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The Winter Solstice: In Touch with Your Whole Self
We are whole when we stop, look and listen with the winds, the stars and the hills—and we are strengthened when we do this together. This December 21, the Winter Solstice, we will celebrate and be part of the day’s simple wonders, starting again in a new direction within the eternal cycle of creation. Keeping in touch with the universe, which is ourselves, we are propelled into the New Year in purity, clarity and joy. We can use the stillness of winter to feel the peace inside of the universe and in ourselves. We will listen to its messages and absorb them. We will follow the rhythms of the day in worship, meditation and prayer, gift giving, singing and dancing, music, feasting, bonfire celebrating, letting go of the past and moving into the future by honoring ourselves and the earth and sky around us. Activities are indoors and outdoors.
Facilitated by Joe Garren, a long time member of NYYM, now sojourning at Middlebury Friends Meeting, Middlebury, Vt., NEYM. He has facilitated programs on Quaker mysticism, vocal ministry and on Quaker faith and practice at Woodman Hill Retreat Center, FGC Gathering and at Brooklyn and Housatonic Friends Meetings. He has served and been an elder for Friends on many occasions, notably last year with Mary Kay Glazer for this event last year.
$50/per person for the retreat includes snacks and dinner. Stay overnight for an additional $30/person.