Winter Solstice Full Day Retreat

Hosted by Alison In The Universe

About this event

Winter Solstice marks the middle of winter, also known as the longest night of the year.

In winter everything lies dormant in the silent earth, it is a sacred time of rest and reflection before the awakening and the slow build toward brighter days.

The energy of winter is that of going within. It’s the fruitful darkness and silence out of which our soul’s yearnings and new inspirations can eventually emerge. As we consciously link our awareness to nature’s cycles, our understanding of our own personal growth cycles begin to deepen.

Spending time with ourselves & becoming quieter feels more natural in the colder months, we have warm comforting foods, wear slippers & wrap ourselves in blankets, its our unconscious way of aligning ourselves with the temperament of the season. Dark & moody, introverted & slower.

The intent of this retreat is to spend some time in nature, quietly reflect on our inner voice during these darker months & prepare of the longer days & spring to come, for new growth & intentions to be considered. There is of course also the chance to just get away for a day & unwind away from the stresses of our everyday lives.

The retreat & accommodation options are set out in such a way that you can choose the activities you wish to participate in & will have time to explore the grounds of Riverdell & relax as well.

Full day retreat includes:

  • 10am- Welcome circle/information, intentions for the day
  • 11- Meditation & grounding pranayama
  • until 12:30 Free time/optional activities – Ayurvedic dosa quiz & chat session, read under a tree or wander the grounds, settle in to accommodation for those who are staying the evening tea, chai & fruit available
  • 12:30- lunch – Ayurvedic Kitchari suitable for all dosas *
  • 2-4 Winter Solstice Yin workshop **
  • 4:30 – closing circle

What to bring:

  • Yoga Mat
  • Spill proof water bottle
  • Spill proof Tea/coffee mug
  • Yoga mat, blanket, meditation cushion or similar, eye pillow, yoga blocks, straps if available.

*Please advise of any food allergies & note this will be a plant based retreat with no animal products, if you would like milk for coffee for instance please bring a small amount for yourself there are fridges available in the main kitchen & in the accommodation.

**Yin Yoga is: On the surface, a Yin practice might seem uneventful. In Yin yoga, one of many types of yoga, sequences are a series of slow, long holds and mat-based postures that stretch out the connective tissues and fascia in the body.

It’s a practice for all level of yogis. Unlike Vinyasa and other yoga styles, in Yin all you need to do is relax in the pose. But this, as most of us know from meditation, often isn’t as easy or comfortable as it sounds!

To do Yin is to give over control – such a rare and therapeutic concept in our modern day lives.

The term “yin yoga” comes from the Taoist tradition. Yang relates to movement, creating heat in the body. Yin is about finding stillness and cooling the body. And, the theory goes, we need both to find balance and be our most optimal selves.

**** Please be mindful that this is not a place for loud or inappropriate behaviour, Riverdell has conditions of entry that will be explained on the day, if you would like to see a copy of this prior to purchasing tickets please contact me. It is expected that all attendees will be respectful & mindful of their surrounds & that other attendees are there to restore & relax, come together & be peaceful & compassionate toward each other.

***** If bringing food onto the site please ensure this is kept in a food safe manner, that fridges are used & items labelled. The kitchen & fridges are shares spaces.