In 2012, I was three years into taking care of my mother who had dementia. I had closed Small Meadow Press, my paper goods business, in 2009 and was spending my hours free from caregiving simplifying & uncluttering, discovering more earth-thoughtful ways of living and finding so much satisfaction and contentment in doing so. When friends and family let me know all they were learning from me, gently, just by visits to our home and garden, I had the idea to share it…and Wisteria & Sunshine was born. Wild Simplicity is at its heart, that is, living our everydays with the earth and our own true knowing in mind.
I know how challenging it can be to keep on the path of living a Whole-hearted and Whole-some life, as a woman today. It is natural and inevitable to find ourselves having lost our way a bit and my hope is that all that I share at Wisteria & Sunshine will be signposts to lead you back…
Each month you will receive…
What other benefits will you receive as a member?
- More than seven years of posts and pages and conversation about home-making, rhythm-finding and simplicity-seeking are there for you to wander amongst and find what may be of help to you.
- Online gatherings monthly and seasonally to encourage gentle planning and reflection.
- A kind and sympathetic community of women to get to know, if you like.
- Peace and beauty, whenever you need them.
In our lovely rooms and gardens, there are no ads or pop-ups and only the links or resources that have the care of our earth and ourselves as a priority. I have found that so much of what we are seeking and the “answers” we long for, may be found within…or, at least, not very far afield. And that there is joy and rest in this sort of Wild Simplicity.
Are you a woman tending her own small world… and also thoughtful about the earth around you (or want to be?) You may be weary of the clamor everywhere and seeking support for a quieter, simpler path? I am also that sort of woman and have created this private haven in response to those longings. Perhaps you will feel as many do, that you have an online well to visit when your pitcher needs refilling…. place to rest and be refreshed…
Please read on to learn more, or scroll to the bottom of the page to join right away. The doors are always open, once i give you the key…
Why â€śWisteria and Sunshineâ€ť? I chose the name from the words in Enchanted April. Have you seen the movie, or read the delightful book? In both, an ad in a London newspaper which readsâ€¦ â€śTo Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine. Small medieval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April. Necessary servants remainâ€ť and which brings four women together and together they find ways to let go of what no longer serves them and to open to understanding and wisdom and other good things.
It has transformation at its heart, but in subtle and everyday ways (if you can call a month in an Italian villa on the coast everyday : ) The everyday sort of transformation that arrives with the conversation and solitude, understanding and atmosphere created when kindred women gather together. I’ve yet to find one word to describe it,Â but it has to do with slowing down, looking more closely, finding what is natural and enough in what we already have.
Click here to read a post and get a flavor of what it is like…
“I can’t help but find such a sense of comradery within all the walls here at W&S in my short time here.Â I rarely leave without a resounding â€śme tooâ€ť kinda feeling. One Iâ€™ve never felt quite on this level. You speak to me, dear Lesley, in that quiet way of yours, as if I might have a glimpse of the kind of woman I am in the process of becoming in many ways.â€ť -Melissa
Our Seasonal Rhythms with monthly focuses gives us the opportunity to pay attention to something in our lives, our homes or our days that will be nurtured by some loving care and activities. Little attentions, spiraling ’round, bringing more delight and order as each month finishes…
Our Circle of the Year
“Quiet, Introspection & Rest”
December will find us focusing on Joy, leading into a January of renewal & listening, and a February of gentle preparations for the coming of…
“Awakening & Planting”
The Spring months will focus on the tending of home & garden in the most natural ways, savoring the fresh growth outside and within us and taking care of all that will encourage the flowering that is..
“Pleasure, Play & Rest”
Summer is the time of rejoicing (as best as we are able!) and Being. Our pared-down offerings at this time will encourage refreshment and the filling of our wells for the circling ’round of the year in September…
“Simplicity, Preparing & Harvest”
In September, we will give attention to Paper…uncluttering files, establishing notebooking rhythms, tending our correspondence. In October, that attention will gradually turn towards our kitchens & cookery. And November will be a smoothing of the way for the Winter holidays…
“You and W & S help me stay focused on this mindful, heart-centered and earth-centered path I am trying to walk. If I can stay on the path, perhaps I will be able to encourage others to explore it as well.” -Dori
Who am I?
I love Homeâ€¦I love Beautyâ€¦I love Peace, inside and out and Iâ€™ve been seeking out the heart of these things for more than three decades now. I am in love with what I like to call the Everyday Deepâ€¦for I find that our Everydays have all the scope for imagination one could want. I am no homemaking guruâ€¦I have more questions than answersâ€¦but the questions make for interesting adventures-in homemaking and in tending all our tendrils of connection to each other and the planet and all within our care. It is a delightful privilege to explore all the joys and challenges, here, with you…
Perhaps You are Wondering?
–What is the cost of membership? I set the price low intentionally so that there is little hindrance to your joining. Just $10.00 a month, $9 a month at the Quarterly level, and even less if you pay annually (that is more than two months free!).
–Will I have access to all the archives and past posts and offerings? Yes, you will. It is all waiting for you, once you become a member.
–Does membership require participation? Not at all…for some, Wisteria & Sunshine is an escape (tho’ an inspiring one!) and a place to come to for pleasure and beauty-like a magazine. For those who are looking for a community of kindred spirits, Wisteria & Sunshine is that, as well. We have both small and large conversations in the comments that go with each blog-like post. Members have profiles and pretty avatars and can join in as much or as little as they wish.
–May I cancel at any time? Yes, every recurring payment email from Paypal has directions for cancellation.
-May I receive a refund for the payments? That isn’t really possible, due to the nature of the offerings. The investment is a relatively small one, and can be canceled at any time. And if you subscribe at the annual level, you are probably quite certain that Wisteria & Sunshine is the place you have been seeking, and I will gladly do my all to make sure that you are happy with your choice.
What Members Are Saying…
“Wisteria and Sunshine has made a real difference in my life, in ways I can not even begin to explain. Some have actually not even been about homekeeping, but about friendship and gratitude and wonderment. But itâ€™s also true that Iâ€™ve begun looking more closely at what I want my home to be. You used the word â€śwholesomeâ€ť in your post, and I think that encapsulates for me the ideal of homelife I wish to recapture â€“ from my food to my cleaning to my daily life. W&S has encouraged me to be more mindful. – Sarah Elwell
“And all of this is because of the gentle, stirring encouragement I receive here at Wisteria & Sunshine! Sometimes all it takes is catching a quick glimpse of one of Lesleyâ€™s inspiring illustrations to refreshen my commitment to simplicity and to help me â€śunplugâ€ť and get back to the quiet rhythms of living well.” – Valerie
“I to feel that Wisteria and Sunshine has made a big change in the way I look at things. Like Sarah, I canâ€™t begin to explain. It (you dear Lesley as well as all of the members), give me daily encouragement to follow a path that I have been drawn to since I was a teenager but have not always followed. It is a path to easily pushed off by influences around us. I am happy for this daily encouragement. – Gwyn