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An intimate soul-searching night of Awakening. During the Longest Night of the year, nestled into deep winter, we’ll look into the emotional burdens we’ve each been carrying this year and invoke transformation and release from them as the Sun begins its return.

Registration Info:  $75/person         
                                         Deadline is December 16, 2018 at 12:00pm   
                                         Registration closes once class is filled

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Location: WEI, 15715 River Road, North Branch, MN

Food:  Potluck Style –Bring a vegetarian, gluten-free dish to share for dinner and breakfast, including snacks and drinks for both days

Refreshments: WEI will provide water, coffee, tea, creamers

Overnight Accommodations at WEI:  Free of charge, First come, first serve for the best rooms or shared options in the WEI Eco-Retreat Center.
Contact WEI for further information (651) 583-0705 or jerry@w-e-i.org

Instructor Name:  Kaia Svien, M.S., Spiritual Guide, Program Designer Mindfulness – Changing Times, and Guest Artist, Doe Hoye

EVENT Description:

Join us for an overnight gathering at the Women’s Environmental Institute as we honor the teachings of the Long Nights that speak to us of release and renewal. Drawing on ancient wisdom ways of some cultures that look to Winter Solstice as a sacred opportunity for transformation, we’ll witness and so, release troubling events of this last year. We’ll glean the insights hidden in the loss, anger, sorrow and fear we move through. Cleansed, renewed, brought to a deeper level of wholeness, we’ll receive an invitation to love ourselves more deeply as we celebrate the returning light of the year that is birthing. 

Meditating, deepening, entering times of silence, walking through a moon-lit orchard, witnessing a performance artist speak to your heart with her movements,journeying with symbols to unlock your inner knowing, singing, drumming, feasting, and sharing with community await you. Join us.

If you are grounded in a tradition other than European-based spirituality and are comfortable receiving teachings that come through a European channel, please feel welcome in joining us for Winter Solstice.  The tradition we draw on Euro-pagan.

What to Bring:

  • Vegetarian, gluten-free potluck dish for supper
  • Vegetarian item to add to breakfast frittata
  • Pillows and blanket (or sleeping bag) for guided meditation
  • (returnable) symbol of personal transformation for group altar
  • Warm clothing, including boots for walking outdoors
  • Comfortable clothing you can stretch in
  • Flashlight
  • Journal & pen
  • Eye Cover
  • Drum and shaker
  • Imagination, Passion & Love of Nature

The Instructors:

Kaia Svien, M.S., Spiritual Guide, Program Designer Mindfulness – Changing Times, and Performance Artist, Doe Hoyer

Kaia Svien, M.S.,Spiritual Guide and Program Designer Mindfulness for Changing Times. Kaia is a mindfulness meditation instructor, a spiritual advisor, author and cultural change agent. Her spiritual seeking is grounded in the emerging ancient wisdom ways of Europe; her social justice activism has been greatly influenced by her study with Joanna Macy over the last 30 years. Kaia is inspired by the widespread awakening of unitive consciousness in these turbulent times.www.mindfulnessforchangingtimes.com

Alison Doe Bridinger is a European-American performance artist, vocalist and dancer whose work seeks to support a remembrance of our sacred interconnection with all Life. Within and beyond a performance setting, Doe integrates prayer, sitting still, feeling, dancing, singing, honesty and forgiveness as valued spiritual practices that promote this intention within herself and in relationship with other beings. 

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