I was sitting on my meditation cushion, atop the coziest faux-fur rug, in the glow of candlelight surrounded by four adventurous women in our yoga hive.
We'd just set our intentions for the return of the light. We'd also decided what to let go of and put pen to paper. After tying those neatly folded squares of paper to the Yule Log, I placed it into the wood stove and we let go to the tune of Grandmother’s Song.
In closing, we each tied a red thread around our wrists to remember our intentions. And since the Solstice, that red thread has quietly remained on my wrist, steadfast and sturdy.
Like the thread, I, too, have been quiet and working behind the scenes putting final touches on projects that have been years in the making — all with the aim of stepping from a decade-long phase of creation into a new chapter of sustainability and space.
On December 31, Sean and I spent our first night in a house that we built with our own hands — a house that we now call our own, after years of being on the move. Finally. We’ve landed.
On January 1, my final yoga studio in the lower 48 — Yoga Hive Wisconsin — officially changed hands to a new, bright-eyed and extremely capable studio owner. I couldn’t be more thrilled for Melissa and the team in Waupaca.
On January 4, Sean and I kicked off our 13th season of Riding On Insulin action sports camps for kids, teens and adults living with type 1 diabetes. We spent a long weekend surrounded by some of our closest friends in the community skiing and riding in Whitefish, Montana and reflecting on an exciting new phase for the nonprofit.
On January 11, I taught my first in-person aerial yoga teacher training in three years — and it felt so good to be upside down and flipped inside out in the fabric. (Note to self: I might need a way to rig some aerial in the yoga hive here in the Arctic!)
On January 18, I launched my monthly membership program, SHEvolve, that offers monthly yoga philosophy, kriya yoga, and community with intention for women — it’s been marinating in my heart for YEARS, and with two months under our belts and rolling enrollment available to new members, I can officially say: I’m so glad I said YES to birthing this offering.
On January 25, I ushered 8 incredible women + 1 energized apprentice into the first-of-its-kind online yoga teacher training that’s a hybrid of live Zoom weekends and pre-recorded self-study. I’m so honored to work with these women and I cannot wait to continue offering yoga teacher trainings in this accessible way.
On February 13, I officially moved my on-demand, self-paced 30-hour Himalayan Kriya Yoga and 30-hour Cosmic Kriya teacher trainings onto the Momence Platform — the home for all my content and courses from here forward.
On February 19, Sean and I welcomed our first retreat group of 2023 to Arctic Hive — 9 women, most from the east coast, led by an energetic yoga facilitator and retreat company owner. (Thank you Mandy/Mako Retreats for the lovely photo at the start of this email!) It felt so right for Sean and I, sinking into our familiar rhythm as we offer groups have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Alaskan Arctic.
And on February 24, I kicked off the first SHEWild yoga teacher training of 2023 with one of two bookend Zoom weekends — in preparation for our week-long in-person immersion in early April at Arctic Hive.
And… one more thing on the horizon: My MOM is coming to visit me in Alaska next month! (This one deserves a few extra exclamation points!!!)
Life is FULL. Life feels EXPANSIVE.
And although I regularly drop into bed at night and fall asleep before my head hits the pillow… I can feel a change within. Day by day, I’m actively shifting to a mindset of sustainability and spaciousness. I’m sustaining what I’ve created so that it lasts.
And it feels so. good.
Hope this email finds you well — and fulfilling your own intentions that you set on the Winter Solstice!
PS - If you want more earth-based traditions in your life, you might enjoy SHEvolve. Enrollment is always open, and each month we explore an aspect of yoga, combined with a wisdom talk, 30-min practice, and earth-based practices for the month. When you sign up, you get immediate access to all past months' content!
Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Mollie is a cheesehead transplant to Northwest Montana, with degrees in Retail and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, she lives off the grid, half the year in a Tiny House & half the year in a yurt — both of which she and her husband, Sean, built by hand. Nonprofit Executive Director by day, Mollie also owns and teaches at Yoga Hive — a chain of community yoga studios in the valley.