This post and the entire blog are designed to invite you on a journey. Check out this quick slide deck overview of the seasonal living framework, then download the workbook! It’s the best way to create your seasonal life.
It’s a wellness journey, a consciousness journey, and self-actualization journey.
A journey of defining and then creating your seasonal life.
The Seasonal Living Framework Workbook
To support you in this work, I created a workbook. The workbook allows you to explore the five pillars of seasonal living defined below with depth and creativity.
It is accompanied by a series of emails that take a deep dive into each of the five pillars and helps you make them personal, an ever-evolving expression of your seasonal self.
Simply click here to download the workbook, or click the image below.
The Seasonal Living Framework | An Overview
Let’s use these times of tremendous change to explore The Seasonal Living Framework.
This framework has 5 pillars. Each stands alone as a component of living a life in alignment with nature’s time and rhythms. When practiced together, these pillars provide a framework for co-creating a healthy life with Nature as your guide.
You see, I know you. Really…I know finding your way here, to these resources for gardening, cooking, and wellness meet a craving need to feel whole and connected. I know you find current events overwhelming, and you are a little apprehensive about people in general. You can’t really let your mind wander into the current climate crisis for fear of being consumed by suffocating despair.
It’s all so daunting!
So, read the definitions of the five pillars and see if the framework doesn’t begin to provide some grounding in uncertain times. It’s both the walk and the map for creating a sustainable lifestyle.
Seasonal Living | A lifestyle definition
What’s in a phrase? In the case of seasonal living, it’s a lifestyle definition.
Digging deeply into the ways you grow, source and prepare your food can reveal deep-seated values you’ve never quite articulated to yourself.
Claiming values and bringing them into consciousness helps with decision making. Decision making is where our values meet reality and reveal our lifestyle. Defining your lifestyle through naming your values allows you to rise above transient moods and be your better self.
Prioritizing personal wellness is another method for living our values. The way that we practice the daily routines of fitness, fashion, and hygiene is the most rudimentary form of defining our lifestyle. It is the place that most honestly reveals the space between our talk and our walk.
The five pillars of the seasonal living framework are a personal dialogue exploring our values through gardening, cooking, and self-care. The workbook will help you define your seasonal living lifestyle by going more deeply into the themes and energies of each pillar.
Once the seasonal living lifestyle reveals our values, we begin to live in greater integrity through our daily routines. Such a foundation allows us to turn healthy and open-hearted toward the greater world. This form of self-expression we call activism, the fourth pillar of the seasonal living framework.
We must heal to become healers. We must learn to tend to our own wellness before we can care and act deeply about the wellness of people and planet. And, this is where the fifth pillar, archetypal astrology, is most useful. Learning to work with the archetypal energies as they are configured and activated in our astrological birth charts takes us on an evolutionary healing journey. Astrology offers a way to explore the behaviors and circumstances that repeatedly hold us back and trip us up.
Seasonal living is a healing journey that reveals our soul purpose. It helps us become the healers we were born to be. Step fully into these times by creating your seasonal life!
Who is Lorrie Season?
Lorrie Season is the avatar for my best self.
Hi, I’m Lorrie Schoettler, the creator of Lorrie Season and the seasonal living framework.
The content on this website is intended to create community for those of us who love nature, are on the introvert side of the social spectrum, and get our groove on in the garden and the kitchen!
I’m a woman of a certain age who lived the first half of her adult life as an activist and community organizer in Baltimore, MD.
Ask any funder or nonprofit community development leader from that period about me, and you’ll be told I was a total pain in the rump. Ask most community leaders, and they’ll tell you they never had a more honest and hard-working advocate. Being caught between the two almost killed me. By my early 40s, I was in a kind of slow soul death, exhausted in the entirety of my being.
A mid-life crisis…
So, in a dramatic turn, I quit my 20+ year career and headed for the hills of West Virginia. Together, with my husband Bob Shelley, I created what is now Stony Ridge Farm. It’s a 5-acre homestead with a 1-acre market garden. This change came at the time of my Uranus opposition, which is commonly known as the mid-life crisis. This is a period in everyone’s astrological unfolding, in the early 40s, when the old ways collapse and more authentic forms of self-expression come forward.
As that same Uranian energy impacts my chart in conjunction to my natal Sun, I am using energies of 2020 to downsize and simplify, creating a path into the next decade of my seasonal life.
My healing process, grounded in these 5 pillars of the seasonal living framework, allowed me to reorient my life with a sense of integrity. I wanted to remain active as a change-maker, but I no longer wanted to be sick from self-neglect. Using Nature as my guide gives me a way to act on my values while caring for my self always, all ways.
Now, healed in body, mind, and spirit, I am ready to claim my place in these tumultuous times among the healers. And, I want you to join me!
If you care about the planet and have been active as a change-maker, but are feeling the burn of it all…this is your place and we are your people!
I believe the wounding of our age is a call to great healing!
I know that living in the pace and flavors of the seasons is the sustaining factor for engaged living in troubled times!
Let’s explore the Five Pillars of a Seasonal Life
Seasonal Living Framework Pillar 1 – Gardening
Gardening, especially vegetable gardening, is the first pillar of a seasonal lifestyle.
Working in healthy soil, co-creating food with nature, brings us in direct, undistracted contact with the seasons as they pass, day-by-day and month-by-month. This food, in turn, co-creates a healthy body. By eating food organically grown by our own hand we live in sympathy with nature’s time.
Seasonal Living Pillar 2 – Cooking
Creating and maintaining a seasonal kitchen simply requires building meals from fresh-harvested or preserved local ingredients. Rather than searching out recipes for meals and shopping for ingredients. Seasonal Living asks us to see what the garden, farmers market, or our pantry offer for ingredients and then preparing nutritious and flavorful meals that taste like this moment and this place.
Seasonal Living Pillar 3 – Wellness Practices
Nature-based wellness practices are contemplative. They require time set aside to experience moments in nature, and in our own interior landscape. These practices can be solitary or in community, solemn or festive. They always bring us into direct contact with the present moment and inspire an internal sense of purpose and peace.
Seasonal Living Pillar 4 – Activism
One more thing I know about you is that if you are here you are aware the world is collapsing. The environment, the social order, physical health trends…they are all in decline.
The statistics are devastating, the daily news overwhelming. The Seasonal Living Framework gives you a solid foundation in your love of nature and experience of health to work for positive change in the world.
Some will choose quiet and personal activism like cultivating wild spaces in their yards. Others will participate in rallies and marches, or choose to communicate with legislators.
One thing is for sure, loving nature through seasonal time compels us to act as a source of healing for people and planet in a way that honors our deepest self.
Seasonal Living Pillar 5 – Archetypal Astrology
Archetypal astrology is a practice within the traditions of depth-psychology that explores the patterns and energies, the archetypal forces, of personality as revealed through a person’s birth chart.
An astrological birth chart is a map of the heavens, showing the position planets and other heavenly bodies held at the moment of one’s birth. Each of the planets in the birth chart symbolizes archetypal forces. These energies play out in the individual and society at large. The way the planets interact with each other within the birth chart and are activated as those same planets continue to transit through time. They then create forces within the lived experience of the individual. They also signify the trend of world events.
The decades of adult life follow themes associated with astrologicial transits. Many have heard of the Saturn return that occurs in the late 20s and signifies a time of maturation. This is when the planet Saturn returns to the exact postion it held at the moment of one’s birth. The archetypal forces held by Saturn include time, responsibility, maturation, limitation, and the end of things. The Saturn return marks a time when the chickens come home to roost, as the saying goes.
Holding archetypal astrology as a seasonal living practice can deepen self-understanding. This discipline brings your healing journey into fuller consciousness. Astrology helps ground an individual in the greater rhythms of the cosmos.
These are the 5 Pillars of the Seasonal Living Framework. They offer a wholistic process for healing, personal development, and authentic engagement with the world at large.
Intrigued by seasonal living? I hope so!
Now you have this overview of Seasonal Living and its four pillars! I invite you once more to download the workbook. Just that one click will begin a simple process of self-exploration. It is designed to heal, and perhaps help you become a healer.
Once your healing process begins, resting in the practices of seasonal living will help you become a healing force among your friends and family, in your community, and maybe even the whole wide world!
There’s a party happening and we’re waiting for you to arrive!
We also gather over email once a week to focus on one specific garden, kitchen, or wellness topic in-depth, with lots of step-by-step how-to’s. The best way to jump into the email conversation is with the Seasonal Living Workbook, you can download it here and explore the seasonal living framework with an email course!
So much love and free information in one place, but it’s not the same without YOU!
The Seasonal Living Framework is a lifestyle supported by four pillars: gardening, cooking, personal wellness practices, and activism.
The Seasonal Living Framework is a lifestyle designed to create healing and encourage the healed to become healers themselves.
Growing some portion of your own food, no matter how small, is the most important aspect of creating a seasonal life.