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.