Welcome to A Seasonal Year: Intuitive Work for Wildhearted Creatives, a twelve month transformative course from A Slow Adventure and Creative Countryside, beginning this autumn (2019).

In a society in which profit and progress are valued above all else, and our connection with the natural world has largely been lost, it can be easy to feel pressured to function at our highest level of productivity all year round. But the reality is that we’re strongly connected to our environment, and deeply affected by the way it changes throughout the year. Our capacity for growth is in constant flux; our motivation and inspiration defined by the ever-shifting seasons.

On this intuitive journey you can expect to deepen your knowledge of yourself, your values, and your purpose. We’ll spend the year exploring key aspects and potential challenges of running a small business, using tools and techniques drawn from our own experiences to help you flourish in your work without compromising on your life.

As creatives with a passion for slow living and the great outdoors, we have found our own unique ways to bring nature back into the heart of our businesses and rewild our approach to work. Now we want to help you do the same, with our new collaborative project, A Seasonal Year. It’s the course we wish we could have taken when we set out on our own paths to slow and seasonal living: rooted in nature and community, and crafted to support a way of doing business that will leave you feeling nurtured rather than drained.

Ready to start your journey? Find out more below.


THE COURSE

The course will be split into 8 modules, released every 6 weeks in alignment with the Celtic Wheel of the Year. Spanning two seasons and designed to support the shift between them, each module will have its own unique theme, inspired by - and reflective of - its place within the year. These themes will be introduced at the start of each module alongside:

  • a written essay (and accompanying audio version)

  • a recorded podcast conversation between Eleanor and Maddy

  • an accompanying workbook to help you explore the theme in relation to 3 different aspects of business, plus advice and frameworks for planning for the 6 weeks ahead

    • (There will be an exception to this pattern during Module 7, when you will instead be invited to embark on a creative summer project.)

  • an interview and/or resource from a selected relevant expert.


Course Content

Spring / Summer

Module 5: Flourish (May - June)

The Power & Impact of Light
Overcoming Perfectionism
Courage, Confidence & Comparison

Module 6: Nurture (June - August)

Reconnecting with your Goals & Values
Cheerleading & Support
Guilt, Flexibility & the Myth of Work-Life Balance

Summer / Autumn

Module 7: Gather (August - September)

Summer Project

Module 8 - Celebrate (September - October)

Acknowledging Success
Letting Go
Moving Forward & Farewells

Autumn / Winter

Module 1: Reflect (October - December)

Welcome
Slow Work
Reflecting on 2019

Module 2: Renew (December - February)

Dreaming & Creativity
Rituals & Rhythms
Bringing Ideas to Life

Winter / Spring

Module 3: Emerge (February - March)

Creating Space
Community & Connection
Storytelling

Module 4: Grow (March - May)

Multipotentialism & Balance
Bringing the Outside In
Purpose


Registration options…

There are two ways to experience A Seasonal Year:

  1. Online course material

  2. Printed course material + in person events, private community and seasonal boxes

(see below for more detail)



Option 1

Includes:

  • An introductory essay and recorded podcast conversation for each module.

  • A PDF workbook for each module, containing prompts and exercises relating to 3 different but related areas of business.

  • An interview and/or resource from a specially-selected creative business owner to compliment each module.

  • Suggestions for optional further research and inspiration.

  • A private Facebook group where Eleanor and Maddy will both be available to answer your questions, and you will be able to connect with other students on the course.

  • Online support throughout the year during dedicated hours.

YOUR INVESTMENT FOR OPTION 1


£475
paid in full (a saving of £50)

or £225 deposit and 10 x monthly payments of £30 (October 2019 - July 2020)

(we will be in touch with details of how to set up future payments once you have paid the deposit)

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Option 2


There are only 16 spaces available for this option.

In addition to everything included with option 1, this option also includes 6 in person events and a range of other benefits.

Please note the dates below are for the first group of 8 students. Once we have filled these 8 spaces, we will alter the dates to reflect this - FYI the second group will attend on the Sunday following the dates below (e.g. Sunday 27th October for the welcome day retreat).

The focus is very much on experiencing this transformative journey alongside a close-knit group of people that will help to guide you along the way.

PRINTED COURSE MATERIAL

  • A beautifully-designed printed version of each of the 8 module workbooks.

IN PERSON ELEMENTS

  • A welcome day retreat including a group coaching session with Maddy, homemade seasonal lunch, and the chance to meet and connect with other students on the course.

    • Location: Banbury (walking distance from the train station)

    • Date: Saturday 26th October (2019)

  • 4 seasonal day retreats over the course of the year. These will include small group sessions to focus on any issues you are currently experiencing in your business, plus a group workshop, homemade seasonal lunch, and the chance to chat and share ideas with other students on the course.

    • Location: Banbury (walking distance from the train station)

    • Winter date: Saturday 11th January (2020)

    • Spring date: Saturday 21st March (2020)

    • Summer date: Saturday 20th June (2020)

    • Autumn date: Saturday 19th September (2020)

  • A closing day retreat to consider steps for moving forward now the course has finished.

    • Location: Central England (TBC) - easy access to a train station

    • Date: Saturday 31st October (2020)

N.B. All in person elements (apart from the closing day retreat) will be completed with a maximum group size of 8 to ensure we are able to give you our full attention and make the days as personal as possible.

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OTHER

  • A private online community (in addition to the Facebook group available with Option 1) where we will host weekly Q&As and monthly topical chats, and where you will be able to message the other members of your group.

  • 4 seasonal boxes featuring a selection of carefully-curated products and resources chosen to enhance your journey through the year.

YOUR INVESTMENT FOR OPTION 2


£950
paid in full (a saving of £75)

or £250 deposit, £225 due in September (2019), and 10 x monthly payments of £55 (October 2019 - July 2020)

(we will be in touch with details of how to set up future payments once you have paid the deposit)

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FAQs

When does the course start and finish?
Course material will be sent out at the end of September (2019) and will close by the end of October the following year (2020).

As a minimum, how much time can I expect to spend on the course?
Each module is released every 6 weeks, and within the modules there are 3 key focus areas. These lend themselves to be completed each fortnight, but could be completed at any time during the module. You can choose to spend from as little as 30 minutes on each of the focus areas, but as with everything, the more you put in, the more you will get out.

Do I need to be running a specific type of business to join the course?
Not at all! Though the content will be geared to those working in the creative industries, it can be applied to any business.

I’d love to do the course, but is my business right for it?
Send us an email with a brief overview of your business, and we’ll be in touch - contact@aseasonalyear.com

Is the course based on any specific beliefs?
No; this is a course rooted in the natural world, though our approach is inspired by various ancient customs and traditions, such as the Celtic Wheel of the Year.

Is the course only for women?
No! All are welcome.

How can I stay up-to-date?
Sign up here for monthly email updates and first access once course registration opens.

What is your refund policy?
If you find the course is not for you, let us know by October 21st (2019), after which time there will be no refunds.

I have another question…
No problem! Just email us at contact@aseasonalyear.com and we’ll be in touch.


Who are we?

 
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Hello, I’m Maddy!

I’m a coach, writer and curator of nature-inspired retreats at A Slow Adventure, which I’ve been running since 2017, working with wildhearted creatives seeking slower, more purposeful lives. I believe that adventures come in many forms, whether at home or in the wild, and that it’s often the simplest of things that make us truly happy.

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Hi, I’m Eleanor!

I’m a writer, editor and designer at Creative Countryside, which I founded in 2014. As a qualified event planner and with a Masters in creative non-fiction, I spend my time bringing like-minded people together through publishing a bi-annual journal, running a membership community and hosting events for those who seek all things slow and seasonal.