Winter Solstice Celebration
Come and gather with us to celebrate the sacred stillness of the winter solstice with a labyrinth meditation walk, hatha yoga, chanting of Gayatri mantra and a gratitude ceremony. In the afternoon you are free to visit the meditation gardens, relax with a herbal tea on the tea deck and walk by the river.
Type of Event
R400 covers the yoga and meditation teachings; a separate donation to be made on the day in cash for the venue, lunch and refreshments
The celebration will begin at 9:30am with welcome refreshments and a chance to meet other like-hearted people. We will then walk the 44m Baltic wheel labyrinth after which we move back up to the outdoor yoga circle for hatha yoga. We will chant the Gayatri mantra and conclude with a gratitude ceremony and silent reflection. There will be facilitated sharing of our experiences and insights after which lunch and fresh juices will be served at the tea house which overlooks the river.
The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun is at its lowest arc in the sky. The word solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium – sol meaning sun and stitium meaning stoppage. One ancient definition of the solstice is ‘standing still sun.’ The solstice is also the point after which the days begin to grow long again; a time to celebrate the rebirth of the sun and the return of the Light.
Labyrinth Meditation Walk
The solstice is a time to slow down and turn inward: into the darkness and the depths of the unknown. It is a time to cultivate intuition and learning to trust your inner voice: feeling your way when you don’t know where you are going. It is a sacred time of meditation: space to reflect on what has been and what will be. Walking the Labyrinth with this intention is a powerful practice to awaken the guidance of inner knowing and to surrender to the mysteries and miracles of Life.
If we are lucky (frost permitting!), the aloes will still be in flower – this is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the labyrinth. The labyrinth takes about 20-40 mins to walk, depending on how quickly it's walked and how long we stay in the centre. We will walk in silence.
Hatha Yoga – Moving with Awareness
Slow and deep practice with focussed intention on micro movements will continue to deepen your inward journey of connection. The alchemical process of yoga practice clears previously blocked energy channels, healing wounds from your past and realigning your being with the ‘standing still sun’ of True self.
Chanting of Gayatri Mantra – Invocation to Goddess Gayatri, the Giver of Inner Light
The solstice is also a magical time to celebrate the rebirth of the sun: the sun symbolising the Light of Consciousness.
The Gayatri mantra is a highly revered mantra from the Vedas and is often referred to as ‘The Mother of the Vedas’. It is associated with the third eye chakra which is the seat of wisdom and intuition. Chanting the mantra activates this centre and awakens inner knowing.
The solstice is a time to offer up gratitude for the gifts in your life and gratitude for the coming of the Light! By setting an intention to live joyfully and light-heartedly, you invite the Light into your heart.
The Garden is a holistic health retreat and tea house in the Magaliesburg, just an hour from Johannesburg, the perfect place to reconnect and renew
Please email to book. Investment for the day retreat is R400 which covers the yoga, meditation teachings and facilitation; a separate donation for the venue, lunch and refreshments to be paid on the day in cash. Please follow for information on the donation system. A deposit of R250 secures your place.
We look forward to sharing the sacred stillness of the winter solstice with you!