This post and the entire blog are designed to invite you on a journey.
It’s a wellness journey, a conscious journey, and self-actualization journey.
A journey of defining and then creating a seasonal life.
The Seasonal Living Framework Workbook
To support you in this work, I created a workbook. The workbook allows you to explore the four 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 four pillars and helps you make them personal.
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 4 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.
It’s all so daunting!
So, read the definitions of the four pillars and see if the framework doesn’t begin to provide a 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 are the most rudimentary forms of defining our lifestyle. It is the place that most honestly reveals the space between our talk and our walk.
The four 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.
Once the seasonal living lifestyle is set in actionable values through our daily routines, we can turn healthy and open-hearted toward the greater world. This, 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.
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. Until very recently we also had Tenessee Fainting Goats and heritage breed chickens. We’re taking the winter of 2019-20 off from livestock to contemplate and plan the next 10 years.
My healing process, grounded in these 4 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 didn’t want to be sick.
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 Four 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 preserves 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.
Intrigued by seasonal living? I hope so!
Now that you have this overview of Seasonal Living and its four pillars, I’ll invite you once more to download the workbook. Just that one click will begin a simple process of self-exploration designed to heal.
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!
PS – Be sure to join the free Facebook community. It’s the perfect place for skill-building, and you just might make a new friend or two!
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.