. You’ll have to come and experience the magic for yourself.

    Whether you’re a devout Catholic or a seasoned Witch… a maiden, mother or crone… a lawyer or an artist or a teacher… you are welcome, just as you are. All I ask is that you come with an open mind and a pillow to sit on.

    To reserve your spot simply click here (it’s a $20 fee).

    **** If you aren’t in the area please share with someone who lives in Massachusetts who would be down for this. And if you can make it, please bring a few friends. The more the merrier!

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