Awe and wonder are two emotions that arise in response to the vastness of life, that abundance of beauty and mystery that greets us at every corner, if only we have the eyes and disposition to see it.
It might be easy to perceive that largeness in the presence of a majestic mountain, an endless starry sky, a triumphant symphony, a poem. But if we truly pay attention, we will find that immensity present everywhere we look: in the silence that follows a heartfelt utterance, in the dream that awakens us from sleep, in the eyes of a child that glimpses its first snowfall, in our own surprising strength.
“A Life of Awe and Wonder” is a four-week e-course led by Fabiana Fondevila, an author, storyteller, ritual maker, activist, and teacher from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her book Where Wonder Lives: Practices for Cultivating the Sacredness in Your Daily Life was chosen as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2021 by Spirituality & Practice, and her live workshops have been highly recommended to us by S&P’s former Creative Director Margaret Wakeley. Fabiana’s seminars weave together nature exploration, dreamwork, mythic consciousness, archetypal psychology, social work, and essential emotions such as awe, gratitude, and enchantment.
In this four-week journey into the wondrous, we will scout some very noteworthy elicitors of marvel that are available to everyone. Most importantly, we will seek out the particular orientation of the heart that finds awe and wonder everywhere it looks.
The e-course will consist of emails sent on Mondays (September 5, 12, 19, and 26) with reading material and resources for further exploration. Then on Thursdays (September 8, 15, 22, and 29), Fabiana will facilitate live Zoom gatherings from 10 – 11:30 am PT (find the time in your area here). She will lead practices for investigating four stations along the path of the journey. These Zooms will be recorded so you can view them later if you are unable to attend the live sessions. We do encourage you to make every effort to attend, however, so you can participate in breakout rooms with fellow explorers. Throughout the month, you also will have access to an online Practice Circle to share your experiences.
These are the stations along the journey we will explore:
Nature, a Doorway into Our Inner Wilderness
What do the weeds in our sidewalks know about resilience and perseverance? What do birds have to teach us about belonging? How do clouds reflect our inner landscapes? In this station we will learn about the many ways in which nature can bring us closer to ourselves, and into kinship with the many life forms with whom we share this one-of-a-kind home.
The Magic Carpet of Imagination
Imagination is both a faculty for seeing what is not physically in front of our eyes, and a portal into an inner reality that can be a rich source of inspiration and discovery. Join us in this foray into dreams, inner visions, and the power of creatively reimagining our lives.
Traversing Our Lives by Myth
Myths are stories that human beings have always told each other to try to shed light on the ultimate questions: What is life about? What are we meant to learn? What does it mean to be a good friend, a good partner, a good person? How do we approach death? Although we no longer have great abiding myths, we all still carry with us -mostly unconsciously- personal myths that guide our behavior. What are those myths, and how can we adjust them to allow for growth and self-actualization?
The Wonder of You
No dimension of life is more beckoning, and more challenging, than our relationships to others. We know who we are by seeing how others perceive us, we are simultaneously inspired and provoked by what others ask of us, and we spend most of our waking time creating or responding to our interactions. How can we make this crucial part of our lives into an engine for growth and enrichment?
Spirituality & Practice is so pleased to welcome Fabiana Fondevila to our community of e-course presenters, and we hope you will join us for her inaugural program!
Monday, September 5 - Thursday, September 29