Natalie Rousseau | Homecoming Online Course

Natalie Rousseau Homecoming Online Course

Please come home. Please come home.
Find the place where your feet know to walk
And follow your own trail home.

Jane Hooper

What does it mean to come home to ourselves? This is a question I ask myself regularly and one that I love to contemplate with others. Late summer and early autumn has always felt like a season of homecoming and so I will be exploring this topic for three weeks starting on the full moon of August 22nd, 2021.

This short program will focus on the topic of personal ritual and seasonal self-care as tools for cultivating inner resilience. Resilience is defined as the ability to quickly recover from challenges or "spring back into shape". To be resilient does not mean we will be unaffected by difficulty or immune to stress, it simply means we have tools that we can draw on that help us to move through life's challenges healthily.

I hope to be able to support you in discovering and practicing the tools that will allow you to feel well resourced so that you can meet your life as it is.

Some of the tools we will be working within this program are -

  • yoga & somatic movement practices
  • meditation / mindfulness
  • self-reflection
  • personal ritual
  • seasonal wellness practices
  • kitchen medicine & simple home herbalism

You do not need to be interested in all of these practices to take part in this program, nor do you need to have prior experience with any of these modalities. I have chosen to share the practices that I myself have been using in my own life for the last two decades but I will offer them to you to explore in your own way. If you have questions or concerns about whether or not this program will be suitable for you please reach out to me directly so we can chat.

How will this program be delivered?

This online program will run for three weeks, with live Zoom classes on Sundays & Tuesdays, at 9 am PST. These classes will be recorded for later viewing if you cannot attend live and questions can be submitted via email. Sunday sessions will be 90 minutes long and include an information session along with experiential practice. Tuesday sessions will be 60 minutes long and focused on experiential practice. All lessons will be housed on Teachable and you will have lifetime access to the materials there.

On top of the live sessions, you will also get access to -

  • guided meditation audio recordings
  • supportive handouts
  • recipes for seasonal self-care
  • resources for further learning

COURSE CURRICULUM

This is just a short outline of the topics we will explore each week. Classes will be trauma-informed and each session will include an educational component along with experiential practice.

  • Week 1 Coming Home: understanding the concept of nervous system regulation, coming home to the body, creating inner safety, identifying our resources, and practicing embodied mindfulness.
  • Week 2 Hearthtending Rhythms: defining self-care and personal practice (sadhana), exploring the value of daily, monthly or seasonal rituals of personal care and meeting our inner hearthtender.
  • Week 3 Deep Nourishment: working with food and plant medicines for resilience, seasonal wisdom for autumn wellness, ancestral nourishment, and connection to place.

Who is this Program for?

Anyone who has an interest in cultivating personalized practices of self-care that support resiliency.

WHAT IS THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THIS Program?

In this program, I will be working with the theme of homecoming as a primary metaphor for looking at our practices of personal ritual and self-care as various ways in which we can come back home to ourselves. This is a metaphor that I have been working with for many years and I think it can be an especially valuable one to work with during this time of global uncertainty. I will share practices and teachings that I have found to be helpful and supportive in my own life and I will support you in making these practices your own. I want this program to feel like a conversation that you can engage with, taking whatever feels valuable as inspiration and leaving behind anything that does not resonate in your own life at this moment.

What will you learn?

I am going to share several different practices and teachings with you, what you take away from them will be unique to you. I hope that you will learn how you can nourish your own sense of inner resiliency & wellness, specific to your life situation at this time.

WHAT if you have questions or need support?

This program includes two live sessions on Zoom each week which means you will have lots of opportunities to ask questions and receive support. If you cannot make a session live or have a question you prefer to ask anonymously you will also be given my email so that you can send your questions to me directly. If I feel there is a need I will also schedule an Office Hours session for the group, which would be a live Zoom session where we can focus on Q&A.

WHAT TIME ARE THE LIVE CLASSES AT AND ARE THEY RECORDED?

Live Zoom classes will be held at 9 -10:30 am PST on Sundays & 9-10 am PST on Tuesdays. All sessions will be recorded so you can access them at your convenience.

Pricing options

There are two pricing options available for this program. Full price is CAD $96, a price which reflects the true value of the course. There are also a limited amount of sliding scale spots at CAD $69. Please note that if you can afford the full price but choose a sliding scale you are potentially taking a spot away from someone else. I ask that you consider this when making your choice.

Natalie Rousseau Homecoming Online course Sliding Scale Pricing

Natalie Rousseau Online Homecoming Course



Your Instructor


Natalie Rousseau
Natalie Rousseau

I am a woman who wears many hats. I identify as student, seeker, and storyteller, mother, mentor and magic maker. I have been teaching yoga and meditation since 2002 and love to support others on the path of self discovery through practices of personal ritual. My lifelong curiosity with nature's rhythms has led me to my studies in Ayurveda, Western herbalism, and various earth based wisdom traditions. I also bring a love of myth and story to my work as I have found symbolism to be a powerful teacher. This dance of seasonal reverence, yogic sadhana, mythic story, and kitchen medicine lie at the heart of all that I share.


Frequently Asked Questions:


When does the course start and finish?

This program begins on Aug 22nd 2021 and runs through until Sept 7th 2021.

How long do I have access to the course?

After the course is finished you will have continued access to the material.

I've never done an online course before. What do I need?

You will need a computer or tablet device and an internet connection so that you can log into Teachable, where this course is housed, and access the video /audio files there.

What type of yoga /movement will you be teaching?

As a yoga teacher I tend towards a mindful vinyasa approach, which means that the movement practices will often be dynamic in nature - but not fast. Keeping in mind that this is an online program and participants will be coming to practice with varying needs and abilities I will endeavour to make the movement practices as accessible as possible. I am interested in somatic movement practices as an exploration of embodiment rather than the performance of specific shapes or forms and will do my best to support you in this exploration using the tools at my disposal. This means that the movement practices will include enough guided instruction to help you feel supported along with the invitation to modify, adjust or express each movement in your own unique way.

Scholarships


Scholarships are available for single parents, BIPOC and transgender folks who are facing financial hardship. To apply for one of these spots please email me directly at [email protected]



I hope that you will join me for this special offering and I look forward to the conversations we will have together as we trace our way back home to ourselves.


Natalie Rousseau Homecoming Online course Sliding Scale Pricing

Natalie Rousseau Online Homecoming Course