We had a very casual gathering to make the bundles. We went down to the beach to build the fire while we stated the things we were wanting to leave behind. We threw our bundles of herbs and pieces of paper containing our "bricks" into the fire, and watched them burn.
Then we invited into our lives what we DO want in the coming year. We spoke of peace, joy, ease, strength, compassion and so many other things. We laughed and we were serious... and most of all... we were casual. It was a co-creation that took all of us... just perfectly as we were.
It wasn't as cathartic as I'd hoped... it didn't "fix" all of the issues I had