Solstice - Overnight Experience | Ireland Dowth & Newgrange Venue in Meath
Winter solstice (Grianstad an Gheimhridh in Irish) - is a time when we can consciously give birth to our dreams and intentions for the year ahead.
Each year on the eve of 20-21 December we gather together to celebrate the way our ancestors used to.
All Is Optional, All is in the Space of Kindness and Gently Resting Our Bodies this Christmas:
Bedtime Sound healing
Communal singing (Voice toning, Chanting)
Qigong (own energy re-charge similar to Reiki and Tai Chi together)
Tales & Folklore (share your own poems with us)
Music (can bring own instruments)
Communal Drumming (drums provided)
Dancing (or conscious movement practices: Biodanza, 5Rhythms, Synergy Dance, Sufi Dances of Universal Peace and Understanding)
Communal Food & Communal sleepover
About Solstice - The Longest Night of the Year
The word Solstice means “sun standing still” or “grian-stad” in Irish.
It marks the sun's furthest position from us during winter, hence it is the shortest day of the year (when the Earth's pole has its maximum tilt away from the Sun) and the longest night.
Symbolizing going through the inner night and re-birthing oneself:
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.
Image credits: Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland | Dermot Ohara of Celtic Grove of Brigit