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The CIP Project Outdoor Retreat Centre

Winter Solstice Celebration

Come and join us for a celebration, with a sweat lodge followed by locally sourced organic food and finished off with an ecstatic dance session. Families welcome. Face painting and bush craft for children.

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Winter Solstice Celebration
Winter Solstice Celebration

Time & Location

21 Dec 2023, 09:00 – 17:00

The CIP Project Outdoor Retreat Centre, Lillycombe Ln, Taunton TA3 7PZ, UK

About the Event

The Winter Solstice, or Midwinter, is celebrated around the world by a variety of cultures.  It marks the shortest day of the year (the longest night), and when the sun is at its lowest on the horizon.  This usually occurs around December 21-22 in the Northern Hemisphere.  From that point onwards, the days continue to grow longer until Midsummer in June.  In Celtic countries, the Winter Solstice was seen as a time of rebirth and renewal, as signified by the return of the light.

In Druidic traditions, this day is known as Alban Arthan, which means ‘Light of Winter’ in Welsh.  Some also call it Alban Arthuan, or ‘Light of Arthur’, which pays homage to the Welsh legends of King Arthur.  Alban Arthan signifies the time when the archetypal Holly King (who rules from Midsummer to Midwinter) is defeated by the Oak King (who rules from Midwinter to Midsummer) in a great battle.  The Holly King, also seen as a wren bird, signifies the old year and the shortened sun, while the Oak King, also seen as a robin, signifies the new year and growing sun.  Mistletoe is also a symbol of the Winter Solstice, as it was thought that Druids revered the plant as ‘ever green’, which signified continued life over the cold dark winter.  Since mistletoe is thought to be an aphrodisiac, this is where the holiday tradition of ‘kissing under the mistletoe’ could have originated.

Come and join us for a celebration, with a sweat lodge followed by locally sourced organic food and finished off with an ecstatic dance session.

Families are welcome. Face painting and bush craft for children.

Tickets

  • Winter Solstice

    From £30.00 to £75.00
    • £75.00
      +£1.88 service fee
    • £30.00
      +£0.75 service fee
    • £75.00
      +£1.88 service fee

Total

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