Winter Solstice Here I Come….

I have been planning to go to the Winter Solstice Sadhana retreat in Lake wales, Florida but have been stalling on making the plans final because airline tickets are so expensive these days. I finally settled on the an itinerary that isn’t my ideal but is much cheaper (flying on southwest airlines). If you are thinking of going and want to look for airfares you can use a cool search site called sidestep which is a big help.

End of December is normally when I take some time off for a much needed vacation. I’m fortunate to be getting both sunny Florida weather at winter solstice and then right after that skiing/snowboarding in the snow of Colorado with family. It’s going to be fun!

Winter Solstice is a totally different than the Summer Solstice in Espanola, New Mexico. It’s much smaller, cozier, less roughing it up. Really…it’s hard to compare the two events because they are  just different. I like to think of Summer Solstice as the "Pressure Cooker" and Winter Solstice as the "Comforter". Both of these events are a gathering of Spiritual seekers and for me a spiritual "recharge".

As with the previous few years it will just be the "boys" from my family. Me and my 7 year old son Narayan Singh will be going and my parents will meet us there, coming from New York.

If you are thinking of coming to Winter Solstice I suggest that you start making your plans now. Any of you planning on coming this year? There is always Summer Solstice if you can’t come to Winter…

You can see some of my pictures from last winter solstice here and here

One Response to “Winter Solstice Here I Come….”

  1. Gurukarm Kaur says:

    The last time I went to Winter Solstice, my DD Amrit Kaur, now 20, was 18 months old :-)  It was one of the coldest cold snaps on record, and just two or three years after the site was moved to the place it is now (I forget the name). Everyone kept saying oh it’s so beautiful, you’ll get warm (we’d only been in New England a few years and I already hated the winters!) and don’t bother carrying all those heavy clothes… we had hardly anything warm to put on.

    Needless to say, we were both pretty miserable. Children’s Camp was totally not prepared for the littles to do anything but stay inside one of the cabins all day, which meant the adult guides had to sit hunched over on the lower bunks if they wanted to sit at all, trying to entertain a bunch of tiny toddlers. No “Comfort” that year, jio!

    I’ve always said going to Summer Solstice is totally worth it, no matter what happens – dry, hot, wet, muddy, windy – makes no never-mind to me! because it’s Ram Das Puri – it’s New Mexico! It’s our land, in the Land of Enchantment – maybe if you live there full time it’s just not quite the same… If Winter Solstice goes bad, there is (to my mind) no redeeming factor. I’ve never been back. :-)