19 December 3pm – 1pm 20 December, Glebe House, Co. Meath | Facebook Event Page
This is an annual, overnight indoor and outdoor experience held by some of Ireland’s wise Elders and Healers. The word Solstice means “sun standing still” or “grian-stad” in Irish. It marks the suns furthest position from us during winter, hence it is the shortest day of the year. The Winter Solstice is significant in our lives because it represents a “rebirth and renewal” of energies both for us and for nature. It is a time when we can consciously give birth to our dreams and intentions for the year ahead, a time to make clear what it is we want to manifest and a time to let go of the things that may no longer serve us too.
Ancient cultures celebrated the Solstices to bring themselves into alignment with these natural cycles of nature and would have considered it foolish to ignore these important times as it would mean being out of tune with the rhythms of the universe, the world and our bodies! By celebrating the Winter Solstice consciously we bring ourselves into alignment with the great mystery of the universe and in doing so we invite health, well-being and abundance into our lives.
The event, running from 3pm on December 19th until 1pm on December 20th, includes:
- Sweat Lodges
- Drumming Circle
- Fire Ritual
- Bedtime Sound Healing
- Men’s & Women’s Empowerment circle
- Despacho Offering
- Celtic Chants & Mythology
- Ceremony for Sunset at Dowth & Sunrise at Newgrange
- Procession from Dowth to Newgrange
- And finishing with great Music & Dance
Tickets include food, communal sleep-over and workshops but pre-booking is required and last year sold out before the event so it’s a good idea to get in early. Find out more and book at wintersolstice.ie and watch last year’s event video below.
Ticket prices: €30-€90. Choose from weekend drum-chant-despacho OR sweat lodges options). There are a limited amount of cost-price tickets allocated to OAP and job-seekers, you will asked to be provide ID or proof. The Morning option includes the opportunity to arrive at 6.30am in time for the morning opening ceremony. Follow them on Twitter @livesolstice and join in with the official event hashtag #LiveSolstice