Dazzling December: Hello, Positive Lifers! We’re excited to bring you this lovely roundup of holistic news, products and events for the month of December. Our Winter 2019/20 issue has hit the shelves, featuring oodles of inspiring content from our regular contributors, as well as an in-depth look at yoga therapy, an exclusive interview with spiritual pioneer Jac O’ Keeffe and an amazing conversation with Shaman Durek. Our main feature is a tribute to the legendary spiritual teacher Ram Dass, celebrating his life’s work – just in time for the release of his new documentary ‘Becoming Nobody’! Read on to learn about the special event we have planned to mark the occasion…
Ireland Winter Solstice invites you to join your fellow seekers at this time of nature’s re-birth and renewal: Rekindling the natural wisdom of living in harmony with each other and the world around us.
About the Winter Solstice:
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 create in this world…..and what we want to let go of also.
Date: 20-21 December
Location: Glebe House, Dowth, Newgrange
There will be:
Sweat Lodges | Drumming Circle | Fire Ritual | Bedtime Sound Healing | Men’s & Women’s Empowerment circle | Darkness to Light with Divine presence meditation | Celtic Chants & Mythology / Guest Wisdom Speaker | Ceremony for Sunset at Dowth & Sunrise at Newgrange | Procession from Dowth to Newgrange to finish with great Music & Dance
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
Sacredly holding the rebirth within – This Solstice Experience is held by wise Elders of Ireland
20-21 December 2013
Glebe House beside Dowth / Newgrange.
Communal Supper, Breakfast & Board included
Pre-booking required www.wintersolstice.ie
- Opening space with Body Waves movement meditation
- Sweat lodge
- Saying good-bye to the Darkness with Drumming circle on Dowth and Sound healing meditation
- Large communal sleeping space
- Wisdom talk on the ‘Mythology of Newgrange’
- Shaolin Master will enlighten us on ’Being a Spiritual Warrior in Today’s World’
- Sunrise procession to Newgrange
- Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine ritual at Newgrange
- Supper, Breakfast and light refreshments all included
The experience will run from 7pm on Friday 20th of December through the night to midday on Winter Solstice morning. As this is more private this year, places are limited.
Breathe In Creative Consciousness – Winter Solstice Retreat with Mary Gaetjens
December 19-21, 2013
Price: € 140
Creacon Lodge Wellness Centre is an oasis of relaxation, rejuvenation and healing! Discover a space where you can give yourself a well-deserved rest and take in something that will feed your soul from this very special Winter Solstice Retreat.
On Winter Solstice the sun is symbolically reborn as light re-enters the world on the darkest day of the year. All life re-news, refreshes and begins again. As artists, Winter Solstice represents an opportunity to release what is not working and restore the blissful creative exhilaration to our artistic expressions.
- Unlock Your Gifts and Talents
- Initiate Inspired Creativity
- Ignite and Sustain Imaginative Action
- Release Emotional Barriers
- Receive the Encouragement You Need to Nurture and Grow Your Dreams
When this opportunity presents itself in the form of a supportive and nurturing group in a place known for its healing energy, our experience is super charged and we take a quantum leap in our self expression. If you do not know yourself as a creative being, this is the retreat that will awaken you to what wants to be expressed through you.
Enjoy Clarity Breathwork, Restorative Yoga and Creative Praxis as we experience healing support from Creacon’s vortex, and from Mayan and many other cultural traditions. See more on Mary’s website >
Places are limited, please contact Mary at the details below to book a place.
tel no. U.S.: #510.393.7671
In Ireland when we think of Winter Solstice we mostly think of Newgrange. The sun shines in its chamber every winter solstice morning. We don’t, however, give much thought to Dowth, a monument equivalent in size to the original Newgrange. At Dowth, the setting sun is in alignment with its chamber the evening before Winter Solstice morning.
On any given winter solstice about 4 to 500 people brave the cold morning to honour the solstice for themselves. However, only a handful of people honour the sunset alignment the evening before at Dowth.
If our ancient ancestors just wanted to honour the New Year rebirth of the sun, then Newgrange alone would have been enough. The very existence of Dowth gives us a clue as to how our ancestors viewed the changing of the seasons.
The word Dowth comes from the old Irish “Dubhadh” meaning “darkness”. It is clear from Dowth’s equivalent size to Newgrange that the honouring of darkness held a significant place in our ancestors’ consciousness. If one was to be objective it looks like they honoured the darkness as much as the light and gave the darkness a special place in their folklore.
To honour one side of the coin while pretending the other side does not exist is not being very aware. The ancestors of Ireland were obviously mystics themselves, recognising the reality of opposites existing. To honour one side (the light) would mean not honouring the whole and living in denial.
In the words of the Lao Tzu the Taoist mystic “there can be no dark without light, love without hate, man without woman”. Lao Tzu also talked about the light of creation being born from the infinite darkness. The Sufi mystic Rumi says “what hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” So what can we learn from this and how does our society honour the darkness?
From the period of Samhain to Winter Solstice we energetically (both solar and personal) with nature go deeper into the darkness. The winter solstice offers us not only the opportunity to celebrate the rebirth of the light but also its transition from darkness.
It is in the rebirth of light that brings hopes, aspirations and our prayers giving vision for the year ahead. It is in the celebration of the darkness that honours the year past, the wisdom gained, the letting go of that which is no longer serving us.
If we don’t celebrate the darkness before the light on winter solstice we don’t make space for the rebirthing energy, space for the new and the fresh.
The great wisdom in the Boyne Valley monuments are there for all people living on this land. To make conscious each year the very cycles of life that keep the world in balance. The monuments still stand in all their wisdom as an invitation to us from Ireland’s ancient ancestors, to come home to wholeness, to healing and to bring the darkness to the light and the light to darkness
To attend the conscious Winter Solstice Experience beside Newgrange and Dowth this 20-21st of December visit www.