Summer solstice brings intentions for the coming year…

On Sunday, I celebrated the Summer solstice at a dear friend’s house in the country with about twenty other people. We shared a feast and then lit a big bonfire, drummed and danced, burned things in the fire we wanted to let go of, and set intentions for the year ahead…

This week I am feeling very much like the new year has begun. I have taken some steps towards launching my new business – Helen Lehndorf: Mindfulness & Creativity (I’m on facebook HERE) …

This year I am employing myself to teach yoga, meditiation, creative writing classes, day retreats and more! I have great trepidation about the financial side of things, but otherwise am feeling happy, excited and very much like I am doing the right thing.

& I’ve already done a few things this week towards my goals for the year:

Here they are…


(I’ve gotten into making vegetable juices this year – with some trial and error. I’ll write a post with some juicing tips soon.)

I’ve had some ongoing health issues (I won’t bore/overshare about them but they can be summed up in two words: ‘women’s troubles’) which I am determined to sort out this year. I also want to feel better generally. I am so clean-living (relatively) I feel like I should have more energy and vitality than I do. This week I have been to an osteopath for a crunchy neck that was giving me headaches, and a herbalist. The herbalist said the majority of her clients are ‘exhausted mothers who want more energy’. YUP! This is going to be the year of prioritising my health!


I love to grow vegetables (this is a photograph which accompanied a personal essay about my vegetable garden published in the Dominion-Post a few years back – the cabbage-boob pose still cracks me up) but despite years of it, I still have a lot to learn….so over the next two years I am doing a Permaculture course through RECAP. The course covers soil health, water systems, animals…all kinds of things I know little about. I’m excited to learn, and to improve my garden.


I bought my bike in 2007 with proceeds from a stall at a craft fair. I remember I told everyone who bought something from me that day that their money was going towards a bicycle, and how excited I was to buy it (especially choosing the bell and the basket to go on the front) … I used to cycle around our old neighbourhood all the time….then…we moved to our new house, so close to the centre of town it’s a ten minute stroll to the square and for whatever reason, I got out of the habit of cycling and subsequently lost my road confidence a bit. So this year is going to be the year I get back on my bike! I have lots of great cycling role models in Palmerston North – women who are much older than me who get around on their bikes, some towing their groceries on bike-trailers…one friend tows her dog around on a little platform!

I think they are all fairly achieveable goals. WISH ME LUCK!

Do you have any plans/hopes/dreams for the coming year?

4 thoughts on “Summer solstice brings intentions for the coming year…

  1. Excellent achievable intentions. I wish you all the very best for your new business.
    For the second year running, I’m not setting intentions or making goals or resolutions for the year ahead. Maintaining the equilibrium of my excellent life is all that I want, so striving for change seems counterproductive. That said, I quit eating refined sugar three weeks ago and plan to keep that up at least til the end of summer and maybe beyond. I have also offered to volunteer regularly at the local environment centre next year. And I have various creative to complete and start (hopefully in that order) not least relating to my daughter’s wedding in 2015. So for me, my intention is for more of the same but better.


  2. Great goals Helen! I love the look of the RECAP module programme – learning with a group of permaculture folks for 2 years and having plemty of time to digest and intergrate the info sounds awesome! I’m learning Permaculture too this year in a residential PDC next month 🙂

    I’ve become bike shy too over the years and I’d also like to get back on the saddle. When I lived in Melbourne I’d bike around with my friends in a ‘bike gang’ which gave me more confidence.

    I always have far too many goals for the new year but three of my main ones are: Go and stay beside a body of water on a self directed writing/art retreat to work on my creative projects, grow and contemplate soil (2015 being the international year of soils), become fitter & stronger and go on an easy tramp.

    Good Luck for 2015!!


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