Dear Practitioner Apprentices,
I hope that you are well during this time of uncertainty and trial. I, myself have been overwhelmed with how to continue upon this path while navigating a life where all of the things that I once did face-to face are now expected to be executed virtually. This is a very uncomfortable place to be for someone like me—who believes in the power of intimate (and private) conversation, a quiet presence, hands-on experience, and the idea that there’s magic in each spontaneous encounter.
But, here we are, and this is what we have.
I have spent the past few weeks experimenting with various ways to continue this work we are doing together…while apart. And here is the plan, subject to change, of course:
We are keeping to our schedule for our apprentice circles, but are holding them as half hour Zoom Calls. We met virtually two weeks ago and it was lovely and inspiring to see some familiar faces. I am holding them in 3 sets of half-hour calls and then posting them in 15 minute segments on the SupportiveSkincare Educational Hub under Resources. The first two are up…and I hope that with practice, getting the rest up will move more quickly! https://www.supportiveskincare.com/1-practitioner-resources.html
The next one is this coming Tuesday (April 7th) with meetings at 1-1:30pm, 2-2:30pm, and 3-3:30pm. We are going to be talking more about the things that you need to know in order to be a “virtual practitioner” These will be recorded and distributed. If you want to attend, you need to RSVP to me (hopefully by noon on Tuesday) so that I can send you the private link to our zoomroom.
Between You & The Moon by Brooklyn Herborium
“Lessons in Nature-Led Living”
Starting this Friday, I will be releasing 15-20 minute mini-talks a few times a week over a podcast-type platform that will be open to all who wants to enjoy. These are simple voice recordings-many of me simply reading some of my articles or worksheets that will allow you a chance to brush-up on some of our concepts and get a regular dose of Brooklyn Herborium—even if you can’t get here. The link to the talks will be shared on Thursday. I think you will love it.
In between these things, I am slowly putting various recordings of our Apprentice Circles on the Supportive Skincare. I have already put up the recordings of our “Emotional Housekeeping Masterclass” this week—but not all of the worksheets that I want to accompany it. The direct link is here: https://www.supportiveskincare.com/emotional-housekeeping.html
You probably know that my relationship to social media is imperfect at best, and that most of our practitioners/apprentices do not use facebook and are not about to start now! I have, however, created a FB group for us that you can feel free to join and connect with one another on. I tend to check-in a few times a week.
If you need to chat about something private, or need a little extra “Emma Encouragement” please, please reach out to me and we can either have a private phone call or even meet one-on-one via Zoom.
Please, reach out to me via email. I want two things from you right now. I want to know how you are. I miss you so much and I care so much about you all that I get a bit knotted up inside not knowing. In addition, I could use a little push—or maybe a little positive affirmation that what I am doing and producing is helpful and wanted and not just a waste of everyone’s time. Without talking to you face to face—I’m not getting the positive feedback that I get from our circles and I feel like I am just “talking into the wilderness”.
Times are hard, but you can get through hard things and you can even come out stronger.
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