Welcome to our winter issue of Pip. For me winter means the lighting of the fire in the evening, the smell of woodsmoke, growing winter vegies, exhilarating surfs in ice-cold water, knitting, fermenting and trying to find some time to rest.

As Nat Mendham explains in her article on ‘radical rest’ (p68), we too ‘can accept permission to rest, hibernate and go dormant in winter like we witness nature doing all around us’. Nat reminds us that sometimes the most productive thing we can do is to rest and restore our finite energy.