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BIOM Winter Solstice Retreat—2012

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Every year at BIOM we do a Winter Solstice retreat. We take a day off from work, chores and Internet-ing and spend the day slowing down.






Read below to follow and feel the ‘retreat process’ ... and when you’re done ... if you feel you would like to take a retreat too ... stay tuned-in for upcoming information about ~ A Winter Retreat at BIOM ...

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• It’s the shortest day of the year—Winter Solstice: Dark, Quiet & Still are the qualities of the energy that surrounds us.

• Finding STILLNESS around me ... I become aware of STILLNESS within me ...

• Winter Solstice Retreat—Rest & reconnect with your QUIET side—the part that gets displaced by the perpetual To Do list.

• Tai Chi ... in front of the wood stove ... GREAT WAY to start a Winter day : )


• Walking in the woods ... listening to ‘the sounds of silence’ ...




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Imagine a successful Winter retreat experience. Start gathering ‘kindling’ to ignite the experience you want to have ...


• Winter Solstice is Nature in full retreat ... at the same time we’re going full-speed-ahead for the Holidays—tap the retreat reset button ...


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... the heavy leaf ... on the silent windless day ... falls of its own will ~ Basho


• A Winter Solstice Retreat: ‘Stepping back’ makes room for something beneficial to come forward.

• Half our lives take place in retreat: INHALE ... you advance ... EXHALE ... you retreat ... Winter Solstice ... Nature in RETREAT ...


• Winter Solstice Retreat: An opportunity to experience quiet and stillness; to understand the importance of simply ‘being’ ...”


Swollen stream / bamboo resting on Dusk / Christmas lights / through the trees

• Winter is a natural time to retreat; the energy in the northern hemisphere is at maximum Yin—a time of dark, cold, stillness and quiet.


• Retreating is yielding—Opening to new possibilities. At Winter Solstice ... Darkness yields to Light. Yield—with a Winter Solstice.

• To ‘retreat’ doesn’t mean doing something ‘spiritual’ or ‘religious.’ Retreat to do something you enjoy.


Finding STILLNESS around me ... I become aware of STILLNESS within me ...

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A personal retreat: An opportunity to become aware of & feel the quiet place inside yourself ... where everything feels in order.



• Approaching Winter Solstice ... getting ready for our annual Winter Solstice personal retreat ... How about you ... ”


• There are all kinds of things going on that affect mental & physical health and well-being. A personal retreat can bring clarity & focus.


• Winter Solstice—Stillness, Quiet, Reflection, Insight—qualities of ourselves that tend to get overlooked on a bright, warm, summer day.


A feeling of gratitude arises when you retreat: It’s you thanking you for taking care of yourself ..

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• A feeling of gratitude arises when you retreat: It’s you thanking you for taking care of yourself.



• dark grey green / forest is dozing / a day light ... in the distance ...





• Finding STILLNESS around me ... I become aware of STILLNESS within me ...

• Winter Solstice Retreat ... Meditation ~ Yoga ~ Chi Kung ~ Tai Chi; reading & writing; slow cooking ~ slow eating; talking ~ imagining ...

• Winter Solstice—the quintessence of Yin. A time of Deep Stillness. Turn things off ... and Listen ...

Wishing you the VERY BEST of health & well-being ...

Kitty & Michael

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