December solstice, 2011

December Solstice 2011

Emerald Coast Meditation Society iconDay-long silent meditation retreat

Welcome to a day of silent meditation and quiet activities sponsored by the Emerald Coast Meditation Society on Saturday, December 17. Sunrise is at 6:35 a.m. and sunset is at 4:47 p.m. CST. We are honoring the solstice, which is on Dec. 21 at 11:30 p.m. CST (Dec. 22 at 05:30 UTC).

Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 5:40 p.m.. Location: Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, off Hwy. 331 in south Walton County. Participate in the whole day or any part of it, free of charge. The day includes eight 30-minute meditation periods interspersed with breakfast, lunch, tea, outdoor walks, related activities and breaks. To sign up for the retreat, contact Nancy James at nancyjames@embarqmail.com or (850) 231-1498.

James and Caroling Geary, who lead the day's events, have been meditating since the 1970s. Caroling has done yoga since 1974 and meditative art since 1954. James was a founding member of the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in 1972 and of the Emerald Coast Meditation Society in 2009. Links.

Schedule

6:30 a.m. Meditators arrive in silence

6:45-7:15 Meditate 1
7:15-7:20 Slow walk
7:20-7:25 Instructions given
7:25-7:35 Break
7:35-8:05 Mindful breakfast and meal cleanup
8:05-8:15 Break

8:15-8:45 Meditate 2
8:45-8:50 Slow walk
8:50-9:00 Break
9:00-9:30 Outdoor walk
9:30-9:40 Break

9:40-10:10 Meditate 3
10:10-10:15 Slow walk
10:15-10:25 Break
10:25-10:55 Yoga
10:55-11:05 Break

11:05 - 11:35 Meditate 4
11:35-11:40 Slow walk
11:40 - 11:50 Break
11:50-12:05 Break silence, discuss questions that have arisen
12:05-12:35 Mindful Lunch and meal cleanup
12:35-12:45 Break

12:45-1:15 Meditate 5
1:15-1:20 Slow walk
1:20-1:30 Break
1:30-2:00 Refreshing breathwalk; indoors or out, depending on conditions
2:00-2:10 Break

2:10-2:40 Meditate 6
2:40-2:45 Slow walk
2:45-2:55 Break
2:55-3:25 Qigong energy work
3:25-3:35 Break

3:35-4:05 Meditate 7
4:05-4:10 Slow walk
4:10-4:40 Tea and fruit, and cleanup
4:40-4:50 Break

4:50-5:20 Meditate 8
5:20-5:35 Break silence, discuss people’s comments and questions
5:35-5:40 Closing words; end of day

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Links

This is the ninth in a quarterly series stretching from December 2009 to December 2012. See also 12 solstices and equinoxes. See our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ecmeditation, or Google+ page. A shortcut for this page is http://tinyurl.com/7ypfo8x


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