January this year seemed to be having a bit of an identity crisis. We had the usual cold, snowy January days, then some extremely cold days, and then, bam! Spring! I was SO excited for spring to be here so soon! I’ve never been a big fan of winter and I usually view it as something I just need to get through. I hunker down and wait it out. I go into my own version of hibernation that involves a lot of hot tea, homemade soup, hoodies or sweaters, fires in the fireplace, and leaving the house as little as possible. I was overjoyed that my winter wait was over! The sun was shining, birds were chirping, and temperatures were in the fifties! I was ready to go hiking or go outside to work in my garden! I was all jump-up-and-down excited inside when I first thought of my garden, but then mild anxiety struck. My garden! I was so behind!
The primary intention of The Resiliency Institute is building resilience at the individual and community level through nature connection. Permaculture design is based on the functions of natural systems and by developing a deep understanding of these functions one can create resilient systems. Resilience is your “bounce back factor” (Brene Brown) – it is your ability to cope with and recover from stress and adversity. One well-researched way to build resilience at the individual level is through mindfulness.