The word solstice derives from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still, to stop). At the solstices, the seasonal movement of the Sun's path (as seen from the perspective of Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction. Winter solstice means the Sun stands still in winter.
This retreat held in the last days of the year offers a time of quiet and community, with a gentle schedule allowing for rest, reading, and walking to nearby Muir Beach and in the hills surrounding Green Gulch Farm.
A simple joy arises when we become present with the reality of our lives and return home to our bodies. This retreat will be a time to slow down and cultivate presence through the profound techniques of alignment-based yoga asana and pranayama, and Zen teachings on compassionate awareness.
How do we embody and activate our Bodhisattva vows—the desire to alleviate the suffering of others, to help those we know and love, and then to reach out with wisdom and compassion locally, globally and universally?
Samadhi is the last limb of the eight-limbed (astanga) path of Yoga described by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras, and is also the third division of the Eightfold Noble Path taught by Shakyamuni Buddha upon his enlightenment.
Many of us can benefit from new ways of finding calm and balance. We invite you to join us for two days in the beautiful Green Gulch valley to discover internal resources that will support efficient relaxation and restoration of your body, mind and emotions.
In this class we will explore a radical shift in apiculture towards bee-centric management. We will examine how principles of wild honeybee nests and sanctuaries can inform our apiaries, be a resource for health and invigorate “backyard beekeeping.”