Winter Solstice comes early to Little Renaissance. Every year, we celebrate a Hatha Yoga Winter Solstice Retreat on the first weekend of December at Little Renaissance. We celebrate early before the busy-ness of the holiday season takes hold.
Winter Solstice is a time of quiet firelight, a time to nurture dreams. The dark clear nights reveal the bright stars. Late at night, I can sit quietly in the hot tub and see shooting stars trailing across the sky. I celebrate the shortest day and the longest night of the year with a wonderful group of yogis. We anticipate the rebirth of the sun and contemplate our own spiritual rebirth. We see this time of year as a turning point and a time of year to renew energy.
I look out the window and see the garden boxes through sheets of rain. The garden boxes look spent from having produced so generously all summer long. Gratefully, the soil lies resting, patiently waiting for the warmer and brighter days of spring. The resting soil of the cold winter days and nights reminds me that the future holds promise, always. Come spring, seeds will germinate and take root. Likewise, I believe the future will manifest our visions and dreams.
For now, while we wait for the rebirth of the sun, we stand still. Winter Solstice is a time of repose, a time to light the wood stove, stoke up the heat, soak in the hot tub, sit quietly surrounded by lit candles, delve into a good novel, and dream.
Below are photos from our past weekend’s Winter Solstice Yoga Retreat. This group of yogis has been coming to Ocean Shores biannually for 10 years running!