Since the COVID-19 pandemic landed, I have struggled, daily.  And I think you may have, too.

 

‘My Slow and Simple | The Collective’, is my first seasonal online book club, gathering those who crave a soul-led, simple life.

 

Why an Online Book Club?

I love a book club.  The physical gathering together, the cosy feel, endless cups of tea (or something stronger perhaps?), the mutual thread that binds all members together around a simple bunch of pages.  It’s magical. 

But, sadly, we aren’t able currently to gather in this fashion.  And there is always the issue that you need to be geographically close to other members.  So, here we are.  The perfect solution.

 

How does it work?

My wish for this group is to 1. satisfy my creative urges by 2. gathering people (wherever you are in the world) to 3. grow soulfully together, in the hope that you too will share my love of uplifting words, positive artwork and seasonal storytelling.

We aim to weave just a little storytelling into our everyday, to encourage each other to live with mindfulness and self-discovery.  And every Wednesday lunchtime (12.30 – 1.30pm UK time) there is even a simple encouragement to press pause, put down your screens, put up your feet, and pick up a book! We all sit down virtually together, with a book, wherever we are in the world. Reading together helps us to feel socially connected, and also holds us accountable to carve out some dedicated, guilt-free, regular reading time.

You can choose to read our group’s seasonal title choice (currently ‘Wintering’ by Katherine May) or you can grab anything that inspires, uplifts and gives you a much-needed break from your screen.  This will stay as our collective book until the change of season on 21 March, when we’ll pick a new title (more on this in a moment), so you’ve plenty of time to grab a copy.

 

What makes this Book Club ‘seasonal’?

The thing that really sets this collective apart is the timing we use to choose books. It’s based on the cyclical ‘wheel of the year’, so that each title pick is seasonal and so that we can really dig into how we’re feeling at that time.  Are we feeling ‘wintery’ (cosy, snuggled, snowfall, stories of light, perhaps in our own ‘winter’ of resting more and working less) in January?  Are we feeling full of the joys of spring (fresh, increasingly lighter days, hopeful, buds and blossom blooming, perhaps in our own cycle of ‘spring’ within our bodies where we feel new ideas sprouting and an eagerness to get stuck into new projects) in April?

This is my hope.  A way to weave those cycles of the year effortlessly into our reading.  And live with a little more awareness, naturally, as a result.

Our eight annual book picks of 2021will therefore, following those seasonal cycles, be chosen around the following dates:

 

1st February

20th March

1st May

20th June

1st August

22nd September

31st October

21st December

 

Non-fiction will probably dominate our choices, with a little memoir always welcome.  I’m not ruling any books out though, and all suggestions for suitable seasonal titles are very gratefully received!

So there you have it.  There is no more expectation than this.  There are no awkward Zoom discussions (I think we’ve all had enough of those), no set-dates to diarise or stress about, no extra chat groups.  Just an easy-going Facebook community to hop into for inspiration, whenever you need it.  I hang out there often, it feels a good place to be.

I’d be so glad to welcome you there.  Join us at www.facebook.com/myslowandsimple

 

Much simple love

Luisa

P.S You can now share any cosy pics of you reading happily on Instagram, tagging me at @myslowandsimple so that I can share on to others.

www.luisaskinner.co.uk

*Created (and entirely free) by Luisa Skinner, a 1,000 hour qualified Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer, based in her cosy log cabin studio on the edge of Exmoor. Her wish for this group is simply to satisfy a creative urge by gathering people to grow soulfully together, in the hope that you too will share her love of uplifting words, positive artwork and seasonal storytelling. 

 

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