December 2017








The darkness at this time of year will begin to shift at the Winter Solstice which arrives at 11:28 a.m. on Thursday, December 21st. From this point, the days will begin to gradually lengthen. The Gregorian Calendar considers December 21st to be the start of winter but the Celtic Calendar recognises the Winter Solstice as the half way point of winter, which began on November 1st at Samhain. We still have a few weeks of deep darkness until the winter solstice. While some find this time of year challenging on all levels, we can use this period of outer darkness to seek nourishment within. A quieter yoga practice with forward bends, restoratives and longer Savasana will help connect us with feelings of calmness and peacefulness. Taking time for contemplation and reflection is also beneficial as we prepare to leave the old year behind and welcome the New Year.


Winter Class Schedule with Valerie Hobson








At Yoga East

Gentle Yoga & Meditation

Tuesday       9:30 – 10:45 am         January 9th – 30th
                                                        February 6th – 27th
                                                        March 6th – 27th

Mixed Level Yoga
  9:30 – 10:45 am        January 10th – 31st
                                                        February 7th – 28th
                                                        March 7th – 28th
$50.00 to register for 4 week session
Payable by cash or cheque only to Valerie Hobson

To register: contact Valerie at (519) 702-0534 or

At Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church
1 Frank Place, London, Ontario 

Gentle Yoga Class 
Tuesday      5:15-6:15 pm              January 9th – 30th
                                                         February 6th – 27th
                                                         March 6th – 27th
Fee – $50.00 for 4 weeks
Payable by Cash or Cheque only to Valerie Hobson

To register: contact Valerie – or 519-702-0534

 Space is limited so please register early.








Restorative Yoga with Valerie Hobson at Yoga East

Every 3rd Sunday of the month
January 21st, February 18th, March 18th
1:15 – 2:30 pm  

Modern life is stressful, and studies show that chronic levels of stress can lead to a host of ailments.  The antidote to stress is relaxation.  Restorative Yoga is an active relaxation practice designed to unwind deep layers of stress from your body, mind, and spirit leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed like never before.  This class combines gentle stretches, breathing techniques, guided imagery and restorative yoga poses to activate your body’s innate relaxation response.  It is appropriate for everyone regardless of ability, mobility, or experience with yoga.

Fee: $15/class or $45.00 for all 3 classes
Payable by cash or cheque to Valerie Hobson


Registration is required. Please contact Valerie (519) 702-0534 or



Winter Solstice Candlelight Meditation

Monday, December 18th – 7:00-8:30 pm
Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church – Fellowship Hall
1 Frank Place, London, Ontario

In the midst of holiday festivities, align with the energies of the Earth to welcome the returning light. Join us for a celebration of the Winter Solstice through music, readings, guided meditation and quiet reflection. Chairs are available for this seated practice. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited so please call ahead to register with Wellspring.

Donations collected for Wellspring London and Region – Cancer Support Centre

Facilitators:  Valerie Hobson and Michele Barnes

Registration required at Wellspring London and Region – 519-438-7379



“This very moment is the perfect teacher”
Pema Chodron

Day of Mindfulness with Valerie Hobson and Catherine Heighway
Saturday, February 10th
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
RiverBend Golf Community, London

Fee: $75.00 including lunch
February 1st marks Imbolc, the first stirrings of spring. Join us for a rejuvenating and relaxing day as we welcome longer, brighter days and the promise of renewal. The retreat will feature mindful movement, yoga, meditation and an indoor labyrinth walk in the beautiful clubhouse library at RiverBend Golf Community, 1200 Sandy Somerville Drive, London. Suitable for all levels of experience. Lunch included. We have a few spaces left so call or email to register! To read more about RiverBend, click here



Winter Solstice Blessing – Selena Fox

As we celebrate this holiday time with lights, songs, gifts, evergreens and other customs of our ancestors from many lands, let us remember the ancient and sacred spirit of Winter Solstice – that of renewal, peace and inter-connectedness.

As days grow longer again and we embrace winter and the new calendar year, let us kindle with ourselves a deeper awareness of the divine circle of nature of which we are all part.

Let us celebrate our relationships with our families, friends, communities, cultures, all of nature and the Divine as unity and multiplicity.

May we be filled with joy, love and harmony.

May this Spirit of Yuletide shine within and around us throughout the year, as the Wheel of the Seasons continues to turn.









Best wishes for the Holidays!


Catherine and Valerie

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