We were planning on writing a newsletter summarizing the highlights from the past year and there were many - from launching our cork collection to shipping our largest order ever to becoming Climate Neutral - but as we enter winter and are surrounded again by so many uncertainties, we can’t help but throw up our hands to the season's call of rest and retreat.
It is in that spirit that we share a favorite quote from Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May:
“Plants and animals don’t fight the winter; they don’t pretend it’s not happening and attempt to carry on living the same lives that they lived in the summer. They prepare. They adapt. They perform extraordinary acts of metamorphosis to get them through. Winter is a time of withdrawing from the world, maximising scant resources, carrying out acts of brutal efficiency and vanishing from sight; but that’s where the transformation occurs. Winter is not the death of the life cycle, but its crucible.”
We will be doing our own version of retreat this season - slowing down, making space for creativity and solidifying our processes - so that we can arrive in the spring with something worthwhile to share.
We’re here with you in gratitude and in friendship wishing you all the rest you need this winter.