Some say that ever ‘gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated,
The bird of dawning singeth all night long;
And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad,
The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
So hallow’d and so gracious is the time.,
— Hamlet, Act I scene 1
Winter Solstice is the celebration of the nadir. Energetically, Winter is the season of contraction. Yet it is also the time of exploring inner space, discovering inner light. Both Tantra in the East and Celtic tradition in the West delight in celebrating the magic of this inner space. The Midwinter or Yuletide celebration of the birth of the magical child of light on the darkest night of the year is a seasonal myth honoured in many indigenous cultures, and still preserved in Christian myth, where it is associated with the birth of Jesus. Gifts, twinkling lights, song and storytelling, all the things that appeal to the child in us, belong to the Solstice. Outside, there is cold and dark. Inside, we gather together in the winter cave, warming ourselves at our inner fires, exploring the magic of the dark. Here there is community and connectedness, the energy of the heart, aliveness at the root, and the light that burns within all of us.
Early Booking (Deposit by October 31, 2018):
RESIDENTIAL (Deposit £65) Includes tuition, accommodation and all meals: £175. Accommodation is mainly in shared rooms for 2- 4 people. There are also two single rooms, for an additional charge of £30 each.
NON-RESIDENTIAL (Deposit £50), Includes tuition, lunch and evening meal: £115.
Later Booking (Deposit £100) Includes tuition, accommodation and all meals: £190
Your Deposit must be paid in advance, and guarantees you a place on the workshop. The remainder is paid on arrival.
Food : This workshop is catered. All food is fresh, home cooked, and vegetarian. If you are on a special diet, you should let us know immediately, so that we can inform Nab Cottage well in advance. We reserve the right to charge extra if your dietary requirements are complex, and involve extra time or expense in preparation.
Booking: Places are limited. Please contact us by phone or email to let us know that you want to book, and we will hold your place, subject to the receipt of your deposit within 5 days. Your Deposit is what guarantees you a place on the workshop, and is non-refundable. Deposits may be paid by Bank Transfer, or by post, citing the reference WinSol-Nab-Dec18.