At the Autumn Equinox we experience a moment of perfect balance when day and night are of equal length. This is the Earth’s Stillpoint, a moment of super-potentiality before the nights begin to get longer and the days shorter as we move into Winter. Our ancestors recognised the potential in this moment and built huge temples with astronomical precision to mark the Equinox sunrise. Why is that? Their wisdom is lost to us; we can only guess at the meaning behind their efforts.
Today, we mark the seasons with school terms and public holidays. We have wandered so far from the wilderness that we have forgotten our animal natures and have created false selves because we are afraid of the dark. At some point on this long journey the Autumn Equinox, signifying the onset of the long dark nights of winter, came to be associated with death, the inner journey and preparation for spiritual rebirth at the Winter Solstice.
However, it is only the illusory veil of the ego that separates us from all that is real and traps us in the physical world, where life and matter meet. In the Hindu tradition, the Divine Mother Goddess is the feminine aspect of each person’s own spiritual being. At the Autumn Equinox, She leads us into the Mystery of Life as Kali, who fights alongside the mystic and destroys their egos to allow for their transformation. Kali is said to inhabit the cremation ground, the place where egos are killed and destroyed in the alchemical fire.
Is this why the Great Pyramid, Mnajdra or Chichen Itza were built? Or is there something else?
To find the answers we need to take ourselves back to the wilderness, to the temple of Nature, and witness the Equinox sunrise for ourselves.
Our Equinox Retreat for 2014 is about transformation through realigning ourselves with the song of the Earth. This is a meditative retreat to immerse ourselves in Nature and rediscover ourselves as part of Her great symphony as a prelude to the regeneration of Winter.
Mother of the Universe
O blissful Kali,
accept my congratulations.
You have enthralled the universe entirely
with your countless transformations.
Your ultimate magic feat is to throw every being
a sacred black stone, your very essence,
so that realization of mystic identity
will be its final destiny
You are so adept in magic, Ma Kali,
that you even draw the Father God,
who is all-transcending knowledge,
into your sweet madness,
your play of indivisible love.
As timeless awareness, you remain uninvolved,
producing the magic theater, divine creativity,
from the interplay of inertia, balance and activity.
This avid worshipper of Mother is shocked
that even supremely wise Lord Shiva
cannot realize Kali’s true nature.
O supremely foolish poet,
how can you hope to grasp her dancing feat
that elude even Shiva’s comprehension?
She has clearly driven you mad as well
with the magic of her Love.
Ramprasad Sen, Mother of the Universe, Visions of the Goddess and Tantric Hymns of Enlightenment
- Mindfulness and Meditation with the sounds of Nature
- Principles of Energy Healing and how to make them work in your life
- Making natural shampoo, toothpaste and non-toxic household products that work
- Nature walks
- Mandala making
- Night vigil for the Equinox Sunrise
This is an outdoor retreat. The experience of sitting outside, eating outside and even showering outside (with hot water) brings us out of our heads and into our bodies, so we can feel ourselves within the web of life. This helps us feel more content and strong and able to deal with whatever life throws at us more effectively.
We are in a beautiful rural location, over-looking the Courel mountains, about 10 miles from the nearest town of Monforte de Lemos, in Galica, Northwest Spain. The location is very secluded without neighbours. See How to Find Us.
Our aim is to provide an experience that is within Nature, but comfortable and a delight for the senses. We have two double-skinned Norwegian accommodation tents, that are used for disaster relief situations, with normal headroom, a closing door, proper beds and bedding. Each one sleeps four people comfortably. We have several smaller, camping tents, or you can bring your own. We have an outside shower with plenty of hot water and tree bogs. You will need to bring your own towels.